It's Not Your Mother's Menopause
Medication Can Help continued...
Non-hormonal treatments are making their way onto the market. The FDA has approved the antidepressant paroxetine (Brisdelle, Pexeva, Paxil) for hot flashes. Another medication called ospemifene (Osphena) can help make sex less painful. It works like estrogen to make your vaginal walls thicker and less fragile.
The jury is still out on herbal supplements, like soy, red clover, and black cohosh, Soutendijk says. The studies aren’t that great, and the ones we do have show that soy and other supplements aren’t any better than placebos.