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I came home from the naturopathic doctor with a shopping bag full of products to try. Though I still have half-full containers of supplements prescribed by a nutritionist I consulted a year ago, I’m giving this approach a second try, albeit with different remedies that are intended for overall well-being, not just menopausal symptoms. Hopefully, the saliva testing I went through helped the doctor pin-point exactly what I’d benefit from.
The most intriguing product is something called “Sex Essentials” (you can see the ingredient label here), which claims to “increase libido, improve lubrication and promote overall well-being.” The doctor said there are good reports about it. But, frankly I’m afraid to take it! The pre-dominant ingredient is L-Arginine Hydrochloride, which according to some articles I read, improves blood circulation and stimulates the release of growth hormone. I think I’ll pass on that one.
On the other hand, Remifemin is a well known product sold over the counter for alleviating hot flashes. Dr. Christine Northrup mentions it in her book, “The Wisdom of Menopause.” It’s basically just Black Cohosh extract. I know there’s ongoing debate over whether it really works, but I’m willing to give it a try, since it does work for many women and I may get a good night sleep as a result.