Hormone Replacement Therapy
Dr. Krinsky may recommend hormone replacement therapy to increase low hormone levels within your body. He may recommend estrogen-only therapy if you’ve had a hysterectomy, or estrogen plus progestin if you still have a uterus. Hormone replacement helps prevent bone loss, hot flashes, and other menopause symptoms.
If you experience vaginal dryness during or after menopause, Dr. Krinsky may recommend you apply estrogen products directly to your vagina in the form of vaginal creams, rings, or tablets. Doing so releases small amounts of estrogen into the vaginal tissue to relieve dryness, urinary symptoms, and painful intercourse.
Low-Dose Antidepressant Medications
If you’re unable to take estrogen for health reasons, Dr. Krinsky may recommend low-dose antidepressant medications to relieve menopause symptoms like hot flashes and mood changes.
Taking anti-seizure medications may help reduce hot flashes in women who aren’t good candidates for estrogen therapy. Dr. Krinsky will help you decide what, if any, medications are a good match for you.