EFFECT OF FLAX SEED IN POST-MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOM REDUCTION IN COMPARISON TO MEDICAL TREATMENT

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Dr Zareen Naz
Prof. Dr. Rahila Ikram
Dr Farah Jawed
Dr Rabab Zehra

Keywords

menopause, Flax seed, SSRI.

Abstract

Background: Menopause is a natural phenomenon that women must undergo usually after the age of 50. Most of the female population faces post-menopausal symptoms for which they are usually prescribed hormone replacement therapy. However, side effects of allopathic treatment are common. 


Objective:  The present study focuses on assessing the impact of flax seeds on post-menopausal symptoms and comparing it with the standard allopathic treatment that is usually prescribed. 


Method: The study comprises 120 patients who were enrolled in the gynaecology department of tertiary care hospital. They were randomly divided into 4 groups each comprising 30 patients. Group 1 was labelled as control, Group II was given Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, and Group III was treated with Hormone replacement therapy whereas Group IV was administered Flax seeds. Baseline and 3 months post-treatment blood levels of FSH and estradiol were done. Dexa scan was also performed. SPSS 26 was used for analyzing the data. 


Results: The results showed a highly significant effect of flax seeds in reducing the post-menopausal symptoms compared to the control group. The effects were comparable with the HRT therapy.


Conclusion:  Our study concluded that Flax seeds could be used in post-menopausal women to reduce their symptoms and they would be as efficacious as other allopathic therapies.

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