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J Altern Complement Med. 2001 Dec;7(6):651-8.

An exploratory pilot study of acupuncture on the quality of life and reproductive hormone secretion in menopausal women.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital of Geneva, Switzerland. hong.g.dong@hcuge.ch

Abstract

The majority of menopausal women suffer from climacteric symptoms. The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of acupuncture on the quality of life and reproductive hormones secretion in menopausal women. Eleven (11) menopausal women with climacteric symptoms entered this prospective study. The Menopause Specific Quality of life Questionnaire was filled out by the patients before the first acupuncture session, after the last one (5 weeks later), and 3 months after the last acupuncture session. Reproductive hormones including follicular-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estradiol, progesterone, and prolactin were measured before and after treatment. Acupuncture significantly improved menopausal vasomotor symptoms (p = 0.001 and p = 0.003 for the end of treatment and 3 months later, respectively) and physical symptoms (p = 0.014 at the end of treatment and p = 0.046 3 months later). It did not change psychosocial or sexual symptoms, nor did it change the measured reproductive hormones. In conclusion, acupuncture is shown to be effective in relieving vasomotor and physical disturbances of menopausal women with effects lasting at least up to 3 months after termination of the treatment. Acupuncture may be a useful treatment alternative for women who are unable or do not want to receive hormone replacement therapy. A prospective study with larger sample sizes will be needed to define the role of acupuncture in the management of menopausal symptoms.

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