The effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: randomised controlled trial

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title = "The effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms: randomised controlled trial",
abstract = "OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms.DESIGN: Three-group randomised controlled trial, two exercise interventions and a control group.SETTING: Primary Care, West Midlands UK.POPULATION: Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women experiencing at least five hot flushes/night sweats per day and not taken MHT in previous 3 months were recruited from 23 general practices.METHODS: Participants in both exercise interventions groups were offered two face-to-face consultations with a physical activity facilitator to support engagement in regular exercise. In addition, one exercise group received a menopause-specific information DVD and written materials to encourage regular exercise and the other exercise group was offered the opportunity to attend exercise social support groups in their communities. Interventions lasted 6 months.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The primary outcome was frequency of hot flushes/night sweats at 6-month up.RESULTS: Two hundred and sixty-one women were randomised (n = 87 per group). Neither of the exercise intervention groups reported significantly less frequent hot flushes/night sweats per week than controls (exercise-DVD versus control: -8.9, 95{\%} CI -20.0 to 2.2; exercise-social support versus control: -5.2, 95{\%} CI -16.7 to 6.3).CONCLUSIONS: This trial indicates that exercise is not an effective treatment for hot flushes/night sweats. Contrary to current clinical guidance, women should not be advised that exercise will relieve their vasomotor menopausal symptoms.",
keywords = "Exercise, hot flushes, menopause, night sweats, primary care",
author = "Amanda Daley and A Thomas and Andrea Roalfe and Helen Stokes-Lampard and S Coleman and M Rees and Ms Hunter and Christine MacArthur",
note = "{\circledC} 2014 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1111/1471-0528.13193",
language = "English",
journal = "BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology",
issn = "1470-0328",
publisher = "Wiley",

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TY - JOUR

T1 - The effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms

T2 - randomised controlled trial

AU - Daley, Amanda

AU - Thomas, A

AU - Roalfe, Andrea

AU - Stokes-Lampard, Helen

AU - Coleman, S

AU - Rees, M

AU - Hunter, Ms

AU - MacArthur, Christine

N1 - © 2014 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms.DESIGN: Three-group randomised controlled trial, two exercise interventions and a control group.SETTING: Primary Care, West Midlands UK.POPULATION: Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women experiencing at least five hot flushes/night sweats per day and not taken MHT in previous 3 months were recruited from 23 general practices.METHODS: Participants in both exercise interventions groups were offered two face-to-face consultations with a physical activity facilitator to support engagement in regular exercise. In addition, one exercise group received a menopause-specific information DVD and written materials to encourage regular exercise and the other exercise group was offered the opportunity to attend exercise social support groups in their communities. Interventions lasted 6 months.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The primary outcome was frequency of hot flushes/night sweats at 6-month up.RESULTS: Two hundred and sixty-one women were randomised (n = 87 per group). Neither of the exercise intervention groups reported significantly less frequent hot flushes/night sweats per week than controls (exercise-DVD versus control: -8.9, 95% CI -20.0 to 2.2; exercise-social support versus control: -5.2, 95% CI -16.7 to 6.3).CONCLUSIONS: This trial indicates that exercise is not an effective treatment for hot flushes/night sweats. Contrary to current clinical guidance, women should not be advised that exercise will relieve their vasomotor menopausal symptoms.

AB - OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness of exercise as treatment for vasomotor menopausal symptoms.DESIGN: Three-group randomised controlled trial, two exercise interventions and a control group.SETTING: Primary Care, West Midlands UK.POPULATION: Perimenopausal and postmenopausal women experiencing at least five hot flushes/night sweats per day and not taken MHT in previous 3 months were recruited from 23 general practices.METHODS: Participants in both exercise interventions groups were offered two face-to-face consultations with a physical activity facilitator to support engagement in regular exercise. In addition, one exercise group received a menopause-specific information DVD and written materials to encourage regular exercise and the other exercise group was offered the opportunity to attend exercise social support groups in their communities. Interventions lasted 6 months.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: The primary outcome was frequency of hot flushes/night sweats at 6-month up.RESULTS: Two hundred and sixty-one women were randomised (n = 87 per group). Neither of the exercise intervention groups reported significantly less frequent hot flushes/night sweats per week than controls (exercise-DVD versus control: -8.9, 95% CI -20.0 to 2.2; exercise-social support versus control: -5.2, 95% CI -16.7 to 6.3).CONCLUSIONS: This trial indicates that exercise is not an effective treatment for hot flushes/night sweats. Contrary to current clinical guidance, women should not be advised that exercise will relieve their vasomotor menopausal symptoms.

KW - Exercise

KW - hot flushes

KW - menopause

KW - night sweats

KW - primary care

U2 - 10.1111/1471-0528.13193

DO - 10.1111/1471-0528.13193

M3 - Article

C2 - 25516405

JO - BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

JF - BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

SN - 1470-0328

ER -