An Overview of Estroven

An herbal dietary supplement used to treat the symptoms of menopause.

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Estroven is the brand name of several herbal dietary supplements used to ease some of the most frequently experienced symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and insomnia. It first appeared on the market in 1997. There are several different products available depending on the symptoms that need to be treated.

The main ingredients in all Estroven products are black cohosh root, a plant found in North America, and soy isoflavones, a phytoestrogen derived from soybeans (soy protein). Estroven products do not contain synthetic or human/animal-derived hormones.

Depending on the symptoms of menopause they have been formulated to treat, some Estroven supplements have additional ingredients including:

The symptoms (and intensity of symptoms) of menopause can vary. The various formulations of Estroven products are meant to provide relief for some of the possible symptoms of menopause including insomnia, hot flashes, and stress.

Who Is Estroven For?

Estroven products are designed for people experiencing symptoms related to menopause. When a person experiences their last menstrual period, usually sometime in one's 40s or 50s, they enter into a transitionary period of life called menopause. The experience is gradual and generally occurs over the course of several years. During this time a person may experience symptoms and changes to their body that can range in severity and duration.

Most people enter into menopause naturally as a result of decreasing hormones as they age, but they may begin the process early (premature menopause) due to a medical condition, a medication, or surgery to remove the ovaries. Menopause may also be induced if the ovaries are damaged, such as during chemotherapy.

Menopause is sometimes treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). People who are experiencing symptoms commonly associated with menopause may also benefit from dietary supplements such as Estroven.

Estroven Products May Help Provide Relief From:

  • Hot flashes
  • Insomnia
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Mood changes and stress
  • Low energy
  • Weight changes

How Is Estroven taken?

Estroven is an herbal dietary supplement that comes in the form of a capsule. The supplement can be taken daily with or without food, though taking it with food will help avoid mild stomach upset that may occur when taking supplements.

To experience the maximum relief from Estroven products, the supplement should be taken for a minimum of 60 days. Each individual product should only be taken in the dose indicated. Do not take more of the supplement than is directed by the product's packaging or a doctor.

People experiencing symptoms of menopause should talk to their doctor before starting Estroven or any other herbal or dietary supplement.

Estroven products should not be taken if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or are trying to become pregnant. Children should not be given Estroven.

Estroven products do not require a prescription and are available over the counter at most pharmacies and major retailers throughout the United States. The products can also be purchased online.

Possible Side Effects

Estroven products are generally safe and well-tolerated by most people who take them. Side effects are usually related to the main ingredients in Estroven supplements.

Black Cohosh Side Effects Include:

  • Stomach upset
  • Rash

In rare cases, people taking commercial products containing black cohosh experienced symptoms related to liver damage, but the relationship is unclear. The U.S. Pharmacopeia recommends that people with diseases or conditions affecting the liver ask their doctor before starting supplements containing black cohosh.

Black cohosh does not appear to have any serious interactions with other medications but you should still be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking a supplement containing it.

Is Estroven Right for Me?

If you are experiencing some of the common symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes or insomnia, an herbal dietary supplement such as Estroven may help ease your symptoms. While you don't need a prescription, and Estroven products can be purchased over the counter at most major retailers, pharmacies, and online, you should still talk to your doctor before starting Estroven or any other herbal or dietary supplement.

Estroven is generally regarded as safe. Side effects are minor and include mild stomach upset or rash. You should not take Estroven if you are pregnant, nursing, or are trying to get pregnant. Estroven does not contain any hormones and is not known to interact with any medications, but you should still tell your doctor if you are taking Estroven products.

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