Menopause is a natural physiological process that corresponds to the gradual cessation of female hormone secretion by the ovaries. Symptoms, though variable, affect the quality of life of many women.
Multiple and varied symptoms
On average, menopause occurs around 50 years of age and gradually. The three phases of menopause, i.e., this hormonal change, may extend over 10 to 15 years. There is premenopause that starts around 40 years of age, menopause in the strict sense that is declared one year after the last menstrual cycles and, finally, postmenopause. These hormonal changes are accompanied by various disorders: hot flushes, night sweats, headaches, feeling tired, sleep disturbances, irritability, vaginal dryness, urinary disorders, or joint pain1.
Treatment not without risks
The concerns are, on the one hand, to preserve the quality of life despite natural climacteric disorders and, on the other hand, to prevent the occurrence of diseases whose risk is increased (osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases). Hormonal treatments for menopause are intended to replace oestrogen and progesterone that are no longer produced by the body. Although their results have been demonstrated, their use is highly controversial because they are associated with high risks of cancer or thrombosis2.
Using non-hormonal alternatives
Beyond the implementation of specific hygiene and dietetic measures, symptomatic non-hormonal treatments help to improve the quality of life of women during this stage. Studies have shown the interest of certain nutrients against climacteric disorders3,4 (especially pollen). Topical moisturisers and lubricants can also improve everyday sexuality and comfort in the event of vaginal dryness. Ask your gynaecologist for advice.
Our team’s approach focuses on helping women at every key stage of their life. One of the challenges of Densmore Laboratory is to develop reliable non-hormonal solutions to assist women during menopause.
1. INSERM, Menopause, https://www.inserm.fr/information-en-sante/dossiers-information/menopause
2. Women’s Health Initiative study, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/science/womens-health-initiative-whi
3. Vitamin guide, Vitamin B6, http://www.guide-vitamines.org/vitamines/vitamine-b6/indications-therapeutiques-conseils.html
4. Elodie TRONQUOY, Thesis,“Food supplements for menopause”