Choosing Your Path: Hormonal vs Non-Hormonal Treatment

FemGevity Health Team
April 12, 2024
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 Choosing Your Path: Hormonal vs Non-Hormonal Treatment

Choosing the right treatment for menopause can be a daunting task, especially when faced with the decision between hormonal and non-hormonal options. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific needs and circumstances. In this blog post, we will explore the different options available for menopause treatment, including traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), over-the-counter (OTC) solutions, and natural treatment options.

Traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) involves taking synthetic versions of estrogen and progesterone to replace the hormones your body produces less of during menopause. HRT can alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. However, it also carries risks, including an increased risk of breast cancer, strokes, and heart attacks.

HRT comes in different forms, including systemic HRT, which involves taking hormones orally or through a patch, and local HRT, which involves applying hormones directly to the vagina. Systemic HRT is more effective in relieving hot flashes and night sweats, while local HRT is better for vaginal dryness and pain during sex.

Over-the-Counter Solutions

Over-the-counter (OTC) menopause relief products encompass a variety of options, including herbs, teas, tinctures, and supplements commonly used to alleviate symptoms. These may include turmeric, phytoestrogens, ubiquinol, and more. Phytoestrogens are plant compounds that mimic estrogen's effects and can offer relief from symptoms like vaginal dryness and improve bone density. Additionally, turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory properties, may help manage symptoms. Other herbal remedies and supplements commonly used for menopause relief include black cohosh, dong quai, and red clover. These OTC options provide women with alternative choices for managing menopause symptoms.

Natural Treatment Options

Some women prefer non-pharmacologic approaches to manage menopause symptoms. These may include:

Mind-body practices

Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, potentially benefiting sexual health. These practices can help you relax and improve your overall well-being, which can help with menopause symptoms.

Lifestyle choices

Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help with overall health and well-being. Regular exercise can help with weight management, bone density, and stress reduction. Avoiding tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Incorporating vibrators and erotic literature can help improve sexual pleasure and satisfaction.

Alternative therapies

Acupuncture and acupressure are some of our most commonly recognized complimentary therapies for alleviating menopause symptoms. Modalities from the offerings of healthcare practices from around the globe  can be used to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Other modalities include:

  • Chiropractic care: Chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate menopause symptoms such as joint pain and discomfort.
  • Cupping therapy: Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which may help improve blood flow and alleviate muscle tension.
  • Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy, or cold therapy, may offer relief from hot flashes and night sweats by cooling the body's temperature.
  • Cranial sacral therapy: This gentle hands-on therapy aims to release tension and promote relaxation in the cranial sacral system, potentially reducing stress and anxiety associated with menopause.
  • Movement and breath work: Practices like yoga, tai chi, and qigong focus on movement and breath control, which can help reduce stress, improve flexibility, and enhance overall well-being during menopause.


Many women find herbal supplements helpful in managing menopause symptoms. Supplements such as black cohosh and dong quai may help with hot flashes and night sweats, while soy isoflavones and red clover are also commonly used to alleviate menopausal symptoms.

It's important to note that while these alternative therapies and supplements may be helpful, they are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and may interact with other medications. It's important to consult with a healthcare provider before trying any alternative therapies or supplements.

Professional help

Choosing between hormonal and non-hormonal menopause treatments depends on your individual circumstances, preferences, and consultation with healthcare providers. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific needs.

FemGevity Health offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to menopause care, combining telemedicine services with accredited medical professionals and menopause experts to craft an effective treatment plan for each woman. Whether you prefer a hormonal or non-hormonal approach, FemGevity Health can help you find the right treatment option for you.

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