MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s a possible alternative therapy for women who get “hot flashes” — and it was discovered by a University of Minnesota researcher.
Because the most common treatment for menopausal women — hormone therapy — carries certain risks, Dr. Kristin Ensrud wanted to see if commonly-prescribed antidepressants could help.READ MORE: At Least 2 Dead In Head-On Crash Near Lake Mille Lacs
They did — not only in lessening the severity of “hot flashes” but also in alleviating another common problem associated with menopause.READ MORE: Parents Demand More Distance Learning Options As COVID Cases Rise Ahead Of School Year
“It was effective in reducing insomnia symptoms and improving sleep quality,” said Dr. Ensrud.
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More than 200 women participated in the study.