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Is that right? One A Day Menopause Formula

Having had a hot flash or two by now, I'm ever on the alert for information about easing such symptoms of menopause. So when I recently saw an ad for One A Day Menopause Formula, naturally I wanted to know more. Can a daily dietary supplement really, as the product claims to do, help reduce hot flashes, address mild mood changes, support bone and breast health and more?

I asked Andrew Kaunitz, professor and associate chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, what's the likelihood that such pill can do all that.

Kaunitz began by explaining that when "vasomotor symptoms" such as hot flashes start interfering with a woman's daily activities -- often because they've caused sleep deprivation -- some kind of treatment is appropriate.

But, he says, the only thing that's really been proven through blinded placebo studies to help alleviate such symptoms is hormone therapy using some combination of estrogen and progestin. For most women in their late 40s and early 50s -- prime perimenopause and menopause time -- hormone therapy's safety profile "tends to be quite good," Kaunitz says. As with any medication, he notes, hormones affect different women in different ways depending on their age and health. Some hormone therapies can increase certain women's risk of breast cancer and blot clots, for instance.

As for dietary supplements such as the soy isoflavones in One A Day, there's not enough scientific evidence showing they can help relieve menopause symptoms. "I tell you that regretfully," Kaunitz says. "Women are understandably anxious about the safety of hormones," he says, and that anxiety likely "enhances interest in complementary and alternative approaches" such as dietary supplements.

But In general, he says, non-hormonal treatments "are not more effective than placebo."

"I wish they were," he adds, "but they're not."

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  July 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Women's Health  
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Posted by: bradycarlos03 | July 3, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I've taken bioidentical hormones for nearly 4 years (progesterone, which is molecularlly identical to what is made int the body--vastly different than progestin, which is synthetic), testosterone, and a bit of estriol cream. Within three days of starting the progesterone, my hot flashes completely disappeared, as did my restless leg syndrome, acid reflux, and seasonal allergies. Hormones affect every system of the body. I have more focus and energy than at any time in my adult life, and I am off seven medications and down 80 pounds from my high weight. Hopefully, in the next 10 years, BHRT will become as mainstream as Premarin/Prempro (synthetic hormones) once were. Bioidenticals are far safer. If anyone would like a list of recommended reading (books by healthcare professionals/physicians) and a list of resources to help you find a doctor/compounding pharmacy in your area that works with biodientical hormones, please drop me a note at and I will get it out to you. Best wishes to all for hormonal health!

Posted by: holyhormones | July 3, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse


Well then probably it can cure cancer, aids, acne, hair loss , and whatever else ails you.
And the reason menopause has become something that has to be cured is why? Women have been going through menopause since the beginning of time, but now it's a disease that needs a pill. What a massively screwed up culture this is.

Posted by: kat2show | July 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Black cohosh works beautifully for hot flashes. It is widely used in Europe and many GYN's here starting recommending it after HRT was found to be unsafe. There are European studies that have confirmed its safety and effectiveness. Remifem is one popular brand, but there are others in the health food store (Enzymatic therapy brand is also high quality). A friend of mine recently started having hot flashes and they went away after her first dose of black cohosh.

Posted by: CBS64 | July 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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