A magnet curing your hot flushes? It may sound like science fiction, but according to 71% of women who’ve tried it out, it’s a true story. So just what is the LadyCare magnet (also known as the Lady Care magnet or “menopause magnet”), what does it do, and how does it work?
What is LadyCare?
The LadyCare is a small magnetic device designed to be fixed onto the front of your underwear (yes, really). It’s drug-free and marketed as an effective, natural alternative to HRT.
What does LadyCare do?
LadyCare claims to reduce or eliminate menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, water retention, bloating, mood swings and fatigue in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. It’s also been reported to boost skin tone, sleep and libido.
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, e.g. increasing heart rate and body temperature. If this system is triggered in the absence of a genuine threat, we experience inappropriate physical symptoms such as sweating. The PNS should regulate SNS activity. However, if hormonal balance is disturbed, the SNS may rule relatively unchecked. The LadyCare aims to boost PNS activity whilst curtailing SNS activity.
Does LadyCare work?
LadyCare has received mixed reviews. However, it does appear to work for the majority of users, with few, if any, reported side effects. Many women report that they are able to stop taking HRT within a month or so of use, and you can expect the magnet to last around 5 years before you’ll need to fork out for a replacement. However, you should always consult your doctor before reducing/coming off HRT and seek advice if you have a pacemaker, insulin pump or other internal device.