Alternative to HRT: Magnets for Menopause
These particular magnets have been developed to be worn on your underwear (1 on either side of the panty material; I’m not quite sure what you’re supposed to do if you like going commando, but I guess you could wear them on your trousers/skirt, although this would mean that one of the magnets would be visible unless hidden under a jumper or shirt! ).
You are supposed to wear them 24h x 7d/week, even at night, so for anyone who likes to sleep in their birthday suit, you’re going to have to slip something on in bed.
How Do They Work?
They are marketed as effective for curing hot flushes, boosting energy, improving sleep etc., by working on the nervous system. The claim is that magnets redress the imbalance caused by the sympathetic nervous system going into overdrive as a result of the hormonal changes in the body caused by the menopause and thus placing it out of kilter with the parasympathetic nervous system.
Do They Really Work?
The National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health has assessed various Complementary therapies, the conclusions of which can be seen via the following link:
We have searched the journals and can only find 2 papers describing the benefits from using these magnets, both undertaken by the main manufacturer.
What the magnets cannot do is replace oestrogen in your body, so please do not ignore other issues that will arise including vaginal atrophy, bladder weakness and skin ageing.
Would I Use a Magnet?
No, not for menopause.
As with all magnets, particularly high strong ones, you need to be very careful that they do not interfere with insulin pumps, pacemakers, including being in close proximity with anyone whose health depends on these medical devices.
We’ve heard stories of people finding the magnets will attach themselves to shopping trolleys and fridges which can be embarrassing; they may also affect your mobile and other electronic chips such as those in credit and debit cards.
Some manufacturers magnets are very expensive!