menopausal symptoms are not allowable medications to take
while on duty.
The FAA does allow hormone replacement therapy as prescribed by your provider as long as you do not experience any
significant side effects on the medication. You can report the
medications at the time of your next medical examination. If
your menopausal symptoms are severe enough to interfere
with your ability to
safely perform flight
or controller duties
(such as disrupted
sleep leading to daytime drowsiness),
then per FAR 61.53,
you should ground
yourself until your
The decision to use
hormone therapy for
menopausal symptoms can be complicated. It is best made
after a thorough dis-
cussion of the risks versus the benefits of therapy with your
medical provider. However, in general, if menopausal hormone treatment is started, use of the lowest dose of medication that effectively treats symptoms and limiting treatment to
five years or less to minimize adverse effects is advisable.; ✈
For more detailed information
about this topic, I recommend
the following web sites:
(information on menopausal
(information on supplements
used for menopausal symptoms)
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Dr. Paula Corrigan (WAI #51101) is an Aeromedical Advisor for
Aviation Medicine Advisory Service. She is board certified in
Aerospace Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Internal Medicine. Additional information regarding these topics and others
can be found at www.AviationMedicine.com.
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