Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

Menopause isn’t an illness; it’s a natural stage of a woman’s life. However, the symptoms that accompany this transition may require treatment. Treatment depends on how much discomfort you’re experiencing. It can range from simple lifestyle changes, such as avoiding spicy foods, to taking prescription medications. For the most part, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly will help you stay healthy, ward off symptoms, and prevent complications. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), antidepressants, blood pressure medication, and anti-seizure medication are sometimes necessary for treating symptoms like severe hot flashes and mood swings. 

During menopause, your estrogen production declines. At this time, your risk increases for certain conditions, including: cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, and colon cancer. In addition to treating symptoms, you may want to take preventive measures to offset this increased risk. Once you get your symptoms under control, menopause won’t seem quite so scary. 

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Managing Your Menopause Naturally

From black cohosh for hot flashes to Vitamin D for bone health, learn about drug-free ways to manage menopause.

Treating the Symptoms of Menopause and Perimenopause

Learn about hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and other treatments and home remedies that can help you manage menopause symptoms.

Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Right for You?

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can make a big difference in counteracting menopause symptoms. However, HRT is not without risks.

Herbs and Supplements

We've scoured the latest studies and research to determine which herbs and supplements are truly effective in easing menopause symptoms.

Menopause Drugs

There's no magic bullet, but there are some medications that can address certain symptoms of menopause, and others than can help ward off potential complications.

Saving Money on Menopause Treatment

Are generic hormone replacement pills worth the savings? Does insurance cover menopause treatments?

Treating Early Menopause

Early-onset menopause comes with its own set of concerns, and requires its own treatment strategy.

How Diet Affects Your Hormones

Certain foods and drink—soybeans, flaxseed, and coffee, for example—can affect the way your body produces and responds to hormones.

Dong Quai: An Ancient Mystery

Dong quai is used to help with menopause, PMS, and post-birth recovery, but evidence is almost nonexistent.