Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopause (or any other time)

Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopause

We all love a treat and what better time to treat yourself than during menopause and peri-menopause. We’ve sourced some delicious goodies for you to enjoy either by eating, putting on your skin or bathing in. Making your own eliminates all the horrible hormone disrupting ingredients that can be found in processed products.

When shopping for ingredients remember organic is best.  Virgin or cold-pressed oils contain a larger portion of beneficial components like antioxidants and fatty acids. You can buy the ingredients in health food shops or online

 

DIY makeup remover wipes
  • An airtight glass jar to store your wipes in
  • Cotton wool pads
  • 1 tablespoon pure aloe vera
  • 3 teaspoons pure witch hazel extract
  • 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (or your favourite skin-cleansing oil)
  • 8-12 drops skin-soothing essential oil like lavender or frankincense
  • optional: 1 tsp vitamin E oil or 6-8 drops rosemary essential oil as a preservative
  1. Combine all ingredients except cotton wool pads in the glass jar and mix well.  Place cotton wool pads in the jar and cover with mixture making sure all pads are soaked.
  2. Use to remove make up whenever you need to.

 

Whipped Body Butter
  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup light oil (like almond, jojoba or olive)
  • Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice (Lavender is lovely and calming)
  1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
  2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils if using.
  4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
  5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
  6. Return to fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
  7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.
Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopauseAvocado Coconut Body Oil
  • ¼ cup Avocado Oil
  • ¼ cup Sweet Almond Oil
  • ¼ cup Melted Virgin Coconut Oil
  1. Combine the oils in a 6 to 8-ounce bottle and shake well.
  2. Apply from shoulders to toes daily. It also makes an excellent massage oil.

 

Magnesium Foot Scrub
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt (a natural source of magnesium) or Magnesium Flakes
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil or Almond Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Castille Soap
  • Optional: 10-15 drops of Essential Oil of Choice (peppermint is cooling and refreshing)
  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients and add essential oils until desired scent is achieved.
  2. Store in an airtight jar and use a teaspoon sized amount to exfoliate feet or body as needed.
  3. Rinse after use.

 

Cocoa Butter Bath Bomb Recipe
  • 250g Baking Soda
  • 125g Citric Acid
  • 50g Corn Flour
  • 15ml/3tsp water (add slowly!)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Cocoa Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ylang ylang oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon musk oil*

*(or substitute your favourites)

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl, EXCEPT the citric acid
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in another bowl
  3. Mix the two together – the mixture should be the texture of damp sand and hold together when you squeeze it
  4. Add citric acid and mix with a spoon or gloved hand (do not use your hands as pure citric acid is abrasive)
  5. Mold into bath bomb shape and let dry overnight

 

Naturally delicious ways to treat yourself during menopauseHoney Lavender Homemade Relaxing Bath Melts
  • 50g Shea Butter
  • 50g Cocoa Butter
  • ¼ teaspoon Honey Lavender Herbal Tea (split open a teabag)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Lavender Flowers (available from craft shops or you can dry your own)
  • 30 drops Lavender Oil
  1. Melt the shea and cocoa butters in a double boiler. Add the honey lavender tea, lavender flowers and lavender oil. Mix well and pour into a silicone mold – a heart shape mold looks lovely.
  2. Allow to cool and harden then pop melts out of the mold. Store in an airtight jar. Use in in your bath and relax. Makes around 15 melts.

You can ring the changes by swapping the scented ingredients. I love anything that’s smells of roses so use rose petals and rose oil but would love to hear what you’ve tried.

Moisturising Orange Face Mask
Magnesium and Resveratrol Rich Chocolate
Creamy chocolate mousse

 

Cheese crisps
  • Cheddar, parmesan, red Leicester, or other hard cheese of choice (recommend freshly grated)
  • Herbs or spices of choice (optional – we like to add a dash of Italian, Cajun seasoning or smoked paprika)
  1. Very lightly oil a baking sheet with olive oil (very lightly!), or use a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Put small piles or folded slices of cheese onto the baking sheet. I recommend cheddar, real grated parmesan,  or other firm cheese.
  3. Put the cheese in a medium oven
  4. Watch carefully. It may take a little practice to learn timing. When bubbles slow down slightly and at first sign of browning, it’s time to take them out.
  5. Take out the cheese chips when edges are slightly brown and gently remove them using a thin spatula. Place on towel covered plate to cool.
  6. When cooled, use just as you would use chips for snacking or dipping into homemade sauces.

