By Eloise Horsfield
MORE and more Spanish women are shunning conventional drugs in favour of natural therapies to treat menopause symptoms.
According to figures released by the Spanish Association of Menopause Study (AEEM), 40% of menopausal women are now choosing non-chemical treatments.
The menopause, when a woman’s body stops producing the sex hormone oestrogen, can begin as early as the age of 45 and typically cause mood swings, hot flushes, and deterioration in skin quality due to collagen loss.
The AEEM is working to promote natural treatments, which are made from organic materials but imitate the effects of oestrogen, following an increase in the number of studies which prove they are safe and effective.
“Along with conventional medicine there are safe and effective therapies which are completely natural,” said singer Soledad Gimenez, 49, who works to improve the public’s perception of older women.