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Menopausal women rely heavily on herbal remedies

Many menopausal women are opting for herbal remedies to ease their symptoms, while similar numbers say they want more support from their GP.

That is according to a study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

The study found 38% of postmenopausal women had used herbal remedies, vitamins and minerals to ease their symptoms, rather than HRT.

Symptoms include hot flushes, suffered by 46.7%, vaginal dryness, 28.2% and night sweats, which are a problem for 46.4%.

Dr Lisa Iversen, Academic Primary Care, Division of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen and co-author of the paper, said: “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.”

The study also revealed that while one third of women felt their GP was very supportive, 34% wanted more backing from them.

The study, which looked at 4407 women aged 45 to 54 living in north-east Scotland, found the majority of menopausal women lean on friends and family. For more than 60% of women, talking to loved ones was the most common ‘management strategy’.

One in five women said they wanted more support from their spouse or partner, however.

Surgically menopausal women (participants who have had a hysterectomy and/or oopherectomy) reported the most bother from menopausal symptoms and the greatest frequency of bothersome symptoms.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Readers may be interested in this research.

    http://fampra.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/5/468.

    Perhaps it's time GPs/nurses got together with medical herbalists to consider an effective approach to benefit women looking for help in midlife.

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