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TWC #025: Are phytopharmaceutical supplements right for me?

Are phytopharmaceutical supplements right for me?

The menopause is a transformative phase in a woman’s life that is often accompanied by a variety of unpleasant symptoms. During this phase of life, women aged 45 and older can experience physical and emotional changes that significantly impact their daily lives. Some of these symptoms include hot flushes, sleep disorders, mood swings, dry skin and mucous membranes, fatigue and much more.

Herbal supplements are one of the options that menopausal women can consider to alleviate their symptoms. In today’s post, we’ll look at this topic and provide all the important information you need to make a decision about whether phytopharmaceutical supplements are right for you.

The menopause and its challenges

Before we look at phytopharmaceuticals, let’s first take a look at the challenges women face during the menopause. This phase can affect life in many ways, from physical health to emotional stability. It’s important to understand your symptoms and needs in order to find appropriate solutions. One way to find out what your symptoms are is to observe them using a checklist. We have created a checklist for you that you can download and keep track of for 2-3 weeks. After this time, you will have a better understanding of what symptoms you have.

What are phytopharmaceutical food supplements?

Phytopharmaceutical supplements are preparations based on herbal ingredients that have been specially developed to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause. These natural supplements contain extracts from plants and herbs that are traditionally used to support the female hormonal system. The idea is that these herbal ingredients can help to counteract the hormonal imbalances that occur during the menopause.

At The Women Circle, we only use patented extracts that are backed by studies. This means we can be sure that the products are effective. What is particularly important is the stated quantity of the extracts, which must be consistent with the studies.

Advantages of phytopharmaceutical food supplements

Why should menopausal women consider phytopharmaceutical supplements? Here are some benefits:

a. Relief from hot flushes and insomnia
Phytopharmaceuticals such as hops extract can help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes, providing significant relief for many women. Plant extracts, such as aswaghandha, are used to improve continuous sleep, which can help to reduce fatigue.

b. Mood balancing
The emotional swings during the menopause can be distressing. Some phytopharmaceuticals, such as saffron, have mood-lifting properties and can help to alleviate mood swings.

c. Natural alternative to hormone replacement therapies
For women who have concerns about taking hormones, phytopharmaceuticals may provide a more natural option to manage their symptoms.

d. Improving skin and mucosal health
Some phytopharmaceuticals can help to promote skin and mucosal health, which is often neglected during the menopause.
However, it is important to note that the effectiveness of phytopharmaceuticals can vary from person to person. What works for one woman may not necessarily be as effective for another. Some women may experience a significant improvement in their symptoms, while others may experience only minor relief.

Disadvantages of phytopharmaceutical supplements

Whilst phytopharmaceuticals have many positive properties, there are also limitations that you should be aware of:

a. Individual reactions
Since every woman is unique, the response to phytopharmaceuticals can vary. What works well for one person may not have a noticeable effect on another. This requires patience.

b. Delayed onset of action
In contrast to prescription hormone replacement therapies, which often work quickly, phytopharmaceuticals can take several weeks before their full effect is felt. This requires continuity of use.

c. Possible interactions
Phytopharmaceuticals can interact with other medications you are taking. It is important to inform your doctor about all the remedies you are using to minimise potential risks.

d. Not suitable for very severe symptoms
For women with very severe menopause symptoms, such as extreme hot flushes or severe mood swings, phytopharmaceuticals alone may not be sufficient. In such cases, a medical consultation and possibly hormone replacement therapy may be necessary.

e. What do I need to consider when taking phytopharmaceuticals?
If you are considering taking phytopharmaceutical supplements, there are some important points to bear in mind:

f. Consult with a doctor
It is advisable to consult a healthcare professional such as a pharmacist before taking phytopharmaceuticals. They can assess your individual needs and make recommendations for suitable products and dosages.

g. Quality and origin of the products
Make sure you choose high-quality products from trustworthy manufacturers. Check whether the extracts are patented and whether studies are reported. You should be able to find the necessary information on the manufacturer’s website. This will ensure that you achieve the best results and do not take any inferior or contaminated products.

h. Patience and continuity
Phytopharmaceuticals need time to develop their full effect. Be patient and continue to take them as recommended by your healthcare professional.

i. Monitoring the effect
Keep an eye on your symptoms and inform your healthcare professional of any changes. This will allow you to adjust your treatment if necessary.

Expert opinions

Respected gynaecologists emphasise the importance of phytopharmaceuticals in the menopause. Phytopharmaceuticals can be a valuable option for women looking for natural approaches to symptom relief. They offer a gentler alternative to hormone replacement therapy and can be effective in many cases. It is important to understand that menopause treatment requires a personalised approach. Herbal medicines can play an important role in a holistic approach to women’s health.

The choice is yours

Deciding whether phytopharmaceutical supplements are the right option for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. It’s important to be well informed and work with a healthcare professional to develop the best treatment strategy for your menopause. We hope that this newsletter has helped to give you more clarity on this topic.
The menopause is a natural phase in a woman’s life and there are different ways to manage it in a positive and healthy way. Our aim is to help you through this journey and make sure you feel supported in the best possible way.
We are here for you on your journey through the menopause.

If you need personalised advice or support on your journey through the menopause, contact The Women Circle here.

«Strong together through the menopause: discover the power of nature!»

If you would like to get in touch with us, please get in touch.

We are here for you.

Joëlle & Adrian

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