 

Please feel free to share your favourite naturally wonderful treats in the comments section below

 

Beauty is more than skin deep

Skin is the body’s largest organ. And while it is true that we are mostly what we put into our bodies,  we are also what we put on it. A good rule of thumb is not to put on your skin anything that you wouldn’t put in your mouth!

The frightening truth is that women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies daily, and those with higher levels of personal care and cosmetic chemicals experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels.

In a study of more than 31,000 US women, researchers examining their blood and urine found levels of 111 mostly man-made chemicals commonly found in plastics, personal care products, and household items. Fifteen chemicals in particular (including nine PCBs, three pesticides, and two phthalates) were significantly associated with early menopause, which suggests a decline in ovarian function. In addition to leading to early menopause, decline in ovarian function may lead to development of heart disease and osteoporosis.

Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.

READ LABELS!

Even products boasting “all-natural” labels can still contain harmful chemicals, so check the full list of ingredients. Better yet, simplify your routine and make your own products. Many lotions, potions, and hair treatments can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil, for example, to which you can add a high-quality essential oils for scent.

Whether you switch to a truly natural, toxin-free brand, or make your own, you might even find that you like them better than your old brand. There’s no reason to be slathering questionable chemicals onto your skin every day, and the more people who demand better… the more the industry may be forced to ditch their toxic ingredients and change.

 

Moisturising orange face maskMoisturising orange face mask
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • Juice of one orange
  • 3 tablespoons plain active yogurt (greek yogurt is ideal)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried orange peel (can be found in the supermarket)

Combine all ingredients. The consistency should be thickish so it can stay on your face

Apply to your cleaned dry face avoiding your eye area and leave for 15-30 minutes

Rinse with warm water

Store any leftovers in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to a week

With thanks to Food + Words for the recipe

 

 

 

How to love your heart in menopause

Women are at greater risk from heart disease in menopause. Here's how you can show your heart some love with red wine and chocolates

“We know that the menopausal transition puts women at greater risk of heart disease.”  (Researcher Samar El Khoudary, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.)

 SO, could red wine and chocolate help with heart health in menopause?   The good news is Yes! Red wine and dark chocolate are rich in anti-oxidants.

 RED WINE contains beneficial antioxidants in a variety of forms, but resveratrol ( a powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight cancer and heart disease) has received the most attention. It comes from the skin of grapes used to make wine, and because the fermentation process for red wine is longer than for white, it contains higher levels of resveratrol.

CHOCOLATE, which is mainly cocoa, contains high levels of flavonoids( another powerful anti-oxidant found in fruit and vegetables). These are called flavanols, and in addition to their antioxidant powers, studies have shown they may help to reduce blood pressure and promote more efficient blood flow to the brain and heart. Dark chocolate generally contains the most flavanols.

The other good news is that red wine and dark chocolate are also high in sirtuin activators. Hitting the headlines at the moment is the SIRT diet. ‘Sirtfood’ is actually a food high in sirtuin activators, which are a type of protein that protect the cells in our bodies from dying or becoming inflamed through illness. Research has also shown they can help regulate your metabolism, increase muscle and burn fat – hence the new ‘wonder-food’ tag.

However, before you rush off to stock up with red wine and choccies, remember, moderation is the key. You won’t feel rejuvenated by mainlining Pinot Noir and Green & Blacks.

Talking of chocolate, why not make this delicious, healthy mousse for the love in your life. Why would you give your Valentine store-bought chocolates filled with heart-wrecking, partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial colours derived from petroleum, nasty preservatives, artificial flavours, GMO oils, refined sugar, and the absolute worst ingredients you can put in food?

