Menopause, also known as the climacteric, is the time in most women’s lives when menstrual periods stop permanently, and they are no longer able to bear children. A woman is born with a finite number of eggs, which are stored in the ovaries. The ovaries also make the hormones oestrogen and progesterone, which control menstruation and ovulation. Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation stops. Usually this change occurs when the woman is between 45 – 55 years of age but it can happen earlier. Menopause that happens before the age of 40 is called premature menopause. The reasons behind premature menopause can be many but common causes are hysterectomy, endometriosis, chemotherapy or hormonal imbalances.

When women go through the menopause, their menstrual cycle become very irregular but the actual experience of the women going through it vary greatly. Some have very heavy periods whilst others go through many months without having any periods at all. In the end, menstruation stops all together which is strangely enough what you call the menopause despite the fact that it’s not a pause but the end of periods.

Some women who suffer greatly during the menopause undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) but this has turned out to be an ineffective solution as the cause of menopause is linked to the endocrine system, i.e. the ovaries do no longer secrete enough oestrogen to control basic functions such as the regulation of body temperature. This can lead to the woman experiencing hot flashes. Some only have a few whilst others must endure about a hundred hot flashes every single day which, understandably, is an awful experience. Luckily for most, the hot flashes only last until the menopause has stabilised but an unlucky few (about 5%) unfortunately continue to suffer from this issue for the rest of their lives.

During the menopause, the production of oestrogen eventually ceases completely and this can lead to a range of additional issues such as vaginal dryness which can cause a reduction in the woman’s libido (sex drive). Not only because she may lose interest in sex but also because the menopause can affect vaginal lubrication which makes sex painful or uncomfortable. Other physical problems that are caused by menopause include the reduction in bone mass, which can lead to osteoporosis, increased risk of heart disease or high blood pressure (especially if the woman smokes) and atherosclerosis.

The traditional medical treatment of menopause is to offer the woman HRT (hormone replacement therapy) which is the use of oestrogen in women without a uterus and oestrogen plus progestin in women who have an intact uterus. HRT has proven effective in reducing hot flashes but there are also known side effects to this approach.

The Lasota Energy wristband is not a cure for menopause and it cannot stop the ovaries ceasing the production of oestrogen. However, we have had a great deal of feedback from women going through menopause telling us how they have benefitted. The best explanation is that the negative ions in the wristband work to balance the hypothalamus, thalamus and the pituitary gland and promote homeostasis. The pituitary gland is responsible for the production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which stimulate the ovaries to produce oestrogen. So perhaps this is the main reason why women who wear the Lasota Energy wristband through the menopause are experiencing a positive effect. So, although the wristband unfortunately cannot stop the menopause from happening, it may be able to reduce the negative physical symptoms that women have to endure during this phase of their lives.