Menopause is a natural part of life and does not necessarily require treatment. Decide how to best proceed by talking with your doctor. A treatment plan must be considered on an individual basis. First, consider how the symptoms are affecting your daily life. Then, talk with your doctor about your family and medical history. Remember to talk about the risks of heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer.
Remember any decision is not final. You can, and should, review it with your doctor every year during your annual checkup. You can see a gynecologist, a general practitioner, or an internist.
It is also important to review current screening tests you may need based on your age, family and medical history.
Treatments for menopause aim to:
- Reduce unpleasant physical and psychological symptoms of menopause
Reduce your risk of osteoporosis, heart disease, and stroke
Treatment involves the following:
There are no surgical procedures for menopause.
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http://womenshealth.gov/menopause/symptom-relief-treatment/index.html. Updated September 29, 2010. Accessed April 18, 2013.
Last reviewed April 2013 by Brian Randall, MD
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