Menopausal women misled by bad advice – study

There have still been issues with the telephone at the new clinic, but they (hopefully) have at last been rectified. Some of the path test have unfortunately gone to my old addresses, so make sure when having your blood tests to make sure it now goes to the Caboolture Superclinic. The article below shows that most alternative treatments for the menopause do not work. Stick to the Bioidentical HRT for best results.

Menopausal women misled by bad advice – study

3 August, 2015 Amanda Davey 1 comments

A concerning number of middle-aged women are using alternative and complementary medicine (CAM) to treat menopausal symptoms despite any evidence of efficacy, say researchers from Melbourne’s Monash University.

They blame GPs, in part, for this “possibly dangerous” trend, pointing to a national survey that shows about a third of primary care doctors self-identify as practising complementary therapy.

“It is cause for concern that a sizable proportion of Australian practitioners are recommending ineffective therapies,” write Professor Susan Davis and colleagues in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Their research suggests that almost half a million Australian women aged between 40 and 65 could be using CAM for the treatment of menopause symptoms, in particular to combat vasomotor symptoms (VMS).

“The prevalence of use of at least one CAM for any menopausal symptoms was 39.16%,” they write.

Of the 2020 women in the study, 13% reported using CAM for VMS. Phytoestrogens were the most popular treatment (taken by 6% of women), followed by evening primrose oil (4%), ginseng (2%) and black cohosh (1%).

Less than 1% said they used CAM for sexual symptoms.

The results also show that just under a third of the women used at least one natural therapy for other symptoms, with a relatively high take-up rates for  fish or krill oil and  glucosamine.

The researchers note that none of these treatments have been shown to be any more effective than a placebo for treating menopausal symptoms, and in many cases they are potentially dangerous.

Adverse effects range from sleeplessness, diarrhoea and vaginal bleeding to hypertension and decreased insulin secretion.

“Given the lack of evidence regarding benefit of CAMs for alleviating VMS, as well as the potential adverse effects and their high cost, the continuing use of these CAMs for this purpose cannot be supported.”

The researchers suggest GPs need to more actively guide women in the management of VMS and other menopause symptoms.

“More judicious use of supplements such as fish oil and glucosamine, particularly by older women, is needed until their efficacy and safety profiles are better understood.”

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

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