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Menopause Relief from Home

Menopause is a stage that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive lifespan when the ovaries stop making estrogen. This typically occurs naturally in women over the age of 40 who have not menstruated for more than 12 consecutive months.

Some women may also experience perimenopause, a transitional period which begins several years before menopause.

Get the Treatment You Need

Both prescription and over-the-counter treatments exist to help with menopausal vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia) and vaginal symptoms (painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, and bladder problems).

Relief for Vasomotor Symptoms

Menopausal Hormones
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  • Estradiol (pill; generic for Estrace)
  • Estrace (pill; brand for Estradiol)
    • Elestrin (gel; brand for Synthetic Conjugated Estrogens)
    • Divigel (gel; brand for Estradiol)
    • Climara Pro (patch; brand for Estradiol)
    • Climara (patch; brand for Estradiol)
    • Alora (patch; brand for Estradiol)
    • Evamist (skin spray; brand for Estradiol)
      • Estrogel (gel; brand for Estradiol)
      • Estradiol (patch; generic for Minivelle)
      • Minivelle (patch; brand for Estradiol)
      • Menest (tablet; brand for Esterified Estrogen)
      • Premarin (pill; brand for Conjugated Estrogens)
      • Estradiol (patch; generic for Vivelle-Dot)
      • Vivelle-Dot (patch; brand for Estradiol)
      • MedroYesyprogesterone Acetate (pill; generic for Provera)
      • Provera (pill; brand for MedroYesyprogesterone Acetate)
      • Micronized Progesterone (pill; generic for Prometrium)
      • Prometrium (pill; brand for Micronized Progesterone)
      • Duavee (pill; brand for Conjugated Estrogen/ BazedoYesifene)
      • Prempro (pill; brand for Conjugated Estrogen/ MedroYesyprogesterone)
      • Prefest (pill; brand for Estradiol/Norgestimate)
      • Norethindrone Acetate/ Ethinyl Estradiol (pill; generic for Femhrt)
      • Femhrt (pill; brand for Norethindrone Acetate/ Ethinyl Estradiol)
      • Combipatch (patch; brand for Estradiol/ Norethindrone Acetate)
      • Climara Pro (patch; brand for Estradiol/ Levonrgestrel)
      • Angeliq (pill; brand for Estradiol/Drospirenone)
      • Angeliq (pill; brand for Drospirenone / Estradiol)
      • Estradiol/ Norethindrone Acetate (pill; generic for Activella)
      • Activella (pill; brand for Estradiol/ Norethindrone Acetate)
        Low Dose Mental Health Medications
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        • ParoYesetine (capsule; generic for Brisdelle)
        • Brisdelle (capsule; brand for ParoYesetine)
        • Venlafaxine XR (extended release; generic for Effexor XR)
        Sleep Medications
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        • Doxepin (pill)
        • Ramelteon (pill)

        Relief for Vaginal Symptoms

        Vaginal Medication (Estrogen-only)
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        • Estring (vaginal insert; brand for Estradiol)
        • Estradiol (vaginal cream; generic for Estrace)
        • Estrace (vaginal cream; brand for Estradiol)
            • Femring (vaginal insert; brand for Estradiol Acetate)
            • Premarin (vaginal cream; generic for Conjugated Estrogens)
            • Vagifem (vaginal insert; generic for Vagifem)
            • Vagifem (vaginal insert; brand for Vagifem)
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              • Intrarosa (vaginal insert; generic for Prasterone)
              Estrogen Agonist/Antagonist
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              • Osphena (pill; brand for Ospemifene)

              Top Questions

              How can I get treated for my mental health symptoms in the menopause transition?
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              Patients seeking diagnosis or treatment for depression or anxiety are encouraged to visit the Alpha Mental Health Service, which is a part of Alpha Membership Plus.

              What type of hormones can I take for hot flashes?
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              The types of hormones you can take depend on the stage of your menopause transition, your medical history, and treatment preferences.

              If you are still menstruating, hormonal contraceptives (birth control) may be appropriate for you since menopausal hormones do not suppress ovulation, which can lead to an unplanned pregnancy or irregular periods.

              What lifestyle changes can I make to treat hot flashes?
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              Dress in layers, sleep in a cool room, sip on cold drinks, exercise regularly, avoid foods/drinks that can trigger hot flashes, such as alcohol and caffeine, and try meditation. You can also briefly put your hand in an ice bucket to mitigate the hot flash or night sweat.

              How will menopause affect my desire to have sex?
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              Menopause may affect your desire to have sex. Fluctuation of hormones during menopause, specifically a drop in estrogen levels can lead to vaginal dryness. Less estrogen means less natural vaginal moisture and elasticity, and vaginal dryness can cause pain during sex. This may reduce your desire to have sex.

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              Think you may have perimenopause?

              Perimenopause, the transition phase of menopause, occurs when women start to have symptoms of menopause. It may last for 4 to 8 years. Click below to learn more about treating perimenopause symptoms.

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              Connect with a Medical Provider

              A medical provider will review your responses and send an appropriate treatment plan. Your care is evidence-based and personalized at every visit.

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              Get Whole-person Care

              Your care team will respond to any questions through our secure messaging platform and you can get medication at your preferred pharmacy.

              Are you experiencing irregular menstrual bleeding?

              If you’re noticing any spotting, heavy bleeding, or an irregular period during menopause, treatment is available.

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