Yoga is frequently recommended as a treatment for menopause-related symptoms, including vasomotor symptoms and sleep disturbance; however, studies regarding its effectiveness have yielded mixed results.

In a recent meta-anlsyis, researchers analyzed data from 13 randomized controlled trials with a total of 1306 participants. Compared with no treatment, yoga reduced total menopausal symptoms, and specifically led to improvements in psychological, somatic, vasomotor, and urogenital symptoms.  With regard to other forms of exercise, yoga was better for vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats).


Ruta Nonacs, MD PhD

Cramer H, Peng w, Lauche R.  Yoga for menopausal symptoms—A systematic review and meta-analysis.  Maturitas, March 2018.

 

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