Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms

Evidence grows that antidepressants can help, new guidelines say

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And just this year, the FDA approved a new option for treating painful sex in postmenopausal women. It's a pill called ospemifene (Osphena), and it has estrogen-like effects on the lining of the vagina.

As for "natural" remedies, such as soy and black cohosh, studies have failed to prove they're effective for hot flashes and night sweats, the guidelines say.

However, Rabin said that some women who try supplements do feel better -- even if it's by a "placebo effect."

There are some "common sense" tactics any woman can use to help ease hot flashes, the guidelines say. Those include dressing in layers, keeping the thermostat lower at home and drinking cool beverages.

But for women who need more than that, Gracia advised talking to your doctor about the benefits and risks of all your options. "Therapy should be individualized, since one therapy may not be optimal for all women."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more on menopause.

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