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An All-Natural Way To Manage Symptoms Of Menopause

It’s bad enough being robbed of a full night’s sleep. When the daylight hours bring on mood swings, joint aches, hot flashes, headaches, and more, you don’t know whether to stick your head in the freezer, cry, or run out into the street and scream! While some of us are lucky enough to escape the slings and arrows of perimenopause and menopause, most of the 2 million women who reach menopause every year, are troubled–even tormented–by the one or more of its symptoms.


While menopause isn’t a disease that needs treatment, one or more of the distressing symptoms can be relieved in a number of ways, including hormone therapy to replace decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone, products to cool you off when  perspiration suddenly starts cascading down your face, and all-natural herbal supplements. These supplements contain estrogen-like substances, called phytoestrogens, that reportedly work in the body like a form of estrogen and are especially appealing to women who worry about the risks of taking drugs.

Femmerol is an all-natural supplement that contains a variety of herbs, working together, bayberry (for inflammation); black cohosh (to suppress the production of the hormone that causes hot flashes);  capsicum (to relieve cramping and increase circulation); damiana leaf (to treat low libido and relieve depression), and sage (reduces hot flashes and excessive perspiration.)


To learn how two Femmerol capsules, taken daily, can relieve menopause symptoms , we talked with Sabina Fasano, the founder and CEO of the of the company that produces it.


How and why do natural ingredients work on the symptoms of menopause?

Herbs help the body adapt to the stressors that come with menopausal change, and also play a significant supporting role in the rejuvenation of our hormones. Taking natural plant ingredients for the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause is like putting your hormones into rehab and getting them back into shape by nourishing them with a similar chemical structure to your natural hormones.

Herbs are not estrogen per se, nor do they act like the estrogens in HRT (hormone replacement therapy), but they lend a helping hand to improve natural hormone production, aid in hormone efficiency, support their transmission with better utilization, and help spare the loss.

Which ingredients work on which symptoms and why?

Although certain herbs, such as black cohosh, have been shown in clinical studies to alleviate menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, cramping, vaginal dryness, and sleeplessness, traditional herbal medicine recognized centuries ago that combining many plants delivers far better results than relying on a single plant. This is true not only to treat hormonal imbalances, but also to support health. When specific ingredients are combined, they work together to accomplish more than they could alone.2

Hormones are neurotransmitters that carry messages from the brain and endocrine system to other parts of the body. The bioactive molecules in plants share similarities with our hormones, and therefore are able to effectively connect and communicate with the hormones in our bodies. Multiple symptom relief comes from treating the whole system versus attempting  to treat one symptom at a time.

I still find it amazing that plants can interact so intimately, and in such a sophisticated manner, with the hormones we make in our bodies to treat a multitude of deficiencies and imbalance, and even diseases. But if you think about it, we evolved alongside the plant world.

Given all the natural supplements available, how does one know which will work?

When reading a product label or company website, it’s not always easy to know if its supplement has quality ingredients and manufacturing procedures. If you’d  like to know more about a product, I suggest that you contact the company and ask questions of someone in quality assurance.

Look at the active ingredients on the supplement facts box, and also look underneath the box where it says “other ingredients.”  If you are looking for something “natural” or “plant based,” all of the ingredients should be naturally occurring, such as herbs, botanicals, vitamins and minerals.

It’s important to feel confident about a product you’re trying for the first time.  And, if you have personal or cultural preferences, such as vegetarian, vegan, kosher or gluten free, you should never have to compromise.

Can natural ingredients ever replace the jobs of estrogen and progesterone?

First.  I’d like to clear up the common misunderstanding that women lose all hormones during menopause ─ They do not. We still produce hormones, just less!


Estrogen and progesterone play an important role in a woman’s life: The timing of puberty; the development of our bodies and sexual maturity, and the ability to create and sustain a pregnancy. Unless we’re are still looking to have babies at 50, our goal should not be to ‘replace hormones,” but to support our bodies as they adjust to new healthy hormone levels and balances for our age.

When we supplement with hormones, we’re overriding our body’s natural intelligence, its innate ability to adjust and rejuvenate ─ and too often with unintended damaging or deadly results. The goal should be to love your age regardless of what that number is, and to develop healthy hormonal levels that create optimal health into menopause and beyond.fem

It is absolutely normal for every woman to have naturally lower levels of all hormones as she grows older, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone.  Sexuality doesn’t end, bones don’t crumble, and we don’t become old, grumpy and wrinkle.  These are self-inflicted results.  Our personal lifestyle, mindset and choices make all the difference.

Learn more about Femmerol here.

We are pleased to be bringing you the valuable information in this post, which is sponsored by Solutions For Women. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty!

[POLL] Tell Us About Your Eyes!

It’s always enlightening to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues (and some not so complex issues), then we report the results back to you!

Today, we’re asking about your eye health, because many would argue that your eyes are your most important body part. Tell us how you stay on top of your eye health, and see how you compare to other FabOverFifty women!

1. How old are you?

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4. If you answered “yes” to #3, how often do you wear contact lenses?

