The average age for menopause in the United States is 51. But for many women, symptoms can begin years before the permanent end of their fertility. Women need not suffer in silence; doctors can help treat hot flashes, emotional symptoms, depression and other problems caused by menopause.
“For some women, estrogen therapy is the best way to treat symptoms of menopause,” says Kimberly K. Roos, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “For others, estrogen is not the best option, and we may need to try other medications or therapies.”
Low doses of antidepressants may also help treat menopausal symptoms and provide relief for women who are not candidates for estrogen therapy. Additionally, practicing relaxation techniques and exercising regularly can improve symptoms.