Wondering if Estroven is something you should try for your menopause symptoms?
One product that I have heard a lot of buzz about is Estroven, which says that it is an “all-natural” formula for menopause symptom relief.
On their website, the manufacturers claim that:
“Only Estroven has a full line of products with ingredients that provide safe, multi-symptom menopause symptom relief so you can feel like yourself again. Each product contains naturally sourced ingredients that go beyond hot flashes and night sweats to relieve your most bothersome symptoms, such as irritability, occasional sleeplessness, energy, or mood and memory issues.”
Information on their websites shows that the active ingredients used in their products are the following:
- Standardized black cohosh
- Soy isoflavones
- Magnolia Bark
- Ginko Biloba and L-theanine
- B Vitamins
- Synetrim® CQ
The website has further information about each of the ingredients and statements about safety. It’s worth noting that while clinical trials are mentioned on the website, none were available.
What are the Possible Side Effects?
In an Estroven review, Livestrong.com talks about potential side effects. Since Estroven contains soy isoflavones, people with soy allergies should not take Estroven. From Livestrong: “The soy isoflavones contained in Estroven are also phytoestrogens, so those who have had hormone-receptive breast, ovarian or cervical cancer should only take Estroven under a physician’s supervision.”
The other main ingredient in Estroven is black cohosh. We have already discussed black cohosh here.
Black cohosh taken for longer than 6 months has not been studied. In large doses, it can cause headache, dizziness, irregular and slow heartbeat, low blood pressure, liver toxicity, and other effects. The Estroven site claims that their product has no significant side effects, but we recommend exercising caution and consulting with your doctor, especially if you are taking the product for a long period of time.
Does it Work?
Well, the reviews are mixed. Some reviewers say that it helps them, others report unpleasant side effects and no significant difference. Not a magic pill by any stretch of the imagination, our verdict on Estroven is similar to our verdict on alternative therapies: it might help, and in some cases, might have some unpleasant side effects.
Bottom Line: Ask your doctor, be cautious, and don’t expect miracles. Unfortunately, there’s no miracle pill for menopause, no matter how much we might wish for one.