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5. If you answered “B” or “C” to #4, why don’t you wear them daily?

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6. How often do you experience symptoms of dry eye (scratchy feeling, blurred vision, redness, feeling of foreign particle in eye)?

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7. If you ever experience dry eye, what do you do to improve the feeling in your eyes?

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While you can easily pick up artificial tears or soothing drops at the drugstore, for relief of dry eyes, these products may not be effective for long-term eye health. Drops are only a temporary solution to alleviate dry eye symptoms, but they do not support long-term eye health or protection against future dry eye.

Instead, strengthen your eye health, from within, with EyePromise EZ Tears, softgels taken orally. These doctor-recommended vitamins provide consistent comfort against dry eyes by delivering a powerful blend of vitamins A, D3, and E, as well as fish oil, Omega 3, and other natural ingredients.


This post is sponsored by EyePromise, who keep our eyes healthy. Thanks for supporting FabOverFifty!

JUST IN: What We Learned About Your Cleansing Habits

[ANONYMOUS POLL] Are You The Boss of Your Bladder?

Nearly 18 million women leak when they laugh, sneeze, run or jump. If you’re one of them, please tell us how you control and manage the situation, by taking our anonymous poll.


Take The Guesswork Out Of Kegels

This post is sponsored by PeriCoach, a new way to take control of bladder leakage. Follow PeriCoach on Facebook and Twitter!

Nearly 18 million women leak when they laugh, sneeze, run or jump. Are you one of them?

image1Childbirth, menopause, and other life events, can thin out your vaginal tissue and weaken your pelvic floor muscles, as well as the ligaments which help support the bladder.

These weakened structures can cause the bladder to shift downward, and prevent the urethra from closing properly, resulting in urine leakage during moments of physical stress like coughing, laughing, jumping, lifting or running.

Although the American College of Physicians recommends pelvic floor muscle training (Kegel exercises) as a first-line treatment for bladder leakage, 50 percent of women who try these exercises do not contract their muscles correctly, and give up. Instead, they’ll often turn to pads to “fix” the problem.circle


Why Cleansing Your Vagina With Soap Just Won’t Do!

When I was a teenager, my mom advised me never to use soap on my face because it would dry out my skin. “You’d be better off just using water alone,” she said. I actually listened to her, and started using Noxema every single day to cleanse my face. (I’ve seen moved on to other brands). It tooks years before I applied the same practice for my body, and now I use sugar body scrubs and washes that help to keep my skin hydrated.

So why didn’t I think about my vagina during all these years, at least in terms of how I cleansed it?

Why? Because it never occurred to me that the skin of my vagina could dry out, too. No one ever told me it could. Not my mother. Not my friends. Not my doctors.

It could, and it did.

Fortunately, it’s not taboo to talk about vaginas these days. But never in my wildest dreams could I ever think I’d sit down with a handsome man from Rome, Italy, to talk about dry vaginas. But sit down I did, with Giorgio Chiozza, to discuss a feminine intimate hygiene line he produces, called Lubrigyn, that he claimed would relieve vaginal dryness using hormone and paraben-free, completely natural ingredients.

Manufactured by Uniderm, Giorgio’s Rome-based company, Lubrigyn has been successfully selling across Europe since 2004, and now that CVS is carrying it in most of their stores, American women will have the chance to use it, too. When Giorgio recently came to the United States to visit his distribution center in Florida, he and I met so I could learn more about his two products: Lubrigyn Lotion and Lubrigyn Cream. The cream is FDA approved but does not require a prescription.


World’s First Medical School Opens For Women 45+


Stop Googling every time you have a new physical symptom. By the time you’ve clicked on 35 sites, you’re convinced you’re not long for this world, even if you have nothing more than a slight ache in your left shoulder.

That’s precisely why we’ve created ONE-DAY MEDICAL SCHOOL for women 45+. You’ll learn more about the health issues that matter to you most than you could ever learn on the Internet. And the exceptional doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, your professors, will present the real facts.





POLL: Is Menopause Getting The Best Of You?

It’s always enlightening (and sometimes entertaining) to learn what other women in our generation are thinking and doing. Every Thursday, FabOverFifty asks members of our community a series of simple questions about pretty complex issues, then we report the results to you the following week.
Today, we’re asking about menopause. Certainly not an entertaining issue, it’s one that can take a big toll on our health and well being, and deserves our attention. Please answer our anonymous poll so we all can learn how menopause is affecting other women, and what we’re doing about it.


Please Don’t Let This Leak Out!!!!!!

Once upon a time you could hold in your urine for hours on end, until quite suddenly, you were horrified to feel some leaking while you jumped around in exercise class one fine day! At first, you ignored it, but it happened again, at the gym, and then when you sneezed. You’re embarrassed to tell anyone, including your doctor, but you’re worried about what’s going on.

What’s probably going on is that you have a condition called “light bladder leakage,” or “urinary incontinence,”  but you’ll be glad to know that you’re far from alone.  LBL is extremely common, affecting as many as 30 percent of American women.  It should also please you to know that the problem often is quite treatable.