Vivaca for Menopause

Let’s Talk About Menopause

Menopause is a normal rite of passage that all women go through. Much like puberty but in reverse. For girls during puberty, hormones such as estrogen increases and menses begins. At menopause, estrogen hormones decrease, and the menstrual cycle stops.

There are three stages of menopause:

First: Peri-menopause that can start as young as 38 and last between a couple of months to an average of 4 years to as many as 10.

Second: Menopause, when the menstrual cycle stops for 12 consecutive months.

Third: Post menopause starts after the 12 months with no menstrual cycle, and your body acclimatizes to the reduction of hormones with reduced symptoms. If you’re experiencing menopause, you’re not alone; there are 4.2 million Canadian women in full menopause and 4.5 million in the USA. By 2030, 10% of the world’s population will be women in menopause.

Each woman’s experience of going through menopause is unique, and not all women suffer severe symptoms. It is generally accepted that Menopause requires a lifestyle change including diet and exercise in addition to the importance of how our attitudes towards aging can affect how well you go through menopause. Today’s maturing women are actively seeking natural alternatives in dealing with problematic symptoms of menopause such as forgetfulness, extreme mood swings, night sweats and hot flashes which is why we got to work and developing VIVACA® For Menopause.

Our Non-Hormonal Solution

We wanted women like ourselves who believe that natural is best, to have good choices for managing their menopause. VIVACA® gives our bodies a chance to acclimate to the decline in hormones naturally. We love ourselves and try to take care of ourselves even when it’s hard. We built this product to help out. It’s not an easy product, you have to drink it every day for as long as you need it, but it works! VIVACA is an effective non-hormonal natural health supplement you drink. Each bottle contains a single daily dose specially formulated to help relieve symptoms associated with menopause. This product is an excellent way to help support women with or without the use of hormone therapy. According to Dr. Lara Armstrong, Naturopathic Doctor, VIVACA® helps support the adrenal glands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Vivaca meet USA and CAD safety standards?

Our VIVACA® products are proudly produced in Alberta, Canada with complete traceability from field to finished product. It starts with our herb growers using GAP (Good Agricultural Practices), they grow their plants without the use of pesticides or herbicides. (We have them tested in qualified 3-party labs to ensure this fact.) These growers take great care and pride growing naturally for the good of their families and yours. The next stage, product processing from extracts to the final formulation and packaging are done within Health Canada NNHPD site licensed facilities strictly following GMP’s (Good Manufacturing Practices).

 

Our people are people with integrity who are dedicated to ensuring every step not only meets Canadian and US regulatory standards but they exceed those standards because we believe you deserve nothing less. VIVACA®. Rhodiola Rosea is a licensed product by Health Canada Non-Prescriptive Natural Health Product Directorate. (NNHPD license # 80067066)

 

What are the key botanical ingredients?
VIVACA® is an effective non-hormonal natural health supplement you drink. Each bottle (micro-bottle) contains a proprietary formulation of four key botanicals: Red Clover, St. Johns Wort, Rhodiola Rosea and Black Cohosh combined in a liquid concentrate format to make an effective single daily dose. The four botanicals in VIVACA® work together synergistically to alleviate symptoms associated in all three stages of menopause, perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause such as mood swings, fatigue, hot flushes and night sweats.

 

How much do I take and for how long?
VIVACA® comes in a small ten mL micro-bottle (vial) for storage and convenience. Once opened the micro-bottle is then diluted into 500 mL of cold water and consumed as a drink (tasting much like herbal iced tea). As a liquid dosage VIVACA® is readily absorbed by the body to relieve the symptoms of menopause, but like any product for menopause, it is not an instant fix. Women experience relief in symptoms in different ways; some respond quickly while others may take a little longer. Hot flushes can take the longest to reduce in frequency and intensity because VIVACA® is a gentle product supporting the body as it acclimates to the decline in natural hormones without the use of additional hormone therapy. We recommend taking VIVACA® from 12 weeks to as much as 4-5 months for optimal results.

