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Women’s Health and Complementary Approaches

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Some health and wellness issues are unique to women, and others are more common in women than men. Women are more likely than men to experience depression, have a harder time quitting smoking, and may experience more rapid bone loss due to hormonal changes at menopause.

Menopause

Some medicines may help if troubling menopause symptoms—such as hot flashes—develop. Some women report symptom relief with complementary therapies, such as black cohosh, red clover, and soy. (However, some of these products have not been proven effective, and some may carry potential risks, such as liver damage). Mind and body practices such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture may help with some menopause symptoms. However, it’s always a good idea to talk with a health care professional before trying any of these substances or practices.

Urinary Tract Infections

Some women may be more likely than others to develop urinary tract infections; some studies have suggested that drinking cranberry juice may prevent or treat these infections, but the research has shown mixed results.

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Last Updated: May 2019