Menopause is not an illness, it’s part of the natural ageing process for every woman. There is no hard and fast rule to managing symptoms as everyone’s experience will be different. Some women may sail through with very few side effects, for others they will experience a range of symptoms both physical (such as hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness) and emotional (such as anxiety, mood swings, sleeplessness).
Dr Jane Johnston, Associate Specialist in Women’s Health MBChB, MRCGP comments:
“Many women will opt for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help them deal with symptoms caused by going through the menopause. However not all women want to take HRT or cannot take it for medical reasons. Lifestyle changes can help ease the menopause transition, but alternative remedies can also be useful and effective. Over the years I have recommended Promensil Red Clover to women who are at the start of the menopause as an effective way of helping them and during the menopause transition. I also recommend it when women are ready to try coming off HRT. It can have other health benefits too and is a safe option. However, all women should check with their GP before starting any alternative product. Promensil Red Clover has a long history of safety as a standardised high-quality extract.”
Managing your menopause is all about recognising your symptoms and getting the support to help you discover which therapies and lifestyle changes work best for you.
Here are our recommendations and some natural approaches to managing the menopause:
Take a daily supplement
Phytoestrogens are compounds that are derived from naturally occurring compounds (such as isoflavones) and mimic the body’s own natural oestrogenic activity. Studies have shown that diets rich in Phytoestrogens can help reduce common menopause symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats and anxiety, and may also slow down the bone loss that can occur post menopause. Research suggests they may also offer significant protection against heart disease. But consuming the quantities needed in your daily diet may be a challenge for most. A daily dose of Promensil contains high strength standardised red clover isoflavones, a plant oestrogen supplement backed by over 15 years of scientific research.
Whereas some red clover extracts contain little or no isoflavones, Promensil uses a standardised patented extraction process to guarantee purity and quantity of the core, active ingredient at the optimal levels (40-80mg). Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is a herbal extract, which is high in isoflavones (natural phytoestrogens). Red Clover isoflavones mimic the action of oestrogen and are widely used by women to maintain their health and vitality especially during the time of menopause. Red Clover contains twice as many types of isoflavones and in higher concentrations than soya. Promensil’s isoflavones are naturally occurring and are not chemically synthesised.
It’s proven that a healthy diet can help coping with menopausal changes better. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables and cutting out processed and refined foods is therefore recommended. Cutting down on sugar and alcohol consumption will help ease unwanted symptoms too.
Regular exercise not only releases feel-good endorphins, it will also help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce menopausal hot flushes. Increasing the amount of exercise you do once you start experiencing the hormonal changes that happen during menopause can also reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, some of the most common symptoms of the menopause are still not taken seriously enough. Psychological symptoms are the ones that often affect women the most. These can include loss of self-confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. If you find yourself experiencing any of these, it’s important to take time out to be kind to yourself. Many women find relaxing activities, such as Yoga and meditation helpful. It’s good to talk too. Rather than suffer in silence, share your feelings with a family member or friend and never be embarrassed to ask your GP for help.