Menopause is a natural transition that happens when a woman’s body stops producing reproductive hormones. This process causes several physical and mental symptoms that can be very disruptive. There are medications available that women can use to manage their symptoms, including hormone replacements. Medicare may cover these treatments in some cases – here’s what you need to know.
Menopause is the period before, during, and after a woman stops menstruating. It typically happens in a woman’s late 40s or early 50s. During the time period leading up to menopause, women experience a number of symptoms. These include irregular or missed periods, hot flashes, chills, sleep issues (including night sweats), weight gain, vaginal dryness, hair loss, and mood swings. Women are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression during this period.
While menopause is a temporary transition period, the symptoms can be disruptive to your daily life. It’s important to see your doctor regularly during menopause, as they can help you manage your symptoms and screen for any underlying health conditions you may have. Topical hormones are sometimes used to manage the gynecological issues that come with menopause. Oral hormone replacement therapy is often prescribed for people who have more extreme menopause symptoms.
Medicare Part A and Part B generally does not cover hormone replacements. However, if you have a Medicare Advantage plan you may be able to get hormone replacement therapy covered, particularly if your menopause symptoms are very severe. Since each Medicare Advantage plan is different, you’ll need to check first to see which drugs they cover. Contact Time for 65’s licensed agents for assistance with your Medicare Advantage plan.
Menopause comes with some dramatic changes to both your body and mood, which can make for a very challenging adjustment. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make the process easier. Here are some tips to help you get through menopause.
If you’d like more information about Medicare’s menopause coverage options, contact Time for 65 today to speak to a licensed agent. Fill out this form or give us a call to learn more about how we can help.