Menopause is when a woman stops menstruating. For most women, this occurs around age 50.
Many women do not have symptoms related to menopause, but up to 90 percent of women do. These can begin months or years before menopause and include:
Researchers often measure the impact of menopausal symptoms on women by asking about their overall quality of life.
“We know that hormone therapy can help some women with menopause symptoms,” says Dr. Katherine Newton, a Group Health Research Institute investigator who studies women’s health. “But many women prefer nonhormonal, alternative choices. However, some of these work and some do not.” Based on Dr. Newton’s work and research by others, here are some tips about nonhormonal treatments for managing menopause symptoms.
Nonhormonal therapies include the antidepressants escitalopram and venlafaxine. Alternative therapies tested for relieving menopause symptoms include herbal and botanical nutritional supplements, exercise, and yoga.
“The good news for women approaching or at the age of menopause is that we have much better tools for managing symptoms than we had only a few years ago,” says Dr. Newton. “I encourage women to talk with their health care providers about their symptoms, medical history and personal preferences when deciding among these treatment options.”
by Chris Tachibana
The MsFLASH research network has renewed funding to study healthy ways to reduce menopause symptoms. Dr. Katherine Newton tells what we've learned so far.
Read it in Healthy Findings.