FAQs for Promensil

What is red clover?

Red clover (trifolium pratense) is a legume or pulse commonly seen growing in the fields and hedgerows across the UK. Other examples of legumes include chickpeas, lentils and soybeans. Red clover is accepted as a human food throughout the world.

What is Promensil for?

  • Help general health and well-being during and after the menopause

How does Promensil work?

Promensil is a dietary supplement based on red clover isoflavones specifically developed to help women to support good health during menopause. It contains a balanced source of the four isoflavones that are important to health, particularly during and after the menopause. Studies have shown that Promensil may help to maintain good general health during menopause.

What does Promensil contain?

Each tablet contains a standardised 40mg or 80mg of four isoflavones: genistein, daidzein, formononetin and biochanin A sourced from red clover (Trifolium pratense). Promensil is free from sugar, yeast, milk derivatives, wheat and corn starch, gluten, preservatives, artificial colours and flavours.

How should I take Promensil?

It is recommended that 1 to 2 Promensil tablets are taken daily with food. Usually 1 tablet per day suits most women either taken in the morning with breakfast or in the evening depending on when you feel it is most appropriate for you. Some women find that taking 2 tablets a day is preferable so that the body has a top up of dietary isoflavones twice a day.

Can I use Promensil if I'm still getting regular monthly periods?

Yes given that each tablet of Promensil contains 40mg of isoflavones which is equivalent to consuming two or three legume-based meals in the diet every day.  Around 40mg of isoflavones per day is the daily amount that men and women in Latin America and Asia are eating in their diet every day throughout life.

How long should I take Promensil for?

For temporary relief to help reduce frequency of: Hot flushes, night sweats and help relieve overall menopausal symptoms. If symptoms persist please consult your healthcare professional.

What is the difference between Promensil and other red clover products and between red clover isoflavones and soy isoflavones?

Not all red clover products are the same. The standardisation process used in the manufacture of Promensil ensures that each tablet in every pack supplies 40mg or 80mg of isoflavones – the level that is consumed in a typical legume based diet eaten in Asia or Japan, for example.

Red clover and soy are both legumes and belong to the same family of plants. The main difference is that red clover contains four active isoflavones whereas soy only has two. The extra two found in red clover are commonly found in other legumes such as chick peas and lentils. For more information on natural sources of isoflavones click here.

When is Promensil unsuitable?

Promensil is not recommended for use during pregnancy or lactation. The product is not recommended for use by children. Use only as directed.  If you need further information please call the PharmaCare Australia on 02 9997 0355 or talk to your healthcare professional.

What is Promensil Double Strength?

Promensil Double Strength is designed as a starter dose for women who would benefit from extra dietary support. With twice the level of red clover isoflavones, Promensil Menopause Double Strength offers a double dose (80mg) in the convenience of one small tablet.

FAQs for menopause

What is the average age women start to experience symptoms?

The average age of the onset of menopause symptoms is between 47 and 52 years old. However it can start at a much younger age or it may pass unnoticed until your late 50’s.

What are the symptoms?

The amount of time between your periods becomes longer or shorter and your periods become heavier or lighter. Typically a 7 day variation in your cycle (21-35 days) You can have long intervals of spotting, or going two or three months without a period. You may experience hot flushes, night sweats, irritability and mood swings without any obvious reason, sleeplessness, fatigue and mild anxiety. It is important you continue to have pap smears during this time to rule out any other issues.

What is the difference between peri menopause and menopause?

Peri menopause is the period of time it takes for a women experiencing symptoms to go for one year without a period. Once a women has gone 12 months without menstruating she is officially post menopausal . The average age to reach this phase is 51 years.

How long does menopause last?

It varies from women to women, some lucky ladies hardly experience menopause at all, whereas it is not uncommon for women to experience symptoms from between 1- 10 years, the average is 5 years.

What is a hot flush and a night sweat?

