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Overview

After menopause, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often prescribed to resupply the body with the hormones it no longer produces. 

There are a number of different treatment options to consider if you're suffering from symptoms of menopause.

Hormone Therapy

HRT (also known as hormone therapy, menopausal hormone therapy, and estrogen replacement therapy) uses female hormones -- estrogen and progesterone -- to treat common symptoms of menopause and aging. Doctors can prescribe it during or after menopause.

Ask your doctor about hormone therapy during menopause to find out if it's right for you.

While postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to treat menopausal hot flashes, it is not recommended for everyone. 

Here are the pros and cons of using hormone replacement therapy, as well as some alternatives.

There are many types of estrogen therapy in many different forms -- pills, patches, suppositories, and more. The best type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) depends on your health, your symptoms, personal preference, and what you need to get out of treatment. 

Alternative and Natural Treatments

See 11 supplements used to help relieve symptoms of menopause.

Supplements, herbs and botanicals like black cohosh, evening primrose oil, and flaxseed are thought to relieve menopausal symptoms. Are they safe? What are the warning signs a product may not be legitimate? Find out.

Learn about herbs, supplements, and other natural remedies that some believe help with menopause symptoms.

Black cohosh, also known as black snakeroot or bugbane, is a medicinal root. It is used to treat women's hormone-related symptoms, including premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps, and menopausal symptoms.

Soy is high in isoflavones. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are chemicals found in plants that work like estrogens.

Wild yam and progesterone creams are available without a prescription and are marketed for relieving perimenopausal symptoms caused by "estrogen dominance."

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