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How can I relieve sleeping problems during menopause?

To relieve sleeping problems during menopause you'll need to manage menopausal symptoms that interfere with sleep. There are a few treatments that have been found helpful in relieving menopausal symptoms, including estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which includes a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Given in pills, patches, gels, creams or injections, these have varying effects on women and, of course, are not an option for everyone.

Alternate ways to manage menopausal symptoms that interfere with sleep include the more natural approaches like calcium supplements, phytoestrogens and over-the-counter nutritional supplements like black cohosh, as well as drugs, such as sleep-promoting drugs, blood pressure medications like clonidine, and low-dose antidepressants like venlafaxine (Effexor) and paroxetine (Brisdelle). Brisdelle is specifically approved for reducing moderate to severe hot flashes associated with menopause.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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