The SALOME™ range of products provides solutions for previously unmet or poorly met medical needs such as women’s health, tackling issues such as infertility in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and giving women natural options for common problems such as Menstrual Pain, Heavy Menstrual Bleeding, Pre Menstrual Syndrome, and Menopausal Symptoms.
SALOME™ HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING Capsule 20’s
Easing the layers of cyclic pain
- SALOME™ HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING (HMB) is a herbal medicinal product for the reduction of heavy menstrual bleeding in women with regular menstrual cycles, after serious conditions have been excluded by a medical doctor
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FEATURES which can have a positive impact on the treatment of HMB
- ANTIOXIDANT FEATURES which can improve uterine tone and thereby facilitate the regulation of menstrual blood flow
- The product is a herbal medicinal product for use in the specified indication exclusively based upon long-standing use.
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SALOME™ FERTILITY Capsule 60’s
Helping to manage fertility in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- SALOME™ FERTILITY has been developed specifically to help to manage the regulation of ovarian function in patients with PCOS
- SALOME™ FERTILITY is a health supplement containing Myo-inositol and
D-Chiro-inositol extracted from the pod of the Carob bean tree
- Reduction in hyperandrogenism (raised levels of testosterone and other male sex hormones)
- Regulation of ovulation (may improve menstrual cycle)
- Reduction of oxidative stress in follicular fluid.
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SALOME™ Menstrual Pain Capsule 20’s
- SALOME™ MENSTRUAL PAIN is a traditional herbal medicinal product for the symptomatic treatment of minor spasm associated with menstrual periods.
- YARROW (Achillea millefolium) has: antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory & analgesic effects which may provide relief for spasms associated with menstrual periods
PCOS – MYTHS AND FACTS – SALOME™ FERTILITY
You have to have polycystic ovaries to have PCOS (1)
You’d think that you could go by the name for some clues about the disease, but that’s not the case. Many women who have PCOS don’t have cysts on their ovaries, and having cysts doesn’t mean you have PCOS. When called PCOS, the focus is on the ovary having cysts. That’s why there’s a current push to try to get PCOS remanded to the ‘reproductive metabolic syndrome’ as this puts the focus on what’s important: the metabolic and reproductive abnormalities that are hallmarks of the disease. To be diagnosed, a woman needs to fulfill only two of the three conditions: androgen excess (signs include hirsutism, acne, hair loss), irregular menstruation, or multiple follicles/cystic ovaries2.
You can’t get pregnant if you have PCOS (1)
PCOS is a common cause of infertility4. The hormonal problem affects the ovary’s ability to release an egg to be potentially fertilized for pregnancy5. But — and take a deep breath — you can still get pregnant, both naturally or after fertility treatments such as follicle-stimulating drugs6. If you have PCOS and want to start a family, the message here is not to get discouraged if someone tells you it’s not possible. Working with a fertility specialist can help you get on the right track.
If you’re not looking to get pregnant, you don’t have to worry about PCOS (1)
PCOS doesn’t affect just a woman’s fertility; it can impact her long-term wellness for the rest of her life. It has been linked to type 2 diabetes (more than half of PCOS women have diabetes or prediabetes before age 40), high blood pressure (hypertension), poor cholesterol levels, sleep apnoea, depression and anxiety, and endometrial cancer5. Getting diagnosed and treated is critical for a woman’s health future.
You need an ultrasound to be diagnosed with PCOS (1)
Because the presence of multiple follicles or cystic ovaries isn’t a requirement for being diagnosed with PCOS, a doctor does not have to give you an ultrasound. He or she might — especially if you’re getting treated by a gynae — but it might be necessary only if you don’t meet the criteria for hirsutism or irregular periods and PCOS is still suspected.
Insulin resistance in PCOS causes weight gain (1)
The reality is that experts aren’t sure why women with PCOS are often overweight. Many people say it’s because of the insulin resistance, but while weight gain causes insulin resistance, insulin resistance doesn’t cause weight gain.
Every woman with PCOS should go on the birth control pill (1)
Hormonal birth control is a common way doctors treat the menstrual irregularities of PCOS. But the treatment for PCOS will largely depend on your end goal. If you want to get pregnant, you certainly won’t go on a birth control pill. Plus, there is an argument that the pill is more of a Band-Aid that masks symptoms, so women should be encouraged to address their hormonal health more holistically with lifestyle measures, like reducing stress and eating an anti-inflammatory diet9.
Every woman grows hair where she doesn't want it (1)
One common symptom of PCOS is hirsutism, which is abnormal hair growth in women. Because of excess androgens, women with PCOS can sprout unwanted hair on their upper lip, chin, or chest3. But not every woman will have this symptom.
If your menstrual cycle is irregular, you have PCOS (1)
There are so many causes of an irregular cycle, and PCOS is only one of them. A normal cycle is anywhere from 21 to 35 days. Outside of that, breastfeeding, extreme dieting or over exercising, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids, and thyroid disorders are potential causes for a cycle that’s out of whack 7,8. Stress too can factor in. The lesson: If your cycle is less than 22 days or greater than 34 days long, talk to your gynae. Through an exam and by running additional tests as needed (like a blood test to look at thyroid levels), your doctor can identify the likely cause.
Everyone with PCOS is obese or overweight (1)
There’s a misconception that you have to be the stereotypical overweight woman — it’s the image of the bearded fat lady. Because PCOS is a syndrome, it affects people in many different ways.
That said, it’s more common to be overweight or obese. Lean PCOS women are not common, but they do exist. The risk of using weight as a gauge is twofold: Thin women might commonly be overlooked, and an obese woman with irregular periods might be inaccurately diagnosed with PCOS.
Women with PCOS can lose weight like anyone else (1)
Losing a modest amount of weight — 7 percent, to be specific — can help regulate your menstrual cycle. But it’s not always easy.
Many women with PCOS express that they exercise more and eat less than everyone else they know, and still the weight sticks on. That’s not to say they can’t shed weight; often, patients have been on a successful program in the past. What’s clear, though, is that the idea that weight loss is simply calories in versus calories out is oversimplified. We know now that weight loss is more complicated. For example, the gut flora may be different in women with PCOS, which can play a role in metabolism. It’s important that your doctor understands this, rather than sending you home with a prescription to diet and get off the couch. (And if they do, you might want to consider finding a new provider.)
You’ll know for sure if you have PCOS (1)
With common symptoms like acne, mood problems, and irregular periods, it can be easy to chalk these up to other causes, like stress. That’s one reason why PCOS is often missed. Between 50 and 70 percent of women with PCOS are undiagnosed.
Plus, PCOS isn’t always symptomatic. Some women don’t see it. Not every doctor is well educated about the syndrome. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s best to work with both a gynae and endocrinologist to get to the root cause.
PCOS is a life sentence for feeling bad (1)
While there’s no cure for PCOS, there is a lot of hope that you will feel better. You can never get to the point where you say, ‘I’ve cured myself,’ but you can continually be in a healing process that brings your body into balance.
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- Salama AA, Amine EK, Salem HAE, et al. Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Combo in Overweight and Obese Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. North American Journal of Medical Sciences. 2015;7(7):310-316.