Are you a woman in mid life struggling with menopause symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats?
If you're using complementary and alternative medicines like phytoestrogens, evening primrose oil,black cohosh or ginseng to help, you're wasting your money, the authors of a new study say.
It's estimated nearly 500,000 women a month are using these medicines to control so-called vasomotor symptoms like night sweats, vaginal dryness and hot flushes says Dr Roisin Worsley, from Monash University's School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, who co-authored the study in the Medical Journal of Australia.
(Vasomotor symptoms relate to constriction or dilation of blood vessels and are generally regarded as "the most bothersome" of menopause problems.) "But none of these [remedies] have been proven in scientific studies to actually be of any benefit," Worsley says.
The study is the first to provide good quality data on how many Australians suffer these problems and what they are doing about it.