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Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes And Sweats

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to reduce hot flashes after the ovaries have been removed?
    I recently had partial hysterectomy ( I still have my uterus ) and the hot flashes began soon after.Night sweats very often disturb my sleep,anxiety with no apparent reason and depression.I'm not very good at taking medications and looked into natural remedies.Primrose oil,black cohosh,magnesium etc.However,studies show that there's no proven effectiveness and there are side effects too,like damaging the liver.I need help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take hormones. The hormones are better than the menopause.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is a natural remedy for hot flashes?
    My mother is 52 and experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. She says it's so bad that it wakes her up at night and she always seems tired. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Bring your own portable/ folding fan and take it with you everywhere.
      Dressed lightly, avoid turtlenecks, wear sleeveless.
      Drink more liquid because you're losing them from sweating.
      Rest.

      I've talked to several women who took some supplements and didn't do much good for them. It just made them gained weight.

      I have a 4" electric fan plugged by my bed, and only goes to my face, and dh can't feel it. Battery hand-held fan for works great, too! Found at Rite-Aid. I also have a very nice folding Asian 99cents fan, just take it out as often as you want.

  3. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=85

  4. QUESTION:
    What natural remedy can I take for hot flushes?
    I have reluctantly given in to the menopause and have started to get hot flushes (though I tell other women I don't get them). Can any of you ladies recommed a tried a tested natural remedy or do I have to go to my GP.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sue, regular physical exercise is necessary to protect against bone loss. Exercise has many other benefits as well.

      A diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol and high in complex carbohydrates, such as grains, fruits and vegetables is important.2

      Vitamin E supplementation may reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, palpitations, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.,,

      Calcium is important in maintaining bone mass.

      Magnesium intake is often low in women with osteoporosis. Low magnesium intake is associated with low bone mineral content (BMC).

      Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption.

      Boron reduces urinary calcium loss and increases serum levels of 17 estradiol (estrogen).

      Essential fatty acids can help prevent dryness of the hair, skin and vaginal tissues.

      Soy supplementation has been suggested as a possible alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Soy isoflavones act as estrogen-like compounds. Forty-five grams of dietary soy, per day for 12 weeks was shown to decrease post-menopausal hot flashes.

      Certain herbs such as black cohosh, chasteberry, licorice and dong quai have shown to have a beneficial effect in managing many of the menopause symptoms.
      Jason Homan

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  6. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on natural meopause relief for my wife? Will an herbal menopause remedy help?
    She's in her early 40's and has gradually been getting hot flashes, night sweats and as always - MOOD swings. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      For natural menopause relief, See the webpages cited below for more info and where to buy:

  7. QUESTION:
    In the world of Woman's life change, what natural remedy's can be used for these blooming "Hot Flashes"?
    I know that I am going through the change.

    I am okay with that for it is apart of the circle.
    I choose to go through this naturally without the chemicals of man, approved by the FDA,with their warnings of serious side effects and possible death.

    What I am going through is natural and natural is how I select it to be.
    My question is how and what I may do for the "Hot Flashes" naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for hot flashes

      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (not refrigerated).

  8. QUESTION:
    what remedies or natural medications is there for hot flashes?
    I am looking for natural supplements not prescirbed medications I try to avoid that as much as possible

    • ANSWER:
      Women experience a variety of symptoms of menopause, but the hot flash is the one most discussed. During menopause the body produces less estrogen and progesterone. As a result, the thermostat in our brain, the hypothalamus, gets mixed signals: is it hot or cold? It is as if it cannot decide between these states. This oscillation causes our blood vessels to expand and contract on an irregular and unpredictable basis. With an increased blood flow in the body, a feeling of heat and a flush starts on the face, the neck, and continues to the chest. Some women perspire, others really sweat! Sometimes a chill follows a hot flash.

      Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.

      Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].

      Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed,

      Herbs commonly used to alleviate hot flashes include ginseng, black cohosh, vitex agnus castii, blue cohosh, dong quai, wild yam root [natural progesterone, licorice root, false unicorn and sarsaparilla. Experiment with using one herb or several in combination.

      Evening primrose oil alleviates hot flashes and promotes restful sleep. These benefits may be due to the gamma linolenic acid in the oil which is said to influence prostaglandin production. (Evening primrose oil is used to relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and tenderness of fibrocystic breasts). Depending on the amount of primrose oil in each capsule, effective dosages vary from 2 to 8 capsules a day.

      Chickweed tincture (25 to 40 drops) once or twice a day reduces the severity and frequency of hot flashes.

      A few homeopathic remedies suggested are:

      Lachesis: For mental irritation and hot flashes. Lachesis 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Pulsatilla: For hot flashes followed by intense chills and emotional upset. Pulsatilla 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      Valeriana: For intense sweating and insomnia and Sepia for flashes that make you feel exhausted and depressed. Valeriana 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses).

