Now more than ever, women are looking for ways to take back their power and manage their health, emotional wellness and vitality during the perimenopausal and menopausal stages.

Serendipitea celebrates menopause as a natural process that is part of our life journey as women. It marks the beginning of a second phase (1) of our lives! A stage that spans a third of our lives! This new phase can focus on creating a life we love, giving greater priority to our own needs. We also acknowledge the extreme challenges - at home, at work, and in relationships - faced by so many women as they deal with enormous changes and difficult symptoms! This is made worse by the fact that most women suffer in silence because menopause is a topic not generally acknowledged and discussed; in fact it is a topic deliberately avoided in conversation. We aim to promote the positive - a new found freedom and time to live the life you want! - while supporting you and helping to ease your well as advocating for better recognition of the condition and ways to manage symptoms. 

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Tea for Menopause

Come back to yourself: natural support for perimenopause & menopause

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What is menopause?

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years and typically occurs in her late 40s to early 50s (mean age of 51 in the UK and USA; median 54 in EU, slightly earlier in Asia (2,3)), earlier if her ovaries are surgically removed. It is defined as the permanent cessation of menstrual periods after 1 year of complete absence of menses. Perimenopause is the time before cessation of menses during which regular cycles of ovulation and menses become irregular, a natural result of declining hormones. Perimenopause can last 8-10 years. Most women notice these changes during their 40s, but some may be affected as early as their mid-30s (4)



Menopause is linked with a myriad of over 40 symptoms. If you are experiencing any, or all, of the following symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, you are not alone: for example 45% to 63% of postmenopausal women report that they experience vulvovaginal symptoms (5). A new term, the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), describes various menopausal symptoms and signs related to genital, sexual and urinary symptoms (6).

  • Vasomotor symptoms - increased blood flow to the face, neck & chest, resulting in hot flashes & profuse sweating during the day or night. “Night sweats” can cause significant sleep disturbances. Episodes of vasomotor symptoms can last 1 to 5 minutes & can be associated with perspiration, flushing, chills, anxiety, & even heart palpitations.

  • Vaginal dryness, atrophy & tissue fragility, including possible labia minora resorption, leading to:

    • Sexual dysfunction: painful sexual intercourse, possibly post-coital bleeding

    • Irritation, burning or itching of the vulva or vagina

    • Urinary incontinence: frequency, urgency, or dysuria (painful or difficult urination)

    • Recurrent urinary tract infections

  • Loss of libido

  • Aching joints

  • Memory problems

  • Cognitive impairment: “brain fog”

  • Emotional symptoms such as anger flashes, increased anxiety & loss of confidence

  • Loss of skin elasticity (aging appearance)

  • Insomnia


The extensive range of symptoms experienced during this time can have profound impact on quality of life, self confidence, relationships, general health and ability to work. Despite the high number of the population dealing with the issue (7,8), menopause is not a common topic of discussion, symptoms are under-acknowledged by society and workplaces (1), and are inadequately addressed by Western medicine, which has few treatments other than Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Many women prefer not to take HRT due to its link with increased risks of breast cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and venous thromboembolism (it may also confer a decreased risk of fracture and colon cancer after 5 years of combined HRT (9)). 


Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM)

In many non-Western cultures, menopause is not managed medically. In Asian cultures, food (such as soy) may be used as medicine and botanicals used to ease symptoms and balance hormonal shifts. 


TOM recognizes menopause as part of the natural aging process. The kidneys house the jing and manage the body’s vital energy in the aspect of yin and yang. As we age, jing, yin and yang naturally begin to decline. TOM uses modalities such as herbal medicine to mitigate the symptoms of this process, supporting the body’s balance…easing symptoms like joint pain, insomnia, depression, hot flashes and night sweats.

In addition to Flash! tea for menopause, you may also find our MilkiTea deeply relaxing, and beneficial because it contains fenugreek, which has been found to have a positive effect during menopause due to its estrogenic effects (8-10). Fenugreek should not be taken by women with risk of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.

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  2. Dratva J. et al (2009) Is age at menopause increasing across Europe? Results on age at menopause and determinants from two population-based studies. Menopause, 16(2):385-94. doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e31818aefef. PMID: 19034049

  3. S. Palacios,V. W. et al. (2010) Age of menopause and impact of climacteric symptoms by geographical region. Climacteric, 13(5): 419-428


  5. Management of menopausal symptoms. (2014) ACOG practice bulletin no. 141. Obstetrics & Gynecology,123: 202-216

  6. H-K Kim, S-Y Kang, Y-J Chung, J-H Kim, M-R Kim (2015) The Recent Review of the Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause. Journal of Menopausal Medicine, 21(2): 65–71. Published online 2015 Aug 28. doi: 10.6118/jmm.2015.21.2.65 PMCID: PMC4561742 PMID: 26357643

  7. The world population of menopausal and post menopausal women is projected to be 1.2 billion worldwide by 2025, with 47 million new women transitioning every year. In the United States, the average age of menopause is 51.3 years, and 11 million women reach natural menopause each year5. In Korea, the postmenopausal population of 5.26 million in 2000 (22.5% of total female population) is set to rise to 13.15 million, nearly half of the entire female population, by 2030(8).

  8. Kim, M. Y., Im, S. W., & Park, H. M. (2015). The demographic changes of menopausal and geripausal women in Korea. Journal of bone metabolism, 22(1), 23–28.

  9. Rossouw JE, Anderson GL, Prentice RL, et al. (2002) Risks and benefits of estrogen plus progestin in healthy postmenopausal women: principal results from the Women’s Health Initiative randomized controlled trial. Writing Group for the Women’s Health Initiative Investigators. The Journal of the American Medical Association, 288:321-333. doi: 10.1001/jama.288.3.321

  10. Steels E et al. (2017) Efficacy of a Proprietary Trigonella foenum-graecum L. De-Husked Seed Extract in Reducing Menopausal Symptoms in Otherwise Healthy Women: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study. Phytotherapy Research, 31(9):1316-1322. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5856

  11. Shamshad BS, Jayalakshmi HK, Vidyavathi HG, et al. (2016) A novel extract of fenugreek husk (FenuSMART) alleviates postmenopausal symptoms and helps to establish the hormonal balance: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.  Phytotherapy Research, 30(11):1775-1784

  12. Sreeja S., Anju VS. & Sreeja S. (2010) In vitro estrogenic activities of fenugreek Trigonella foenum graecum seeds. Indian Journal of Medical Research, 131: 814-9 PMID: 20571172

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