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What works? Evidence for lifestyle and nonprescription therapies in menopause


Warnecke, E, What works? Evidence for lifestyle and nonprescription therapies in menopause, Australian Family Physician, 40, (5) pp. 286-289. ISSN 0300-8495 (2011) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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Background Effective prescription medications are available to treat menopausal symptoms. However, due to adverse effects and risks associated with use, many women are seeking complementary and alternative options to treat their symptoms. Nonpharmacological options for the management of menopausal symptoms are widely available and frequently used. Objective This article outlines the use of, and evidence for, nonprescription therapies and complementary therapies for menopausal symptom management. Discussion There are a large number of studies on complementary and alternative therapies for the management of menopausal symptoms. Lifestyle changes are beneficial and studies on relaxation training are revealing encouraging results. Studies of the benefits of yoga have mixed results. Current evidence from systematic reviews does not support the use of over-the-counter complementary therapies or acupuncture. A large placebo effect exists for the management of hot flushes, therefore further research against active controls is required. Management options should be collaboratively explored.

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Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:menopause; mind-body therapies; lifestyle;
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Reproductive medicine
Research Field:Obstetrics and gynaecology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Warnecke, E (Dr Emma Warnecke)
ID Code:73355
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2011-09-28
Last Modified:2012-06-12
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