“Menopause is a unique experience for all women and a range of management options is available for the different symptoms…”.1

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What may the Menopause Management Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Healthy Menopause
  • Menopause Management
  • Menopause Management Choices/Options/Steps/Strategies/Tips
  • Menopause Self Management Strategies
  • Menopause Treatments

Easy or Not

How easy is navigating through menopause?

In Dr. Pinkerton’s Top 10 Tips for Menopause the North American Menopause Society’s current Executive Director elaborates on:

“Navigating through menopause isn’t always easy. The physical and mental challenges of a changing body come at a time when women face plenty of other challenges: too much work, not enough time, and taking care of everyone—the kids, the job, the aging parents, the community—except yourself”.2

Options

What are some menopause management options?

In What Is Menopause? How Can Symptoms Be Handled? the Australasian Menopause Society (AMS) explain:

“Women are encouraged to pay attention to their health, including quitting smoking, eating well, exercising regularly and incorporating some relaxation techniques. Self-management strategies such as carrying a fan, dressing in layers, always having a cool drink and a facial water spray can be helpful. Avoiding spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol will also reduce flushing”.3

In Menopause Management the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) elaborate on:

“Menopause is a unique experience for all women and a range of management options is available for the different symptoms, including:

  • Healthy living
  • Menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT)
  • Treatments to manage vaginal dryness
  • Non-hormonal prescription medications
  • Complementary therapies
  • Pharmacy-compounded hormone therapy (not recommended)
Some treatments are well supported by valid scientific research; others have less evidence to support their use. It is important to have accurate and reliable information before you start any treatment”.4

NICE Guidelines

What does the (British) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) guidelines note about managing menopause symptoms?

In the NICE Guideline Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Managing Your Symptoms published in November 2015, the NICE elaborate on managing:

  • “Hot Flushes and Night Sweats…
  • Low Mood…
  • Lack of Interest In Sex…
  • Vaginal Dryness…”.5

Tips

What are some tips for a healthy menopause?

In Hot Flushes and Night Sweats – Background Information the International Menopause Society’s Tips for A Healthy Menopause are:

  • “Maintain a regular exercise routine
  • Restrain intake of caffeine, sugar, salt and alcohol
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat foods containing adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D
  • Maintain a regular and sufficient sleep schedule
  • Maintain a low-fat, well-balanced diet
  • Take hormone therapy if needed
  • Proactively manage menopause and use it as an opportunity to prevent disease and improve long-term health and quality of life”.6

In Dr. Pinkerton’s Top 10 Tips for Menopause the North American Menopause Society’s current Executive Director Dr. Pinkerton also elaborates on:

Menopause Management

  1. “Make some time for yourself…
  2. Eat healthy and exercise…
  3. Sleep at least 7 hours every night…
  4. Don’t fear hormones…
  5. Keeping your relationship healthy with intimacy…
  6. If you just don’t care about sex anymore, talk to your healthcare provider…
  7. Know your numbers…
  8. Get regular exams…
  9. Don’t tough out tough times…
  10. Don’t take lots of supplements, but do get enough calcium and vitamin D…”.7

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Lifestyle and Home Remedies the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“Fortunately, many of the signs and symptoms associated with menopause are temporary. Take these steps to help reduce or prevent their effects:

  • Cool hot flashes…
  • Decrease vaginal discomfort…
  • Get enough sleep…
  • Practice relaxation techniques…
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor…
  • Eat a balanced diet…
  • Don’t smoke…
  • Exercise regularly…”.8

Questions To Ask

What are some questions to ask about menopause management?

In the NICE Guideline Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause the NICE include questions about:

  • “Diagnosis…
  • About Menopause…
  • About Premature Menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency)…
  • Lifestyle…
  • Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms…
  • For Family Members, Friends or Carers…”.9

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

What is one of the points of consensus about menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) and menopause symptoms?

One of the points of consensus in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, is:

  • “Consideration of MHT for symptom relief or osteoporosis prevention should be a part of an overall strategy including lifestyle recommendations regarding diet, exercise, smoking cessation and safe levels of alcohol consumption for maintaining the health and quality of life of peri- and postmenopausal women”.10

Health Care Provider

What if I would like help with my menopause management?

If you would like help with my menopause management, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

On page two in Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With Menopause? the JH elaborate on what you can do and explain:

“Depending on your symptoms, you may like to see a general practitioner, a gynaecologist, endocrinologist (hormone specialist), registered naturopath, psychologist or dietitian”.11

On page two in Menopause the JH also note:

“See Your Doctor If:

  • You are troubled by less regular periods
  • You have symptoms of menopause that interfere with daily life
  • You have symptoms of depression and anxiety, including changes to your thinking, eating, sleeping and enjoyment of activities”.12

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment the Mayo Clinic also encourage us to seek help:

“Before deciding on any form of treatment, talk with your doctor about your options and the risks and benefits involved with each. Review your options yearly, as your needs and treatment options may change”.13

In The Menopause: Conclusions the (British) Women’s Health Concern also note:

“Some women breeze through a problem-free menopause, but most experience some symptoms ranging from mild to severe. If you feel that you are struggling, advice and support is widely available. The important thing is to be aware of any changes and to consult your GP for advice. Whatever the symptoms, help is available in a range of ways. Above all, bear in mind that your health is your responsibility and that you are in charge. This is a time when your body deserves some tender loving care”.14

Who is a GP?

Dots and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

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  1. Menopause Management. Last Updated 13 December 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 07 January 2020
  2. Pinkerton, J. Dr. Pinkerton’s Top 10 Tips for Menopause. 29 March 2016 https://www.menopause.org/for-women/consumers/2016/03/29/dr.-pinkerton’s-top-10-tips-for-menopause Accessed: 07 January 2020
  3. What Is Menopause? How Can Symptoms Be Handled? Content Updated February 2016. Australasian Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org.au/hp/information-sheets/185-what-is-menopause Accessed: 07 January 2020
  4. Menopause Management. Last Updated 13 December 2019 — Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 07 January 2020
  5. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Treating Menopausal Symptoms. Published Date: November 2015. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng23/ifp/chapter/Treating-menopausal-symptoms Accessed: 07 January 2020
  6. Hot Flushes and Night Sweats – Background Information: Tips for A Healthy Menopause. – 8. October 2011:2-3. International Menopause Society https://www.imsociety.org/downloads/world_menopause_day_2011/wmd_media_backgrounder.pdf Accessed: 07 January 2020
  7. Pinkerton, J. Dr. Pinkerton’s Top 10 Tips for Menopause. 29 March 2016 https://www.menopause.org/for-women/consumers/2016/03/29/dr.-pinkerton’s-top-10-tips-for-menopause Accessed: 07 January 2020
  8. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Lifestyle and Home Remedies. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 07 January 2020
  9. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause. Published Date: November 2015. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG23/ifp/chapter/Questions-to-ask-about-menopause Accessed: 07 January 2020
  10. Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section B: General Principles Governing the Use of MHT. Climacteric, 2016;19:4:314 https://www.imsociety.org/manage/images/pdf/ba6379e868044bec13015ac2b84f2753.pdf Accessed: 07 January 2020
  11. Menopause: What Can You Do To Help With Menopause? Updated September 2018:2. Jean Hailes https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 07 January 2020
  12. Menopause: See Your Doctor If. Updated September 2018:2. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 07 January 2020
  13. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 07 August 2017. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 07 January 2020
  14. The Menopause: Conclusions. Reviewed: November 2017. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/ Accessed: 07 January 2020
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