HRT is not suitable for everyone, and some women may prefer to explore alternative options. Here are some alternatives to HRT:
Lifestyle changes: Simple lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction techniques such as meditation and yoga can help alleviate menopause symptoms.
Herbal remedies: Some herbs and supplements such as evening primrose oil, and soy isoflavones have been used traditionally to alleviate menopause symptoms. However, it's important to discuss with a healthcare professional before taking any herbal supplements to ensure their safety and efficacy.
Non-hormonal medications: Some non-hormonal medications such as antidepressants, gabapentin, paroxetine and clonidine are effective in reducing hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
Vaginal lubricants: Vaginal dryness is a common symptom of menopause that can be relieved with over-the-counter vaginal lubricants.