Do not take at bedtime.

When will I feel a difference?
As a liquid dosage VIVACA® is readily absorbed by the body to relieve the symptoms of menopause, but like any product for menopause, it is not instant. Women experience relief in symptoms in different ways; some respond quickly, and for others it takes time. Mood swings, fuzzy thinking, and fatigue has shown notable improvements between 14 – 30 days. Hot flushes, the most complained about symptom can take the longest to reduce in frequency and intensity because VIVACA® is a gentle product that supports the body as acclimates to the decline in natural hormones without the use of additional hormone therapy. We recommend taking VIVACA® from 12 weeks to as much as 5–8 months depending on your individual needs.
What floats to the bottom of the glass?
Once the micro-bottle of VIVACA® been diluted in water, you will note that the botanical particles will settle to the bottom of the water when left standing, this is normal (similar to pulp in orange juice). These particles contain some of the important bioactives. Simply shake or mix and it will disperse back into the water. VIVACA® contains no colour or fillers to minimize unnecessary ingredients that could compromise the bioactive properties so it will have a natural normal light yellow/brown botanical colour.
What is a NPN #?
All approved natural health products sold in Canada must have an NPN number. An NPN number is granted only when the product meets all the regulatory standards by the Canadian Non-Prescriptive Natural Health Product Directorate of Canada, (an arm of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency similar to the US FDA) for safety and efficacy. Consumers should always look for the NPN number on the label when purchasing a Canadian Natural health product to ensure you have a quality licensed product. All VIVACA® products have an NPN number.

VIVACA® Menopause (NPN 80044429)

Why is liquid more effective?
VIVACA® liquid has the advantage of making the herbal extracts more biologically available to the body by providing an increased absorption rate over tablets or capsules which means you get more of the dosage.
What is the science behind Vivaca for menopause?
A Naturopathic review of the four botanical ingredients in VIVACA®in the management of menopausal symptoms

VIVACA® is a unique product in many aspects:

1) It is in a liquid form delivery, which makes the concentrated herb extracts more biologically available.

2) Formulated herbs are well used and researched in their respective clinical actions.

3) Formulated to work on multiple levels of menopause.

Historical clinical usages:

  • Hot flushes and night sweats are being addressed by the combination of Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) and Trifolium pratense (red clover)
  • Neurological and neuroendrocrine symptoms such as: anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness/insomnia, and depression will be addressed with Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort)and Rhodiola rosea (Rhodiola)
  • Memory and Changes in Cognition related to estrogen withdrawal has been considered in this formula with the use of phytoestrogens (black cohosh and red clover). Plus Rhodiola will also play a significant role in enhancing cognition.
  • Atrophy of Vaginal and Genitourinary tissue can be reduced with red clover.

Recommended Dose for Best result:

  • Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) = 80mg to 160mg (at 4mg of triterpenes) daily
  • Trifolium pratense (red clover) = at 40mg – 80 mg of isoflavones daily
  • Rhodiola rosea (Rhodiola) = 100mg-200mg daily (at 3:1 ratio of 6% rosavin/2% salidroside)
  • Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort) = 150mg – 300mg daily (0.4% Hypericins)

VIVACA® is able to achieve these daily recommended doses without compromising any loss of activity to the herbs.

Written by Dr. Chi Hung-La, ND.

Common Questions About Menopause

What are the stages of Menopause?

There are three stages of menopause:

1. Perimenopause

Symptoms can begin as early as the late 30’s early 40’s when not medically induced, and can last six or more years, ending one year after the final menstrual period. For those entering perimenopause, symptoms generally consist of irregular menstrual periods that eventually stop when menopause is reached. The severity and frequency of each symptom are unique for each individual woman.

