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Natural Supplements Offer Women an Alternative to HRT

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Sherry Torkos

Pharmacist & Author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine

Removing the stigma around mid-life body changes empowers women to seek the best solutions from health care practitioners.

Menopause marks a new chapter in a woman’s life. In Canada, the average age is just under 52. In the years leading up to the last menstrual period, 80 per cent of women will have symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, disrupted sleep, exacerbated mood changes, and changes in sexual desire. For 20 per cent of women, symptoms are severe. 


In recent years, the stigma around menopause has faded, according to Sherry Torkos, a pharmacist based in Fort Erie, Ont., and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. “It’s not a taboo subject anymore,” she says. “Women today are more comfortable discussing menopause and their concerns with health care practitioners.”

Alternatives to traditional HRT

That opens the door to learning about the options available to help ease the symptoms of menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was typically the standard treatment prescribed by doctors, but its popularity waned after some studies revealed serious health risks. “The risk of blood clots and certain types of cancer are related to dose, duration, and the age of the woman,” explains Torkos, who’s a strong advocate for holistic health. “Women taking higher-dose hormones or hormones for longer periods of time are at greater risk.”

Women today are more comfortable discussing menopause and their concerns with health care practitioners.

“I find many women today, and their doctors, are opting to try the natural route first,” notes Torkos. “Lifestyle measures such as getting regular exercise, managing stress levels, and eating a diet with healthy fats, such as fish, along with complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, beans and legumes can make a difference.”

Effective management of menopause symptoms

trying a science-based supplement to ease the symptoms. Top of her list is a product called Promensil, which contains a clinically studied form of red clover. “Red clover contains isoflavones, which are phytoestrogens. These plant-based compounds have similar effects to estrogen in the body without the health risks seen with HRT. Studies have found that Promensil can help effectively manage a range of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, and nervousness. It also has positive effects on bone and heart health, which are important concerns for women in menopause.” 

“Promensil is backed by 15 years of clinical research so women can feel confident in knowing that this product has been thoroughly evaluated” notes Torokos. It is available in pharmacies and doesn’t require a prescription. “I’ve seen many women do very well with this product. For those with more severe symptoms I’d suggest starting with Promensil Extra Strength. After four to six weeks you can transition to the Regular Strength formula. It’s always a good ideat to consult with your health care practitioner to find out which treatment options are right for you.” 

Empower yourself with the information you need. Find out more about Promensil, a once-a-day natural supplement formulated specifically to ease the symptoms of menopause. It’s the number-one doctor and pharmacist recommended brand.

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