Ipswich woman launches Menopause Vitamin Company
8:00 a.m. July 17, 2022
An Ipswich-based businesswoman has spoken of her own struggles with menopause and how it led her to start her new business.
Melissa Neisler Dickinson, 50, founder of Menopause Vitamin Company, battled climacteric issues for months before finding the combination of hormones and vitamins that helped relieve her symptoms.
The hospitality manager and owner of the Suffolk Wedding Show said: ‘Without my own experience of menopause I would never have considered starting a business which I hope will somehow support other many other women.
“When menopause hit me, I honestly thought my world was over.
“I suffered from crippling anxiety, brain fog, stiff joints, not to mention hot and cold flashes and endless sleepless nights.
“I was completely overwhelmed by these new symptoms, thoughts and feelings. I felt like I had lost my direction and purpose.
Although Melissa had a successful career as a manager in the Essex hospitality industry and had a happy marriage, menopause “disconnected her from the person she was a few months before”.
“I wasn’t prepared for this. Why didn’t anyone tell me what this new phase of my life would be like?
“We are prepared for femininity and pregnancy, but not for this. Maybe that’s why a lot of women find it so difficult.
After experiencing a meltdown at work, Melissa decided to seek help and found Dr Louise Newson, one of the UK’s leading menopause experts.
Melissa said trying hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was a game-changer, as it relieved her hot flashes, night sweats, brain fog and, most importantly, her anxiety.
HRT is the most recommended treatment for symptoms of menopause and perimenopause, according to the NHS.
There are also other treatments, including non-hormonal medications and cognitive behavioral therapy.
However, hormone therapy did not help Melissa with her thinning hair, dry skin, brittle nails and mood swings.
The 50-year-old from Ipswich said: ‘I spent hours researching which vitamins, minerals and herbs might help.
“Then I discovered 15 different supplements that made a big difference, but how could I afford to take so many supplements every day?
“There was nothing on the market that could combine all of this into one supplement, so I decided to create my own.”
Melissa worked with a leading UK nutritionist and manufacturer to launch ‘Vibrancy Blend’ for energy, hair, skin and nails, which she is ‘very proud of’.
She said: “Our nutritional supplement is made up of purely clean vitamins, minerals, herbs etc. We recommend that you consult your GP or healthcare professional if you are in any doubt, particularly if you are pregnant. , if you are breastfeeding or if you have any health problems.
The business owner plans to donate money from her new business to The Menopause Charity every year, so they can continue their great work supporting women.