- Electroacupuncture is not effective in reducing menopausal symptoms after 8 weeks of treatment.
Why this matters
- The menopausal transition is associated with hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal dryness, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.
- Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms but is associated with side effects.
- Electroacupuncture did not result in improvement of symptoms after 8 weeks of treatment compared with sham treatment group.
- Prospective, multicenter, randomized, participant-blinded trial in China.
- Participants were recruited through advertisements.
- Participants were randomly assigned to receive 24 electroacupuncture treatments (n=180) vs sham treatments (n=180).
- Primary outcome was change from baseline in the Menopause Rating Scale at week 8.
- Funding: the program of “the 12th Five-year’’ National Science and Technology Pillar Program by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China.
- Chinese population; therefore, results may not be generalizable.