Effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms

Menopause Int. 2011 Sep;17(3):78-81. doi: 10.1258/mi.2011.011020.


Objectives: To observe the effect of yoga on menopausal symptoms using a prospective, randomized, controlled and interventional study. Main outcome measures Total Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) score and three subscale scores (somatovegetative, psychological and urogenital) were measured on day 1 and day 90 in the study group which performed yoga (asana, pranayam and meditation) under supervision for three months, and were compared with the control group that did not perform yoga. MRS has been designed to measure health-related quality of life of ageing women. It consists of 11 symptoms and three subscales.

Results: It was observed that on day 1 the scores in both the groups were comparable. On day 90, the scores in the yoga group showed a reduction in score on all the subscales, which was statistically significant. No significant difference was noted in the control group.

Conclusion: Yoga is effective in reducing menopausal symptoms and should be considered as alternative therapy for the management of menopausal symptoms.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hot Flashes / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Meditation
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Yoga*