Fennel Tied to Reduction in Menopausal Symptoms — Physician’s First Watch

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May 19, 2017

Fennel Tied to Reduction in Menopausal Symptoms

By Kelly Young

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

Use of fennel, a phytoestrogen, is associated with improvements in menopausal symptoms, according to a small study in Menopause.

Iranian researchers enrolled 90 women aged 45–60 who had been postmenopausal for 1–5 years and had at least moderate menopausal symptoms. Participants were randomized to receive either daily fennel or placebo capsules for 8 weeks.

Fennel recipients saw a statistically significant improvement in menopause symptom scores over 10 weeks, whereas placebo recipients saw no major change.

Based on this trial and other studies, the authors conclude that fennel "can be considered for decreasing the menopausal symptoms in women with low estrogen levels, and those who have experienced early menopause or have had a hysterectomy or oophorectomy." The authors do, however, call for larger trials to confirm their findings.

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