      There are no side effects or complications from homeopathic remedies if taken as directed. Do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances and do not try to mix any remedies.

      Avoid chocolates, mints, coffee, red meat, alcoholic and carbonated drinks, spicy rich food while taking any homeopathic remedies and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat, strong smells and perfumes and store in a cool dark place (no refrigerated).

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the simptoms and stages of Metapause? and what are some remedys?
    What are the symptoms of menopause and the name as some remedies to help with the symptoms

    • ANSWER:
      These are the some of the symptoms of menopause.

      • Irregular or skipped periods
      • Insomnia
      • Mood swings
      • Fatigue
      • Depression
      • Irritability
      • Racing heart
      • Headaches
      • Joint and muscle aches and pains
      • Changes in libido (sex drive)
      • Vaginal dryness
      • Bladder control problems
      • Hot flashes

      You can do Exercise and take proper diet.Add lots of vitamins in your diet. There are some of the natural herbs which helps you to get relief from menopause symptoms like Wild yam helps to give relief from night sweat. Red clover, guggle gam, chaste berry these are some of the key herbs which helps you to get relief from menopause symptoms.

  10. QUESTION:
    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?

    • ANSWER:
      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
      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.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  12. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for cold sweats?
    a luke warm bath did not help and neither did baby powder... it turned into paste O.O i think my mom's going through menopause and she feels really hot and really cold at the same time and she needs some home remedies please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this triggers physical changes to occur. There are natural remedies available that can alleviate menopause symptoms including night sweats, vaginal dryness, digestive problem and hot flashes. Herbal remedies such as black cohosh, Dong quai root, licorice root and Maca Root help regulate body temperature and reduce hot flashes and sweating. They are available in a pill form or in the form of a herbal tea. Your mom can try these herbal supplements which contain natural plant estrogen that balances women's menopausal hormones. It is best to consult a doctor first before taking any herbal supplements. There are a lot of available resources online (check source below) related to menopause and how to relieve its symptoms that you can refer to in order to better understand how menopause affects women like your mom. I hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    Why do i sweat alot when sleeping?
    For the past month, iv been sweating alot when i sleep. I wake up wit my shirt all wet, on my back, near my collar, and under my armpits. COuld this be a sign of puberty? Im a 15 year old boy that still has a high voice, and im very short.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sweating while sleeping is known clinically as sleep hyperhidrosis. Sweating while sleeping causes are often harmless, so I urge you not to panic. Panic attacks while sleeping won’t help you curb your rising body temperature as you try to get a good night’s sleep.

      Medication side-effects: Study enough labels and you’ll find that night sweating is one of the most common side-effects of potent prescription drugs. If you’re really experiencing a drenching night sweats, discuss your medications with your physician.
      Infections: Even minor infections can cause you to sweat at night. However, you should also be on the lookout for more serious infections which may cause profuse night seats. These include tuberculosis, endocarditis (heart valve swelling), osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and an AIDS infection from the HIV virus.
      Abscesses: You might think this should fit under infections, but a long list of seemingly simple abscesses can cause severe sweating while sleeping. This includes boils and even dental infections (yes, tooth decay can cause night sweats). Note that some of these, like appendicitis, can be very, very serious.
      Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Individuals suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia who are taking insulin or other medications to moderate their blood sugar may suffer from sweating while sleeping.
      Hormonal Changes: As I mentioned earlier, women experiencing menopause often experience hot flashes at night. But that’s not the only time our body’s may experience radical shifts in body temperature. Men may experience a kind of andropause and it isn’t unusual for individuals to experience night sweats during adolescence or during pregnancy as well.

      Here are some simple, natural remedies for treating your night sweating. Please note that these are meant for people who are experiencing genetic or environmental night sweats. If you’re confident you’re experiencing unusually severe sweating while sleeping, I urge you to consult with your physician.

      Let’s start simple. Keep a cool glass of water near your bed while you sleep. Should you awaken, take a sip of the cool water.
      Keep a couple ice cubes in that glass to make sure it is useful for this next tip: if you feel your temperature rising, place your wrists against the cool glass and hold them there for several seconds. As your blood flows through this junction, it will cool and then cool the rest of your body as it flows on. (This is a great trick to use anywhere and anytime, by the way.)
      Use specially designed bed devices to help you cool yourself. I suggest the chillow and if you really want to get elaborate, try the bedfan. These two devices provide an entirely natural and comfortable way to reduce your sleeping temperature in a safe and effective way. I usually only suggest them for more severe situations, but many people enjoy their benefits, even people who don’t specifically suffer from night sweats.
      This won’t help if you’re suffering from night sweats in men, but if you’re suffering from menopause, you might try taking black cohosh. This natural herbal remedy has helped many (though not all) women suffering from menopause hot flashes sweating.
      Try a small amount of tryptophan-heavy foods an hour before bed (peanut butter is tasty, easy and high in tryptophan).
      Try some relaxing herbal remedies, such as chamomile and valerian. You might also try melatonin, which helps your body reset its sleep cycle through a naturally-occuring hormone.

