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Does primrose oil work for perimenopause?

Does primrose oil work for perimenopause?

A conventional myth believed is that primrose oil helps ease the symptoms of perimenopause. Many believe it helps regulate night sweats and hot flashes.

A study underwent at the Keel University in New Staffordshire, Trent, went through 28 trial tests on women experiencing perimenopause. They gave them primrose oil extracts to see if primrose oil, which contains gamolenic acid, had any benefits in minimizing hot flashes.

A study was conducted over a period of 17 months where women were asked to document their personal accounts of their perimenopausal symptoms while on a primrose treatment. The other 18 women were given a placebo.

Over the trial period, women´s body temperatures were observed and hot flush cases did not minimize for those on the primrose tablets. Some women on the primrose treatment also showed withdrawal symptoms of nausea, dyspepsia and diarrhea.
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HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) is the most familiar solution to hot flashes and other symptoms of perimenopause. Yet, doctors forget that there are women who do not want to adhere to hormonal therapies and prefer a more calmer and natural approach. Many women fear the risks of hormonal therapy and there are those who have had previous diseases that will not allow them to take most HRT treatments.

Primrose oil does contain a very important fatty acid called linoleic acid which can be found in a variety of foods. It can be found in most plant seeds and has virtually no saturated fat in it. Primrose solutions can be healthy, but as the study conducted it had no testament of alleviating hot flashes.

Conclusions: Primrose oil’s gamolenic acid is shown to have no affect on relieving hot flashes for perimenopausal women as shown through the study conducted.

Source: R. Chenoy, S Hussein, Y Tayob and P M S O’Brein. Taken from the BMJ article: 308:501-503, 1994 (19 February) Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Keele University.

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