MegsMenopause Launch Q&A

During the livestream of my launch, I got loads of interesting questions from you lot!

Since I didn’t have a chance to get round to answering all of your questions, I thought I would condense some of the most popular ones into an article. 

Are your products paraben and oestrogen free? 

Yes, my products are all paraben and oestrogen free. They’re made from natural ingredients and are natural organic. I’ve also had a few women who have asked about whether the products are compatible with their breast cancer medication such as tamoxifen. For this I would encourage women to see their GP or gynaecologist before trying any products they fear will interact with their medication. My products should not create any issues, I of course wouldn’t want any of you to risk anything especially with a serious condition such as breast cancer. 

Why do we need Feminine Wash?

Feminine wash is pivotal at any age for women. This is because our vagina has different a pH during our life and soap may not be appropriate. It is even more important during Menopause where women undergo such a drastic change in hormones that they need to take extra care. Moreover, the change in hormones can lead to an increased sensitivity to certain products/soap leading to an excessive irritation of the vagina and therefore trigger more infections/vaginitis.

Can calcium supplements cause heart disease?  

Great Question! The scientific evidence came out in 2017/2018 and not 100% conclusive. I’m going to be releasing an article about this very soon, so you’ll have to be sure to keep checking the website and the newsletter when it becomes live! 

A lot of women do struggle with dryness, low libido etc… Are these all a result of changing hormones?

This is something I have discussed a lot on my blog. Of course a lot of our symptoms aren’t only caused by our hormones and our fluctuating levels of oestrogen and testosterone. There are a load of other factors that can bring this on such as medication, lifestyle, and diet. Though of course our hormones can also play a great part on what we are feeling, it’s important to keep an eye on your symptoms. For a lot of women who get symptoms out of the blue, it can be due to hormones, but if you’re finding that a lot of the therapies you are trying at home aren’t helping then you might want to see a GP or a gynaecologist for professional advice. It might be the case that there’s an underlying issue that needs to be addressed in order for you to have some relief from this issue and start feeling better.

How do we find a balance with medication for our symptoms and our lifestyle? 

Every women is different. For many women they might require more medication prescribed by a GP to deal with their symptoms, while some women might decide to forego medication all together and choose to treat their symptoms with alternate therapies. There’s no shame with either of these options. I would encourage each woman to find a system that best works for them. For myself personally, I do find that HRT helps me cope with a lot of my symptoms, however I still have to do my own part and help my body through a proper diet and regular exercise. 

In your livestream you mentioned how you didn’t think breast cancer was an issue with regard to HRT. What did you mean by this?

This is a subject that I have received the most emails & messages about. I feel there’s been a misunderstanding about what I said.

Breast Cancer is of course a big issue, and my greatest sympathy goes out to all of you who sadly have had to fight it or are currently doing so. However, if you had asked a doctor on the NHS five years ago what they thought about HRT, many would have said that going on HRT for more than five years makes you at risk to developing breast cancer. This has actually been proven wrong. While it’s true that the hormones in HRT can slightly heighten your risk, it is not actually as big as it is made out to be.

No doctor would prescribe HRT to any woman who they believe would be at risk of developing breast cancer. Before you are prescribed HRT, your GP or gynaecologist would go over go over all risk factors and would let you know if HRT is right for you. I simply just don’t want women to sit at home scared to try HRT because they’re afraid of outdated myths about it. 

As you take HRT, do you think your advocacy for it on this blog could be biased?

I wouldn’t say I am biased, but I have built my brand and my platform on my honesty and my own personal truth. I personally have felt much better thanks to HRT and would therefore recommend women to at least consider it as an option once they have spoken to their GP. I am always careful in specifying that everyone should contact her doctor/gynaecologist before making any decisions. I took HRT after I saw a gynaecologist who made sure I was compatible with the treatment. I try to provide balanced information in all of my articles as I know HRT is not a medication compatible for every woman. to come together and discuss all of the options available. Therefore my articles & content reflects this, giving you all my honest take on my menopause and my symptoms.  

Meg Mathews Interviewed by Erica Fraser