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  14. QUESTION:
    63 and night sweats, what can I do to stop them?
    What is a natural remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      *Thinner women may experience more hot flashes since fat cells convert hormones secreted by the adrenals into estrogen [in other words, it's wise to retain a little extra weight during menopause.
      *The low incidence in Japan has been linked to high soy bean consumption which stimulates estrogen production, which is why many women have turned to natural plant estrogen's, aka soy phytoestrogen / isoflavones.
      *Clothes made of natural fibers (cotton, wool, silk) can disperse heat away from the body. It is more practical to dress in layers so that clothing can be removed and added as needed.
      *Hot flashes deplete our bodies of the B vitamins, vitamin C, and magnesium and potassium, so it is helpful to increase our consumption of these nutrients [don't forget Calcium].
      *Triggers for hot flashes include spicy food, hot drinks, alcoholic drinks, white sugar (sugar can also cause palpitations), stress, hot weather, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco and marijuana and anger, especially when unexpressed.
      *Natural remedies work in conjunction with a healthy diet and adequate exercise and tend to work more slowly.
      Hope this helps some. :)

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the names for natural supplements to use for menopause, hot flashes etc.?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause...

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  16. QUESTION:
    Any remedies for peri menopause hot flashes at night? I have 3 to 4 each night and am getting really tired.?
    I am interested in natural remedies first then prescription if I have to. But I have concerns about HRT and possible side effects or risks associated with taking it.
    Also anything that others have found make them worse too I would like to hear about.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it's menopause and not the night sweats associated with lymphoma? Good luck with some of these- check the last one- that might be what you're looking for.

      http://www.menopause.org/default.htm

      This link provides wicking clothing as relief:
      http://www.haralee.com/store/

      Hot-Flash Relief In a Nasal Spray?
      http://www.webmd.com/news/20000427/hot-flash-relief-in-nasal-spray

      Hot Flash Relief - An article by an MD- doesn't look too helpful: http://bellaonline.com/articles/art17482.asp

      Effexor XR- an antidepressant with hot flash relief properties.
      Paxil may help as well.

      Hot-Flash Relief- Time Magazine article:
      http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,997466,00.html

      Non-Hormone Therapies Offer Some Hot-Flash Relief
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=61331

      All About Hot Flashes
      http://www.breastcancer.org/bey_cope_meno_hotFlash.html

      Alternative Medicines for Hot Flash and Night Sweat Relief
      http://www.healthwayrx.com/womenshotflashrelief.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  18. QUESTION:
    what can my wife do for hot flashes and night sweats during this menopause?
    she had a partial hysterectomy and these are really giving her serious griefs. is there anything that's natural that can help, she don't want to take hormone pills.

    • ANSWER:
      During my menopause I took soy tablets, and the flushes stopped completely. I don't recommend the use of any other "natural" or "herbal" remedies as they are still being tested and some, like black cohosh, have reported adverse side effects. But the soy supplements are harmless unless you have a thyroid problem in which case you can't take soy.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pre or peri menopause?
    i'm maybe a bit young being only 45 but anyway, would erratic menses be one of them?? ie ~ occurring 2 weeks before they're due..... i've had a pap smear and there was no irregularity so my next thought is perhaps it's time for the change of life for moi.

    any help appreciated.... thanx in advance

    cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I cope with my hot flashes! ?
    I just started getting hot flashes and night sweats this month, and I also missed my period. I'm not sure if I'm going through menopause, since I haven't been diagnosed by a doctor yet, but I'm 43 years old so it seems like it's that time. These hot flashes and night sweats are driving me crazy, when they happen I just want to rip off my clothes.
    I heard hormone replacements aren't safe, what can I do naturally?

    • ANSWER:
      If you're starting to miss periods and having hot flashes, you are probably entering pre menopause.

      One way to cope with hot flashes is to avoid common triggers, such as caffeine, spicy foods, hot drinks, or anything else that heats you up.

      There are many herbs and vitamins that MAY help, each woman is different. Vitamin E and the herb black cohosh are a couple of them. If you're going to take vitamin E, be sure to get the natural form (d-alpha tocopherol) and NOT the synthetic form (dl-alpha tocopherol). The synthetic form is not healthy.

      I work outside in 100+ degree weather (another trigger for hot flashes) and to deal with that I use a spray bottle filled with water that I stick in the fridge so it's nice and cool. It works.

