Frequently Asked Questions
Relief from perimenopausal symptoms with apple cider vinegar or Black Molasses?
Have any women experiencing symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes and irritabilty tried any natural remedies like apple cider vinegar? If you can share any postive changes directly linked to the apple cider vinegar, what amount did you use and when did you notice a change in symptoms? Does anyone have a dosage for the vinegar, molasses and I think pure honey?
Sorry, there aren't any benefits to using vinegar or molasses for perimenopause. There's a site called Healthboards similar to this one where you can ask questions or get answers and I've read of some women getting relief with Black Cohosh, some with fish oil, and lots of other natural remedies.
Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to balance hormones?
Does a person with estrogen dominance have to stop drinking coffee to get better?
During the years leading up to menopause, a woman’s hormone levels may fluctuate, resulting in hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, vaginal dryness and other common premenopausal discomforts. Symptoms of "estrogen dominance"—a term popularized by the late John R. Lee, M.D., a leading researcher and author on the subject of hormonal fluctuations—may respond well to natural remedies and lifestyle changes.
Progesterone, like estrogen, is manufactured in the body and during most of a woman’s reproductive years; her body produces both of these hormones in a balanced ratio. When estrogen levels spike, however, she may benefit from a natural source of progesterone to bring her estrogen levels under control.
Wild yam cream, available in health food stores, is the main source of natural progesterone, replacing its synthetic counterpart, progestin, which is available only by prescription. By extracting the active ingredient, diosgenin, from wild yams, this plant-based formulation may be more readily accepted by a woman’s body. A dosage of 20 to 30 milligrams (mg) per day applied topically to the skin may offer relief of perimenopausal symptoms due to estrogen dominance. Any woman currently under a doctor’s care for her symptoms should consult her physician about starting a natural progesterone replacement regime. At higher dosages, side effects may include drowsiness, temporary water retention and yeast infection.
Some natural supplements may assist in reducing the symptoms of estrogen dominance, including a daily dose of up to 1,000 mg of grape seed extract, up to 4 grams of taurine or a daily capsule of fish oil (derived from deep-water fish). Adding a calcium supplement may also help protect a woman’s bones.
Diet and Lifestyle
A healthy low-fat diet may minimize symptoms. Choose foods high in natural fiber, such as carrots, celery, and whole grain cereals and breads, while reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol.
Embark on a regular exercise routine that includes at least 30 minutes of gentle aerobic exercise daily, such as brisk walking, swimming, aerobics or indoor cycling class. Clear any new exercise program with your doctor before beginning.
So what can I expect during menopause?
I just got my test results today to say I am in my menopause. I am 49. So far I've had no symptoms or discomfort. Is this a sign that I might skip all the uncomfortable side effects, or is it too soon to say? Also what kinds of supplements are best for calcium and what kinds of exercise can I motivate myself to do, as I really hate it?
During the perimenopausal transition, a woman's estrogen levels decrease, leading to the typical symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration or mood, vaginal dryness...the list goes on. Some options for relief include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), an alternative medical therapy, or herbal remedies
what are pros and cons to hormone therapy?
I am currently using the Estraderm patch.
The pros are they relieve many symptoms of menopause: night sweats, hot and cold flashes, mood swings. The cons are: they have been proven to cause breast and other cancers.
I'm perimenopausal. Still regular, like clockwork in fact, but with all menopausal symptoms I spoke about above. Oh, what fun! Every month I consider hormones! Then when PMS is over, I realize that a few damp sheets and pj's tossed across the room is not worth risking cancer over. I'll ride it out until it is over. Who knows how many more years that will be, but like I said, I'll ride it out.
Sometimes, in retrospect, the mood swings are funny. Sometimes it is just like standing outside yourself and watching someone else say and do things you'd never have said (out loud anyway.) Once I had a heat flash in the middle of a rant on a public telephone about a parking machine that was malfunctioning and I had an idiot on the line and a plane to catch. I noticed people inching away from me. I paused, and noted the torrential wave of sweat that was coursing down my forehead. I realized how crazy I must have been looking and sounding. I hung up the phone, wispered, "personal summer," to the woman standing closest to me and she laughed like heck when she realized what I was talking about. So did I.
Try to have a sense of humor. Try some homeopathic remedies, like Black Cohash (works for me when I can remember to take it! LOL!)
Talk to your doctor before deciding anything. S/he can help you decide what is best.
Does any one have a home remedy for Hot Flashes.?
Dr. has taken me off Prempro since I've been on it for so long. The hot flashes just won't leave me. Am struggling to sleep at nite. Have had this problem for more than 20 yrs. The gyne sez some people never get rid of them and I guess I'm 1 of them. Have tried Soy stuff(which my Male G.P. suggested) and Cohase.
