ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Comparing Promensil, Menolife and Serenity cream: natural ways of alleviating menopause symptoms.

Updated on May 31, 2012

The disadvantages of HRT.

As a complementary therapist I often had female clients who were struggling with the symptoms of menopause.

Usually they had been to their doctors and had been prescribed HRT almost as an accepted matter of course and without any discussion about possible alternatives.

Many of these women came to me worried about the long term health risks of HRT and were very much aware of the increased risks of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers, heart disease, DVT and stroke.

Admittedly, the numbers at risk are very small but despite this they were still concerned because, depending on the hormonal composition of the HRT prescribed and its method of take-up by the body, there seems to be no doubt that HRT can induce health problems in some women.

It is, of course, vital to get these figures into perspective and they must to be viewed in conjunction with other important factors which affect health such as being overweight, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, high blood pressure and pre-presenting heart disease as these will obviously skew the present statistics.

Even so, despite the small numbers at risk of developing severe or life-threatening health problems with HRT, many of my clients preferred to at least try the natural alternatives first.

It’s important to try to keep your sense of humour through menopause ... hard as that can be sometimes.
It’s important to try to keep your sense of humour through menopause ... hard as that can be sometimes. | Source
'I get to tolerate menopausal symptoms or become demented while on hormone replacement therapy. So, spare me your complaining about hair loss.'
'I get to tolerate menopausal symptoms or become demented while on hormone replacement therapy. So, spare me your complaining about hair loss.' | Source
Hmm, sounds like a plan.
Hmm, sounds like a plan. | Source
Now that is just a step too far ... isn’t it?
Now that is just a step too far ... isn’t it? | Source
Me ... as adjusted as I will ever be.
Me ... as adjusted as I will ever be. | Source

So what are the alternatives.

Firstly, I must warn you there is no quick fix, or at least there isn't for most women.

Having said that one client who took Promensil (a red clover extract by Novogen) stopped having hot flushes after taking it for only two days. I warn you that this is not the norm.

Whether you take pills or use a progesterone cream you should assume that your body will take at least three months to feel any benefit.

Whatever you do do not assume that natural remedies do not work after taking them for only a week or two. You must allow for cellular change and for the body to assimilate the beneficial elements in your chosen supplement.

However, it is entirely possible that you may find you do not get any relief from some of the natural remedies sold over the counter. My advice is to try them for three months and if your symptoms do not clear or improve, try another one. You may even have to try a few.

It is also important to realise that there could still be side effects to some of these herbal preparations. Although these are not life-threatening you should, just as you would with prescription drugs, always read the packet and get informed about possible contra-indications.

My personal tried and tested recommendations amongst natural menopause preparations are Promensil, Menolife and Serenity. Promensil and Menolife are pills which makes dosage easy but Serenity is a topical progesterone cream which makes judging how much to use a little tricky at first.

My menopause was late in coming so I was about 57 before it really started to bite; a fact of which I was inordinately, and inexplicably, proud.

However 'Pride cometh before a fall', as the saying has it and six years down the line I often still feel too hot in bed at night (though this does not always cause me to sweat), have frequent bouts of insomnia and occasional mood swings which can leave me extremely depressed.

Although I must admit that for most of my menopausal years I have felt my symptoms were hardly extreme with only the odd hot flush during the day and one or two night sweats every night. The fact that the symptoms seem to be prolonged does perplex me however.

At the beginning I used Promensil and these effects, though not eradicated, were at least minimised to a comfortable level. However, when I tried, experimentally, to do without it the symptoms returned.

Menolife: a herbal mix

As Promensil proved to be too expensive for me for long-term use I turned to Menolife, a complex of well-known herbal extracts such as Agnus Castus, Passiflora, Black Cohosh, Ginseng and Sage, all of which are well-known to have beneficial effects on menopause symptoms.

This worked very well on many of the usual symptoms of menopause such as vaginal dryness and hot flushes and was enough for me until the mood swings started.

To be fair to myself and my menopause I was not entirely sure that these were a menopausal symptom as I had rather a lot of things going on in my life at the time.

However I chose to blame them on the menopause and decided to add another supplement in the form of the appropriately named Serenity cream.

Serenity - on all counts.

Whatever the cause of the mood swings it would appear that Serenity has certainly helped in this area and I am back to my fairly balanced and optimistic self. In fact I have also had a lot of very positive feedback from other women about this preparation.

