The Science Of Menopause And Herbal Remedies

herbal remedies for menopause

One of my favourite ways to relax is to curl up on the weekend with a magazine and last weekend it led me to argue a statement about menopause and herbal remedies.

My reading matter of choice was the an issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly.

Within the pages I discovered an article entitled “Let’s talk about…Menopause” written by Pam Corkery. Ms Corkery is a New Zealand journalist, broadcaster and former politician. 

I loved her description of menopause as “a wholesale rewiring of my system”. Also her observation that for most women there is no preparation for menopause.

 

Periods, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Menopause

As women, we are prepared at school for periods, pregnancy and childbirth. There are ante-natal classes, midwife’s appointments and visits to the delivery suite. But for menopause? Nothing.

Under the “politics of menopause,” Pam rightly bemoans the shortage of well-informed practitioners as being a critical problem for menopausal women.

“Despite us being 16 years into the 21st century, menopause is still treated as a joke or something we don’t talk about in polite conversation”. When I read the words I had to nod my head in agreement.

As a result, women have to find a way to cope with a wide range of menopause symptoms by themselves. Signs that can severely impact their quality of life for a number of years.

And then I came across this statement:

“There are no studies supporting the efficacy of herbal remedies”.

 

 

 

Menopause And Herbal Remedies

This statement is incorrect.

The EstroG-100™ in MenoMe’s 40+ and 55+ has been through studies and clinical trials.

Here are the facts:

  • Both products contain EstroG-100™ which has been the subject of three published research studies on menopause.
  • Because of these studies, EstroG-100™ has been approved for use as safe by Health Canada, US FDA and Korea FDA. It has patent registration in the US, Korea and Japan and is patent pending in 16 other countries.

It is true that every woman’s menopause is different. The number of signs we experience and the severity and duration of these can vary widely.

So it stands to reason that the results women get from taking herbal remedies, and indeed any pharmaceutical treatment, can also vary.

But this shouldn’t be confused with the suggestion that herbal remedies aren’t effective.

To view the clinical trials click here.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.