Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when menstruation ends completely and is caused when our ovaries begin to produce less oestrogen, signalling the end of our reproductive years.
It may not always feel like it, but the menopause is perfectly natural and is not a medical disorder. However, it can be a time of great emotional and physical change and many women may feel they need a little extra help in getting through it.
Menopause generally occurs between the ages of 45-58, the average age being 51, but it is a very individual experience; as a woman you may not necessarily go through the menopause at the same age that your mother did.
For most of us the menopause will last four to five years, although some women may experience symptoms for up to six years.
The time before the menopause when hormone production begins to slow is known as the “peri-menopause”, and can begin as early as 35. The menopause itself is only one day - it’s the day we haven’t had a period for 12 months in a row.
Menopause does not have to mean the end of good health, vitality, femininity or beauty; some find it hard but many women find this time of life liberating and a time for positive change.
But for those of us who do find the menopause a struggle, help is at hand in the shape of a traditional herbal remedy called Black cohosh. Black cohosh is a north american herb that belongs to the buttercup family, and has been used as a remedy to help ease the symptoms associated with the menopause, such as hot flushes and night sweats, since time immemorial. Native american women were the first to use it, centuries ago. Now it is the active ingredient in our herbal remedy, Kira Menopause relief.
Taking Kira Menopause relief
The Black cohosh we use for our medicinal product is the very best, carefully selected and cultivated in the optimum conditions. This extreme care ensures that the plants are harvested at their peak so their roots and rhizomes (the medicinal part of the plant) produce the highest yield of active ingredients.
After gently drying the plants to preserve the active ingredient, we use state of the art methods to extract, purify and measure it. Every Kira Menopause relief tablet contains a consistent, standardised 4.5 mg extract of Black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa l) - equivalent of up to 55mg of dried root. This means you can be confident you will get the same dose every time.
We also ensure that we take the extract from the root when its active ingredients are at their highest level and most potent. We’ve even patented it (look for LI 182 on the label).
Warning do not exceed the stated dose. Do not use if you are under 18, are pregnant or breastfeeding, are allergic to any of the ingredients or have ever had an oestrogen dependent tumour. In addition, patients who have active liver disease or a history of liver disease should not take Black cohosh in any form.
Black Cohosh may rarely cause liver problems. If you become unwell ( yellowing eyes/skin, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, abdominal pain, unusual tiredness ) stop taking immediately and seek medical advice.
Always read the label. For more information consult the Patient Information Leaflet.
Always consult your GP before using herbal remedies if you are on the contraceptive pill.
Real life stories
Josie Honerford, 54, Kent
‘When I first began experiencing menopause symptoms I was 46 and I couldn’t believe the severity of the hot flushes and night sweats.
I just couldn’t sleep; I’d get comfortable and then suddenly be unbearably hot. This would happen all night and I’d hardly get any rest. I found I was tired and irritable during the day and suffered mood swings.
At first I put up with it, as it is after all a fact of life. Then I tried Kira Menopause relief.
Within a few weeks of taking Kira Menopause relief, my night sweats had started to decrease. They didn’t happen as often and were definitely less disruptive.’
This is Josie’s personal experience. The benefits of this product have not been scientifically proven.
Helen Green, 53, Watford
‘I'd just turned 50, when my periods began stopping and starting. I knew the change had come and I felt worried.
Normally I'm the kind of person who can deal with anything, but this was different. I didn't feel like the real me. I suffered mood swings and would explode at my husband over the most trivial things. Every little thing felt like the last straw. I didn't have a good night’s sleep for months. My sex drive was also non-existent which put a strain on my relationship with my husband.
I now take a Black cohosh product called Kira Menopause relief. My night sweats have lessened and I have begun to sleep more soundly and my moods are a lot more controlled. And what’s more, my sex life is back to normal!
I've also started running because I also discovered what middle-aged spread could be if I wasn't careful. I gain weight much more easily now, so diet and exercise are even more important.’
This is Helen’s personal experience; the benefits of this product have not been scientifically proven.