2. Menopause

Symptoms generally begin at the average age of 52. Full menopause is when a woman’s period (mensus) stops consecutively for 12 months. As women age, our ovaries do not function as often, resulting in lower levels of estrogen and other hormones, leading to menopausal symptoms. Not all women will experience the same symptoms or frequency. Some women have few or no symptoms; others have symptoms that can be debilitating or disruptive in their daily living.

3. Post Menopause

Average age: 55 +

Post-menopause is when a woman no longer experiences severe symptoms related to a flux of hormones. The body has acclimatized to the change in the drop of hormones, and once again feels harmonious.

What are common Menopause symptoms?

Symptoms may vary depending on what stage of menopause a woman is in.

1. Perimenopause

During this stage, common symptoms may include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Night sweats
  • Moodiness
  • Foggy thinking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Loss of libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

There may be other causes for these types of symptoms, so it is important to consult your healthcare practitioner. (Refer to this link to solutions with Dr. Lara’s blog on menopause)

2. Menopause

Due to lower levels of estrogen and other hormones, a woman’s period (mensus) stops during this phase. Common symptoms may include:

Vasomotor:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats

Sleep:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep or waking frequently
  • Restless legs

Mood:

  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety or panic
  • Mood swings
  • Crying spells
  • Loss of confidence

Memory:

  • Memory is poor
  • Difficulty concentrating

Urogenital:

  • Vaginal dryness or itching
  • Change in vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal infections
  • Urinating more often than usual
  • Leaky urine (when sneezing, coughing, exercising)
  • Strong need to urinate (hard to reach toilet in time)
  • Bladder infections

Sexual:

  • Lack of desire or interest in sexual activity
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm
  • Pain during intercourse

Other:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Skin feels like it is crawling or itching
  • Hair loss
  • Uncontrollable looseness of stool or gas
  • New facial hair
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Weight gain

3. Post Menopause

The body feels more balanced and no longer feels extreme changes in body temperature and body function. Unfortunately, post-menopausal women are at more risk of getting heart disease and suffering from osteoporosis and need to make sure they keep track of their heart and bone health with their doctor on a regular basis. Maintaining a balanced diet and exercising are two things post-menopausal women can do to reduce such risks.

How can I plan for Menopause?

Six Steps in planning for your menopause. Studies have shown that the earlier women plan for their menopause dramatically reduces not only menopause physical/mental symptoms of menopause but will improve her general health throughout her life.

  1. Empower yourself get informed
  2. Partner with a Health Care Practitioner
  3. Adjust your diet to reflect your age and body’s hormonal changes
  4. Exercise
  5. Manage stress
  6. Keep a health diary

1. Empower yourself by becoming informed about menopause. It’s important to understand that menopause is NOT an illness or disorder (it used to be listed as such with Health Canada); it’s a natural transition. This doesn’t mean it’s easy and it certainly comes with a variety of symptoms. Some women have few or no physical or emotional adjustments; for many others, however, it can be much harder.

Learn how to recognize signs of perimenopause. Entering perimenopause can be tricky to detect until, of course, there are obvious signs that cannot be ignored. Knowing what signs to look for will help.

There are many resources available today such as NAMS (North American Menopause Society) as well as plenty of other website resources such as our Menomission, a community-based women’s website. Learn through professional blog posts by experts on menopause such as Dr. Lara Armstrong, ND. At the Menomission, you can connect with other women and share your experiences with Dr. Armstrong. Understanding the changes to expect in your body takes away the fear and confusion when odd things occur like night sweats, or when the wild tigress comes out of you for no apparent reason.

2. Partner with a healthcare practitioner. Together you and your practitioner can plan how best to monitor and manage your health as your body continues to mature, and as you enter into the first of the three stages of menopause. More information on the three stages of menopause.

Sometimes it can be challenging to choose the right health practitioner for managing your menopause. It mostly depends on your general health, emotional needs, as well as personal values and expectations.

