Hi everyone, I have not tried magnet yet but definately will if my other menopause coping strategies don't work on Letrozole.
I am 61 and was determined to manage menopause without HRT.
Personally I found Serenity Cream helped most, a plant based progesterone based cream.
I have double checked it and is safe to use if have oestrogen related cancer, look at thier site, sorry don't know jargon yet 🙂
I got my family to buy me a Dyson fan which is the best, has remote control so stay sleepy in bed, switch on switch off as required. lovely 🙂
Also got stock of paper fans to plave everywhere so can use to help.
I have a friend who found Sage oil capsules helped immensely.
I carried around a little mister, with cooling peppermint drop of oil in it, delightful
And also some scent free wet wipes.
I also made a little bottle of aromatherapy oils to breath in if stressed, lavender, camomile etc.
Having several strategies helped so much to feel in control and able to cope.
So I will be using all this to help me theough the hormone drug stage.
I also do reformer Pilates, as disabled lady exercise is difficult but it helps body and mind so much to find something I could do.
Of course will double check everything with medics.
And definately adding magnet to list!!! 🙂
Really glad to see all your helpful postings about the ladycare magnet.
Just wondered if it is only the hot flushes it has helped you with or vaginal dryness as well?
I know on the back of he pack it states it helps with this problem, which i have suffered from since mx, chemo and radio 3 years ago.
Currently on Examastene hormonal tablets and desperate to find somthing that may help me get my libido back.
Would appreciate your expert replies.
Thank you x
I`ve posted on this site before to extol the virtues of the magnet,
I`ve been wearing mine for 4yrs BEFORE BC,didn`t need it during chemo but sweats came back with a vengeance on Femara.I think it`s better than sliced bread,it doesn`t set anything off at the airport,
it`s an amusing talking point amongst friends and it`s somewhere to hang your tweezers,nailfile,etc.(joke).Mine has seen better days now,
for the last year,the blue plastic has been broken off the smallest
half but it still worked. Now that bit of it has got lost but ever
resourceful,I`ve found it will stay in situ using a 2-pence,just hope I`m not involved a road accident,don`t know what A & E staff would make of that!
Love to all Mags x
I tried Magnet for 6 months and found no change at all,kept it on 24/7 nothing, but I would try anything so would not put any one off trying this.Just had lumpectomy awaiting radio therapy, and whether or not I have to have chemo first, had 20% breast taken off early days.Not sure about cold cap not strong enough at the moment will wait and see. Not sure how I feel !!!!
Hi there - just to chip in. I have ER+ bc and after much deliberation started using a ladycare magnet. My hot flushes virtually halved overnight. I have used it for 2 1/2 months and took it off a day ago as I wanted to see if the flushes stay improved without it - the literature suggests 3 months. I had to go rescue the magnet in the night as I started having really intense hot flushes that lasted ages - I had forgotten what they were like before I was using the magnet. Yes, I feel nervous using it at one level but was assured that it was safe and it certainly seems to have some beneficial effect
If you would like to give the helpline a ring after the weekend they should be able to tell you if one of the sessions would benefit you. Lines open again on Monday at 9am til 5pm (M-F) and Sat 9-2
0808 800 6000 (free calls)
Hi Louise from the nursing team.
I just read your post about attending meetings on How to Manage Your Menopausal Symptoms. The info says it is for managing menopausal symptoms arising from your treatment. I am not taking hormone therapy due to bad side effects but I am experiencing menopausal symptoms due to the natural menopause. Before my diagnosis of bc I was taking supplements with soy isoflavones and eating a diet high in phyto oestrogens and this helped my symptoms. I have stopped doing this because I am not sure if it is bad for me - my bc was oestrogen positive. I would like advice on managing the symptoms I have even though they are not as a result of my treatment. Would one of these sessions be suitable for me?
I've recently started using this as well and there is an improvement in my hot flushes. I feel one building up and then it just fades away, they are definately not lasting as long as they used to. I'm also taking catnip (yes catnip) tea which is supposed to reduce fever so I don't know if it's a combination of the two that's helping.
Hi Louise, thanks for posting that.
That, to me, translates as 'there's no risk' in using these magnets, just no 'clinically proven' benefits??