This is from the webmd site, hope it helps............
Managing hot flashes
Most women experience hot flashes at some point before or after menopause, when their estrogen levels are declining. While some women have few to no hot flashes, others have them numerous times per day. If hot flashes are disrupting your sleep or daily life, you are no doubt looking for relief. Fortunately, you have a number of self-care and medical treatment options that can help you manage your symptoms.
* However disruptive and frustrating they may be, hot flashes are not a sign of a medical problem. They are a normal response to natural hormonal changes in your body. Hot flashes usually subside after the first or second year following menopause, when estrogen levels stabilize at a low level.
* Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and stress tend to worsen hot flashes. By avoiding these risk factors, exercising regularly, and eating well, you can prevent or reduce hot flashes.
* The body-mind connection is a powerful element of hot flashes and emotional symptoms. Rhythmic breathing exercises (paced respiration), which help you meditate and relax, can effectively reduce your hot flashes.1, 2
* Treatments that may either reduce or stop moderate to severe hot flashes include short-term, low-dose estrogen (hormone therapy), certain antidepressant and blood pressure medications, and the herb black cohosh.
How can I manage hot flashes
You can manage hot flashes by making certain lifestyle choices. You can also take daily medication. Some measures help prevent or reduce hot flashes, and others can make you more comfortable when you're having a hot flash. If you are looking for additional treatment measures, you have a few options to choose from.
Lifestyle choices for preventing or reducing hot flashes
Eat and drink well, and avoid smoking.
* Limit your intake of alcohol.
* Drink cold beverages rather than hot ones.
* Eat smaller, more frequent meals to avoid the heat generated by digesting large amounts of food.
* Eat plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods.
* Do not smoke or use other forms of tobacco.
* Keep your environment cool, or use a fan.
* Dress in layers, so you can remove clothes as needed.
* Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton and silk.
* Sleep with fewer blankets.
* Get regular physical exercise.
* Use relaxation techniques, such as breathing exercises, yoga, or biofeedback. Using a breathing-for-relaxation exercise called paced respiration has been shown to significantly reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.1, 2
Medical treatment options for hot flashes
* Short-term, low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by raising your body's estrogen level. Use the lowest dose needed for the shortest possible time and have checkups every 6 months. This is because HRT causes breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and dementia in a small number of women. These risks may be different for younger menopausal women.3, 4 There are as yet no firm safety guidelines for HRT use by healthy women. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
* Estrogen-progestin birth control pills (before menopause) can reduce or stop hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms by evening out fluctuating hormones. If you are older than 35 and smoke, have diabetes, or have a personal or family history of cardiovascular disease or breast cancer, avoid using estrogen for hot-flash relief-other options are available.
* Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medication can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by improving the brain's use of serotonin, which helps regulate body temperature.5 Side effects are possible. This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes, irritability, or mood swings are your only perimenopausal symptom.
* Clonidine, a high blood pressure medication, can reduce the number and severity of hot flashes by lowering blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure is safe for some women and not for others.6 This type of medication is a good choice if hot flashes are your only perimenopausal symptom, especially if you have high blood pressure.
* Black cohosh may reduce or prevent hot flashes, depression, and anxiety as well as low-dose estrogen does.7, 8 As with HRT, have a checkup every 6 months when taking black cohosh. Research on human cells and on animals suggests that black cohosh doesn't cause the same cancer changes that estrogen does. But it's best to be cautious until long-term studies are done.8
* Some women eat and drink a lot of soy to even out hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms. However, studies show mixed results about whether soy phytoestrogens are clearly effective, particularly when taken as a pill. This may be because the active ingredients in soy are not well understood.9
Here is the link in case you want to research more options...............
Here is the link to all articles at webmd on hot flashes.
i am having a menopause.How can I make love without experiencing pain?
One of the most common menopause symptoms is vaginal dryness. It often occurs quickly and without warning in perimenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal women. It affects more than 80% of women just entering menopause and continues to affect up to 50% of those completing menopause.
If you haven’t experienced it, menopausal vaginal dryness may seem like a minor annoyance, but in reality it can be quite devastating. Vaginal dryness can ruin sexual intercourse for some menopausal women and leave behind feelings of inadequacy and guilt. Fortunately, effective treatments are now available for menopausal women who experience this symptom.
Relieving vaginal dryness is possible. There are a variety of treatments are available to women suffering from vaginal dryness. Your doctor will probably recommend that you try to have sex as much as possible. This may seem strange, but sexual intercourse will help stimulate the mucus glands at the base of the uterus, making your vagina moist. Women who refrain from sex often find that their dryness becomes even worse.
