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Menopause and Perimenopause (cont.)

Treatment Overview

Menopause is a natural part of aging. But symptoms can be difficult for some women.

If you have trouble sleeping, mood swings, hot flashes, cloudy thinking, heavy menstrual periods, or other symptoms, treatment can help you get through this time more comfortably.

Treatment for menopause symptoms may include:

  • Healthy lifestyle habits, including exercise, healthy eating, and quitting smoking. To learn more, see Home Treatment.
  • Hormones and other medicines, such as antidepressants. To learn more, see Medications.
  • Treatments such as black cohosh and soy. To learn more, see Other Treatment.

Home Treatment

A healthy lifestyle can help you manage menopause symptoms. It can also help lower your risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, and other long-term health problems.

To manage hot flashes, try keeping your environment cool, dressing in layers, and managing stress, especially with daily meditative breathing exercises.

Click here to view an Actionset.Menopause: Managing Hot Flashes

To improve vaginal dryness and muscle tone, try using a vaginal lubricant and doing Kegel exercises regularly.

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