      For more natural remedies, check out http://www.natural-approaches-to-menopause.com/Hot-Flash-Remedy.html

  21. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  22. QUESTION:
    Abnormal bleeding in a 53 year old woman?
    So I live with my aunt's who is 53 years old and lately she's been having abnormal bleeding. I'm not quite sure how often it is, but I think bleeds like once a month for like 4-7 days, but I'm not positive. A few years ago, she went on a pill that made her periods stop. She went to the doctor a few months ago and they didn't find anything usual (like a cancer or something). What do you think this could be? Is it just her period or is it something more serious?! thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause makes the body go a little nuts. Does she complain about hot flashes? disturbed sleep (waking up 1 - 4 times every night sweating)

      Google menopause and read the symptoms you might surprise yourself with the information you find. It could be that.

      Edit: If she is feeling under the weather with sweating and hot flashes. You might want to tell her that she can take natural remedies that can help how she feels. If she can't sleep she can take; Skull-Cap and 3 mg of Melatonin. For the hot flashes she can take; Evening Primrose oil gel tablets, Sage Tablets and MENOsmart plus that Lorna Vanderhaeghe has put out in the health food stores.

      Also soy milk shakes and tofu added to the diet helps a great deal.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for Hot Flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      * alcohol
      * caffeine
      * diet pills
      * spicy food
      * hot food
      * hot tubs
      * saunas
      * hot showers
      * hot beds
      * hot rooms
      * hot weather
      * smoking

      * Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.
      * Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)
      * Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.
      * Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.
      * Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.
      * Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.
      * Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.
      * Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.
      * Take a cool shower before bed.
      * Try a mild medication like Tylenol
      * Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.
      * Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.

      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes

      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      * insomnia
      * mood swings
      * eroded self-image
      * loss of libido
      * fatigue
      * elevated cholesterol levels
      * heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      * relaxation exercises
      * breathing exercises
      * meditation
      * visualization
      * massage
      * hypnosis
      * yoga
      * biofeedback techniques.

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there any "natural" things to stimulate ovulation without using prescription drugs?
    I am trying to find something to stimulate ovulation without using prescription drugs such as clomid. I lost a baby a year ago after years of trying and really want to get pregant again. I don't have the finances to do IVF or anything of that sort, so I need something I can get at maybe a heath food store or similar. Any help would be great

    • ANSWER:
      Although herbs can be potent and may stimulate ovulation, the most important aspect about taking herbs is to address the underlying pattern of imbalance, rather than addressing lack of ovulation, which is what Clomid does.

      Herbs like wild yam and vitex have been found to encourage ovulation, but only if you have the imbalance known as kidney yang vacuity (which includes luteal phase defect and low progesterone levels,) according to the pattern differentiation of Chinese medicine. If you are deficient in yin energies (like estrogen), taking wild yam and/or vitex will make your scenario worse.

      I stress that the most important thing you can do to return your body to fully functioning reproductive help is to address the underlying pattern of imbalance. For example, women who are not menstruating because of low estrogen levels will not ovulate or menstruate until their follicles start producing estrogen. If low body fat is the reason for the low estrogen, then weight gain will be the only effective initial remedy. Then we can use the appropriate herbs to help restore balance to the hypothalamic-pituitary ovarian axis. Herbs tonify only what is deficient, address and remove any obstruction, and then the body does what it is supposed to do - ovulate on its own.

      Yin deficiency symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, dry eyes, mouth, vagina, lack of cervical mucus, etc. Herbs like angelica and asparagi would be appropriate here to restore reproductive balance.

      Yang deficiency symptoms include low back pain, cold hands and feet, nighttime urination, low libido, etc. Herbs like vitex and wild yam will help this scenario restore endocrine health

  25. QUESTION:
    PLEASE SUGGEST HOME REMEDIES FOR HOT FLUSHES DURING PRE MENSTRUAL STAGE?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Black Cohosh

      Black Cohosh is a plant used widely in Europe for treating menopause and hot flashes. Studies show Black Cohosh to be just as effective as pharmaceutical estrogen in providing hot flash relief and one study showed Black Cohosh was effective at preventing excessive sweating.

      2. Flaxseed Oil

      Fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed oil, have been thought to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Flax contains plant lignans which are similar to estrogen, possibly causing estrogen levels to stabilize in menopausal women.

      3. Evening Primrose Oil

      A general tonic for women’s reproductive health, evening primrose has a cooling effect on the skin and regulates the production of estrogen. It can act as a sleep aid due to its high gamma linolenic acid count, and increased prostaglandin production.

      4. Chickweed Tincture

      Daily doses of this herb have been reported to lower both the number and severity of hot flashes.

      5. Red Clover

      A plant containing high amounts of phyto-estrogens known as isoflavones has been shown to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.

      6. Homeopathic Remedies

      Homeopathic treatment options such as Ferrum phosphoricum (good for reducing redness), Belladonna (an excellent herb for sporadic, rapid hot flashes), Sanguinarina (counteracts hot flashes on the face, neck and ears) and Kali Phosphoricum.

