Treatment for Menopause
Menopause affects every woman differently. Some women won’t notice any menopausal symptoms. Others will struggle with hot flashes, moodiness, or pain during sex.
Menopause is a natural part of aging, not a disorder. But there are treatments that can ease symptoms of menopause.
Baystate Health is the only full-service women’s health program in western Massachusetts. Our experts provide personalized care throughout every stage of a woman’s life, including menopause.
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?
You reach menopause when you haven’t had a period in 12 months. Before this time, you are in menopausal transition, also called perimenopause.
Most women will experience menopause around age 50. Perimenopause typically lasts around seven years, but can last up to 15 years.
During perimenopause, levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen shift. Your body begins to use energy differently, which can lead to weight gain. Bones become less dense, which can lead to fractures.
SYMPTOMS OF PERIMENOPAUSE
The most common symptoms leading up to menopause include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Night sweats
- Vaginal dryness
- Irregular periods
TREATMENT OF MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS
While treatment is not required, it can help you manage the transition more comfortably.
Treatment options include:
Hormone (estrogen) therapy which provides quick relief, but isn’t right for every woman
- Vaginal estrogen to relieve dryness
- Sleep medications
- Low-dose antidepressants