A small study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that managing the psychological stress of menopause might be a safe alternative to hormone therapy.
Researchers assigned 110 women to either a program in stress reduction, meditation, relaxation techniques and stretching or to a wait-list for the program. After six weeks, despite no change in the frequency or intensity of their hot flashes, those in the program were less bothered by their symptoms and reported
- better sleep,
- less anxiety,
- lower stress and
- an overall higher quality of life.
Source: Menopause: The Journal of the American Menopause Society, vol. 18, p.611; Prepared by the Editors of The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After 50