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December 2022

New CE: Complementary Therapies for Menopause

Interest in dietary supplements and complementary modalities to manage menopausal symptoms continues to grow. There are currently about 50 million postmenopausal adults in the US, and the global menopause supplement industry is expected to hit $22.7 billion by 2028. We’re excited to announce a new 1-hour CE course to better prepare providers on this topic, with guidance on therapies that can help, and education on treatments that may be unsafe or interact with conventional medications.

One of the biggest areas of interest, and concern, is herbal supplements. Many products are promoted online, but very few have been adequately studied. Phytoestrogens, including soyequolblack cohoshchasteberryflaxseedkudzu, and Panax ginseng, are some of the most common and popular ingredients. We explain what a phytoestrogen really is and review the promoted and actual effects of these “plant estrogens” on menopausal symptoms. We also dive into specific benefits and risks for each herb.

Complementary modalities, including acupoint therapiesmindfulness, and yoga, are also commonly used to manage symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, anxiety, depression, and others. We’ll review which therapies might benefit which symptoms, as well as diet and lifestyle modifications that can help to improve quality of life.

Our new course is available now, check it out!

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