Hot flushes and night sweats are the most commonly experienced symptoms for women during menopause in fact up to 80% of women will experience hot flushes and night sweats.
The frequency, severity and duration varies from women to women, you could get several a day or be drenched many times day and night.
Hot flushes bring on a sudden sensation of hotness, that commonly begins in your scalp, face, neck or chest area. They often cause sweating and leave you with a flushed, red face and can last anywhere from a few seconds to 10minutes. Some women only feel slightly warm whilst others find themselves completely drenched in sweat. Hot flushes may also cause a racing heart, dizziness, anxiety and irritability.

Night sweats are severe hot flushes that happen at night. They once again vary from women to women, You may wake up feeling warm and perspiring a little, quickly becoming cool and clammy. Or you can wake up drenched in sweat. You may even have to change your bed clothes and your sheets. Being woken repeatedly with night sweats causes fatigue and exhaustion. Cuddling your partner can trigger a hot flush, being drenched in sweat can often make you feel unattractive, physical contact becomes more difficult and this in turn can create relationship problems with one or the other partner feeling rejected. It is not uncommon for women to spend more time sleeping on top of the bed or only under a sheet even in the winter.

What causes a hot flush and night sweat?

Your internal thermostat becomes erratic due to changes in your hormones. Hot flushes occur when the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate, causing increased skin temperature and flushing.

♣ What you can do!

Research shows Promensil Double Strength reduces the frequency of hot flushes ranging from 5%3 to 83%2†.
Don’t be embarrassed it’s a natural process.

Hot Flush

When a hot flush comes on, stop what you are doing if you can, take a few deep breaths and try to relax.

Wear light layers of clothing, this allows you to shed layers when you need to and easily pull them back minutes later
Natural fibres like cotton are best.
Use a fan during the day
Exercise regularly
Eat a diet rich in phyto-estrogens
Drink plenty of water
Cut down on alcohol, caffeine, cigarettes, hot drinks, hot bathes, saunas, hot showers, and spicy foods as these can all trigger hot flushes

Night Sweat

Research shows Promensil Double Strength is a natural clinically trialled ingredient to help reduce the frequency of night sweats ranging from 62.3%2† to 71.3%1†.
Keep your bedroom cool at night
Keep a fan close by and a glass of water by your bed.
Use cotton sheets and pillow cases.
Keep a towel handy, you can even use a towel on your pillow.
Make sure your partner understands what you are going through as he may need the room and bed to be much warmer than you need it to be.
Work together so you can both be comfortable

Mild Anxiety / Irritable / Mood Swings

It is not uncommon for women to feel more irritable, anxious, tense, and even sad, with unpredictable mood swings, often during the peri menopause stage, confusing peri menopause symptoms with PMT.

This transitional time of your life can be like a rollercoaster. You can be more sensitive, quick to react, or less motivated and more fatigued than usual. It is important to realise that these feelings will pass, although it can take some time.

♣ What you can do!

Research shows Promensil Double Strength may relieve mild anxiety.
Plus it reduces severity and frequency of nights sweats and hot flushes this in turn will help you feel better
Recognise the symptoms for what they are, your wellbeing is being kidnapped by hormonal imbalances.
Don’t bottle things up, talk to your partner, children, friends so they are more understanding and supportive. Stay connected, remember your girl friends if a similar age may also be experiencing the same thing
If your symptoms are impacting on your work, it is wise to let your boss know and immediate work colleagues. This will help you relax more at work.
Think positively.
Eat a diet rich in phyto-estrogens
Exercise regularly
Try yoga and or relaxation techniques

A crawling sensation under the skin

Many women describe this symptom of severe itchiness – likened to ‘an insect crawling under my skin’. This is called formication and is well described as a common symptom of menopause.

♣ What you can do!

Apart from scratching that spot to bits, you can either try really hard to ignore it as it eventually goes away or use a cooling gel or cream. This immediately soothes the area and takes your mind off it long enough for it to go away.

Decreased sex drive during menopause

During this stage you can be confused, feel unattractive, you might have put on weight, you can experience hot flushes as soon as your partner touches you. So he is not sure what to do or what not to do. If you are having hot flushes at night you will be sleep deprived and trying to put as much space as you can between your body and your partners. Emotionally, the support of a caring loving partner will make all the difference.

