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6 years ago

Some more useful tips on coping with the menopause, courtesy of Doctor Sarah

dangers and mistruths
6 years ago

of bio-identical hrt.
may be helpful,but just as dangerous.
some real quacks out there, treating this problem.
If you decide to go ahead with the hrt, BE SURE TO GET TESTED(BLOOD,SALIVA)

6 years ago

You are right Siouxz, bio-identical is not natural as it is still HRT.


John's second post has some great really natural info; here is one bit:



Oestrogen-like plant hormones are found in many plants. Although the action of these substances (isoflavones, flavonoids and lignans) is up to a thousand times weaker than human oestrogen, they still provide a useful natural hormone boost when your oestrogen levels are low. To increase your intake of natural plant hormones, aim to eat more:

  • Beans: Especially chickpeas, lentils, alfalfa and mung beans, soy beans and soy products.
  • Vegetables: Dark green leafy vegetables (eg broccoli, spinach, cabbage) and exotic members of the cruciferous family (eg Chinese leaves, kohl rabi), celery and fennel.
  • Nuts: Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts and nut oils.
  • Seeds: Especially linseed (flax), pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and sprouted seeds.
  • Wholegrains: Especially corn, buckwheat, millet, oats, rye and wheat.
  • Fresh fruits: Including apples, avocados, bananas, mangoes, papayas and rhubarb.
  • Dried fruits: Dates, figs, prunes and raisins.
  • Culinary herbs: Angelica, chervil, chives, garlic, ginger, parsley, rosemary and sage.
For the rest of the article:

6 years ago

[Do not confuse (natural) progesterone with (synthetic) progestin.]

I don't know what the status of progestin HRT is in other parts of the world, but be aware that the 2002 US National Institute of Health's clinical trial to assess the risk/benefit of combined oestrogen and progestin HRT (which was dramatically abandoned midway) and the 2003 British 'UK Million Women Study' both showed that users of oestrogen- progestin HRT were at considerably greater risk of developing breast cancer...

Black Cohosh
6 years ago

In 2009 the European Medicines Agency listed its use for the relief of menopausal hot flushes and sweating - Michael McIntyre

Standardised extracts of black cohosh are at least as effective as prescribed HRT in relieving hot flushes, vaginal dryness, depression and anxiety. In another study, black cohosh out-performed diazepam and oestrogen HRT in relieving depressive moods and anxiety. Four out of five women taking it describe its effects as either 'good' or 'very good' - Dr Sarah Brewer

Black cohosh plus St John's Wort was effective in treating 78% of women with hot flushes and other menopausal problems - Dr Sarah Brewer

6 years ago

In one study carried out by Italian researchers in 1998, a combination of extracts of the leaves of sage and alfalfa were used to treat hot flushes in 30 menopausal women.
The researchers noted that hot flushes and night sweating completely disappeared in 20 women, 4 showed good improvement and the other 6 showed a reduction in symptoms - Michael McIntyre

In 2009 the European Medicines Agency acknowledged the herb's traditional use " for relief of excessive sweating" - Michael McIntyre

Soy Isoflavones
6 years ago

A study involving over a hundred post-menopausal women showed that isoflavones significantly reduced the number of hot flushes experienced per day.
By the 12th week of treatment, women taking soy had a 45% reduction in hot flushes versus only 30% with placebo - Dr Sarah Brewer

Isoflavones are plant substances with a weak, oestrogen-like action in the body. They help to damp down high oestrogen states by competing for the stronger natural oestrogens at oestrogen receptors. This reduces the amount of oestrogen stimulation a cell receives. As they have a weak oestrogen action, phytoestrogens also provide a useful additional hormone boost when oestrogen levels are low after the menopause.
They act as a natural form of HRT - Dr Sarah Brewer

Wise words
6 years ago

At the age of 56, I am writing from a place of experience on this subject. Many women believe that the menopause is an illness for which you need a drug (orthodox HRT) - it's not.
In formal terms, the menopause is part of the normal cycle of a woman's hormonal life when the menstrual cycles cease.
In more informal terms, it's a time of great potential. The children have grown up, you are wiser and more mature, and it's a time when you can begin a new and exciting chapter in your life - Hazel Courteney

6 years ago

Thank you John for all the great info. I am not a great fan of women taking HRT.


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