      7. Other Western Herbs

      Other similar-acting plants include sarsaparilla, spearmint, licorice root, damiana, chasteberry, wild yams, motherwort, and red raspberry leaf.

      8. Sage

      Try drinking a few cups of organic sage tea daily. Sage tea can be found at your local grocery store or online. Besides providing hot flash relief, sage helps with digestion, infant diarrhea and headaches.

      9. Vitamin C

      Some women have found that bioflavanoids found in Vitamin C can help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, I would recommend eating more foods with Vitamin C.

      10. Vitamin E

      Studies have shown that antioxidants in Vitamin E play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of hot flashes.[1] In order to get hot flash relief, take the recommended dosage of a Vitamin E supplement or eat more foods with Vitamin E.

      11. Natural Progesterone Cream

      Most women are actually estrogen dominant due to the amount of soy in foods. In most cases of menopause doctors actually prescribe more estrogen. I highly recommend using a cream to help balance menopausal hormone levels and to reduce hot flashes.

  26. QUESTION:
    What do you do to get relief from symptoms of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this trigger a lot of physical changes. Some of the common symptoms that women going through menopause experience are irregular menstrual cycle, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, fatigue, vaginal dryness and unexplained weight gain, among others. Women have the option to take prescription drugs, such as estrogen replacement, progesterone creams, vitamin supplements etc. or try natural remedies to relieve the symptoms. There are natural remedies available in the form of herbal supplements or tea that can reduce hot flashes and night sweats. Herbs like Don Quai, black cohosh and licorice root contain natural plant estrogen that can help balance women's menopausal hormones. You can also try acupressure. It can help fight fatigue and also reduce hot flashes. It is best to consult your doctor before you take any supplements. Women also have to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of menopause, how it affects women and how to find relief here's some help...

  27. QUESTION:
    anyone that has polycystic ovarian syndrome ?
    i recently found out i have this , i was just wondering if there is any advice anyone can give me on anything .

    • ANSWER:
      Following a strict diet and exercises routine makes a drastic difference. Limiting your carbs, staying away form food dye and corn syrup-which can worsen dark spots and male pattern baldness from the pcos-really helps. Exercising regularly helps get you the hormones the PCOS takes away from you. Also getting on a birth control pill will help you get your period again, lighten dark spots, help with weight loss, help with hair growth, and kind of counteract the elevated male hormones the PCOS gives you. Taking care of your body makes such a difference. Natural foods will help your body work effectively and help with female hormone production. Working out will help increase serotonin levels-serotonin is what makes you feel mentally good and stable and helps with depression and anxiety- working out also helps kick your bodies good female hormone production into gear. It rids your body of toxins and helps you lose weight. It also can help you get your period because your body's endocrine system-the system that provides our bodies with the hormones we need, like estrogen, insulin, dopamine, serotonin- will learn to work more efficiently. It can also help lower your insulin levels which will help lighten the dark thick patches you may find throughout your body. The dark spots are usually caused by unstable insulin and blood sugar levels.

      Getting on a birth control pill, eating right, exercising, staying away from fake unnatural foods, and even taking some herbs and roots will help with counteract PCOS symptoms.

      *EDIT

      PCOS is something you do have to worry about. Having PCOS quadruples your risk for heart related problems, like high blood pressure and heart disease, and triples your risk for ovarian and cervical cancer, it can keep you from having children, and it literally affects every part of your body. From your vision, to your skin, to your joints, to your mental well being, even to your ears. You are at higher risk for infections and skin problems like acne and dandruff; you are at higher risk for dehydration. Your liver, pancreas, kidneys, and thyroid can all be affected. And your endocrine system is what is most affected. Without your endocrine system working properly your thyroid gets affected, without a proper functioning thyroid system and endocrine system, your heart, liver, colon, kidneys, sweat glands, pancreas, digestive system, circulatory system, nervous system, immune system-all of these can be effected. PCOS works against your endocrine system. It can cause simple thing from hot flashes, to cold sweats, to urinary track infections, to headaches, to nausea, to sensitivity to motion, to mood swings, to pimples, to depression, to eating disorders, to metabolic disorders. It can affect your period, decrease/increase your sex drive, make your breasts sensitive, make you get food cravings, cause weight gain, weight loss, affect your appetite. PCOS can affect/give you all these things. Maybe right now you don't feel any of this, maybe right now you are ok, but if you let PCOS go untreated, whether by not eating healthy or exercising, or even not taking certain medication, mark my words your body will be affected. With PCOS your body has to work harder. It has to work harder on insulin production and hormone production. With PCOS your body doesn't work efficiently. I mean it’s called a disease for a reason. It is up to you to help your body and work in sync with it.

