Whether it comes early or late, the symptoms will start to manifest when the time comes. There are many Menopausal symptoms but not all are experienced by each woman approaching the period of menopause. The mildness and severity of the symptoms are dependent on many factors.
The symptoms do not require medical treatment because menopause is not a disease but a normal stage in a woman’s life. Yet if the symptoms are severe enough to disrupt the daily work and normal activities of the menopausal woman, supportive therapies and medications may be used to help alleviate discomfort. (The below suggestions are the more traditional approach and we will share in additional articles the more organic approach.)
Hormone Replacement Therapy
1. Conjugated Estrogen – low dose of estrogen are prescribed by physicians thru pills or creams to alleviate uncomfortable menopausal symptoms. Most of the symptoms are attributed to the decline of estrogen levels in the body. Therefore, low dose of estrogen is given to relieve the severity of menopausal symptoms.
2. Progestin-Estrogen – also called as combination hormone therapy. Low doses of the two hormones are given in combination to prevent the irregular fluctuations of both hormones in the menopausal women’s body that causes the menopausal symptoms.
1. Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators – relieve effects of menopausal symptoms. One example is Femarelle that helps increase bone mass density to protect from osteoporotic fractures.
2. Antidepressants – allow restful sleep and improve mood. One example is Prozac, used in Premenstrual
Dysphoric Disorder, a mood disorder exacerbated by menopause caused by sudden drop of neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. May be used in episodes of hot flashes.
3. Gabapentin – used in hot flashes episodes.
4. Antihypertensives – alleviate hot flashes and high blood pressure.
These are conventional methods to minimize symptoms discomfort. This include the use of lubricants especially vaginal lubricants to prevent painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness. Another is the use of low dose estrogen creams to help in vaginal dryness and thinning or atrophy. Menopausal women must also stay away from hot flash triggering factors such as hot drinks, spicy food, hot environment, etc. and must instead stay in cool rooms, removing excess clothing and drinking cold liquids. For emotional problems and mood instability, menopausal women may seek help from support groups or attend individual counseling to aid them in their transition period.