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Can Menopause Be Reversed?

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could reverse menopause and no longer have to suffer from symptoms? If so, you won’t be alone in this.

Menopause can be incredibly difficult to come to terms with and to manage, but there are ways you can do this, so you don’t have to look into something as drastic as menopause reversal.

But for women who go through early menopause due to illness or surgery, the option of reversing menopause could provide them with a great deal of hope. So, can it be done?

Is There a Way to Reverse Menopause?

Mariella Frostrup’s BBC1 documentary The Truth About…The Menopause, which aired in November 2018, looked into whether menopause reversal was possible, telling the story of 25-year-old Adele Stevens, who began experiencing signs of menopause after undergoing chemotherapy for Ewing’s sarcoma.

Ms Stevens hoped to be able to conceive more children naturally in the future so was keen to explore menopause reversal, taking the step to have one of her ovaries removed and frozen using cryopreservation before beginning treatment.

The plan is for this healthy ovary to be grafted onto her treatment-damaged ovary during a surgical procedure, which it is hoped will lead to menopause being reversed and her ability to conceive being restored. Success has been achieved with this operation elsewhere in the world.

Dr Sheila Lane of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford explained that the effects of this procedure should last for up to ten years.

“The ovary starts producing eggs again and gives you back your normal hormone function. Your period starts again - you reverse menopause,” she explained.

Scientists have explored other potential ways of reversing menopause too, such as injecting the ovaries with platelet-rich plasma to rejuvenate the ovaries.

While procedures such as these may provide hope to women who begin to experience menopause symptoms prematurely, it’s also important to understand and accept that menopause is a completely natural process that all women will go through at some stage.

But how can you come to terms with the end of your natural fertility if you’re finding it difficult?

Coming to Terms with Menopause

The average age for women in the UK to go through menopause is 51, although some will begin experiencing symptoms earlier or later. It’s a natural process just like puberty is, but an unnecessary taboo sometimes still surrounds the subject of menopause, with many women reluctant to talk about what they are going through with family and friends.

As a result, some women do not know what to expect from menopause symptoms and can be left feeling alone when dealing with changes to their body and the end of their natural fertility. This can understandably be an emotional time, but knowing that it happens to all women and that there is help and support available can make it a little easier to deal with.

Menopause itself can affect your mental health, with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression all potential symptoms of this significant hormonal shift. It’s therefore vital to speak to your GP to see what support they can offer if you’re finding it particularly difficult to come to terms with menopause.

Managing Menopause

Although menopause reversal isn’t actually possible with supplements, many are designed to provide relief from menopause symptoms, allowing you to carry on feeling like the best version of yourself.

By getting your symptoms under control, you should be able to carry on living your life to the full, meaning menopause doesn’t have to get in the way.

Natural supplements like those in the Femarelle® range can help you to manage multiple symptoms, from hot flushes to mood swings and from night sweats to vaginal dryness, which could help to make coming to terms with menopause as a whole easier to deal with.

Femarelle® has Rejuvenate supplements for your 40s, Recharge for during your 50s and Unstoppable to help with post-menopause in your 60s. Shop the full collection here.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/menopause/menopause-reversal#ovarian-rejuvenation

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6429153/Cancer-survivor-25-pioneering-operation-REVERSE-early-menopause.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7825489/a-25-year-old-mum-reverse-menopause/