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Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.

Over the last few weeks I have been writing about PMS and the problems that it can bring as well as the natural remedies which may help to offer some relief.

This week I am completing that series with a look at menopausal issues.

Hot flushes and night sweats – for many women the main irritation associated with the menopause is having to deal with the hot flushes and nights sweats. The night sweats particularly as they lead to disturbed sleep and therefore fatigue.

The first herb we always try for help with this problem is sage. Sage has been found to help reduce the symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats quite effectively with, apparently, up to eight out of 10 women reporting a significant reduction in symptoms. This is well worth a try.

Low mood, anxiety and fatigue – all these issues can affect women who are going through the menopause. This is because our hormones actually have quite a strong effect on our moods. Oestrogen for example is naturally anti-depressant, whilst progesterone helps to keep people calm.

So falling levels of these hormones during the menopause can cause issues with low mood, anxiety and fatigue. We often suggest products like soya or red clover, due to their content of isoflavones – substances which mimic hormonal action in the body – to try and help relieve these issues.

Our favourite for those really struggling with low mood or anxiety is Vogel’s Menosan Menopause support, a fermented soya-based product.

For those struggling with mood issues and fatigue we tend to try Nature’s Aid Red Clover Complex first as this combines the effects of red clover with Siberian Ginseng, which has a reputation for helping to boost energy and stamina.

Dryness – with falling oestrogen levels women can notice that their skin, their vagina and even their eyes may become more dry. Vaginal dryness can of course lead to discomfort.

Dry eyes can actually lead to streaming eyes as your body attempts to compensate for the lack of lubrication by producing extra tears.

All this happens because the oestrogen we produce during our cycle helps to produce natural lubrication.

Therefore, as the levels of this hormone drop, these uncomfortable symptoms can arise. Again looking to isoflavones from fermented soya products, such as Vogel’s Menosan Support, could be helpful.

This is due to the fact that it is believed these isoflavones could mimic the oestrogenic actions in your system. Our favourite product for these problems though is often Omega 7, from Sea Buckthorn.