Some tried and tested menopause remedies include using lubricants, which can help sexual intercourse be less painful and more enjoyable. These can be applied up to two hours before sex. Over the counter moisturizers can provide relief from dryness for up to 24 hours.
For persistent vaginal dryness estrogen therapy may be recommended. Oral, topical, transdermal, and tablet forms are available by prescription from your doctor.
I would recommend you see your doctor/gynaecologist for further evaluation just to rule out any serious causes.
Perimenopausal Help? Please?
I've gone off HRT pill w/dr ok. Now I want to go on a supplement but don't know what to look into. Can someone please give me some ideas? I'd like to not get ripped off in the process. I'm looking for a supplement/natural remedy that is known to help perimenopause and that has high quality ingredients in it. Can anyone lead me in that direction? Thanks..Be Blessed.
My own periomenopause lasted 7 years, so you have my sympathy.
Some women find that black cohosh helps perimenopausal symptoms. Remifemin and Estrogen are two over-the-counter supplements that contain black cohosh. Their websites often offer free samples, so you may want to visit those sites.
Please! Check with your doctor before taking black cohosh. I don't have your health history, illnesses, or medications you may be taking, so I can't tell if there might be interactions.
I took both of the above supplements and found them slightly helpful, but in the end I opted for HRT. I have been on HRT for 10 months now; I plan to stay on it a year, then stop and re-evaluate my symptoms.
what are benefits of taking red clover?
Red clover is a source of many nutrients including: calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, vitamin C and isoflavones.
red clover might help protect against heart disease, but studies in humans have not found strong evidence.
Red clover isoflavones have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre- and postmenopausal women, but other studies show conflicting evidence.
One study found that menopausal women taking red clover supplements had more flexible and stronger arteries (called arterial compliance), which can help prevent heart disease.
Red clover may also have blood-thinning properties, which keeps blood clots from forming. It appears to improve blood flow.
Researchers also think that isoflavones, like those found in red clover, might help reduce symptoms of menopause because of their estrogen-like effects. But so far studies have not been conclusive.
Several studies of a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones suggest that it may significantly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. The largest study, however, showed no such effect.
As estrogen levels drop during menopause, a woman's risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss) goes up. A few studies suggest that a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in pre- and perimenopausal women. But the evidence is preliminary, and more research is needed to say for sure.
Based on its traditional use for cancer, researchers have begun to study isoflavones from red clover. There is some preliminary evidence that they may stop cancer cells from growing or kill cancer cells in test tubes.
It's been proposed that red clover may help prevent some forms of cancer, such as prostate and endometrial cancer. But because of the herb's estrogen-like effects, it might also contribute to the growth of some cancers, just as estrogen does.
Until further research is done, red clover cannot be recommended to prevent cancer. Women with a history of breast cancer should not take red clover.
Traditionally red clover ointments have been applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, eczema and other rashes.
Evidence says red clover may have a protective action against brain function disorders.
Red clover also has a history of use as a cough remedy for children.
No serious side effects from red clover have been reported in people taking red clover for up to one year.
General side effects can include headache, nausea, a rash.
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take red clover.
do not take red clover with Estrogens, hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, Tamoxifen, blood thinners (anticoagulants, ginkgo, ginger, garlic, vitamin E).
Red clover has been used to treat: bronchitis, burns, cancers, ulcers, sedation, asthma, syphilis and relax the nervous system.
My breast have been sore?
My breast have been sore for the last few days, does this mean they are growing?
Sore breasts and sore nipples - post-ovulation, pregnant, perimenopause or menopause?
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) - Sore breasts, sore nipples and more
Remedies for PMS
Sore nipples and/or sore breasts are something you may experience at various times in your reproductive cycle (don’t be frightened off by the big words!). They can mean various things depending on what’s going on in your body at that time. So let’s talk about what sore nipples and sore breasts may mean for you.
Causes of sore breasts before menopause
There are 2 main causes of sore nipples/breasts before menopause:
Post-ovulation - During your menstrual cycle the 2 main hormones at work are:
estrogen before ovulation and
progesterone which starts to act around the time of ovulation
Progesterone causes water to be retained in the body. The main reason for this is to prepare the uterus for a possible pregnancy by making the uterus rich in water and food for the anticipated pregnancy. Unfortunately, this same effect is felt throughout the body. Storing of water in the breast tissue causes it to become stretched leading to painful breasts and sore nipples. It is much worse for some women than others. If you’ve had any trouble getting into your skinny jeans in the second half of your cycle, that’s what we’re talking about. If a pregnancy does not occur, progesterone levels start to fall about a week before your next period. Gradually, you pee out the water that your body has accummulated.
