• Treatments for Menopause

    Menopause is a natural part of life and does not necessarily require treatment. Decide how to best proceed by talking with your doctor. A treatment plan must be considered on an individual basis—also called a personal health strategy. First, consider how the symptoms are impacting your daily life. Then, talk with your doctor about your family and medical history and the risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.
    Remember any decision is not final. You can, and should, review it with your doctor every year during your annual checkup. You can see a gynecologist, a general practitioner, or an internist. It is important that you review with your doctor the current advised screening programs available for women your age with your family history and your medical history.
    Treatments for menopause aim to:
    • Reduce unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms of menopause
    • Reduce your risk of osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke )
    Risks associated with treatment include:
    • Women with a history of breast or uterine cancer or who have a history of a clotting disorder may not be good candidates for hormone replacement therapy.
    • Women with a history of known cardiac risk factors or with cardiovascular disease may also require special considerations.
    Treatment involves the following:
    Lifestyle changesMedicationsOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapies

    There are no surgical procedures for menopause.

    References

    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website. Available at: http://www.acog.org/publications/patient%5Feducation.bp047.cfm . Accessed November 2009.

    National Institute on Aging website. Available at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/ . Accessed February 14, 2006.

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