“Management and treatment of menopausal symptoms depend on each individual woman’s experience. Healthy living, herbal and complementary therapies (including…”.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 the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“Management and treatment of menopausal symptoms depend on each individual woman’s experience.

Healthy living, herbal and complementary therapies (including herbs and phytoestrogens), menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), or some non-hormonal prescription medications may assist with symptoms”.2

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 the NICE elaborate on managing:

  • “Hot Flushes and Night Sweats…
  • Low Mood…
  • Lack of Interest In Sex…
  • Vaginal Dryness…”.3

Symptom Management Options

What are some menopause symptom management options?

In Menopause Management the 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

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”.5

Hot Flushes

What are some steps to reduce or prevent hot flushes?

In Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Lifestyle and Home Remedies the Mayo Clinic also explain:

  • “Cool hot flashes. Dress in layers, have a cold glass of water or go somewhere cooler. Try to pinpoint what triggers your hot flashes. For many women, triggers may include hot beverages, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, stress, hot weather and even a warm room”.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 NICE include questions about:

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

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”.8

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”.9

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”.10

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”.11

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”.12

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: 07 December 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 11 December 2020
  2. Menopause Management. Last Updated: 07 December 2020 | Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 11 December 2020
  3. 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: 11 December 2020
  4. Menopause Management. Last Updated: 07 December 2020 | Last Reviewed 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-management/ Accessed: 11 December 2020
  5. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 14 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 11 December 2020
  6. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Lifestyle and Home Remedies. 14 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 11 December 2020
  7. Menopause: Diagnosis and Management – Information for the Public: Treating Menopausal Symptoms. 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/Treating-menopausal-symptoms Accessed: 11 December 2020
  8. 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: 11 December 2020
  9. 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: 11 December 2020
  10. 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: 11 December 2020
  11. Menopause: Diagnosis & Treatment – Treatment. 14 October 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/menopause/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20353401 Accessed: 11 December 2020
  12. The Menopause: Conclusions. Reviewed: November 2017. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/menopause/ Accessed: 11 December 2020

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