Summary practice points

  • As clinicians we must be familiar with alternative therapies, to help inform and guide women as to which options are most likely to be beneficial to them.
  • Few complementary and alternative treatment options have proven evidence of effectiveness, but although many options do not stand up to scrutiny from a robust and evidencebased perspective there will be individual women who will benefit from some of these treatments.
  • Placebo effect is not inconsiderable and in menopausal studies will play a part in individual experience and reported benefits.
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Reviewed: June 2022
Next review date: June 2023