Every woman is different, and treatment for menopause symptoms aren’t one size fits all

During perimenopause and menopause, choosing the right treatment can help to alleviate some uncomfortable symptoms. For many women, simple lifestyle modifications can be very helpful (dressing in layers, plenty of air circulation, and use of vaginal lubrication), but for others, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be more effective.

Depending on your age and whether or not you have had a partial or full hysterectomy, when deciding on hormone replacement therapy, it should be tailored to your unique needs. Estrogen-only HRT is safer than combination HRT, but should only be taken by women who have had a hysterectomy. Estrogen causes the lining of the uterus to thicken, without the balancing effects of progesterone. This can increase the risk for endometrial cancer. Women who have a uterus must have HRT as an estrogen and progesterone combination.

Menopause symptoms can be debilitating for some women. Working closely with your doctor, it’s best to understand YOUR personal risks, so that you can make the most informed decision.

Additional resources for understanding menopause symptoms and reviewing treatment options

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/basics/symptoms/con-20019726

Cleveland Clinic

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic-what-is-perimenopause-menopause-postmenopause

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-basics

CIGC Specialists can help women who have begun menopause (either naturally or due to a hysterectomy) understand their specific needs, and create the right treatment plan.

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