I'm going to try one of these (had surgery for ER+ HG DCIS). If there were any risks, I assume NICE guidelines would have noted this. I spoke to pharmacist at Boots who double checked that there shouldn't be any risk and, apparently, these are being 'cleared from the shelves as soon as they arrive', so, although I'm not a gullible fool(?!), there could be something in it and for £20, if there's something that can help with SE's from taxom, then I'm 'in'. Guess this is a 'decide for yourself' situation ....
Lots of love to all. Cathy xx
We just thought it might be helpful to chip into the discussion here. The 2009 guidelines issued by NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) do not recommend the use of magnets to help with menopausal symptoms after breast cancer. This is not because of evidence that shows that they are dangerous- only that there isn’t any reliable evidence to say they are effective. If you’d like to have a look at the guidance, I include a link to this below. The reference to the magnetic devices is on page 16.:
If you’d like to read Breast Cancer Care’s booklet about things that can be tried to help with menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, I also include a direct link to this below:
We also run information sessions about menopausal symptoms that are held at various locations throughout the UK so I include a final link to the section of our website where these are discussed:
If you would like to discuss any of this further you are welcome to phone our helpline and speak with one of our nurses or trained helpliners - the freephone number is 0808 800 6000 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm Saturday 9am -2pm.
hi all, help!! had ovaries out on mon, dont know what or how its all going to hit me!!! also dont know if i can take anything all i was told was i could not have tamoxifen,any advice please??zsazsa
My BCN Tracy (superstar!) has phoned me back (despite being very busy - thanks Tracy), to say that the Onc she asked said she thought ladymagnet would be safe so I reckon I'm going to give it a go!! I can't find anything to confirm that ER+ patients shouldn't use this and I've had a good look.
Thanks again Pat. Love to everyone. Cathy x
Totally agree with you about wanting to be extra-careful. I don't think the magnet increases the hormone levels, it's more to balance what's already there. I am getting on well with it but if info emerges to say it shouldn't be used in hormone pos bc, then it'll have to go.
I double-checked the email response I received from the company months ago and it def states that it is suitable for use in horm pos bc women. I'd be very interested to hear what your onc says.
Hi everyone, me again!
I've just spoken to Ladycare advisor and he says magnet is 'totally safe' to use. I did reiterate that I was ER+ and taking tamoxifen but he was adamant that this would not be a problem. Can't speak to Onc Dept at the mo and BCN didn't know about any adverse risk.
Thanks again Cass, I really want to get one of these, just super-careful as paranoid about ER+ stuff!
Lots of love to all. Cathy x
Thank you cass, sounds like it may be OK afterall (I'm ER+ too) - I'll have a quick word with pharmacist and BCN and post back what they say but it's sounding positive if you've been advised it's OK.
Thanks again. All the best. Cathy x
Before I bought mine I emailed the company giving them my details - ER pos - and a doctor emailed me back and said it was safe to use. My onc knows I'm using it and she's interested to see if it actually helps.
Well I'm confused! Just looked on Ladycare Magnet website and it seems to indicate that LM is suitable for use for those of us on tamoxifen. I'm ER+ to. Hmmmmmm, does anyone know for definate if it's a yes/no for tamox users ... I'd really love to run out and buy one tomorrow - perhaps check with pharmacist (I'm afraid I trust them more than my useless Dr!!)
Lots of love. Cathy x
Ooops - please ignore, deleted what I originally posted, wasn't reading properly d'oh! I'm ER pos too...oh well. Sounded good for a brief moment there.
explains how they think it works
I've now given up on mine after experimenting with and without it. No difference so have to find another wacky remedy cos I really can't stand these hot flushes that seem to be getting worse.....I hadn't seen the bit about it boosting hormone levels (just stuck it on !) and was mortified as it was recommended as a possible cure by the bcn team and I was 100% ER and PR.....Hey-ho.
Dratt!!! I started reading all these posts saying how its hugely helped some ladies with their flushes and I started getting all excited as I suffer terribly with them, but on reading about it more, it seems its not for me, gggrrr!, My cancer was oestrogen and progesterone positive and these magnets claim to increase the oestrogen and progesterone in the body, so not for me, but I'm really pleased to hear its working so well for all the oestrogen neg ladies, woo hoo, something that works at last
Well, I've been using it since the end of May and it def helps with hot flushes and night sweats. I also found that I was quite nervy and anxious when I started on Tamoxifen but that has settled too. It's worth a go I think.
Came across this in a magazine advert and thought I would search the forum to see if any of you ladies out there had tried it before I went ahead and made a purchase.
Thank you for your comments. Interested to hear if anyone else has more to add?
