Should you see a doctor for menopause? … “When a period stops, women feel OK and they don’t need a doctor to diagnose menopause.” But women may struggle with symptoms because they interfere with their daily lives. That’s when they should consult a gynecologist.

Treatments may include:
  • Hormone therapy. Estrogen therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes. …
  • Vaginal estrogen. …
  • Low-dose antidepressants. …
  • Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise, others). …
  • Clonidine (Catapres, Kapvay, others). …
  • Medications to prevent or treat osteoporosis.

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. … Symptoms of menopause can include abnormal vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, vaginal and urinary symptoms, and mood changes. Complications that women may develop after menopause include osteoporosis and heart disease.Some women feel buffeted by hot flashes and wiped out by heavy periods; many have no bothersome symptoms. Periods may end more or less abruptly for some, while others may menstruate erratically for years.