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03 Mar

Many women think about using complementary therapies to ease menopause symptoms, with or without HRT. But they also worry about which ones to try and, most importantly, whether these are likely to work.

The latest issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter looks at the medical evidence behind popular complementary medicine for the menopause and highlights any safety concerns.

Consultant gynaecologist and obstetrician Ms Claudine Domone covers herbal medicines, vitamin and mineral supplements, phytoestrogens, acupuncture and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

“A lot of women are turning to complementary medicine to manage their troublesome menopause symptoms,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “This may be because they can’t or don’t want to try HRT. Some complementary medicine has been shown to work for certain symptoms, especially mild hot flushes and night sweats.”

The Menopause Exchange, which was established in 1999, is completely independent and is not sponsored by any companies. It provides impartial, easily understood information to women and healthcare professionals. The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter contains articles written by top medical experts, such as gynaecologists, GPs, consultants, specialist menopause nurses, complementary practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians etc.

Articles in the Winter 2019-20 issue of The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter include progesterone in HRT, coffee and tea at the menopause and diabetes and the menopause, as well as news and Ask the Experts Q&As.

The Menopause Exchange has a number of members who are happy to talk to journalists about their menopause experiences. The members are based in different parts of the UK, which may be of interest to regional publications as well as national ones. Many of the case studies are willing to provide a name and photograph, if required.

The Menopause Exchange quarterly newsletter is available via email for free at, www.menopause-exchange.co.uk

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