TREAT­ING THE SYMP­TOMS

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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.

Ben­e­fits

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.

Who should not use it?

HRT may not be suit­able for women who have a his­tory of:

High blood pres­sure. Se­vere mi­graines. Throm­bo­sis or blood clots. Stroke.

Heart dis­ease. En­dome­trial, ovar­ian or breast can­cer.

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