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Non-Hormonal Management of the Menopause

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The menopause can be associated with a number of symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms), vaginal symptoms, depression, anxiety, irritability and mood swings (psychological effects), joint pains, migraines or headaches, sleeping problems and urinary incontinence. Vasomotor symptoms are the most commonly reported, and these are treated effectively with HRT, but there are a group of women for whom HRT is not suitable, and for these reasons, there is an interest in non-hormonal alternatives.

Clonidine, SSRIs and gabapentin, and a number of over-the-counter remedies, as well as alternative therapies, are all used as alternatives to HRT, but not all are effective. This chapter addresses some of the most commonly used non-hormonal treatments for symptoms of the menopause.

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  • Menopause
  • Hot flushes
  • Vulvovaginal atrophy
  • Non-hormonal
  • Phytoestrogens

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Sassarini, J., Lumsden, M.A. (2017). Non-Hormonal Management of the Menopause. In: Cano, A. (eds) Menopause. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59318-0_15

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