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For immediate release: 25 July 2007

Take phytoestrogens and herbs safely

If you want to take phytoestrogens or herbs to improve your menopausal symptoms, there are certain precautions you need to take. Not all of the ingredients are suitable for all women, while some may interact with other medicines you are taking.

In the Summer 2007 issue of The Menopause Exchange newsletter, herbal practitioner Alison Denham discusses the safety of phytoestrogens and herbs like St. John’s Wort, Agnus castus, black cohosh and Dong quai.

“Herbs and other natural products may help to relieve some menopausal symptoms,” says Norma Goldman, founder and director of The Menopause Exchange. “However, people often forget that these products are not necessarily suitable for everyone and can interact with medicines or medical conditions. Anyone wishing to take them should speak to their pharmacist and doctor first.”

The Menopause Exchange covers a wide range of subjects like menopausal symptoms, HRT and its alternatives, nutrition and lifestyle and medical conditions (e.g. breast cancer). It is completely independent – it is not sponsored by any companies and is funded purely by subscriptions. Other articles in the Summer 2007 issue include side effects of HRT, menopausal hair loss and your health in your genes. The Menopause Exchange has an Ask the Experts panel, information service and fact sheets specifically for members.

For more information on The Menopause Exchange, write to The Menopause Exchange at PO Box 205, Bushey, Herts WD23 1ZS, call 020 8420 7245, fax 020 8954 2783 or send an e-mail to



1. The Menopause Exchange Newsletter was launched in June 1999.

2. The founder and director of The Menopause Exchange is Norma Goldman, a pharmacist with a Master’s degree in health promotion. She gives talks on the menopause at organisations, workplaces, exhibitions, health clubs, pharmacies and other venues. Her daughter, Victoria, the editor of the newsletter, is an experienced health journalist with a BSc. degree in Biomedical Science and a Master’s degree in Science Communication.

3. The aim of The Menopause Exchange is to raise the awareness of the menopause among women, healthcare professionals (e.g. nurses and pharmacists) and complementary practitioners.

4. Topics covered in previous issues of the newsletter include: HRT questions you forget to ask your doctor; osteoporosis treatments; sexuality after the menopause; complementary therapies at the menopause; heart disease; memory problems; anti-ageing beauty secrets; mood swings; and coping with a premature menopause.

5. UK annual membership (4 issues of the newsletter and regular fact sheets) costs £18 for individuals; £22 for local organisations; £30 for companies/national organisations; corporate (over 10 copies) and overseas memberships are available on request.

6. All press enquiries to Norma Goldman on 020 8420 7245.

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