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Menopause Common Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about Menopause: 

Is hormone therapy safe for managing menopause symptoms?

Hormone therapy can be safe, especially for women in their 50s or younger. It’s recommended to try lifestyle changes first, such as dressing in layers and avoiding triggers like alcohol. If needed, hormone therapy and certain antidepressants can help with hot flashes. 

How does menopause affect sex drive?

Hormonal changes can cause vaginal dryness, leading to discomfort during sex. Using vaginal moisturizers, lubricants, or medications can alleviate this. It’s important to communicate openly with your healthcare provider for solutions. 

Can I take natural supplements for menopause symptoms?

Caution is advised, before utilizing supplements, due to lack of regulation and potential interactions with other medications. Consult your ob-gyn before starting a new supplement regimen to determine what’s right for you. 

Are annual check-ups necessary after menopause?

Yes, continuing annual visits with your ob-gyn is crucial for comprehensive health care, including cancer screenings and managing symptoms related to sex and urinary incontinence. 

Do I need to continue Pap tests and mammograms post-menopause?

Pap tests should continue until age 65, with mammograms recommended until age 75 for most women, depending on individual risk factors. Consult with your ob-gyn to tailor screening to your needs. 

(Source: acog.og)