Menopause Treatment

Written by Sarah Provost
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There are several varieties of menopause treatment available. Whether it is necessary to treat menopause at all depends on three factors: the severity of menopausal, the risk of future disease, and each woman's attitudes towards both menopause and medication. The decision regarding what treatments, if any, should be undertaken should be made in concert with your healthcare provider.

Menopause Treatment: Try the Simplest First

There are three main types of menopause treatment: hormone replacement therapy, herbal and other "natural" remedies, and life-style changes. Most healthcare providers feel that it's best to try the least invasive treatments first, since hormone replacement therapy has some risk associated with it. The most important lifestyle changes are: getting enough exercise, eating a balanced diet, managing your weight, reducing your level of stress and eliminating smoking or substance abuse.

Nonprescription menopause treatment has steadily gained in popularity over the last few decades, as more information becomes available regarding the risks of hormone replacement therapy. Such therapies run the gamut from herbal supplements to massage to acupuncture. While most women of menopausal age can benefit from a daily multivitamin and a calcium supplement, it's best to consult your physician about other kinds of supplements, as some can have adverse side effects or interfere with other medications.

If only one or two symptoms are experienced, menopause treatment might be focused on each one separately. However, if there is a general syndrome of symptoms, estrogen therapy may be indicated. There is a wide variety of type of estrogen therapies, and it might take a lot of trial and error to settle on the appropriate treatment and dosage. In this case especially, it is important for women undergoing menopause treatment to consult closely with their healthcare providers.

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