“There are many ways to manage and treat menopausal
symptoms, depending on your own unique experience.
You might try different options before finding…”.1

Umbrella
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

Different Differences

Is menopause symptom management one-size-fits-all?

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

“There are many ways to manage and treat menopausal symptoms, depending on your own unique experience. You might try different options before finding a treatment that works for you. It’s important to seek accurate and reliable information before you start any treatment”.2

Healthy Lifestyle

Can implementing or maintaining a healthy lifestyle improve menopause symptoms?

In Looking After Yourself the JH note:

“During menopause, it’s important to look after yourself. Healthy lifestyle choices will help to improve physical and emotional symptoms at every stage of menopause”.3

On page two in The Menopause Self Care Forum Fact Sheet NO.22 – Managing Your Menopause: General Tips To Help With Menopause Symptoms, included in the New Menopause Fact Sheet, the NHS National Menopause Clinical Reference Group and the Self Care Forum elaborate on:

Menopause Self CareLifestyle changes and self care can help you during the perimenopause and menopause whether or not you are using HRT. Make sure you rest when you need to, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, take physical exercise regularly, find time to relax, cut down on alcohol, share with other people going through the menopause and if you smoke, talk to your pharmacist or GP practice about an NHS stopping smoking programme”.4

One of the recommendations about a healthy lifestyle on page one in the Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause, first published online 10 June 2022, is:

  • “Women should be advised that implementing or maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve menopause symptoms. A healthy diet (one low in saturated fat and salt and rich in calcium and vitamin D), stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake and including regular exercise can be beneficial. Reducing caffeine intake may also improve symptoms.
  • Alternative therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, may also improve hot flushes, nights sweats and other menopausal symptoms and can be considered in women who do not wish to take HRT or have contraindications to taking HRT”.5

Treatments

What are some treatments to improve menopause symptoms?

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

“Menopause requires no medical treatment. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms and preventing or managing chronic conditions that may occur with aging. Treatments may include:

  • Hormone Therapy…
  • Vaginal Estrogen…
  • Low-Dose Antidepressants…
  • Gabapentin (Gralise, Horizant, Neurontin)…
  • Medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis”.6

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 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) include questions to ask about:

  • “Diagnosis…
  • About Menopause…
  • About Premature Menopause (Premature Ovarian Insufficiency)…
  • Lifestyle…
  • Treatment for Menopausal Symptoms…
  • For Family Members, Friends or Carers…”.7

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: When To See Your Doctor the JH elaborate on what you can do and explain:

“Depending on your symptoms, you can also see a specialist. For example, a gynaecologist, psychologist, endocrinologist or dietitian”.8

In What Is Menopause? When To See Your Doctor the JH also note:

Menopause Management“Talk to your doctor if you are worried about:

  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Bleeding after menopause
  • Increase Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms
  • Menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, that interfere with your daily life”.9

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”.10

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”.11

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 Options. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 16 November 2022
  2. Menopause Management Options. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management Accessed: 16 November 2022
  3. Looking After Yourself. Last Updated: 03 October 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022 Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/looking-after-yourself Accessed: 16 November 2022
  4. New Menopause Fact Sheet: The Menopause Self Care Forum Fact Sheet NO.22 – Managing Your Menopause: General Tips To Help With Menopause Symptoms. NHS National Menopause Clinical Reference Group and the Self Care Forum https://www.selfcareforum.org/2022/10/11/new-menopause-fact-sheet/ Accessed: 16 November 2022
  5. Hamoda et al. Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause. First Published Online 10 June 2022:3-4. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20533691221104879 Accessed: 16 November 2022
  6. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 14 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 16 November 2022
  7. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Questions To Ask About Menopause. Published Date: 12 November 2015. Last Updated: 05 December 2019. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG23/ifp/chapter/Questions-to-ask-about-menopause Accessed: 16 November 2022
  8. Menopause: When To See your Doctor. Updated June 2022:2. Jean Hailes https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 16 November 2022
  9. What Is Menopause? When To See Your Doctor. Last Updated: 11 November 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/contents/documents/Resources/Fact_sheets/Menopause.pdf Accessed: 16 November 2022
  10. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 14 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 16 November 2022
  11. The Menopause: Conclusions. Reviewed: November 2019. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/ Accessed: 16 November 2022
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