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Efficacy of Combined Herbal Capsule on Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women: A Triple-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial
Paria Eliasvandi1, Laleh Khodaie2, Sakineh Mohammad Alizadeh Charandabi3, Mojgan Mirghafourvand4
1Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2Department of Traditional Medicine, Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


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Keywords : Herbal Medicine, Sexual dysfunction, Menopause
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Abstract

Objectives: Considering the prevalence of sexual problems in postmenopausal women as well as hormone therapy complications, the tendency to use complementary medicine, has increased.The present study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of combined herbal drug on the sexual function of postmenopausal women.

Materials and Methods: The present triple-blind randomized controlled trial was done on 64 Iranian women, 2017. The women were randomly allocated to two groups of intervention(combined herbal capsules consumer) and control (placebo consumer).Herbal capsule contained Carnation, Anadise, Anisone, Violets, Yellow helix, fresh green raisins, Senna leaves, Tangerine and Golqand).Participants in both groups took capsules twice a day (before lunch and before dinner) every time two capsules for four weeks.The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was filled out before the intervention and four weeks after the intervention.

Results: No statistically significant difference was observed between study groups in terms of socio-demographic properties, the total mean score of sexual function and its sub domains before the intervention.Four weeks after the intervention, the mean (SD) total score of sexual function was 26.99 (5.31) in the combined herbal capsule group and 18.35 (4.51) in the placebo group so that in the combined herbal capsule group was significantly higher compared to the placebo group (Adjusted mean difference= 8.70; 95% Confidence Interval=6.58to10.82). Moreover, there was a significant difference in mean score of desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain sub scales between study groups after the intervention.

Conclusions: The results of study show that taking combined herbal capsules improved sexual function in postmenopausal women. However, further researches are necessary in order to decide on its use as an alternative medication improvement of sexual function.

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