10 Things You Can Do to Treat Symptoms of Early MenopauseThe Breast Cancer Site
Early menopause can be a common side effect of chemotherapy, and it tends to strike those undergoing cancer treatments, adding an extra burden to an already overwhelming load. It occurs because cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can damage the ovaries, causing hormone production to drop and triggering menopause. If early menopause is affecting you, some of the symptoms you’ll experience include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood swings. Thankfully, there are ways to treat these symptoms and find some relief.
10. Hormone Therapy
Because the main culprit of early menopause is a drop in hormone production, oral or vaginal menopausal hormone therapy are possible treatment options. Once estrogen production drops, your bones become weaker and more prone to fractures. By taking estrogen and progesterone, you can reduce bone loss. You may also experience fewer hot flashes and less vaginal dryness. However, for breast cancer survivors, there is a chance that oral menopausal hormone therapy can increase the risk of cancer returning while vaginal menopausal hormone therapy may not. Talk with your doctor to see if either of these options might be right for you.
9. Estrogen Soft Ring
With this treatment, which aims to reduce vaginal symptoms, a soft ring that contains estrogen is inserted into the vagina, much like putting in a diaphragm. The soft ring is supposed to mimic normal hormonal activity and reduce vaginal dryness by artificially providing estrogen and lubrication.
8. Estrogen Suppositories or Creams
Similarly, estrogen suppositories or creams are also meant to address vaginal dryness. Suppositories are inserted into the vagina for slow release, while cream is applied to the treated area. These substances, in turn, help reduce pain, soreness, and itching or discomfort that may be experienced during sex.
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