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Can evening primrose oil help menopause symptoms?

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Evening primrose oil is a botanical that is often used to treat hot flashes, although there is no scientific evidence to support this.

Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, problems with the immune system, and blood clotting.

Many women with other conditions, or those who take certain medications, should not take evening primrose oil.

SOURCES:
The Cleveland Clinic Department of Nutrition Therapy.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
North American Menopause Society.
National Institutes of Health.
American Academy of Family Physicians.
USDA -- Iowa State University Database on the Isoflavone Content of Foods, 1999.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:
The Cleveland Clinic Department of Nutrition Therapy.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
North American Menopause Society.
National Institutes of Health.
American Academy of Family Physicians.
USDA -- Iowa State University Database on the Isoflavone Content of Foods, 1999.

American Cancer Society.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on July 12, 2017

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