Review of LadyCare Magnet for Menopause Relief—The Pros and Cons
While some women have little trouble during menopause, others suffer a host of unpleasant symptoms. These can include mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, breast tenderness, stomach bloating, and fatigue.
As I reached mid- to late-forties, I happened to come across an advert for a small magnet that claimed to reduce or eliminate menopausal problems. It made interesting reading. By wearing the device against your lower belly, you could find relief from troublesome symptoms.
At the time, I had no issues, but decided to invest in a magnet. Why wait until there was a problem? If I could avoid experiencing any, so much the better.
As a bonus, the magnet also claimed to reduce cramps during menstruation. It didn't sound any bother to use. The payment was a one-off, no ongoing bills for health supplements. In my book, drug-free options are always a good thing. I placed an order.
Using the magnets
The product arrived by post, neatly packaged. There are two magnets, the larger one around an inch and a half long and an inch across. The smaller round "button" magnet helps keep it in place. Both are covered in smooth plastic, with a reassuringly solid feel.
Instructions are included, along with a telephone helpline number in case further advice is needed.
You fix the magnets into underwear about four inches below the naval. The larger magnet goes against your skin, while the button attaches to the outer side of the cloth. Overnight, I used them with pyjama trousers, basically keeping the magnets against my belly 24/7.
Ladies who don't wear pyjamas may need to consider panties. It's a matter of personal choice if this is a problem.
At first, I worried that the magnets might dislodge, and fall off. Yes, it did happen, but only on a handful of occasions. I have had to fish one out of the lavatory...not ideal, but at least I didn't lose it. For the most part, they stayed in place remarkably well. They did accidentally go through a washing machine cycle with no ill effect.
Considering that I used the magnets over a long timescale (roughly four years), they are robust, and show no signs of age.
Did it help?
I would say, in my case, the magnets did help reduce monthly cramps.
Time went by, and I did have a couple of short spells of hot flashes. These were mostly in the evening, very sudden, but passed quickly. Further down the line, there was a brief phase of night sweats. I kept wearing the magnets, and things settled well. It was interesting to experience in an odd way, though I'm glad it didn't go on long.
Other than that, I have little else to report regarding unpleasant symptoms. There is no way to tell if this is thanks to the magnets, or if I was going to be fortunate in any case. I remember my mother had a tough time around this stage of life, as did my elder sister, so I'm grateful not to have followed in their footsteps.
Views of others
Results from using LadyCare magnets for menopausal symptoms do seem to vary. The majority of reviews I read recently were positive to a lesser or greater degree. Most of the women chose to use them after experiencing difficulties, and in the main, found relief. Some had been at the end of their tether, and really hadn't expected the difference it made.
A handful of users felt the product was a waste of money, as it made no impact on their lives.
One reviewer felt she had an unwanted reaction, saying the first night she wore them, she had to get up to urinate eight times. She didn't use them after that. My personal opinion is that it could well have been a coincidence, but I can see it would be off putting.
The reviews were from people who started using the magnets fairly recently, in some cases a matter of a week or so. My input is from a long term perspective. I no longer wear them, having passed through that life stage, with minimal discomfort.
What's the science behind the magnets?
This is where things are a little vague. The magnets apparently help balance the body's nervous system.
In the video (below), a Harley Street doctor admits he doesn't know quite how they work, despite seeing good results with his patients. He says there are no reports of unwanted side effects. There is ongoing research to learn about the science behind their effectiveness.
Personally, I don't feel the need to understand how they work, any more than knowing how painkillers or travel pills do.
Interviews with a LadyCare user and a doctor
Any problems with the LadyCare magnet?
As previously mentioned, on the very odd occasion the magnets would fall off. This never happened in an embarrassing situation in my case. At first, I didn't wear them to the gym, but once I'd gained confidence, they went everywhere with me.
The magnets did sometimes latch onto nearby metal, for instance a kitchen drawer handle. In all honesty, this was amusing rather than a big problem. You would need to be very close to something for the magnet to make a leap for it. I think it happened once with a metal basket in a store, but most baskets are plastic these days. A quick flick of the hand sorted things out. Never once did anyone comment on anything unusual happening.
A couple of reviews suggested the magnets upset the wearer's equilibrium. Apparently the helpline advised them to build up use rather than wear them constantly.
I read a review which said the magnet interfered with use of an iPad, which is something to be aware of and maybe investigate more. During the time I used the magnets, I didn't own a laptop, but regularly used desktop computers and mobile phones with no problem.
Update: As a test, I started wearing the magnets again recently. My laptop works the same as usual. I've been sleeping better and have more energy, so have decided to keep using them.
Pros and Cons of the LadyCare Magnets
Not guaranteed results
Easy to use
May fall off/get lost
May attach to nearby metal
May show through clingy clothes
Query disrupt iPads/laptops
Aids to health rarely suit everyone. From a personal point, I'm very glad to have used the LadyCare magnets. Simple to wear, with only the occasional "Oops!" moment, they stood the test of time, having been dropped, sterilized, and through the washer by accident. The magnets look the same as the day they arrived.
The only way to tell whether the magnets would work for an individual seems to be by using them. This is true of medicine, health supplements and lifestyle choices in general. There are no guarantees. Having an open mind and willingness to try something a little different can bring good results.