Loose Women star, Andrea McLean, is one of the many women who are using CBD oil for menopause symptoms. But, it isn’t only middle aged women who start the menopause.
If you are due to have a hysterectomy with ovaries taken then you will also be facing the menopause, at an age not usually associated with it. Chemo therapy can also bring on the menopause at a much younger age.
Whatever your age, menopause symptoms can be uncomfortable, irritating and even might be embarrassing. You might want to manage the symptoms with natural remedies, which is where CBD for menopause comes in.
In this article, we are going to outline a few ways CBD may help with the menopause, whether it is natural or surgical. We will also chat to Rachel who was put in the menopause due to surgery in 2019, aged 31.
How might CBD for menopause help?
1. Sleepless nights and Anxiety
When you are going through the menopause you might notice that your anxiety levels are through the roof. This can be because of hormone changes. Having high anxiety levels can really impact your sleep.
CBD is thought to have a calming effect, helping you to wind down and drift off. Without 10000 thoughts whirling around your head!
2. Mood changes
CBD may help to treat a poorly functioning endocannabinoid system, which can relate to mood. In a study involving mice it was found that CBD operates in the brain in a similar way to antidepressants.
3. Bone density loss
There is current research looking at how CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptor which may help to reduce bone density loss.
4. Hot flashes
CBD might help with those horrible hot flashes by influencing your bodies serotonin system.
Real-life story – Using CBD during the surgical menopause
Now, let’s chat to Rachel. Rachel had a total hysterectomy and both ovaries removed in 2019. You can read about her experience of that in more detail here. She shares an honest interview which we hope will help you if you are going through the menopause.
How did you feel when you found out you’d be launched into menopause?
I was really worried I would totally change as a person. At 31 I really thought I was going to start actually like I was 51. I thought I’d be swapping nights out for nights knitting.
What is the worst side effect you’ve had?
I would say I am much more irritable these days than I used to be. I feel irritable about the fact I am irritable! Although, I try really hard to chill out by breathing. I do daily yoga and make an effort to take time out to do something for me. I might read or have a bath.
My husband knows he can’t eat or even breathe loudly in the same room as me now, so we have adapted and we work around it. If he picks up a bag of popcorn, I just walk out of the room! It’s not ideal but I don’t just sit there feeling tense and irritated, it makes things worse.
I’ve also noticed how different my vagina feels since being in the menopause. I don’t think I ever really thought about it before but I’m more aware of clothes being tight now and can feel it’s more uncomfortable day to day, which is actually very annoying!
I have worked with the Doctors to get the right estrogen to use here and it’s really helpful. CBD is meant to help increase blood circulation too, so I think it also helps to make sure I’m taking my daily dose.
How do you think CBD helps?
I started taking CBD for sleep before I went into surgical menopause. I do still sleep well so I think the CBD is working. Sleep has always been a struggle of mine so I was convinced after the op it would be awful, but the CBD seems to be winning over the menopause!
I get the odd bad night so I up my dose and make sure I’m keeping to my bedtime routine. You can read my sleep tips here.
I do get a little more anxiety these days than I ever did before, and sometimes think this is something menopause can bring on, you worry more the older you get I think. If I’m feeling anxious I take an extra pipette of CBD, you can’t overdose and I find it really helpful.
How much / how often do you take CBD?
I take half a pipette in the morning every day with all my other supplements. Our Remedy CBD is a mint flavoured CBD, so works really well in the morning after you have brushed your teeth. I also put a few drops in a camomile tea before bed most nights. This sends me into a really lovely sleep and I always wake up feeling refreshed.
Has anything about being in the menopause surprised you?
I’ve not had a single hot flash! I am generally quite a ‘hot’ person anyway, I hate wearing big jumpers, roll necks or anything I know will make me feel hot and flustered, so honestly I thought I would suffer really badly from them.
Maybe all my heat just left my body over the years before the menopause anyway, who knows!
Do you miss having period?
I really, really, really do not! Honestly it’s the only positive I can take from my situation. I love not having to worry every 4 weeks about what I’m doing, or how I’ll feel if someone invites me to something and I know I’ll be on.
In the past I have come on my period wearing a white dress and not having that fear is great! I was very sad when I knew I was having my last period though, thinking I’d miss it but I’m pleased to report I don’t!
Do you take HRT?
I take the gel HRT and take it in the morning and night. I haven’t tried being without it yet, as I’m so young it’s highly recommended I continue taking it for quite a few years yet, maybe 15. You can take CBD and HRT together, so I think why not!
CBD for the menopause – could it help me?
CBD shows some real promise in how it helps manage symptoms of the menopause. We also get great feedback from not only our founder, but our customers too. If you want to give it a try Our Remedy is not just for periods, but helpful when they are stopping too. Use code ‘CBDmenopause’ for 25% off.
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Is it safe to take CBD and HRT?
HRT, also called Hormone Replacement Therapy, is something prescribed to help manage symptoms of the menopause.
There is some thought that taking CBD alongside HRT may reduce some of the risks which come with the meds, such as breast cancer and blood clots.
You should be fine taking CBD with HRT, however, if you are concerned, do chat with your Doctor, or alternative health practitioner.