I´ve been using this fabulous product (much to the hilarity of my friends and family:) since 2007. It is brilliant. My flushes went from 10 an hour to 2 a day. Don't worry about it at the airport ( no alarms get set off . I definitley reccomend it. Good luck! ( and no I don't get commision on this product 🙂
I’ll be v. careful the next time I go to the supermarket!….
Guess I’d better take care around large appliances too!
( Now I have something to blame for my uncontrollable snacking urges!!!) LOL
I've worn it a couple of times throught the airport scanners in Palma (cos I forgot to remove it, chemo brain!) and never got bleeped....phew! I do get stuck to shopping trolleys and checkouts, though.
Have to say I don't think mine reduces the hot flushes by any more than 1 or 2 a day - I'm still having 15 or so a day and sleeping really badly - but at least that's a couple of times without anxiety attacks and sweats ! Going to discuss with onc in a couple of weeks, although she already thinks I'm a bit loopy (in the nicest way) with the magnet !!!!
Good luck with the airport.
I bought one of these magnets after hearing about it from the physio at my hospital. I was really sceptical, but after a few months on Tamoxifen, my menopausal SE’s started to intensify, so I was willing to try anything!
So, I’ve been wearing it for about two weeks now and I do think that it has possibly helped to reduce the number of hot flashes I was having. I am certainly sleeping MUCH better….no hot sweats!
This is a bit anecdotal, but my physio tells me that from what she’s been hearing, it seems to work better for ‘younger’ women. So it may be that it’s more successful for those of us whose menopause was brought on by chemo?....
Anyway, I’d love to hear from more people who have tried it. Anyone tried wearing one through an airport scanner? !!!
I'm just finishing rads and started Tamoxifen few days ago. I asked onc about magnapulse and she said she couldn't see any reason why I shouldn't try it, and would be interested to know how I get on with it. Am keeping a tamox diary for couple of weeks to see how it goes without anything else to help with SE.
Here at BCC we always advise that before taking anything other than your prescribed medication you check with your medical team first to avoid any adverse reactions.
I have put for you below the link to BCC's publication on complementary therapies:
and also the area of the website that discusses complementary therapies:
Hope this helps.
I found the magnet worked really well by reducing the really bad hot flushes and now 1 year 3 months after zoladex and ovaries out last dec hot flushes are more tolerable without magnet !!!! So I would recommend it - certainly I was desperate ! Also find a hand held fan useful for those extra sweaty moments.....
Sage has been recommended and used....
have had two sessions of accupuncture, one last week and one today. I feel that it has helped to reduce the amount of flushing but the ones i get are still really horrible.
i have had the for free via hospital.
it is certainly worth a try. it doesnt hurt at all. and the fine needles only need stay in for 15 mins. the nuse who does it for me also does it at the same time for anxiety/depression for me.
I have been having accupuncture for nearly 3 years for hot flushes provided free of charge at my local hospice. It has definately helped with the flushes and all sorts of other things that have cropped up over that time. Its worth enquiring and giving it another try.
I tried acupuncture, had 5 sessions and cost a fortune but it made no difference. I have been wearing a Ladycare magnet for two days (24hrs) now and I didn't have a hot sweat last night. I think it is recommended to wear it for a month before seeing the full effect. I'm certainly going to persevere with it. Good luck with whatever you try.
Hi, I thought the ladycare magnet sounded wonderful too so I purchased one, really to see if it helped with the hot flushes. I have only been wearing it for 2 weeks, not noticed any difference as yet but early days I suppose!!! I'm fed up with the flushes, they seem to last all day and I feel miserable sometimes but feel I just have to get on with life. I have tried megace, clonidine and tibolone without any effect too, my oncologist suggested trying accupuncture when I saw her last week, would have to pay for this privately so would like to hear if this has helped anyone.
Judy H x
Hi JMaddy, I tried it for another problem and it worked within days, no more problems so I thought it well worth the Â£20 it cost!!!
I don't think the manufacturers know how it works. I'm not that bothered as long as it's safe for us to use. These flushes are getting worse.
This sounds interesting - I can't wait to hear if anyone's tried it? How is it supposed to work? I want to ask if it takes batteries, but then it might sound like another device altogether!!!!
Hi All, Has anyone tried the Ladycare Magnet for hot flushes. You just attach it to your panties and it is supposed to do wonders. Interested to hear your comments. There is an article in the Daily Mail archive. Maddy.