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Menopause FAQs: Menopause Mindfulness is some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how mindfulness may relieve some menopause symptoms.

Is there an association between mindfulness and some menopause symptoms?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms published on 19 March 2019, the (United States) Mayo Clinic News Network elaborate on:

““In this study, we found that midlife women with higher mindfulness scores experienced fewer menopausal symptoms,” says Mayo Clinic general internist and women’s health specialist Richa Sood, M.D., the study’s lead author. “These findings suggest that mindfulness may be a promising tool to help women reduce menopausal symptoms and overall stress.””

The study also found:

“The higher a woman’s perceived level of stress, the greater the link between higher mindfulness and reduced menopausal symptoms.”

Is there an association between mindfulness and “irritability, depression and anxiety in middle-aged menopausal women”?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms the Mayo Clinic News Network note:

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“An exciting finding in the study, according to Dr. Sood, was the association of higher mindfulness scores and lower symptom scores for irritability, depression and anxiety in middle-aged menopausal women.”

Is there an association between mindfulness and hot flushes/flashes and night sweats?

In Women’s Wellness: Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms the Mayo Clinic News Network explain:

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“One surprising outcome of the study is that higher mindfulness scores were not associated with lower hot flash and night sweat symptom scores, Dr. Sood says. One theory as to why is that the amount of distress experienced from night sweats and hot flashes may have more to do with individual personality traits rather than the symptoms themselves.”

In Menopausal Symptoms In-Depth: What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms – Mind and Body Practices: Mindfulness the (United States) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) elaborate on:

“In an NCCIH-funded study, mindfulness meditation training reduced the bothersomeness of hot flashes in menopausal women and led to improvements in anxiety, perceived stress, self-reported sleep quality, and quality of life. However, the intensity of hot flashes did not change.”

What are some tips about mindfulness and menopause?

In Make Your Menopause A Positive Experience the author elaborates on:

“Even in the face of difficult symptoms, women consistently say that changing their outlook helps. The following tips can help you transform your menopause experience.

  • Menopause FAQs: Menopause MindfulnessWatch your thoughts…
  • Laugh…
  • Make time for yourself…
  • Stay connected…
  • Stay in the moment….”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Menopause MindfulnessIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the North American Menopause Society explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Menopause FAQs: Complementary Therapies includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about complementary and herbal therapies, mind and body practices, dietary supplements and bioidentical hormones.

What are some key points about complementary therapies and menopause symptoms?

In Complementary and Herbal Therapies for Hot Flushes | New: January 2018 the Australasian Menopause Society include:

“Key Points

  • Any product used for the treatment of menopausal symptoms should have been shown in clinical studies to be safe and effective
  • There have been many trials of complementary and herbal medicines for the relief of menopausal symptoms
  • No complementary therapies are as effective as oestrogen therapy for menopausal symptoms
  • Use of phytoestrogens may be helpful but long-term data is lacking and they may not be safe in some women
  • There is currently insufficient evidence to support the use of herbal therapies”.

What does the science say about natural products and menopause symptoms?

In Menopausal Symptoms: In Depth: What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms the (United States) National Institute of Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) elaborate on:

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“Natural Products
Many natural products have been studied for menopause symptoms. However, none has clearly been shown to be helpful. There’s little information on the long-term safety of natural products, and some can have harmful side effects or interact with drugs”.

What does the science say about mind and body practices and menopause symptoms?

In Menopausal Symptoms: In Depth – What the Science Says About Complementary Health Approaches for Menopause Symptoms  the (United States) NCCIH elaborate on:

“Mind and Body Practices
Only a small amount of research has been done on most mind and body practices for menopause symptoms. However, the limited evidence currently available suggests that some of these practices might help to relieve symptoms or make them less bothersome”.

Is it safe to take dietary supplements or herbal therapies for menopause symptoms?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) elaborate on:

“Q. Is it safe to take dietary supplements or herbal therapies for my menopause symptoms?

A. No over-the-counter (OTC) dietary supplement or herbal therapies have been found to be effective on menopause symptoms. After exhaustive research, NAMS has concluded that only the S-equol derivative of soy isoflavones may be an option, providing there is no history of soy intolerance or allergy, but NAMS advises its use only with caution…”.

What is the best way to use herbal remedies for the relief of menopause symptoms?

In Menopause & Herbs the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

  • “The best way to use herbal remedies is under the guidance and advice of an accredited natural therapist”.

Is it safe to take custom-compounded hormone therapy for menopause symptoms?

In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, one of the points of consensus is:

  • “The use of custom-compounded hormone therapy is not recommended because of lack of regulation, rigorous safety and efficacy testing, batch standardization, and purity measures”.

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Where may I find more Menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: Complementary TherapiesIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause the NAMS explain:

“Navigate through the different topics to find answers from the experts on frequently asked questions about menopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, hot flashes, hormone therapy, health after menopause, finding a menopause specialist, and more”.

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“DHEA production decreases as people grow older, but the significance of this change, including whether it affects aging and menopause symptoms, is unclear”. Read more

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