Not only is this chocolate mousse lightning-quick to make, it’s sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and the natural sweetness found in coconut and vanilla. When you top it with some high-fibre berries, such as raspberries or blackberries, you’ll help to slow the absorption of those natural sugars into the body.

heart health in menopause5-Minute Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Please use all organic ingredients if possible. 

  • 2 cups coconut cream or 2 cups fresh grated coconut 
  • ¼ cup almond milk (alternative: coconut water )
  • ¼-½ cup cocoa powder, depending on how chocolatey you prefer
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup, more as desired
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
 Instructions

Place all of the ingredients in a blender along with a handful of ice cubes and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Top with fresh berries or cocoa nibs. And voila!!! That’s it. In just five minutes, you’ve got a decadent, creamy, chocolatey dessert that will satisfy any chocolate craving without any nasty refined sugar or additives! Letting it sit in the fridge for a few hours helps thicken it up too if you like your mousse to be denser. 

Learn how to love yourself in menopause

It's vital to love yourself, especially during menopause. Her's how to recognise you need more loving and what to do about it

As it’s almost Valentine’s Day and the world and his wife are thinking about love, it seemed an appropriate time to talk about loving yourself.  In the words of Whitney Houston ‘the greatest love is learning to love yourself.’ But how much do you love yourself? And how do you get to that blissful state.

Around menopause and peri-menopause it is more important than ever to love yourself. Your hormone levels are fluctuating and taking your moods with them. Feelings of self worth often get lost. It is easy to be hard on yourself when you are feeling angry and frustrated. The closest person to take your feelings out on is you, and we have seen lots of women do just that.  You need to find ways of increasing your love for yourself, and here we outline a few.

Learning to love yourself has great consequences and not just for you. You will feel amazing. Your relationships will improve and your life will start filling up with more of the things you want than the things you don’t.

 

How to love yourself more

The first step is to recognise that you need to practise how to love yourself more. You may be feeling put out and notice that others don’t treat you as well as you deserve. They will treat you with the respect you demand and if you don’t love yourself enough you won’t be demanding enough. Write down your feelings about yourself and the ways you are treated by others who are important to you. See if you notice any patterns. Are the thoughts you have predominantly negative, or the sort of thing you would never say about a friend?  You need to be your own best friend. Just as you would with any other friends you have, kindness and respect are vital.

positive affirmation I love and approve of myselfChange your thinking. Let go of negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. Positive affirmations are a great way of doing that. An affirmation is a way of changing your thinking. The mind believes what it hears most. If you tell yourself out loud and regularly that you are worth it, you’ll notice that you start thinking that way.  An affirmation is a positive statement you repeat to yourself. You can make up your own or use the ones we post regularly on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram.

Make yourself and your wellbeing a priority. If you are constantly at the beck and call of others you will feel devalued. Additionally, you will not be able to help out for long, as you can only help others by looking after yourself first.

Do things you enjoy. Think proactively about the things you enjoy and plan them into your life. It’s easy to get into a rut of work, food, television and sleep. If you never feel you get time to read a book or do an activity you enjoy, plan it in advance. Write it in your diary if necessary. You are much more likely to do things you have planned for.

Reflect on the good things about yourself regularly. Try writing a few accomplishments and good statements about yourself every day. You will be amazed how many there are, and when you are feeling down you can read back and reinforce your positive self worth.

Which of these will you try first? Feel free to share in the comments section below.

Magnificent Magnesium in Menopause

Magnesium serves hundreds of functions within the body and is an important part of bone health, heart health, a healthy nervous system, cellular energy, hormone regulation and the relaxation and activation of muscle tissue. Dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and legumes such as baked beans, lentils and peanuts, and nuts such as almonds and cashews are rich in magnesium.

There are positive associations between magnesium intake and bone mineral density in women. Studies suggest that increasing intake from food or supplements might increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. For example, one short-term study found that 290 mg/day elemental magnesium (as magnesium citrate) for 30 days in 20 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis suppressed bone turnover compared with a placebo, suggesting that bone loss decreased.

Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD ND and author of The Magnesium Miracle has said;

“To obtain enough magnesium from the diet takes special care and knowledge of magnesium-rich foods, but we still need to supplement with magnesium.”

Magnesium supplements are a safe, effective way to ensure an adequate intake, but not all supplements are created equal. For the best combination of convenience and bio-availability:

  •  eat a combination of foods containing magnesium
  • apply a trans-dermal magnesium product for convenience that bypasses problems associated with the GI tract e.g. magnesium bath salts (Epsom salts), magnesium oil spray or lotions
  • take oral magnesium in tablet form
  • try the magnesium rich raw chocolate recipe below

Magnesium and Resveratrol Rich Chocolate

Magnesium rich raw chocolate recipeIngredients

Combine all ingredients – you may need to soften coconut oil if it is solid. Pour into chocolate moulds or a lined baking tray and allow to set in the fridge.

Get creative and add your favourite flavours to tantalise your taste buds.
Try a dash of vanilla; pinch of sea salt; nut butters; goji berries; raspberries, orange peel; pistachios; flaked almonds. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy the guilt free pleasure!

With thanks to Food Matters  for the recipe

 

 

How to tame your inner bitch – 11 ways to handle menopause mood swings

Mood swings are a well known symptom of menopause make you tearful, grumpy or depressed. Here we show you 11 natural ways to handle menopause mood swings

Have you noticed since becoming menopausal that your mood swings all over the place? Without warning you can go from being perfectly happy one moment to ‘screaming bitch from hell’ with a short stop off at tearful and anxious on the way. Fluctuating hormones have a lot to answer for. The first thing you need to know is that mood swings are a well documented symptom of menopause. But we’d like to give you some tools to arm yourself with so you can calm down before you find yourself friendless, frustrated and alone.

Handling mood swings naturally

1. Meditation: carving out time in your day to meditate really helps quiet your mind and give you personal space. Just 5 minutes of meditation a day will make you calmer, increase feelings of well being and happiness, and help you keep things in perspective.

2. Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique: tapping is a great ways to reduce feelings of despair, anxiety, anger and many other negative emotions. Measure your feelings of an emotion on a scale of 1-10 before you start and when you’ve finished and you will see a reduction in that feeling.

You can learn more about EFT here. Tap your way to emotional freedom

3. Exercise: exercise increases endorphins and makes you feel better, particularly in relation to mood swings. For menopausal and peri-menopausal women there is the added benefit of improving bone health and helping to eliminate that menopause middle. If you’re feeling uptight, vigorous exercise will help you work it off or a session of yoga can calm you and reduce anxiety. There really is something for everyone

4. Supplements. Ginseng, Agnus Caestus, St Johns Wort and magnesium are among the supplements which help mood swings. Do your research carefully and make sure there are no adverse effects when mixed with other medications or conditions.

5. Healthy diet: cut down or avoid sugar which can give you extreme highs and lows. Try and ensure that the food you eat is as close to its natural state as possible. Processed foods should be kept to a minimum as they contain all sorts of additives and chemicals. Where possible eat organic foods

6. Get support: don’t go it alone. You are not the only one prone to mood swings. If your friends are of a similar age to you they will no doubt be experiencing the same things. Speak to your friends and family and enlist support. If you don’t feel able to share so close to home try online. There are many supportive message boards on Facebook and other websites. If you don’t want to post your stories, read other people’s, just knowing you’re not alone in this will help. N.B. We’re always available for help and support. Just drop us a line at info@menopausematters.co.uk

7. Sleep; a lack of sleep will make anyone feel cranky. Add that to hormone imbalance and you have a perfect storm for mood swings. Check out our recent post for ways to get a good nights sleep

8. Eliminate caffeine and alcohol: excessive caffeine intake can lead to irritability, insomnia, anxiety and restlessness, so you should at least reduce your intake. Wean yourself off caffeine as you can experience adverse symptoms with sudden withdrawal. Regular alcohol intake reduces your serotonin (the happy hormone) levels which affects your mood. Reduction or elimination of either or both will help reduce your mood swings.

