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Association between consultations with complementary/alternative medicine practitioners and menopause-related symptoms: a cross-sectional study

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Climacteric. 2015;18(4):551-8.doi: 10.3109/13697137.2014.989828. Epub 2015 Feb 18.

Authors:

W Peng, J Adams, L Hickman, D W Sibbritt

Abstract.



Objectives: To examine the associations between consultations with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and menopause-related symptoms.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 10 011 women aged 59-64 years from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, conducted in 2010. Women, including those with hysterectomy, oophorectomy and natural menopause, were asked about their consultations with a range of CAM practitioners and menopause-related symptoms experienced.

Results: Acupuncturists were more likely to be consulted by women with hysterectomy experiencing night sweats (odds ratio, OR = 2.21), but were less likely to be consulted by those experiencing hot flushes (OR = 0.53). Acupuncturists were also more likely to be consulted by women with oophorectomy (OR = 3.11) and natural menopausal women (OR = 1.57) experiencing back pain. Massage therapists were more likely to be consulted by women with oophorectomy experiencing back pain (OR = 1.98), women with hysterectomy experiencing anxiety (OR = 1.52), and natural menopausal women experiencing back pain (OR = 1.54) and/or anxiety (OR = 1.29). Naturopaths/herbalists were more likely to be consulted by women with oophorectomy experiencing leaking urine (OR = 2.08). Chiropractors/osteopaths were more likely to be consulted by women across all menopausal status experiencing back pain (OR = 2.52, 2.31 and 2.25 for women with oophorectomy, hysterectomy and natural menopause, respectively).

Conclusions: There are substantial levels of CAM practitioners' consultations amongst menopausal women, with a range of menopause-related symptoms associated with the use of specific CAM practitioner modalities. It is important that health-care providers are mindful of CAM practitioner use in order to ensure safe, effective and coordinated treatment and support for menopausal women in their care.

Publication Date: 

2015 Jan

OEID: 

2602

Peng, W., Adams, J., Hickman, L., Sibbritt, WD. (2015) 'Association between consultations with complementary/alternative medicine practitioners and menopause-related symptoms: a cross-sectional study ', Climacteric. 2015;18(4):551-8.doi: 10.3109/13697137.2014.989828. Epub 2015 Feb 18.

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