      Don't get me wrong, just because you have PCOS does not mean you can not live a normal healthy life. It is just that PCOS causes your body to miss out on things it needs and to help your body get those things it needs you need to work with it. You need to give it those things it needs-maybe in the form of medication or natural remedies, maybe from something simple such as diet and exercise.

      I have done a lot of research, talked to many doctors, talked to a nutritionist, a personal trainer, a dermatologist, did some research on how the body and it's systems work, read studies and findings from top medical sites, read books and blogs, watched T.V programs, looked up different medications and remedies. I am not speaking out of my rear here. There are some doctors who don't know some of the stuff I know, and I found that out from a doctor LOL, there are some doctors that will play it down, say that it is nothing to be worried about. It is. I have had for a while now, experienced the worst of its symptoms, and now that I know how to treat it I have seen many improvements. You would be surprised what knowledge can do for you. All in all, take care of yourself. Talk to your doctor, and know your body.

  28. QUESTION:
    what are the best natural remedies for night sweats and heat flashes? (I'm recovering from a hysterectomy)
    I had a hysterectomy a month ago, and the only inconvience i am having is heat flashes and night sweats, I prefer natural replacements or alternative medicines to synthetic. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest all natural Menopause Balance Complex.

      Uses compounds found in plants call phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes.

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover and licorice. No artifical colors or flavors. No synthetic preservatives.

      My friend had been taking HRT but started having some of the bad side effects. She tried the Menopause Balance Complex and has been using ever since. It has worked very well for her.

      Hope this helps and best wishes. For more info, feel free to contact me.

  29. QUESTION:
    What natural/herbal remedies can I use for hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are far fewer in asian countries where diets are high in soy. Studies also confirm soy helps minimise or prevent menopausal symptoms. Phytolife by blackmores is one of the products on the market that can help. The ingredients contain Glycine max (Soy bean) extract equivalent to dry seed (standardised to contain isoflavone glycosides 50 mg) - 33.5 g (33,500 mg) and Calcium hydrogen phosphate 450 mg. >>>http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

      "If you're fed up with menopause, move to Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, hot flashes and night sweats are virtually unheard of. Researchers believe that it has more to do with their traditional diet. Besides providing more vegetable protein and less animal protein than a Western diet, it's also low in fat and high in soy products such as tofu. These foods are rich in plant compounds known as phytoestrogens, which seem to mimic some of the biological activities of female hormones."

      In addition to soy and tofu products, women can help combat hot flashes by eating more calcium-rich foods, magnesium-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin E -- like cold-pressed oils, green leafy vegetables, nuts and almonds, as well as plenty of mineral- and fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and fresh vegetables."

      You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet>>>
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019538.html

  30. QUESTION:
    What herbal medicine works the best for "YOU" for menopausal?
    moods and hot flashes...Now I know everyone will be different. I welcome your answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for Menopause and Pre-Menopause:-

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a "natural" cure for severe hot flashes?
    I am in my 40's and I am currently taking Prempro that has helped tremendously for hot flashed. I know I can't take them forever because of the bad side efffects. When my doctor tried to ween me off of them recently, they came back with a vengence. Is there something natural or even something medical that maybe has less side effects that I can take? Help. Serious answers only please....

    • ANSWER:
      I find that Dr. Andrew Weil, the premier natural healing and health specialist, always has good and practical techniques/cures. Here is what his website says about hot flashes:

      Hot flashes can make your life miserable, but luckily in most cases, they do go away on their own, usually within six months to a year. Of all the alternative remedies, black cohosh is the best studied, but as you've learned, it doesn't work for all women. A number of other options are available, none of them fool-proof but all worth trying:

      Soy foods: As you may know, soy foods contain plant estrogens, and Japanese women whose diets contain a lot of soy don't suffer the way western women do from hot flashes. Although we have no proof that soy is the reason (other elements of the Japanese diet and lifestyle may play a role), eating soy foods may help. I suggest two helpings daily of whole soy foods such as tofu, tempeh, edamame (green soy beans in the pod) and miso.

      Promensil: This is a dietary supplement that combines the plant estrogens genistein, biochanin, daidzein and formononetin. The manufacturer claims that four clinical studies have shown that the product can reduce the frequency and severity of night sweats. I'm not sure it is as safe as black cohosh, but it may be worth trying.

      Low doses of bio-identical estrogen: Believed safer and more natural than traditional estrogen replacement therapy, these drugs have a chemical structure that closely approximates a woman's natural estrogen. The prescription drug Estrace is a bio-identical estrogen, and you also can get customized formulations prepared by special compounding pharmacies recommended by your physician.
      The supplements dong quai, vitamin E and evening primrose oil can also help relieve menopausal symptoms but, like black cohosh, they don't work for everyone.