9.  Figure out your triggers: identifying your stressors will help you take actions to avoid or reduce them. Whether it’s certain situations, people or even foods you are intolerant of, working out what causes you stress encourages you to take measures to alleviate the effects. For example if a particular person upsets you and you have no option but to see them try promising yourself a little reward afterwards or use EFT.

10.  Be kind to yourself: sometimes you just need to take time out for yourself and relax. Book a massage, read that book you’ve been meaning to get round to or just take a bubbly bath.   

11. Balance your hormones: hormone imbalances around the menopause are often the root cause of your mood swings. Balance using a natural progesterone cream which will elevate your mood and make you less snappy!

 

 

Contraception and the Menopause

How long do you need to use contraception at menopause?

How long do you need to use contraception at menopause?

Although fertility reduces as you age, you cannot be certain that you are infertile. It’s vital to remember that, until your periods have stopped completely, it’s still possible for you to fall pregnant. Unless you are trying to have a baby (eeek!!) you still need to use contraception.

If you use a currently use a barrier method e.g. condoms, non hormonal IUD, you should continue taking precautions for 2 years since the date of your last period if you are 50 or under. If you are over 50 then you need to use contraceptives for 1 year after your last period.

For women who use hormone based contraceptives, e.g. The pill, mini-pill, injection, Mirena coil, you may not be able to tell when your last period occurred as the hormones mask your natural cycles. You should ask your doctor when you can stop using contraception during your usual check ups.

N.B. Bio-identical progesterone cream should not be used as a contraceptive.

How to get a good night’s sleep

How to get a good night's sleep in menopause

One of the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause is sleeping problems. Sleep is one life’s mysteries, although we are learning more about it all the time and a good night’s sleep is one of the cornerstones of health. 6-8 hours per night seems to be the optimal amount for most adults.

Circadian rhythms are the body’s response to 24-hour cycle of patterns of light and darkness. When they are disrupted it can weaken your immune system and disrupt your hormones, so it’s important to establish a bedtime routine.

 Here are 7 tips to help you get a good night’s sleep.

 1. Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible.

2.  Room temperature is important. Studies show that the optimal room temperature is between 18C and 21C degrees.

3.  Don’t drink any fluids, especially alcohol and caffeine, within 2 hours of going to bed!

 4.  Increase your melatonin. Melatonin is a completely natural substance, made by your body, and has many health benefits in addition to sleep. Ideally, it is best to increase levels naturally with exposure to bright sunlight in the daytime (along with full spectrum fluorescent bulbs in the winter) and complete darkness at night. If that isn’t possible, consider a melatonin supplement.

5.  Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields (EMFs) such as mobile phones, computers and TVs, as they disrupt the pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin.

 6.  AVOID SLEEPING PILLS!  According to a 2007 analysis by the National Institutes of Health, sleeping pills reduced the average time it takes to fall sleep by less than 13 minutes compared to a placebo. Apart from being ineffective, sleeping pills also have potentially dangerous side effects.

7.  Listen to relaxation CDs. Some people find the sound of white noise or nature sounds to be soothing for sleep. An excellent relaxation/meditation option to listen to before bed is the Insight audio CD. Another favourite is the Sleep Harmony CD, which uses a combination of advanced vibrational technology and guided meditation to help you effortlessly fall into deep delta sleep within minutes. 

 

What are your tried and tested tips for a good night’s sleep? Comment below and we can all benefit from your suggestions

 

6 New Year’s resolutions all menopausal women need to make

Your behaviours make all the difference to your experience of menopause. Try these 6 new years resolutions for a healthy happy and stress free menopause.

It’s a brand new year and lots of us resolve to make a fresh start by deciding on a whole variety of New Year’s resolutions to change our lives and carry us through the next year.  Rather than thinking of these as resolutions (which often feel temporary), consider them as healthy habits to develop for a stress free, healthy menopause.

