Most treatment is aimed at treating symptoms rather than altering menopause, which is a natural and healthy phase of life for most women. Treatments may include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Nonprescription medications
- Prescription therapies
- Treatments for specific symptoms, such as lubricants for vaginal dryness or antidepressants for emotional changes
- Preventive medications or supplements for chronic post-menopausal conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
The Menstrual Cycle
Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the ovary are the messengers that regulate the menstrual cycle. Learn more here.
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