      On the conventional medicine front, a Mayo Clinic study recently found that the anti-seizure drug gabapentin relieved the frequency of hot flashes by 66 percent and also lessened their intensity. More research is needed to confirm these results, but the investigators said that in the meantime, the drug is a reasonable alternative for women with hot flashes resistant to other treatments. The most reliable remedy is estrogen replacement, which you might want to consider on a short-term basis if nothing else helps.

  32. QUESTION:
    How do you beat BO that isn't accompanied by sweat?
    I use deodorant and shower every day. However, I still have daily underarm BO. It's really annoying. It's not unbearable, but I think it's gross. I have to change my shirt and re-apply deodorant every day when I get home from work. But even then I start to smell again within a few hours. Throught this whole process, I won't have sweated once. The odor isn't accompanied by sweat. What's the deal? How do I fix it? I'm desparate! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      It can be from multiple things. Maybe its what ur eating soo you should try eating something new and get a new diet or if uve been eating the same food for a while u might wanna eat something different. If youve been eating junk food u should try to start eating food thats more healthy,Read this: Drinking and eating certain foods can cause body odor. Caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, onions, garlic, cumin, curry and fish are just some of the culprits that can make body odor even worse.

      Certain drugs like antipsychotic medications used in treating mental disorders, morphine and analgesics found in over the counter pain-relievers.

      In males, a low level of the male hormones testosterone known as hypogonadism, can cause hot flashes and excessive sweating.

      Sometimes heredity can be a factor in overactive body odor.

      People with diabetes who must take insulin or oral medications, can experience more sweating than normal. Usually this occurs when there is a drop in their blood sugar.

      An overactive thyroid can also cause you to perspire more than normal. When the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine, it can cause you to sweat more than you normally would.

      In many people hyperhidrosis is the cause of overactive body odor. The condition is caused when nerves that control the sweat glands become overactive. While the problem is not as uncommon as it used to be, there are still some doctors who are not aware of the problem.

      Once you have determined the exact cause of your overactive body odor, the next and final step is finding a solution to the problem. An increase in self-care, a natural approach or a difference in the fabric you wear are just a few of the ideas that can be found you can try:

      Wearing natural fabrics like cotton, silk and wool will allow your skin to breathe. Natural fabrics tend to absorb perspiration better than artificial materials. If you find that your feet tend to sweat, try buying a pair of shoes made from a natural material such as leather.

      A change in your diet can help eliminate overactive body odor. Try eliminating caffeinated drinks and foods with strong odors in them. Instead opt for a diet rich in fiber and zinc. A lack of zinc in your diet can bring out body odors since it controls how your body handles waste.

      Showering more than once a day may also help in decreasing sweat and odor. Afterwards try using a deodorant with antiperspirant. Using a deodorant alone can only mask odor but not perspiration.

      If you can’t use antiperspirant deodorants or they don’t help, the French swear by “Le Crystal Nature” which is a mineral salt that helps odor and perspiration without irritating skin. The product is available here in the United States in many health foods stores.

      If your deodorant soap or body wash isn’t helping your situation, check out your local pharmacy for an antibacterial surgical scrub. If you can’t find them, ask your pharmacist.

      If you’d much rather try a natural approach towards eliminating overactive body odor, sage tea is said to help minimize body perspiration.

      Another natural approach to try is yoga. Yoga or any form of meditation can help you to relax and reduce the stress that triggers perspiration. Try your local library for a free source in yoga and meditation books, cds and videos.

      Tomato juice could be another thing to try. An old folk remedy used in deodorizing family dogs that have been skunked, is said to work in eliminating overactive body odors as well. Pour two cups if tomato juice in your bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes.

      Some people say that boric acid works for body odor. Apply the acid where you perspire after bathing. If you choose this method, use it wisely. Boric acid can irritate the skin if you use too much and it is dangerous around children and pets.

      If you find that none of these solutions work for you, a visit to your family doctor may be needed. Your doctor can diagnose you properly and rule out any health conditions that may be the cause. Your doctor can then prescribe a medication or suggest treating the problem with Iontophoresis. In rare cases he or she may want to even schedule surgery.

      or you can try this this called Anti Persperinte Soap. It will help get rid of ur BO. Or maybe you have bacteria. ttry this thing called crystal deodorant. Itsssss all natural and it kills the bacteria that causes odor!!! http://www.thecrystal.com/index.cfm If your really not finding anything that is working go to your docter and he will tell you what to do. I looked on some websites and found some other information:

      I suggest you try different brands of deodorant. I have the very same problem only with sweat. I could list 10 deodorants that work for a short time but a few actually work well all day. For me Degree works the best. You could try that but what I'm saying is try different brands. It is very good as a female that you avoid anti-perspirants as sweating is a way of your body to excrete toxins. By preventing this natural process toxins are harbored and can enter breast tissue and cause breast cancer. This is what I have be told. Anyways try different brands and avoid anti persp like you have been! good luck!

