TREATING THE SYMPTOMS
Speak to your doctor about hormones and other medications that can help ease symptoms. There are also bioidentical hormones available from some naturopaths and doctors.
FROM YOUR DOCTOR
Certain medications can help to treat individual symptoms:
» Oral contraceptive pills have been shown to reduce heavy bleeding and cramping and some of the effects of decreasing hormone levels such as bone loss and endometrial and ovarian cancers.
» Water-based lubricants: Applying these before sex can help to reduce the effects of vaginal dryness and discomfort.
» Other treatments: Low-dose oestrogen pills, patches, or creams may reduce severe hot flushes.
» Some antidepressants may also help ease hot flushes.
why ALL THE FUSS ABOUT HRT?
HRT is an effective treatment that works by balancing the reproductive hormones. Some types of HRT contain both progesterone and oestrogen, some only oestrogen. It’s important to consider the risks before beginning treatment and speak to your doctor, who will take into account your medical history. Recent survey results showed that women were significantly less willing to use hormones for hot flushes and instead used exercise, diet, herbal supplements, acupuncture, or meditation. But the benefits of HRT go beyond the relief of hot flushes and include improvements in the following symptoms: night sweats, sleep disruption, bone loss, and heart problems.
It’s effective for symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis. It reduces mood swings and irritability. It can slow skin ageing. It helps with insomnia. It can relieve joint aches. It helps prevent vaginal dryness.