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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