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A Randomized Trial of Alternative Medicines for Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause

Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH
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From David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Carol M. Mangione, MD, MSPH, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 911 Broxton Plaza, Room 313, Los Angeles, CA 90095; e-mail, cmangione@mednet.ucla.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(12):924-925. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-145-12-200612190-00009
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Menopause occurs in women as part of normal aging. Many go through this transition with few or no symptoms, while some have substantial or even disabling symptoms (1). The vasomotor symptoms of hot flashes—sudden sensations of intense heat with sweating and flushing typically lasting 5 to10 minutes—and night sweats are the most prevalent perimenopausal symptoms (2). Vasomotor symptoms vary by race and ethnicity, and the late phases of the menopausal transition are associated with the highest frequency of these events (10% to 60%) (3).

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