How LadyCare May Help
LadyCare is reported to relieve menopausal symptoms for 71% of women believed to help by rebalance part of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS).
We believe the technology helps by reducing excessive sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity and increasing parasympathetic activity, thus restoring equilibrium and creating a healthier balance between the two parts of the ANS.
About the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)
Early Menopause & Hysterectomy
When a woman reaches the life stage of menopause or experiences an early menopause due to surgery (hysterectomy), it is normal for a high percentage to suffer with a number of unpleasant and uncomfortable symptoms. These life-changing symptoms can be so pronounced that many women feel the only way to suppress them with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
What Causes Menopause Symptoms
Menopause symptoms are the result of a natural reduction of hormones, primarily progesterone and oestrogens. These reductions are believed to be the cause an imbalance to the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), which is responsible for controlling bodily functions, including stress reactions such as sweating, body temperature, circulation, heart rate, bowel and bladder function, and more.
Sympathetic Nervous system (SNS)
There are two divisions of the ANS, the Sympathetic Nervous system (SNS) and the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). Symptoms such as sweating and anxiety, which are commonly associated with menopause, are under the control of the Sympathetic division, which is our body’s fight-flight stress reactor system. For example, when we perceive a threat, this is the system that causes our heart to beat faster and our pupils to dilate to allow more light for enhanced visual acuity and faster reactions.
Parasympathetic division (PNS)
In contrast, the Parasympathetic division (PNS) is responsible for REST and DIGESTION. This is the body’s repair and regulatory system and it tends to have the opposite effect to the SNS. For example, the SNS speeds the heart rate while the PNS slows it down. The two systems work together to regulate all of our organ systems.
Research conducted on LadyCare by Dr. Nyjon Eccles (2011) with the British Women Police using a heart rate variability machine enabled us to elucidate its mechanism of action in alleviating menopause symptoms. The initial testing, prior to the use of LadyCare, confirmed that all the women suffering with hot sweats had an imbalance of their ANS.
Hot Sweats – Within one month of using the LadyCare device 71% of women reported they were no longer suffering with hot sweats.
Further testing with the heart rate variability monitor showed that the women’s Autonomic Nervous Systems had also been rebalanced. In other words, their ANS excess was reduced while their PNS activity was increased, thereby generating a healthier, balanced state of equilibrium between the two parts of the ANS.
A number of surveys have been conducted which reveal that LadyCare could help to relieve menopausal symptoms. The findings of two major studies by Dr Nyjon Eccles (BSc MBBS PhD MRCP) are detailed below:
LadyCare survey with the British Association of Women Police. A survey to determine the effects of LadyCare on menopausal symptoms.
In the most recent survey of LadyCare, 71% of the women involved reported fewer hot flushes after using the product. Dr Nyjon Eccles conducted the survey of 35 women from the British Association of Women Police, who worked for the Dorset Police force in the UK.
Dr Eccles’ research set out to establish how LadyCare worked after a previous study had shown the device to have such a positive effect in relieving menopausal symptoms.
As menopausal symptoms are regulated by the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls sweating and other bodily functions, Dr Eccles proposed that LadyCare was helping to balance the ANS.
All of those in the studies were peri-menopausal or menopausal and suffering with the symptoms associated with the menopause, especially hot flushes or night sweats.
A recognised, non-invasive method of measuring ANS activity is by heart rate variability (HRV). Close inspection and measurement of the heart rhythm reveals that the measured time between each heartbeat varies. This variation is a reflection of the influence of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) (speeding the heart) and parasympathetic nervous system (SNS) (slowing the heart down), and so it is a convenient way of measuring ANS activity.
The participants in the studies wore a LadyCare device continuously for three months. Of those involved in the study, 71% reported alleviation of their menopause symptoms one month after wearing LadyCare continuously. This also coincided with the data recorded on the HRV machine linking the menopausal symptoms with an imbalance in the ANS, which LadyCare could help to restore.
Survey to determine the effects of LadyCare on menopausal symptoms
This study was prompted by anecdotal reports that menopausal symptoms were significantly improved whilst wearing LadyCare. Dr Nyjon Eccles decided to explore this further by conducting a survey to assess these effects with a larger group of women.
508 women experiencing the perimenopause or menopause responded to an advert placed in the Daily Mail offering a free trial of LadyCare. Subjects were asked to report the duration of their symptoms and to rate them on a scale of 0 to 5 (with 0 indicating no symptoms and 5 indicating severe symptoms) prior to using LadyCare and after one, two and three months of using LadyCare continuously.