Not many women talk about perimenopause and/or menopause. But I want to. I want to encourage others to be open about what we as women experience. The more we talk about it, the less stigma it has, and the less alone we will feel. It can be a struggle talking about this topic because so many people experience different symptoms at different stages of menopause. While one woman may have very few side effects and only needs to take i3c supplements like IndoleMax to control her estrogen levels, another may be suffering a number of issues like hot flashes or mood swings. It all about talking about the differences and similarities and making it the norm.
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Being a mom (and step-mom) to three boys has allowed me to be present as they grow and experience the various stages of life, even that awkward stage of adolescence. Ahhh puberty. Full of gangly legs, big feet, B.O., voice cracks, and hormonal changes. And as my two youngest are in this particular awkward hormonal stage, I find myself in my own awkward stage: perimenopause. Perimenopause is the very first stage on the road to full-blown menopause. Imagine struggling to fall asleep every night, and when you finally do fall asleep, you wake up only to be drenched in sweat. Sexy, huh? Not many women talk about this stage of middle age. But I want to. I want to encourage others to be open about what we as women experience. The more we talk about it, the less stigma it has, and the less alone we will feel.
Perimenopause and menopause are natural parts of aging for women (although it feels more supernatural than anything). During perimenopause (the very first step to menopause), estrogen production fluctuates and eventually decreases, causing annoying and uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, mood swings, irregular periods, vaginal dryness (what?!), and muscle aches. This usually begins when a woman in is in her 40s, but can happen in her 30s or even earlier. Perimenopause typically lasts 1-2 years and ends when a woman hits menopause, or when her ovaries completely stop producing eggs and she has not had a period in a year. Approximately 6,000 women reach menopause each day1 and 85% experience some kind of bothersome symptoms.2 The most common symptom is hot flashes, which 75% of women experience.3
Because so many women find hot flashes the most bothersome, EQUELLE was developed to offer women some much needed relief. EQUELLE is a new non-prescription, non-hormonal4 supplement designed to help reduce the frequency of hot flashes and muscle aches associated with menopause.† The active ingredient in EQUELLE is S-equol (fermented soy germ), a naturally derived ingredient similar to estrogen that binds to select estrogen receptors in the body. Research on S-equol shows that women who naturally produce S-equol following soy consumption had more mild menopause symptoms. In the US, only 20-30% of women can produce S-equol following soy consumption. Scientists used a proprietary process to naturally produce S-equol from the soy isoflavone daidzen. The main active ingredient in EQUELLE, S-equol, is not only natural and plant-based, it has also been clinically tested to be effective. In clinical trials, women saw results in as few as four weeks, with optimal results in 8-12 weeks.
Because EQUELLE alleviates the frequency of hot flashes†, it has the potential to dramatically improve women’s lives. In fact, over 50,000 women trust EQUELLE as they navigate “The Change.”
Here are what some users have to say about EQUELLE:
Jennifer from North Adams, Michigan, writes, “When I finally found Equelle, after many months of drenching hot flashes, I was at the end of my rope. I’m a vegan, have been for a decade, and do all I can to treat imbalances in my body naturally. I was so miserable, having on average 50 episodes every 24 hours, and no amount of black cohosh or essential oils providing ANY relief. I’d come to the point of acting contrary to my beliefs and would have scheduled an appointment with my Medical doctor if Equelle has not worked. It took about a week for Equelle to work, but I haven’t had one single hot flash since!!!! I’m now happily we’ll-rested [sic] and comfortable. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Patricia S. from Santa Monica says, “I was in the middle of a career/life change, and I was moving when menopause struck. The hot flashes were horrible and frustrating. A couple of weeks after starting Equelle, the hot flashes started subsiding. You can choose to suffer or give yourself the gift of relief that works. It changed my life.”
Denise C. of Orlando, Florida, gushes, “I was plagued with hot flashes every hour during the day. After taking EQUELLE… my symptoms came almost to a stop. Best thing I ever tried.”
Being a woman comes with so many taboo subjects we don’t talk about, but I want to help break that cycle. I want to open up about my experiences with perimenopause and menopause with the hope that I can inspire others to not feel ashamed of something that happens to us all. If you’re experiencing hot flashes, EQUELLE could be the answer in the search for relief.†
EQUELLE is manufactured by Pharmavite LLC, the makers of Nature Made vitamins. EQUELLE may be ordered online at www.EQUELLE.com and costs $39.95 for a one-month supply.
Visit equelle.com today to learn more about how it can help you or the women in your life.
The article, Perimenopause Talk and How EQUELLE Can Help, first appeared on Hip Mama’s Place.
†This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
4Free from human or animal hormones. Contains trace amounts of isoflavones, a type of naturally occurring plant hormone
1The North American Menopause Society. Overview of Menopause. Available at: http://www.menopause.org/docs/2012/cg_a.pdf/sfvrsn=2. Accessed March 27, 2019.
2Woods NF and Mitchell ES. Symptoms during the perimenopause: prevalence, severity, trajectory, and significance in women’s lives. Am J Med. 2005; 118 Suppl B:14-24.
3US Office of Women’s Health. Menopause symptoms and relief. Available at: https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-symptoms-and-relief#13. Accessed March 27, 2019.
Aso T, Uchiyama S, Matsumura Y et al. A natural S-equol supplement alleviates hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms in equol non-producing postmenopausal Japanese women. J Women’s Health 2012; 21(1):92-100
Oyama A, Ueno T, Uchiyama S et al. The effects of natural S-equol supplementation on skin aging in postmenopausal women: a pilot randomized placebo-control trial. Menopause 2012;19(2):202-210.