Cardiff-based female health pioneers have announced the launch of the UK’s first fully-integrated supplement range and a digital training programme to help manage the symptoms of menopause. The ‘Health & Her Perimenopause and Menopause Food Supplements’ are the result of research into over 50,000 women’s experiences and have been designed in collaboration with nutritional therapists to ensure a good absorption rate and maximum therapeutic effectiveness.
The supplements are non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free and contain a combination of herbs, vitamins and minerals, such as sage, B12, zinc and Vitamin C, which are clinically proven to support the relief of certain symptoms.
The app has been developed to manage one’s menopausal journey, including daily symptom assessments, period tracking (for those in perimenopause), suggestions of exercises and tools to improve symptoms and supplement reminders. It also contains advice and information from multidisciplinary menopause experts, such as gynaecologists and psychologists, and guided exercises to support relief, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), pelvic floor training and deep breathing.
WHY IT MATTERS
There are more than 30 associated symptoms of the menopause, including hot flushes, headaches, weight gain, low mood and sleep troubles. On average, a person will experience around eight of these, meaning there are over 18 million potential combinations. As such, solutions need to be flexible to appropriately respond to a person’s unique experience of menopause.
Health & Her have also taken care to formulate responses to perimenopause, the lesser known stage that precedes menopause, ensuring people are supported at every stage of their menopausal journey.
THE LARGER TREND
The launch anticipates October’s World Menopause Month, a time to open discussion around menopause and support those going through it.
There has been a recent surge in femtech innovation, however much of this is aimed at women in their reproductive years. Nonetheless, 2020 has seen increasing interest in menopausal innovation. In June, for example, AARP announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which promoted noninvasive tools to help relieve menopausal symptoms.
The release of the Health & Her app is in addition to the digital Menopause Symptom Tool already available for free on the Health & Her website.
ON THE RECORD
Health & Her Co-Founder, Kate Bache, said: “Menopause management can be complex, as the decline of hormone levels at this stage of life can cause a wide range of both physical and psychological symptoms. To manage this requires a multifaceted, integrated approach and we’re excited to deliver a new product that does just that. Our Health & Her supplement range is the first-of-its-kind in the UK to target women through every stage of the menopausal transition.”
Consultant nutritional therapist, Shona Wilkinson, commented: “I’m proud to have worked with Health & Her to deliver a multi-symptom supplement range to support women with the often challenging transition through menopause, and the supporting app will make it even easier for women to tune into their symptoms and feel back in control.”