What's the best support and treatment for menopause symptoms?
If your company does not have a menopause policy in place or menopause support through us at Fertifa , we would recommend speaking to your GP about getting treatment and support to help with the symptoms.
Alternatively, talking therapy such as counselling, CBT or even menopause cafes provide a safe space to share menopause experiences, and can be hugely beneficial to mental health at a time when lots of people struggle with their mental health.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a perfectly safe and effective hormonal treatment which can be used to relieve menopause symptoms. Common menopause symptoms such hot flushes, low libido and night sweats are unpleasant, however HRT can offer both short-term relief and prevent longer -term medical conditions, for example by lowering the risk of osteoporosis.
HRT is available in various forms, including oral tablets, skin patches, gels, creams, and vaginal preparations, offering women different options for managing menopausal symptoms and hormonal imbalances. If you are considering menopausal hormone therapy, please talk to your GP or a health professional.
If you're a Fertifa patient looking to understand more about HRT, get in touch via the app. Our doctors, nurses and menopause specialists can talk you through HRT and give you the necessary medical advice or a prescription if they agree it's suitable for your menopause symptoms.
By minimising the weakening of bones and stabilising emotions, vitamin D supplements also help relieve symptoms caused by declining oestrogen levels. If you are particularly suffering from urinary incontinence and/or pain during sex, practising Kegel exercises will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and can help tackle these symptoms.
According to NHS guidance and the guidance of our in-house clinical team (led by Dr. Gidon Lieberman), the risks of Hormone Therapy are minimal, with a minor increase to the risk of breast cancer, blood clots or heart disease (cardiovascular disease) following hormone therapy. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family and you are concerned, be sure to speak to your doctor for reassurance and next steps.
You can read our guide to HRT here.
Alternative therapies, or non-hormonal treatments, for menopause can also be used to alleviate symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats.
Herbal remedies like black cohosh or St. John's wort are great, as well as daily vitamin supplements such as vitamin D. By minimising the weakening of bones and stabilising emotions, vitamin D supplements help relieve symptoms caused by declining oestrogen levels.
These are all over-the-counter medications meaning you don't need a prescription - they can be purchased straight away from your local pharmacy. If you are particularly suffering from urinary incontinence and/or pain during sex, practising Kegel exercises will help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and can help tackle these symptoms.
Monitoring alcohol consumption is another important way to minimise perimenopausal symptoms. Alcohol can disrupt hormone balance, potentially worsening menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and mood swings. Excessive alcohol consumption can affect bone health and increase the risk of fracture. Menopausal women often struggle with sleep disturbances, and alcohol can worsen this issue. While alcohol consumption may help some individuals fall asleep initially, it can disrupt the later stages of sleep and lead to more awakenings during the night, impacting overall sleep quality.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during menopause is crucial for managing symptoms, supporting overall health, and reducing the risk of age-related conditions.
Here are the key factors to consider:
- Maintaining a healthy diet (see here for advice on how to maintain a balanced diet) specifically focusing on phytoestrogen-rich foods. Foods like soy, flaxseeds, chickpeas, and lentils can offer potential relief of menopausal symptoms.
- Regular exercise and physical activity - Moderate caffeine and alcohol consumption
Every person's menopause journey will be different, but with the right knowledge and support people can navigate this transition with confidence. It's time to talk about it openly and break down those barriers. Through Fertifa's in-house clinical team, we support your employees with ongoing care throughout their menopause and perimenopause journeys.
If you want to know more about the different ways Fertifa can provide menopause support to employees, please don't hesitate to book in a call with our team below 💜