Applying it is not an exact art as you take a 'dab' and rub it into soft tissue twice a day, changing the area you rub it into each time until you have gone full circle and are back where you started.

This means that a small tub lasts for about three months and works out not only to be beneficial but also to be good value.

Unlike the synthetic progesterone that is manufactured for HRT, Serenity is formulated from naturally occurring plant saponins and its unique formulation makes it easy for the skin to absorb thus delivering more of its beneficial components much more effectively.

Some women even lose a little weight when they first start to use it. Sadly, this has not been my experience, but then that could have something to do with chocolate cake.

Useful links:

You can find Serenity cream here: http://www.wellsprings-health.com/pages/serenity-natural-progesterone-cream/

For Promensil try: http://www.promensil.com

For other herbal mixes such as Menolife: http://www.healthypeach.com/

As we all have a different chemical make-up only experimentation with each product will help you decide which works best for you. Read up on all the products and remember not to be in too much of a hurry to discard one as unsuitable. It is important to trial each one at least three months.

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause (TM): The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause (TM): The Breakthrough Book on Natural Hormone Balance

As you might expect natural menopause is a big subject and it pays all women to be informed and ready to make a choice when the time comes. If you would like to know more you might like to read what I consider to be the best book on the subject: What your doctor may not tell you about Menopause is written by the acclaimed American physician Dr John R. Lee, the pioneer of natural progesterone therapy. Happy Menopause!

 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Noreen allen 

      4 years ago

      My daughter thyroid is very low her baby is 6 months old I use serenity my self

    • Angie Jardine profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Jardine 

      5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Thank you for this useful aspect of information, Janice.

      I have never found any trace of Candida in my own researches but it always does to revisit findings and, of course vital, to keep up with all the latest studies.

      We all know how often the goalposts move - both in complementary therapies and synthetic chemical medicine.

    • profile image

      Janice 

      5 years ago

      Interesting, but my research tells me that Candida lived on progesterone, so your symptoms need serious checking. Optimum good health mental and physical should be the aim first, then adjust with natural remedies when sure of situation. We are all unique and change over time. Understand yourself, watch out for hype. Dig deeper.

    • Angie Jardine profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Jardine 

      7 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Many thanks for the comment and will certainly check out the link you sent,maria ...

      ... though must say I am quite happy with the Serenity cream I use at present. It pays to be informed however.

    • mariasemuel profile image

      mariasemuel 

      7 years ago from USA

      very nice, thanks for sharing this article.

      http://www.consumerhealthanswers.com/amberen-revie...

    • Angie Jardine profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Jardine 

      8 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      I agree that sadly many of us hardly have a Happy Menopause despite this being an entirely natural process and I am very grateful for the feedback about Femestra, leeannkeck. It is always useful to find something else that works for someone so many thanks for your helpful comment.

      I only wanted to write from my own experience as I felt that would be more valid and I tried many over the counter herbal remedies before I found something that worked for me. And of course the only way these things ever work is if they are used for several months to allow for cellular change and full integration into one's system.

    • profile image

      leeannkeck 

      8 years ago

      The title of your hub “happy menopause” may itself appear as a paradox to various females and they would further balk at the fact that natural remedies can actually cure menopause symptoms. However, I agree completely with you that by taking help from the various ingredients provided to us by nature and a little bit of personal care could keep hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings at bay. I was never a "gym rat" but at the onset of menopause, I finally motivated myself to go for a daily walk, fill my plate with more veggies and drink a lot of water. The final thing that helped my body to get rid of menopause symptoms was the use of an herbal supplement called Femestra ( http://www.femestra.com/ ) . Made using rice bran, Femestra was recommended to me by a friend from work and slowly this supplement has worked wonders for my body. It is no miracle substance and it took me 4-5 months of regular usage of Femestra to knock menopause monsters dead. My persistence has paid off and now I am indeed going through a "happy menopause".

    • Angie Jardine profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Jardine 

      8 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Couldn't agree more, Tuesday's child, minimise side effects and minimise giving the drug companies anymore money than we absolutely have to!

      Thanks for the support ...

      Angie

    • Tuesdays child profile image

      Tuesdays child 

      8 years ago from In the garden

      Great, very needed hub! I like the idea of the natural remedies for everyday problems. The side effects are so greatly diminished.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)