Research: EWIES, Department of G

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EWIES, Department of Gynaecology, Leicester University, UK,, reviewed (45 references) available research into some of the more common alternative therapies used by women to treat menopausal symptoms.


Extensive evidence indicates that the benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweigh the risks. However, many women and health care providers remain concerned about safety and side effects. Many patients favour alternative therapies. In the USA, menopausal women spent more than $600 million in 1999 on such therapies. This article critically appraises some of the most commonly used alternative therapies.




After reading this article, the reader will be able to summarize the alternatives to HRT, describe the effects of phytoestrogens on menopausal symptoms, and explain the origin and clinical use of the more common herbal remedies.


Ewies AA. A comprehensive approach to the menopause: so far, one size should fit all. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey 56 (10): 642-9. Oct 2001.


The agenda and point of view underlying this review (supportive of HRT) is evident and plain to see.

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