TIP: I learned that Canadian medical doctors are limited in the ability to prescribe non-hormonal natural health product options for managing menopausal symptoms. This is largely because of the restrictions under College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, which restricts the use of natural health products due to its stance on the lack of clinical evidence and safety issues of natural health products. Read more here. Thus if you’re going to see your medical doctor for non-hormonal natural health product suggestions as a way to manage your symptoms, you may be disappointed.

I’m not suggesting that Canadian medical doctors are not a good choice because certainly, they are. My point is that they are often limited in their options of recommendations if you choose a natural non-hormonal route. Hormone replacement therapy is considered the most effective therapy for menopause-related symptoms, but according to the many current studies, there are potential health risks from its long-term use. Albeit the risk may be low, still this concern has women looking for alternatives. If non-hormonal supplements are your preferred choice in managing symptoms of menopause, the best-qualified practitioner in Canada would be a Naturopathic Doctor (ND). You can learn more about ND’s here. Note that ND’s are very qualified and knowledgeable regarding the use and application of Bio-Identical Hormone therapy. They have an intimate understanding of these types of options, as well as access to quality natural health products.

There are other choices for credible healthcare practitioners such as herbalists, aromatherapists, acupuncturists, dieticians, and chiropractors. There are several online resource listing of credible health care practitioners such as The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. It’s also helpful to get recommendations from family and friends on which healthcare practitioner would best meet your needs. Sometimes more than one practitioner will be utilized throughout a woman’s life.

3. Adjust your diet to reflect your age and body’s hormonal changes. As we age our bodies require more or less specific nutrients such as an increase in calcium and vitamin D. Dr. Lara Armstrong, ND strongly recommends adjusting your diet as the most critical first line of defense in mitigating menopausal symptoms. Honestly, supplements alone cannot mitigate your menopausal symptoms if you have a poor diet, don’t exercise regularly and live with a high level of constant stress.

A cool example of adding something natural to your diet is provided by Constadina Zarokostas-Vasiliades, who suggests adding dandelion to your diet to help balance and detoxify your body. Read more here.

4. Exercise. I know you’ve heard this many times before, but it makes a huge difference in your overall health and wellbeing. By simply adding 20 minutes each day of exercise, you’ll find improved sleep and better energy levels. It’s never too late to start, but I highly suggest starting with something that is simple and easy to accommodate in your daily living. Adjust or begin your exercise program according to your body’s changes and needs. Personally, I like rigorous belly dancing and swimming to stay fit. If you don’t normally exercise, learn what type of exercise interests you and best suits your lifestyle. It’s much easier to keep up and maintain. Constadina Zarokostas-Vasliades gives some simple, easy steps to get you started. Dr. Lara Armstrong discusses the importance of exercise for menopausal health

5. Manage Stress: Discover your stressors and how to mitigate them. Learn what works best for you such as yoga or meditation, or sometimes it helps to have professional counseling to work through difficult, stressful situations: Dr. Lara Armstrong, ND, talks about how important it is to alleviate stress, particularly to decrease menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.

6. Keep a health diary. Health diaries have been used for three purposes:

A health diary offers improved levels of reporting compared to retrospective interviews with your healthcare practitioner. A health diary will minimize recall error; we all have experienced times where we cannot recall accurate details. Finally, a health diary will help you correlate evidence related to symptoms. Overall, health diaries have well-documented advantages concerning content – the rich information they provide about your health. Click Here to see a sample of a menopausal health diary. There is even a phone application called Mypause that can be downloaded from iTunes. This program offers a simple template to record your symptoms as they occur and store that data to review later on.

Where can I find more resources?

There are many resources available today such as NAMS (North American Menopause Society) as well as plenty of other website resources such as our Menomission at menopausemission.com, a community-based women’s website. Learn through professional blog posts by experts on menopause such as Dr. Lara Armstrong, ND. At the Menomission, you can connect with other women and share your experiences with Dr. Armstrong. Understanding the changes to expect in your body takes away the fear and confusion when odd things occur like night sweats, or when the wild tigress comes out of you for no apparent reason.