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Are There Any Treatments to Help the Symptoms of Menopause?

There are a number of treatments for menopause symptoms.

Lifestyle changes. A healthy diet and regular exercise program will help manage menopause symptoms and maintain overall good health. It is also a good idea to finally kick any old, unhealthy habits, such as smoking or drinking too much alcohol. Tips for handling hot flashes include dressing lightly and in layers and avoiding triggers like caffeine and spicy foods.

Prescription medication for hot flashes. Treatment with estrogen and progesterone, called combination hormone therapy (HT) or hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can be prescribed for women who still have a uterus. HT helps symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, and it may help prevent osteoporosis. Estrogen alone is given to women who have had the uterus removed, which is called a hysterectomy. Remaining sexually active may also help to preserve the lining of the vagina.

Many women should not get hormone therapy. This includes women with current or past breast or uterine (endometrial) cancer, blood clots, liver disease, stroke, women who may be pregnant, or women who have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding. 

For women who can't or don't want to take hormones, there are other medications to ease symptoms. They include antidepressants, antiseizure drugs, or blood pressure medications to help with hot flashes and mood swings. 

Prescription and OTC medication for vaginal dryness and sleep problems. Topical estrogen, lubricants, and non-estrogen prescriptions can treat vaginal dryness and painful sex. Sleep aids can help with trouble sleeping. 

Nontraditional therapies. There are many unproven methods for treating menopause symptoms, some more effective than others. Acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation techniques are harmless ways to ease the stress of menopause, and some people believe they help. Many women also try herbal or natural remedies. Talk to a doctor before trying any of these.

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Moderate to Severe Painful Sex Due to Menopause?

Many women experiencing very painful sex after menopause never initiate a conversation with their healthcare providers. But providers can help. Open up and start talking.

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Find the Words to Get Help

Don't live in silence about the changes you face in your menopausal years. Moderate to severe painful intercourse after menopause can often be treated. You are not alone.

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Important Safety Information for Osphena

Most Important Information you should know about Osphena (ospemifene)

Osphena works like estrogen in the lining of the uterus, but can work differently in other parts of the body.

Taking estrogen alone or Osphena may increase your chance for getting cancer of the lining of the uterus, strokes, and blood clots. Vaginal bleeding after menopause may be a warning sign of cancer of the lining of the uterus. Your healthcare provider should check any unusual vaginal bleeding to find out the cause, so tell them right away if this happens while you are using Osphena.

You and your healthcare provider should talk regularly about whether you still need treatment with Osphena.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you get changes in vision or speech, sudden new severe headaches, and severe pains in your chest or legs with or without shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue.

Osphena should not be used if you have unusual vaginal bleeding; have or have had certain types of cancers (including cancer of the breast or uterus); have or had blood clots; had a stroke or heart attack; have severe liver problems; or think you may be pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider if you are going to have surgery or will be on bed rest.

Possible side effects of Osphena

Serious but less common side effects can include stroke, blood clots, and cancer of the lining of the uterus.

Common side effects can include hot flashes, vaginal discharge, muscle spasms and increased sweating.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take as some medicines may affect how Osphena works. Osphena may also affect how other medicines work.

What is Osphena (ospemifene) tablets?

Osphena is a prescription oral pill that treats painful intercourse, a symptom of changes in and around your vagina, due to menopause.

Please read the Patient Information for Osphena (ospemifene) tablets, including Boxed WARNING in the Full Prescribing Information.

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