Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
HRT is the most popular menopause treatment. HRT replaces oestrogen (and sometimes progesterone), which is depleted during the menopause. Oestrogen comes either as skin patches, a gel or spray, implants or tablets and progesterone comes as patches - sometimes combined with the oestrogen patch - an intrauterine system (IUS) or coil or in tablet form.
Testosterone gel for reduced libido
If HRT doesn’t improve your sex drive, you may be offered a testosterone cream or gel. This can be used alongside your HRT.
Treatments for vaginal dryness
If your vagina becomes dry, painful, or itchy as a result of the menopause, an oestrogen cream, tablet or ring inserted into your vagina may help with dryness and any other urinary symptoms. You can use these medications alongside your HRT.
If these treatments aren't successful, MonaLisa Touch® - a low powered laser treatment – could also help (see below for more on this procedure).
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
If you suffer with low mood or anxiety, CBT may help. CBT is a talking therapy which is available on the NHS or through self-help channels such as online CBT courses.
If CBT isn’t your thing, ask for help from friends and family and - if you’re working - from your manager and colleagues.
A good diet, plenty of rest, regular exercise and keeping an eye on your mental wellbeing can all help you manage the symptoms of menopause.