Five Tips For Choosing Effective Relief For Menopausal Symptoms*


An estimated 6,000 women in the U.S. reach menopause every day (about two million annually).The most common menopausal complaints include hot flashes, sleep disturbances, anxiety, poor mood, and physical and mental exhaustion. Hot flashes affect 80 percent of peri- or postmenopausal women, with 30 percent reporting hot flashes severe enough to seriously affect their quality of life. Conventional menopausal hormone therapies have potential risks, and the latest statistics from IMS Health show a steady downward trend in their use from 2006 to 2010. Many health care professionals and their menopausal patients are seeking safer options that offer reliable relief.*

Deanna Minich, PhD FACN, CNS is vice president, scientific affairs at Metagenics, Inc.[1], a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company. She is also a well-respected lecturer on womens health issues and healthy aging. As a teaching clinician, Dr. Minich helps health care practitioners and patients discover nutritional and lifestyle medicine strategies for effectively relieving common menopausal symptoms.*

Millions of women suffer every day from severe menopausal symptoms that often cause discomfort, exhaustion and even embarrassment, said Minich. With so many approaches, making a decision can be daunting. It’s important that a woman educate herself to be her own personal advocate in helping her health care provider develop appropriate recommendations.

Dr. Minich compiled a list of five helpful tips women should consider when choosing an option to help relieve their menopausal symptoms:*

  1. Know your symptoms and medical history. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms or to the same degree, and your symptoms may change over time. The type and severity of your menopausal symptoms may also affect available choices for relief. Some women may not be eligible for certain conventional options based on their age or menopausal phase. Some may also have an increased risk of adverse events to certain options due to personal or family health history.*
  2. Research conventional options and understand the risks. Menopausal hormone therapies are not recommended for all women or for milder symptoms, and are typically recommended at the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time possible due to concerns of adverse events. And several other commonly recommended conventional options lack supported data on efficacy and safety in use for relief of menopausal symptoms.
  3. Explore natural approaches for menopausal relief. Phytoestrogens (e.g., soy, flax, hesperidin, flax, hops, kudzu, red clover) and non-phytoestrogens (e.g., black cohosh, traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic botanicals) are widely recommended, but may not offer the same degree of menopausal relief or be an appropriate choice for all women. However, a special and well-researched extract of Siberian rhubarb known as ERr 731 (the active ingredient in Metagenics’ Estrovera) offers a safer and well-tolerated approach that has also demonstrated comparable efficacy to hormone therapies for relieving hot flashes in placebo-controlled studies–without the associated risks. ERr 731 has also shown significant relief (compared to placebo) for other common menopausal symptoms.*
  4. Consult your doctor. Having an open dialogue with your physician is a vital step in the decision-making process. When considering a natural option–even those that may be available over the counter–consult a professional with experience recommending these approaches so protocol adjustments can be made if needed to find effective, personalized relief for menopausal symptoms.*
  5. Listen to your body and track progress. After you’ve done your due diligence by researching all available choices and talking with your doctor to develop a program, notice how your body reacts to it. Keeping a hot flash diary can help you identify if the recommendations are working effectively.* If you experience adverse effects, it may necessary to revisit other options. The body is an important indicator of whether you’ve made the right decision, so pay close attention to what its telling you.

According to Minich, health care professionals in Europe have been successfully recommending ERr 731 since 1993with over 60 million doses and no serious adverse events reported to date. Multiple, well-designed clinical studies that demonstrate effective relief with ERr 731 have been published. And Metagenics Functional Medicine Research Center (FMRC) recently conducted a short-term clinical trial with Estrovera that demonstrated noticeable improvements in psychological symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depressed mood), somatic symptoms (e.g., hot flashes/night sweats) and urogenital symptoms (e.g., urinary tract symptoms, hoohool dryness) in just four weeks.*

In addition to finding the right option for menopausal symptoms, women need to look at this transition as an ideal time to adopt healthy habitsincluding healthy eating, appropriate nutritional supplementation (e.g., bone nutrition) and regular exercisethat help maintain body composition, bone density, cardiovascular health, blood sugar balance and cognitive health,* Minich said.

For more information on the natural management of menopause, with details on the benefits and science behind Siberian Rhubarb, health care practitioners may view the complementary Metagenics webinar “Scientific Breakthroughs in the Natural Treatment of Menopause[2] hosted by Dr. Minich.

To learn more about Estrovera, visit WhyEstrovera.com[3] or call 1-800-692-9400.

About Metagenics, Inc.

