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Tips for a Healthy Menopause

Lifestyle advice and self-help tips to help you sail through the menopause

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  • Jane's photo avatar
    Jane — 13.05.2020 18:42
    Hi , is it ok to still take joint care as well as menopace?

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      Eileen — 14.05.2020 08:09
      Hi Jane Joint Care and Menopace are not our products so you would need to contact them for this advice, sorry.

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    Michele Winburn — 14.10.2019 03:34
    I have been reading through your site, it seems like you really know your stuff. I wanted to get your take on this Yoga Program

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    Ann Hayes — 12.06.2019 22:11
    Hello Eileen, I'm going through surgical menopause, I'm 50 and aside from all other symptoms, my legs are so painful from the knees down and swelling too. Thanks.

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      Eileen — 13.06.2019 08:36
      Hi Ann Joint paons are common with low oestrogen but there are things you can do to help yourself. I have posted a video blog on joint pains so please do take a look. http://www.avogel.co.uk/health/menopause/eileens-blog/2015/12/a-vogels-menopause-mondays-joint-aches-pains/

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    Lesley Guest — 20.12.2018 19:47
    Should I take the sage tablets at night as my sweats are worse then???

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      Eileen — 21.12.2018 10:00
      Hi Lesley Yes, if the night symptoms are the worst then you can take the tablet with your evening meal - it is best taken with food rather than on an empty stomach.

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    Sue — 25.09.2017 06:41
    Hi. I'm 50 yr old. The last 2 yr I av gained 31st. I have dun nothing different to put this weight on. I'm also a very poor sleeper for yrs. I av night swets.

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      eileen — 26.09.2017 14:05
      Hello Sue, I hope our tips are helpful. If you would like to email eileen@avogel.co.uk I can discuss this further.

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    karen — 06.09.2017 15:05
    Hi, I am just so tired all the time, I could sleep all day but as soon as I get to bed cant sleep at all. Tried doing activities during the day, but just want sleep when done. Is this normal?

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      Eileen — 07.09.2017 15:30
      Hi Karen, The changing hormones during the menopause can be very demanding on the body so it is important not to do too much. Low iron and low thyroid function can cause fatigue too and your doctor can test for these just to rule them out to clarify this symptoms for you.

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    Sue giles — 24.08.2017 13:02
    Im in the menopause and very very tired what is the best thing to take Thanks

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      eileen — 25.08.2017 10:02
      Hi Sue You may find a course of Siberian Ginseng can help reduce fatigue, but rest and relaxation are really important too so try and get some me-time every day! however, if the fatigue has been going on for a while or it is getting worse then it is best to check with your doctor. Low iron and low thyroid function can cause fatigue too and your doctor can test for these just to rule them out. https://www.avogel.co.uk/herbal-remedies/eleutherococcus/index.php

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    Clare — 18.08.2017 13:14
    Hi my mum is going through the menopause and suffers from anxiety she has mostly every symptom but has lately started getting really bad migraines could you please tell me if taking these vitamins will help her and if anything additional will help?

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      eileen — 18.08.2017 14:44
      Hello, If your mum has lots of symptoms caused by the menopause, then the Menopause support tablets can help. They contain a little magnesium which can help tension headaches, and she could add in an additional magnesium supplement, if she wanted. However, it is important to get migraines checked out by the doctor in case there is another underlying reason.

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    Irene — 15.08.2017 06:58
    Cannot sleep bad night sweats

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      eileen — 16.08.2017 12:37
      Hi Irene You may find the sage tablets helpful for the night sweats, you can take one with your evening meal, these usually start to work quite quickly. https://www.avogel.co.uk/herbal-remedies/sage-tablets-menoforce/index.php

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    Rhonda — 19.07.2017 09:17
    Hi im 45 ...im not sure if ive started the.menopaise as my hot flushes arw throufh the day...any help ? Please

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      eileen — 19.07.2017 12:45
      Hi Rhonda The average age to start the menopause is 45-55 so you are just in the right age range and hot flushes can start even if you are still getting regular periods. However, flushes can also be caused by stress/anxiety, low vitamin D or low iron so it may be an idea to see your doctor for a general check up.

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    Debra — 14.07.2017 17:07
    Hi I'm 57 and been going through menopause for few years now, I still have a active sex life but am very dry, can you recommend any thing for this please, also don't go to sleep before three most nights and are up by half six,

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      eileen — 17.07.2017 07:51
      Hi Debra You may find a combination of Sea Buckthorn Oil capsules and a vaginal probiotic can help. You can also get natural lubricants from your local healthshop. If you are getting any other symptoms you could add in our Menopause Support, this is known to help gently raise and balance oestrogen which in turn may reduce symptoms.

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      Rhonda — 19.07.2017 10:14
      Hi debbie...im 45 and been lime this for a long while tbh..have you tried premeno pesseries??

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    Anita walters — 06.07.2017 20:28
    I HAVE SUFFERING WITH MY MENOPAUSE FOR OVER A YEAR, I WOULD TO SLEEP AGAIN. I WOULD TOO HAVE A LIFE CLEAN AND WEAR MAKEUP!

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      Eileen — 07.07.2017 08:38
      Sorry to hear that you have been struggling. Is sleep your main issue Anita?

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    Nikki — 03.07.2017 17:38
    Hi I wonder if you can help me...I feel I'm going mad....I am 44 yrs old and have the mirena coil. ..my last 2 coils have been fine but had my last one changed in Apr 2017 and I have noticed changes. ..just recently I have noticed I am irritable and angry ...have dry patches on my skin that itch, spotty , put on a stone in weight I can't seem to lose , periods which I didn't have on my last 2 coils and breast pain...this started off just 10 days before my period. ...now I have had a period and breast pain won't go away ....it's so painful that I can't go for a run which I enjoy and helps with weight and mood ....I had hormone and thyroid tests which come back negative but my vitamin d was exceptional low so on a high dose for next 15 week's and then got to have another blood test ....I can't go on like this ....it's making my anxious and my self esteem which was never good anyway is 10 times worse and I just keep crying ....doctor told me my coil might of moved so had a scan and that's all fine ...I really need some help as feel I am getting depressed, lose of libido and losing in interest in everything...is this menopause ??? Can you help ...thanks

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      eileen — 04.07.2017 09:29
      Hi Nikki The problem with having the Mirena coil (which gives you progesterone) is that it can unbalance your own natural hormone levels. When you start the menopause your level of oestrogen starts to fall but your progesterone level is kept artificially high with the coil so the 'gap' between the two hormones gets wider and wider. This can then give you low oestrogen symptoms that you can get with a natural menopause such as flushes, weight gain, low mood etc. So you may be experiencing menopausal developments or just the side effects of the Mirena coil at this point! It may be an idea to discuss with your doctor whether you do still need the coil or if there are other options available that would allow your own natural hormone levels to balance out. In the meantime you may find taking a magnesium supplement 200mg can help with the anxiety.

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    Sahira — 09.06.2017 17:28
    Why does the marina coil stop you using these pills

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      eileen — 04.07.2017 09:29
      Hi Sahira The Menopause Support is a phyto-oestrogen so may interfere with the coil so it is not recommended.

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    Michelle — 29.05.2017 08:36
    Hello , I'm 57 and haven't a period for all most 2 years than I had a show about a year ago, I had some test biopsy, and smear and they came back normal , when I got up this Sunday 28/5/2017 I had come on a period again , any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you Michelle

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      eileen — 30.05.2017 12:58
      Hi Michelle For some women their hormones just don't want to let go and they can end up getting one period a year or so for a while! However, it is always wise to get this checked out so I would see your doctor again.

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