“Natural” remedies and menopause: What can you expect?

When it comes to menopause, every woman is unique. While some experience very little discomfort, others are not so lucky. In trying to find relief, several turn to products such as black cohosh, red clover or evening primrose oil, although the benefits of their use are contested.

When it comes to menopause, every woman is unique. While some experience very little discomfort, others are not so lucky. In trying to find relief, several turn to products such as black cohosh, red clover or evening primrose oil, although the benefits of their use are contested. These preparations can often be quite costly, even though scientific proof of their effectiveness ranges from weak to… non-existent. There are usually very few studies that test these compounds, and they are not designed well enough to properly assess whether the ingredients are safe and effective. In contrast, several well-designed and renowned studies have simply not detected any beneficial effect when compared to placebos. A lack of proof, however, does not rule out the possibility of benefits.

Some women who take these products may experience a certain level of relief. If you wish to test the effects of natural products during your menopause, it’s always best to speak to a health professional to determine whether the product is appropriate for your unique case, and to discuss the benefits that have been observed to date with these treatments. We mustn’t forget that a product being natural does not necessarily mean it is safe for everyone.

It’s also important to know that hot flashes, irritability and other unpleasant effects of menopause can often be relieved, at least partly, by developing a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, maintaining a healthy body weight, relaxation, and smoking cessation if applicable. Making an effort to reach these objectives also has significant beneficial effects on the body, such as strengthening the bones, keeping the heart healthy and improving general well-being.

Menopause is a transition period in a woman’s life. Why not seize the opportunity to invest in your future by improving your lifestyle?

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