How to Choose a Menopause Treatment

Mood swings, hot flashes, and other menopause symptoms may rival the worst PMS symptoms, but relief is possible when you choose an appropriate treatment to manage the symptoms.

You will need

  • Doctor's advice
  • Appropriate medication

Step 1 Talk to your doctor Talk to your doctor about options for managing menopause symptoms, making sure the doctor is aware of your medical history.

Step 2 Weigh pros and cons Weigh the pros and cons of standard hormone replacement therapy. This therapy involves the prescription of a mix of man-made progesterone and estrogen to alleviate symptoms.

Step 3 Choose the right delivery method Choose the delivery method that best suits you for standard hormone replacement therapy from among a pill, patch, gel, vaginal cream, or a suppository ring.

Step 4 Ask your doctor Ask your doctor about the use of birth control pills to treat heavy, frequent, or unpredictable periods and hot flashes during perimenopause.

Step 5 Go natural Go natural with treatments to manage menopause symptoms if you are uncomfortable taking drugs. Try herbal products like black cohosh, wild yam, dong quai, or Valerian root. Increase your intake of soy, which is suspected to help decrease the severity of hot flashes.

Step 6 Consider alternative therapies Consider alternative therapies to reduce symptoms. Use massage, meditation, yoga, acupressure, or music therapy. Once symptoms vanish, you’ll be glad you made the effort.