The menopause is an inevitable life stage affecting women in different ways. In a new survey from nutrition and lifestyle expert Pharma Nord just over half (53 per cent) of menopausal women said they view the menopause positively, saying it means no more periods and the start of a new phase of life. A further 47 per cent view menopause negatively, saying it means a loss of fertility and youth.
Menopause symptoms can vary widely in severity and duration, with some women passing through the menopause relatively trouble free. Where symptoms do occur, these typically include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, breast tenderness, skin problems, vaginal dryness/irritation, loss of libido, palpitations, headaches, vertigo, mood swings, and inability to concentrate. There is an argument that vaginal dryness is the most troubling because of the reluctance of some women to discuss their intimate problems with their GP or other healthcare professionals.
Talking about the menopause and vaginal dryness
Pharma Nord recently conducted a study among menopausal women suffering with intimate dryness. 46% of women interviewed do not feel comfortable talking to their GP about vaginal dryness and 35% to their nurses. 51% do not feel comfortable talking to their partner and this is followed by friends and family with 68% and 87% respectively. 18% do not feel comfortable talking to anyone about vaginal atrophy at all.
A recent female health survey by Pharma Nord revealed that 80 per cent of women have experienced a lack or loss of sex drive and 42 per cent have experienced painful sex due to vaginal dryness. The natural, plant derived product Omega-7 has been shown in clinical studies to significantly benefit menopausal symptoms of vaginal dryness and decreased libido (Larmo et al, 2014; Bottari et al, 2012).
Pharma Nord’s Omega 7, 60 capsules, £18.95
Intimate dryness can be caused by a drop in oestrogen levels and the breakdown of the mucous membranes that line the female reproductive tract. A polyunsaturated fatty acid called omega 7, derived from the berries of the sea buckthorn plant, has been shown to relieve symptoms of intimate dryness by renewing and repairing these mucous membranes.
Pharma Nord recently conducted a study to determine the impact that Omega 7 sea buckthorn oil has on vaginal atrophy and associated symptoms such as itching, burning and painful sex. The results showed that 86% of women found a general improvement in their symptoms whilst taking Omega 7. 77% of women said they never or hardly ever encountered painful sex anymore as a result of taking Omega 7.
Pharma Nord’s Omega 7 is the best-selling sea-buckthorn oil product in the UK, manufactured to pharmaceutical standards and blister packed to ensure freshness. For more information visit omega7.co.uk or shop online at www.multivits.co.uk/omega-7.
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