Premature Menopause (Medical Procedural Causes) (cont.)

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Is there any treatment for premature menopause?

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There is no treatment that can reverse or prevent premature menopause. However, women who have reached menopause do have treatment options that can help control unpleasant symptoms.

Types of treatments for symptom relief include:

  • Hormone therapy: hormone therapy (HT, or estrogen therapy, ET) is available in different forms including pills, patches, transdermal sprays, or gels or creams. Localized hormone treatments are also available for intravaginal use. HT/ET is the most effective way to control symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Because HT/ET has been associated with certain health risks (heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer), experts recommend using the lowest effective dose of hormone therapy for the shortest time possible.
  • Oral contraceptive pills are a form of HT that is sometimes used to help relieve menopausal symptoms.
  • Antidepressant medications: The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and related medications have been shown to be effective in controlling the symptoms of hot flashes in up to 60% of women.
  • Non-hormonal vaginal gels, creams, and lubricants can help prevent the symptoms of vaginal dryness.
  • Assisted reproductive technologies like pregnancy using donor eggs may be considered for women with premature menopause who desire to become pregnant.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014

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