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World Menopause Awareness Day

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Since 2009, the International Menopause Society (IMS), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), has designated October as World Menopause Awareness Month, with October 18 celebrated as World Menopause Awareness Day.

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I have been listening to the news regarding Woman’s Menopause and felt I would like to offer a little advice on what helped me, however, I have to say that I haven’t suffered quite so badly as others.

I was around thirty-eight when I started to show signs that the menopause wasn’t far away, coupled with the fact that my own mother began the menopause around the same age.

By the time I was forty-two I was well into the menopause (Confirmed by my doctor after tests) and boy did I suffer at that point, I remember asking the doctor how long it would last? His reply knocked me for six. Well he said; ‘Unfortunately I can’t confirm that as it could go on for years’. What! I said to him; I don’t know what is worse, having a period or this?

Yes, I did have those irrational moments and my husband would say to our girls; Time to leave the room, your mother is going keekaboo.

We laugh about it now however it wasn’t funny at the time, I remember how that horrid tingling feeling would rise from my neck to my face and I felt like I was about to explode. I would rather give birth a hundred times that go through that again for sure.

I also remember the times I would be out shopping then that tingle would come and all of a sudden I wanted to just scream at everyone around me to get out of my way, turns out the panic attacks I had later were also a side effect of the menopause.

Anyway this went on for around two years before the doctor asked me would I like HRT, absolutely NOT I told him, and he said he was glad I refused it but as a doctor it was his duty to offer it to me.

So finally someone suggested I try various natural remedies from: Unfortunately some of what was suggested was no good for me because I take Thyroxine for an Under active Thyroid.

I did however come across: Holland & Barrett Starflower Oil 100 Capsules 1000mg with Vitamin B6 It was suggested to give them at least 2 to 3 months for them to take effect, well, they began to take effect on me a little after four weeks.

Although they DO NOT halt the menopause they do completely stop that awful tingling and after a while my HOT FLUSHES were few and far between, and, no more feeling anxious, irritable or irrational and my husband and girls have saw a huge difference, now that has to be a good thing right.

So here I am fourteen years later (Still taking Starfish) only having few flushes, I would definitely recommend them but remember ‘What works for me, may not work for other’ Always seek professional help before taking any medications or natural remedies for any condition including the menopause.

Feel free to get in touch via the contact form or just reply in the comments if you have tried Starflower or any other that you have tried and MAY help others.

Finally, look out for the ‘Buy 1 get 1 half price’ or The penny sale buy 1 get 1 for a penny.


  • 1000mg Starflower oil (Borage Oil) per capsule
  • Easy to swallow rapid release softgel capsules
  • A natural source of GLA

Holland & Barrett Cold Pressed Starflower Oil provides the fatty acids Linoleic Acid (LA) and Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). Not all fatty acids can be made in the body, and so must be supplied through diet or supplementation.

Within the body Linoleic Acid is metabolised to GLA, which is essential for the production of certain hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Human breast milk is one of the richest natural sources of GLA, whilst LA can be found in safflower, hemp and sunflower oils.

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Nutritional Information

Each softgel capsule contains:
Vitamin B60.25mg (18%*)
Starflower Oil (Borage Oil)1,000mg (**)
(Borago officinalis, seed)
Typically providing:
Cis-Linoleic Acid (LA)300mg
Gamma Linolenic Acid (22% GLA)200mg

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