Have a positive attitude.

Be aware of the number of times you say anything negative during the day. You may be surprised how many there are. Try to catch yourself and turn those negatives into positives. Having a positive attitude will make not only your day feel brighter but will impact on your whole life.

Improve your eating habits.

Drastically reducing the amount of processed food you eat will reduce additives and other nasties from your diet. If you currently live out of the ready meal section of the supermarket, try to gradually increase the number of home cooked meals you eat. They don’t have to be complicated. Where possible eat organic foods and ensure you include lots of fresh vegetables.

Make time for yourself.

Recharge your batteries regularly. Making 5-10 minutes each day for meditation is a great practice and will quiet your mind and reduce stress.

Balance your hormones

Avoid synthetic HRT with all its associated dangers. Instead apply a natural progesterone cream, the mother hormone, which will get your body producing the amounts of other hormones it requires and protect you from osteoporosis into the bargain. We have a great supplier of natural progesterone  and if you’d like to know more please do contact us at info@menopausematters.guru

Dress to impress

Make yourself feel fabulous by having a look through your wardrobe and weeding out anything which doesn’t fit or makes you feel dowdy. Lot of ladies refer to menopause as the change and for you it is definitely change for the better.

Exercise 

Develop a healthy exercise habit. It doesn’t need to be strenuous or excessive. Simply increasing the amount of walking you do by taking the stairs or parking you car further away. These will build exercise into your day and you will hardly notice it.  You will really notice the benefits of exercise if you can fit in in 3-4 times a week for about 30 minutes. Try different ways of exercising until you find one you love, this will encourage you to continue.

 

There are lots more things you can do for a healthy, stress free menopause, but start small and keep at it. You’ll notice the difference in no time.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for a happy healthy year?

 

 

BHRT and Breast Cancer

BHRT and Breast Cancer

Using BHRT when you have breast cancer

I have been asked by lots of women about using natural progesterone (BHRT)  when you have, or have had breast cancer, so I wanted to clarify what’s best.

Dame Dr Shirley Bond MB BS, LRCP MRCS, FFARCS

Dr Bond is a Harley Street general practitioner. She was one of the very first doctors in the UK, over 25 years ago, to use bio-identical hormones, including natural progesterone, to enable women of all ages to balance their hormones naturally. She was also involved in the development of methods for diagnosing and treating osteoporosis in its early stages, before it becomes severe enough to lead to fractures.

During my research, I came across some answers to questions women had asked  about progesterone and breast cancer:

Can taking natural progesterone cause breast cancer?

Progesterone never causes breast cancer. If a breast cancer is described as being progesterone-sensitive, it does not mean that the progesterone caused the cancer or that the administration of progesterone will make it recur. What it means is that the breast cancer has receptors that are sensitive to progesterone. The effect of progesterone on the breast is to reduce proliferation of the tissues, and it is this proliferation that makes cancer more likely, so by using progesterone you are positively protecting your breasts against the risk of cancer.

I have been told that natural progesterone inhibits oestrogen, so can it be used instead of Tamoxifen following breast cancer? 

It is not true that natural progesterone inhibits oestrogen. Oestrogen and progesterone are female hormones that occur naturally in the body and should occur in quantities that balance each other out. The importance of progesterone is that it balances out the effects of oestrogen. Breast cancer is usually an effect of oestrogen dominance. If this dominance can be counteracted, then the activity of breast cancer cells should be inhibited. It is claimed that tamoxifen does this. However, it is a very potent drug (actually a weak oestrogen) with unpleasant side effects of its own and, in the opinion of many people, is best avoided. As natural progesterone prevents oestrogen dominance and has no reported side effects, it is preferable to use it.

I had breast cancer 15 years ago and now have osteoporosis. I believe I can’t have HRT,  what else can I do?

No, you will not be prescribed HRT as you would be a prime risk for further cancer if you were to be given it. However, there is still a great deal that can be done to help your osteoporosis; taking natural progesterone will enable you to build up new bone and will  be protective against any further breast cancer risk.