The LadyCare Menopause Magnet is said to ease menopause symptoms - in particular, hot flushes.
According to the magnet’s creators, LadyCare Lifetime Limited, 71% of women who tried it out found it helped them cope with the menopause symptom.
But how exactly does the LadyCare Magnet (also known as the ‘Menopause Magnet’) work? Are the brand’s big claims substantiated and – most importantly – is the LadyCare Menopause Magnet safe?
What is a LadyCare magnet?
The LadyCare is a small magnetic device designed to be fixed onto the front of your underwear. It’s drug-free and marketed by LadyCare Lifetime Limited as an effective, natural alternative to HRT – though there is no scientific or medical evidence to support this claim.
What does the LadyCare do?
LadyCare claims to reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, water retention and bloating in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. It also claims to help mood swings, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, memory lapses and fatigue, according to the product’s description on Amazon.
How does LadyCare work?
The LadyCare Magnet is said to work by balancing the activity of the two branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). More precisely, it’s said to reduce excessive sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity and increase parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) activity. The SNS and PNS work together to regulate the activity of every organ system in the human body. However, hormonal changes around the time of the menopause can affect their equilibrium, causing SNS activity to increase at the expense of PNS activity.
The LadyCare Magnet’s creators claim that it is this kind of imbalance which underlies many of the most common symptoms of menopause, e.g. the dreaded hot flushes. The SNS activates our ‘fight or flight’ responses, increasing heart rate and body temperature.
The PNS should regulate SNS activity. However, if hormonal balance is disturbed, the SNS may rule relatively unchecked. The LadyCare Menopause Magnet claims to boost PNS activity whilst curtailing SNS activity, though these claims haven’t been medically or scientifically proven.
Does LadyCare actually work?
LadyCare has received mixed reviews. Dr Jen Gunter wrote a scathing review of the LadyCare Menopause Magnet on her health blog, claiming that there is ‘no evidence they do anything but lighten your wallet’.
In 2014 LadyCare Lifetime Limited was listed as a non-compliant advertiser with the ASA and CAP due to misleading claims in an advertorial in the Daily Express.
A official statement from the ASA read, ‘The ASA investigated whether LadyCare Lifetime Limited could substantiate efficacy claims for the LadyCare magnet in an advertorial published in the Daily Express. The advertorial claimed that the product was a natural solution to relieving the menopause and the symptoms of menopause.
‘The ASA considered that the advertorial misleadingly implied adequate objective evidence existed to substantiate claims that LadyCare could contribute to relieving the symptoms of menopause.’
But what about those who have actually tried the product? For many LadyCare owners, the user experience has been disappointing.
‘It didn’t work at all for me. Everyone’s unique of course, but I’ve done everything to alleviate my menopause symptoms including acupuncture and nothing works, so I’ve succumbed to HRT’, wrote one Gransnet user.
‘I tried it a few years ago. I didn’t notice any benefit at all,’ said another.
Other reviews have been more positive.
‘I bought one approx 6 months ago best thing I ever did. I was told that it could take weeks to work. But it worked straight away the first week,’ wrote one user on MumsNet.
‘Works brilliantly for me, placebo or not!’ wrote another.
Is the LadyCare Menopause Magnet safe?
Although there has been no evidence to say the LadyCare Menopause Magnet could cause harm, we would suggest approaching the device with caution.
Always consult your doctor before reducing/coming off HRT and seek advice if you have a pacemaker, insulin pump or other internal device.