Pregnancy - If the egg that is released from the ovary during ovulation is fertilized and starts to grow in the womb, then progesterone and estrogen levels will continue to increase to sustain the pregnancy. Of course this means that the breast tenderness will get worse. I had a comment in a previous article about menopause symptoms :
I actually have a question. I’m 44 and ttc. My nipples are sore and I ovulated 2 days ago. Is this a post-ovulation symptom? I really need to know so I don’t get my hopes up. Thank you for your reply.
If you start experiencing sore breasts and nipples a few days after ovulation, you can’t assume that you’re pregnant. A good sign (if you’re trying to conceive that is!) is if the breast discomfort does not subside and the breasts continue to increase in size and your period is 7-10 days late. You still need to be a bit careful because, although pregnancy is the commonest cause of a missed period, there are other causes including extreme stress and perimenopausal changes.
Causes of sore nipples and painful breasts - perimenopause and menopause
Soreness or the breasts and nipples can occur as part of what is known as the climacteric syndrome. Symptoms of the climacteric syndrome include:
weight gain and bloating,
The climacteric syndrome is caused by wildly fluctuating hormone levels and irregular functioning of the ovaries. It is not caused by an absence of estrogen. That is why hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and oral contraceptives are sometimes prescribed to try and even out the hormone levels.
Sore nipples and breast cancer
Sore nipples can be a warning sign for breast cancer. In a condition known as Paget’s disease of the nipple, the nipple becomes irritated with redenning, pain and sometimes itching. It progresses gradually until the nipple is completely worn down. Paget’s disease of the nipple shows that there is an underlying cancer in the breast tissue. Any persistent irritation should be investigated by your doctor.
what is red clover help please?
Red Clover is a herb that has also been used as cattle feed throughout history. AKAA: Purple clover, wild clover, trefoil, cow grass. They use the flowers, leaves and blossoms of the plant.
Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is a rich sources of isoflavones (chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).
Researchers theorize that red clover might help protect against heart disease, but studies in humans have not found strong evidence. Red clover isoflavones have been associated with an increase in "good" HDL cholesterol in pre- and postmenopausal women, but other studies show conflicting evidence. One study found that menopausal women taking red clover supplements had more flexible and stronger arteries (called arterial compliance), which can help prevent heart disease. Red clover may also have blood-thinning properties, which keeps blood clots from forming. It appears to improve blood flow.
Traditionally, red clover ointments have been applied to the skin to treat psoriasis, eczema, and other rashes. Red clover also has a history of use as a cough remedy for
What should post-appendectomy patients not eat long term?
I have recently learned from my 17 year old son's anatomy teacher via class discussion that folks who have had their appendix removed should permanently remove dairy from their diet. His teacher explained that recent research has uncovered new information about how the appendix aids in digestion and that there is a more defined link in how the appendix affects this system. What else should patients like me permanently remove from their diet as the result of an appendectomy and a gall bladder surgery? I had both procedures within 18 months of each other back in 2001 and 2002 still have problems with digestive issues ie: gas, bloating, cramping etc.
Check with your own doctor. Get the research from the anatomy teacher and let your doctor evaluate it. Anatomy teachers may have biology degrees, but they aren't doctors and they don't necessarily have the advanced biology and chemistry knowledge to determine when new research is based on good science or junk science.
If you've had your gall bladder removed, you probably will need to be more cautious about fat in your diet. The gall bladder is a big part of our ability to digest fat and you no longer have that ability.
If dairy products give you gas and cramping, you're probably lactose intolerant. That has nothing to do with your appendix and everything to do with the lack of an enzyme needed to break down lactose. THIS IS NORMAL and there are inexpensive over-the-counter remedies so that you can continue to get your calcium from dairy.
By the way, are you possibly getting close to menopause, or entering that "perimenopause" period? Oxytocin, the hormone that causes uterine contractions and menstrual cramps, also causes contractions of all the smooth muscles in your body - like your stomach and intestines. When our bodies start getting flaky in the perimenopausal period because our hormones aren't quite balanced, digestive symptoms go right along with everything else.
But again, get the research from the anatomy teacher, send the information to your own doctor, and review it with the doctor when you go in next. There are tens of thousands of us out here who had our appendix removed 20, 30, 40, or even 50 or more years ago, and we don't have problems with dairy foods, gas, cramping, or bloating. And I refuse to develop some new syndrome just because a recent study says I'm supposed to.