FAQs for Promensil Menopause Products

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?

  • Promensil Menopause** products help general health and well-being during and after the menopause

How does Promensil work?

Promensil Menopause** products are 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. Promensil Menopause** 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).

How should I take Promensil?

It is recommended that 1 to 2 Promensil Menopause (40mg) 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. Promensil Menopause Double Strength offers a double dose (80mg) in the convenience of one small tablet.

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

Yes given that each tablet of Promensil Menopause (40mg) 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 symptoms 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.

Learn more about Promensil Menopause Double Strength >

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, mild anxiety and other menopausal symptoms. It is important you continue to have pap smears during this time to rule out any other issues.

If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.

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. 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 10 minutes. Some women only feel slightly warm whilst others find themselves completely drenched in sweat.

Night sweats are 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 can result in day time tiredness. 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!
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

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

It is not uncommon for women to experience mild anxiety 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 tired than usual. It is important to realise that these feelings will pass, although it can take some time.

What you can do!

Recognise the symptoms for what they are, your wellbeing is being affected 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

Tiredness

Tiredness 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 tiredness.

  • – 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

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

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Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare professional.