Metagenics, Inc. (www.metagenics.com[4]) is a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential. Founded in 1983, Metagenics serves more than 75,000 healthcare providers worldwide through premium quality, science-based medical foods, nutritional formulas, and lifestyle therapy programs to help their patients achieve a lifetime of good health. Metagenics scientific staffamong the largest in the nutrigenomics industryhas published more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded 78 international or domestic patents. The companys educational arm, Metagenics University, collaborates with renowned medical experts to annually deliver more than 200 events designed to help healthcare professionals stay on the leading edge of lifestyle medicine and incorporate nutrition into their clinical practice.

Metagenics maintains its corporate headquarters in Aliso Viejo, CA; R&D headquarters in Gig Harbor, WA; and operating subsidiaries in Brussels, Belgium and Brisbane, Australia.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


  1. ^ Metagenics, Inc. (cts.businesswire.com)
  2. ^ “Scientific Breakthroughs in the Natural Treatment of Menopause (cts.businesswire.com)
  3. ^ WhyEstrovera.com (cts.businesswire.com)
  4. ^ www.metagenics.com (cts.businesswire.com)

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    Health Tips!!!!!!!!!!!? I have lettuce…. Any ideas what I could put in it to make it less boring but still healthy?

    Any more healthy food ideas would be great too.

    Any health tips period would be great lol


      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2012

      Strawberries, cut up and put in the salad 🙂 Also, raspberry vinaigrette, croutons, tiny little seeds, celery, cucumber, carrots, even little cubes of cheese and raisins 🙂

      Hope this helps! 🙂

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    Health Tips? I am only 5’2, and 130 pounds. I would like to lose some fat and become more toned. Is running a good way to shed fat, or is walking the way to go. Also, anyone with tips on how to trim thighs I will thank you forever.

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2012

      Here is what you need to do, if you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off. Eat 6 small meals a day about every 4 hours. Here what that will do for you, your metabolism will increase (i.e. Loose weight) and you will have more engry. If you go on a diet and eat less, your metabolism will slow down and store to fat. That is why diets dont work. Only the size of your fist, carbs (examples:baked potato, pasta, oatmeal, beans, corn, melon, apples, fat free yogurt, whole wheat breads)in one and protien (examples:chicken breast, swordfish, shrimp, turkey breast) in the other. You can also eat vegetables and salads with any meal, they dont have none or little fat). 30min cardo exercise every day. Any of these(examples: walking, jogging, swimming,running, biking, ect), Monday cardo, tues upper body (arms: curls, tricep extensions,pull ups, front press)(abdominals: leg pull crunch, leg raises), (chest: bench press, butterfly, pullover)(shoulders: front press, arm pullover, cross county skier machine)(back:seated row, lat pull downs, back extension)(YOU DONT HAVE TO DO IN ONE DAY, mix it up) wed cardo, thurs lower body (legs: leg pull,leg press, squats, lounges) fri cardo, sat upper. Sunday eat anything you want and dont exercising, you do this on sunday so your body doesnt go into starvation mode. YOU NEED TO TAKE SUNDAY OFF. If you stilck with this you will have a great body. also drink aleast 8oz of water daily! Stay away from Mcdonals, Wendys, ect because there is nothing good for you on the menu’s even the salads are bad (beaon bits, cheeze, dressing, ect) Good Luck 🙂

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    How Can I Get Healthy? -Health Tips? This year, I made it a point to become healthy. I have lost some weight and got rid of some acne.

    I really want to be healthy, and make sure that I look healthy.

    Can you give me some all over health tips?
    Im a teen girl by the way.

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2012


      The best advice I can give you is exercise daily and eat well. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. Try to cut out as much sugar and snacks as you can manage. Drink plenty of water. Exercise for about 30 minutes a day, remember this does not have to be running a million miles and lifting 10 ton weights. Walking is an excellent form of exercise and is great because you can walk briskly around shops whilst looking at really cute outfits!

      I hope this helps!

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    I’m Trying To Loose Weight, What Are Some Health Tips? I’m making a modeling portfolio, and I know I need to be slimmer. What are some health tips, such as eating veggies, and colors to dress in the make you look slimmer? What is skinny for height 5’8″? I am Indian (India) & German and I have blue eyes.

      • HealthNut
      • August 22, 2012

      Unfortunately there are no easy ways to permanently lose weight and most people who lose weight regain it all.

      A vegetarian or vegan diet for the rest of your life might perhaps be a good option as very few vegetarians or vegans are overweight.

      If you want a life changing permanent weight loss you need to follow a maintenance diet for the rest of your life after you reach your target weight with one of the many diets you can choose from.

      You can see further details in a web search for “how to lose weight and keep it off”.

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