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Re: Sea buckthorn oil

Hi rosem

Thanks for posting.

Many people ask about vitamin and herb supplements as they want to do as much as possible to be healthy. There is often the belief that vitamins and herbs are safe as they are considered natural, but some can interfere with cancer treatments. 

Whilst some herbal products can be very useful in helping people take control and manage side effects that may be impacting on quality of life, there is much we don’t know about them. Many have limited scientific evidence about their safety and effectiveness. The evidence that is available is often conflicting and confusing.  Herbal preparations do not have to go through the same rigorous testing that conventional medicines do.

This information about sea buckthorn may be of interest to you but do speak with your hospital specialist, breast care nurse or GP (local doctor) before taking any supplements. Suffering from vaginal atrophy can be very distressing and this information may be of interest to you.

If you haven’t already done so you may find it helpful to talk to your breast care nurse or GP about the symptoms you’re experiencing. They may suggest a referral to a gynaecologist.

Our mobile app Becca provides information, tips and inspiration to help you move forward. The easy-to-use cards give you bite-size information on everything from managing menopausal symptoms to strategies for coping with anxiety. Categories include diet, exercise, mindfulness and body image. You can also read personal stories from people like you who are adjusting to life beyond breast cancer treatment.

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Best wishes


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Sea buckthorn oil

I suffer from vaginal atrophy as a result of taking anastrazole. I had an oestrogen positive, HER2 negative breast cancer in October last year. Is it safe to take sea buckthorn oil to help with the atrophy? 

Many thanks x