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.

What is Menopause?

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.

Does Medicare Cover Menopause Treatment Options? 

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.

Tips for an Easier Menopause

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.

  • Give yourself time to rest and recharge. Menopause can be exhausting, so it’s very important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. You should also make sure you’re taking time for yourself each day to do things that energize you, like exercising and practicing hobbies.
  • If you have a partner, talk to your doctor about ways to make intercourse more comfortable. Lubricants, hormone treatments, and mental health support can all help make sex more enjoyable during this time.
  • Make sure you’re eating a healthy, well-rounded diet. It’s more important than ever to get the nutrients you need. You can also consider taking supplements if you’re missing specific nutrients in your diet.

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.