A treatment to boost hormone levels and relieve symptoms. As estrogen decreases during menopause, estrogen therapy is the most effective treatment to relieve many menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irritability, mood swings, and hair loss. Often prescribed in a low dose, estrogen therapy is delivered as a pill or a patch. And it’s often recommended after a hysterectomy.
Doctors may also recommend a combination treatment that uses doses of estrogen and progesterone. This treatment is recommended if you still have your uterus.
Another treatment that’s effective in managing menopausal symptoms is tibolone, a selective tissue estrogenic activity regulator (STEAR).
Before recommending therapy, doctors will consider your personal and family medical history.
Like all medicines, there may be side effects. Please discuss all treatment options with your doctor.
Some women may experience vaginal dryness and estrogen can be used topically in the vagina as a cream or tablet. This releases the right amount of estrogen and is absorbed by the vaginal tissues.
Certain antidepressants are known to decrease hot flashes and can help if you can’t take estrogen treatment or if you need treatment for a mood disorder.
Doctors may recommend treatment to prevent or treat osteoporosis. While there are several treatments available to reduce bone loss, doctors may also prescribe vitamin D supplements to strengthen bones.
Clonidine can help relieve hot flashes.