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Women go alternative for menopause

Aberdeen : United Kingdom | Feb 16, 2012 at 6:48 AM PST
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Vitamins, supplements and herbs use more than medications

A new study from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, finds what most women already knew, there is a need to offer more non-hormonal management options.

This new study consisted of 4,407 women aged 45 to 54 years, residing in north east Scotland.

HRT replacement a once popular treatment for women with menopause until 2002 when the large clinical study looking at HRT had been abruptly stopped due to the health risks. It is still prescribed today but in small doses and for the short period of time allowed.

This new study looks at the current attitudes and experiences of women concerning menopausal symptoms and management.

Participants had filled out questionnaires, that had included a symptom checklist that inquired about symptoms such as aches, pains, hot flashes and depression. They also had been asked if they had experienced the symptom in the last month and how they had been troubled by this.

The study had revealed almost half the women (46.7%) experienced hot flashes, 46.4% nigh sweats, 28.8% vaginal dryness.

Also, looked at was the various management plans that women had used, these ranged from HRT to social to partner support and alternative therapies. Over 60% of women sought social support by talking to friends and family, making this the most common choice.

Even though one-third had felt their GP was supportive 34% wanted more support from them and one-fifth had desire more support from their spouse or partner.

Women also reported taking minerals, vitamins, supplements and herbal treatments (38%) instead of HRT. HRT was more likely to be used by women who had hysterectomies or ovaries removed. They also had the most symptoms in which also bothered them the most.

According to Dr. Lisa Iversen, PhD,MSc, research fellow and co-author of the study, states "We found that many women used non-medical approaches to help relieve the symptoms suggesting a large need for effective non-hormonal management options for menopausal women."

This study appears in the BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Black cohosh has been proven safe and effective for HRT. It relieves menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, and depression. It seems that the herb to provide benefits of estrogen reducing hot flashes, vaginal dryness and may even protect against osteoporosis without side effects. Check with your doctor before using this herb is you had hormone related cancers or are on any medications, Dosage is usually 20 mg twice daily.

Women have also found relief through chiropractic medicine which helps to restore the balance to the body. Chiropractic can provide relief to many symptoms of menopause including back pain, headaches, migraines, stress and tension. Chiropractic is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine. Each person is unique, treatments are based upon the individual patient.

Hypnotherapy is very effective to relieve unwanted feelings and provide symptom relief. It is useful women's health issues such as preimeopause, menopause, menstrual problems et.

Each treatment plan is geared to the individual patient. First session lasts around one hour with four to six sessions recommended.

Yoga can provide your body with a sense of balance, it also eases other symptoms including hot flashes and sleep problems.



Debbie Nicholson is based in Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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