So what’s happening in your body, the lack of estrogen causes the vaginal lining to become thin and dry. There is also a decrease in vaginal muscle tone and blood supply to this area around the time of menopause. The result is sex can become uncomfortable and in some cases even painful.

♣ What you can do!

Talk to each other
Don’t stop having sex, regular sex can help to increase vaginal lubrication. Make sure your expectations are reasonable, as often it is a time of change for your partner too, especially if he is in his 50’s.
Use a natural lubricant
Strengthen pelvic floor muscles, this in turn helps to make sex more enjoyable and helps to prevent urinary incontinence, which can become common in mid life.
Talking, affection and intimacy will help to keep you close making it easier to work through this time in your lives together.
Promensil Double Strength research shows it helps to alleviate menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness

Insomnia

Sleepless nights creep up on you and seem to become the norm. You often feel frustrated because you cannot fall asleep and when you do it can often be broken sleep, repeating the process of trying to get to sleep all over again. You can wake up feeling more tired than you did when you went to bed and literally have to drag yourself through the day. Usual causes include night sweats and anxiety. Poor sleep quality can trigger other problems like irritability so if you can sleep better you may notice all sorts of improvements.

♣ What you can do!

Avoid caffeine late afternoon and in the evening
Avoid or decrease alcohol particularly in the run up to bedtime.
Eat a high protein snack at bed time
Keep your bedroom cool at night
Sort the bedding out so you are cool and your partner is comfortable, that way you are not feeling guilty
Exercise daily, but refrain from vigorous exercise 3 hours before bed time
Take Promensil, to help the reduction of hot sweats and nights sweats. It is thought that reducing night sweats can support sleep.

Fatigue

Fatigue during menopause, changes in both estrogen and progesterone levels lead to a lack of energy that many women experience in menopause. Lower estrogen levels can interrupt sleep patterns, which leads to daytime fatigue. Progestone is the hormone responsible for our energy during menopause and this hormone drastically diminishes.

  • → You can feel like you are dragging yourself around all day
  • → Wanting an afternoon nap
  • → Increased irritability
  • → Feeling worn out
  • → An overwhelming feeling of exhaustion
♣ What you can do!

Try to build some form of exercise into your day
Believe it or not, doing more does help
Eat a diet rich in phyto-estrogens
Take a good multi vitamin
Taking Promensil Double Strength helps to address the hot flushes, night sweats and mild anxiety which in turn is thought to support your sleep. This may then assist your energy levels.

Dry skin

Your skin seems to dry out from the inside out. This is one of the most frequently heard complaints from women, watching our skin become lizard like, trying many different products to no avail is disappointing to say the least!

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day

  • → Moisturise frequently preferably with a phytoestrogen rich cream
  • → Regularly exfoliate your skin so that moisture can penetrate more easily
  • → Eat a diet rich in phytoestrogens
  • → Take a fish oil supplement high in DHA and EPA

Shrinking muscle mass

One day you just notice your muscles appearing to wither away, this in turn makes it harder to lose weight as it is your muscle mass which burns fat.

♣ What you can do!

It is so important to include weight bearing exercise into your daily routine
A 30 minute walk 4 times a week
Enrolling in toning classes at the gym
Pilates is great for strength and toning
Swimming is excellent for toning but you need to ensure you are walking as well

Your memory

Sometimes you wonder where your memory has gone, you can be looking at a person you know and their name has completely gone out of your head. On a daily basis you can be impacted on by unexplained lapses in memory whether it is home, work or personally related.

1. Lipovac M et al, Effect of red clover isoflavone supplementation over vasomotor and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Gynecological Endocrinology 2011;1-5.
2. Hidalgo LA et al. The effect of red clover isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, lipids and vaginal cytology in menopausal women: A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study.Gynecological Endocrinology 2005; 21(5):257-264.
3. Tice JA et al. Phytoestrogen Supplements for the Treatment of Hot Flashes: The Isoflavone Clover Extract (ICE) Study. JAMA, July 9, 2003 – Vol 290, No. 2.”
# Results from various clinical trials on red clover show individual responses may vary. Many women may notice a difference in symptoms within 3 to 8 weeks of daily usage.
†These studies were not conducted with Promensil, but with a different product containing red clover extract.

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