Menopause and Menopause Relief Q&A
My doctor suggested I use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) but I don’t like the idea of being on a medication with a long list of side effects. What are my options?
You are right to be concerned. Recent research has shown that while HRT does help to control and manage menopausal symptoms, it can also cause an increase in strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there are natural ingredients like black cohosh that can help to alleviate the symptoms of menopause without all the troubling side effects associated with traditional HRT.
Is there an age post-menopause at which you should stop taking HRT?
Everyone’s situation is different. Generally speaking, HRT should be used at the lowest dose possible for the shortest period of time to manage menopausal symptoms.
I am 47 years old and my friend recently told me that my migraines, allergies and insomnia could be a sign that I am in menopause. Is that true?
About 70% of women who are in the early stages of menopause are affected by multiple symptoms, even if they still have their period. While the most commonly talked about symptoms of menopause include hot flashes and night sweats, many women experience lesser known symptoms like mood swings, depression, anxiety, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, weight gain, bloating, joint pain and yes…migraines, insomnia and allergies. There are 34 possible symptoms in all!
I have read that women who are in menopause are more susceptible to osteoporosis — should I be concerned?
Yes. Not enough women are aware that a potential consequence of menopause is osteoporosis. Estrogen, a key hormone that aids the process of calcium absorption into the bones, drops off during menopause. This causes a loss of bone density, which leaves women more susceptible to breaks and fractures. For women 45 years of age and over, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in hospital than many other diseases including diabetes, myocardial infarction and breast cancer.
What product would you recommend for someone with symptoms of menopause and a concern about bone loss and osteoporosis? I am leery of mixing many supplements together.
Menopause Relief helps to alleviate the most common symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. PMS Support can help manage symptoms of bloating, cramping and mood swings. Menopause Relief and PMS Support work well in harmony and can be taken together if you are experiencing severe menopause symptoms that have not been sufficiently reduced by using Menopause Relief on its own. All femMED products are designed to work synergistically.
How soon should I expect to feel relief?
Some women report almost immediate relief from their symptoms. Since every woman’s symptoms, and the severity of those symptoms are different, it’s more common to experience relief within 30 days. femMED products are formulated to gently balance your hormones and for some women this takes time.
If I am currently taking Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can I also take Menopause Relief?
Menopause Relief is generally not recommended for use with HRT, unless under the recommendation and supervision of your health care provider. Abruptly stopping HRT can cause a worsening of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes. Some practitioners advise that HRT be weaned off gradually while another therapy is initiated. Again, it is best to work with your health care provider on this.
Can I take Menopause Relief in conjunction with PMS Support?
Yes. Menopause Relief and PMS Support work well in harmony and can be taken together if you are experiencing severe menopause symptoms that have not been sufficiently reduced using Menopause Relief on its own. Menopause Relief helps alleviate the most common symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. PMS Support helps with additional symptoms such as cramping and bloating.
Can I take this product with medications?
This product should not be taken with HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), blood thinners or beta blockers.
How do I take this product?
The recommended dosage for Menopause Relief is one capsule twice daily, on an empty stomach. If you suffer from gastrointestinal difficulties you can take it with food.
How do I take this product?
The recommended dosage for Menopause Relief is one capsule, twice daily, on an empty stomach. If you suffer from gastrointestinal difficulties you can take it with food.
Can I take this product if my doctor won't let me take HRT (cancer risk)? Are plant-derived estrogens actually any safer than HRT?
Black Cohosh has been very well studied for its ability to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, irritability and night sweats. Black cohosh does not appear to have estrogenic activity and thus may be safe for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.
The safety of using black cohosh in women who have had breast cancer has been evaluated in several test tube, animal and recently a human study. A case-control clinical study of 949 breast cancer cases and 1,524 controls found that black cohosh use had significant protective effects against breast cancer development. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.