Complementary therapies and alternative medicine
Complementary therapies offer a variety of alternative treatments and products that can relieve symptoms for menopausal women. While these treatment options fall outside of what can be called “conventional medicine,” there are many complementary therapies that have shown to be safe and effective.
Examples of complementary therapies include massage, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, biofeedback, dietary supplements, and more. Common, mild but uncomfortable symptoms that arise during menopause and can be treated effectively with complementary therapies include hot flashes, sleep difficulties, irritability, vaginal dryness and dyspareunia (painful intercourse.)
Complementary therapies are not covered by insurance, so it is important that you check with your insurance provider when considering trying these therapies in conjunction with your conventional treatment. Additionally, it is vital that you discuss all complementary therapies that you are already or planning on using with your physician, as not all are proven safe and/or effective, and some can lessen the effectiveness of conventional treatment. Our physicians are happy to help guide you in your search for a complementary therapy that works best for your individual symptoms.
Learn more by making an appointment with your NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center provider.