Menopause is not a disease. It is a normal part of a woman’s life cycle. If you are experiencing common menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, know that treatment options are available.
Here’s a brief look at some of the treatment options available for the symptoms that may occur throughout the menopause transition, as well as the health risks that can develop during menopause.
Treating hot flashes:
You're not alone
80% of postmenopausal women experience moderate to severe hot flashes.* The frequency and severity of hot flashes generally increase from early in the transition from perimenopause to menopause, to a peak right around 1 year after menopause. Hot flashes generally lessen over the next 10 years.
*255 women were followed for 16 years. During follow-up, 80% of women reported moderate to severe hot flashes, 17% reported mild hot flashes, and 3% reported no hot flashes.
Current treatment options that require a prescription
(only for women without a uterus)
Estrogen with progestin
(for women who never had a hysterectomy and still have their uterus)
Certain blood pressure medicines
of postmenopausal women choose to try alternative therapies that do not require a prescription. However, these have not been well studied for effectiveness and safety. Speak with your doctor before you start any alternative treatment.