      Oh another thing I feel I should mention is that sweat does not cause odor rather bacteria (I know eew but your covered in it from head to toe even inside and out!) living in your underarms cause it. You could talk to a Dr. and see if there is some sort of supplemental creme or antibiotic(overprescribed i know) that may help reduce the bacteria present on your skin

  33. QUESTION:
    Any medical minded buffs out there?
    I have been going through the menopause for a year or so now and thought that these horrible sweats would subside eventually. Unfortunately, they are getting worse, not only in the night, I now have them most of the day and it's interfering with my everyday life and work.. I have not opted for hormone replacement, so is there anything, other than that, which will calm these sweats down?? Also, is there a time limit that I should be looking forward to?? Thanks, I would really appreciate any decent advice...

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, these symptoms and discomfort are very typical, and they do take a while, there is not a set "time limit".

      Most "natural" remedies do not seem to be as effective as HRT, from what I had read and heard. But then some women swear by them.

      Check this out:

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS

      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include

      1. plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      2. plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      3. plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31
      Contraindications: Do not use black cohosh if you have menstrual flooding or suspect you may be pregnant. The irritating effects (headache, dizziness, visual disturbance, nausea) of black cohosh and other members of the buttercup family are more common and more troublesome in preparations made from dried, powdered roots. Given its estrogenic component, pregnant and nursing women should probably avoid the herb. Some herbalists extend this warning to women with estrogen-dependent cancer and women who are taking birth control pills or estrogen supplements after menopause. The same precaution applies to individuals with certain types of heart disease or those taking sedatives or blood pressure medications.

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his cli

  34. QUESTION:
    How can I overcome anxiety?
    I have bad anxiety and I have some MAJOR phobias. Can anyone offer any good advice so, i can live a normal life with less fear and stress?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course, you can always see a psychiatrist and there are a lot of drugs that can be prescribed to help you. I assume you are looking for a natural remedy. Kava Kava, Valerian Root and St. John's Wort are all effective mood enhancers. The first two will have a pronounced calming affect but may not be suitable for driving. Also, B-vitamins are very important for the nervous system, so always take a good multi-vitamin. A little bit of exercise helps release endorphins, which will ease the anxiety, so try a brisk walk or maybe a little dancing in front of the television each day.
      Many people have a problem called "adrenal fatigue". I don't know if this may be what is ailing you but it's symptoms are:
      nervousness
      night wakings
      phobias and fears
      panic attacks
      fatigue during the day, especially afternoon but difficulty falling asleep
      sweating hands and feet, chills, and 'hot' flashes
      If these symptoms fit you, gentle daily exercise and good vitamin supplements will help (there is no 'medical' remedy)
      Good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    I am 41 years old and suffering from terrible hot flashes and night sweats, Do you have any remedies?
    I was told to take red clover, I have never heard of this, however, I have been taking Black Cohash it has done nothing for me.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest Shaklee's Menopause Balance Complex.

      This complex uses compounds found in plants called phytoestrogens to ease mood swings, sleeplessness, and hot flashes associated with menopause.

      These natural herbs - centuries old, but now clinically studied - help relieve the common symptoms of menopause.

      Ingredients:

      Contains a standardized extract of Black Cohosh as well as Soy Isoflavones and Flaxseed. Also contains a proprietary phytoestrogen blend of dong quai, red clover, and licorice. No artificial colors or flavors. No synthetic preservatives.

      A friend of mine has had great success with this product.

      Hope this is helpful and best wishes.

      For more info or questions, feel free to contact me.

  36. QUESTION:
    at 53 I am starting to have menopausal symptoms.I was told that wild yam cream would help..How does this work
    Any other natural product that might help with the hot flashes ,night sweats and weight gain ?...thank you

    • ANSWER:
      No,there is another excellent remedy,so simple and that's the natural Bee Pollen..try it,2 teaspoonful before meals for a period at least a month and you alone will see what a mirracle is it..Best of luck!!

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone been taking estrogen for hot flashes-?
    how long did you take it before hot flashes, sweating subsided?
    Did your period start again and if so, how long were you taking it before you started your period again? was it immediately like days or weeks?
    Were you in full menopause..i.e.was it more than one year since your last period?
    thanks everyone for the warnings and am sorry about your hear attacks...

    I am just consudering this and have read extensively on the literature...however nothing I read addresses how long it takes to see improvement....and how long you are on it before your period may kick in ..
    that is what I was curious about...sorry if I didn't make myself clear
    also yes I agree their are downsides...however I have been using soy for over 3 years, exercise, thin and am currently taking Black cohosh , and a myriad of other herbal remedies for sometime..yet I still have over 15-20 hot flashes each day with sweating and night sweats too..this is debiltating..when you drench your clothes in meetings

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about, reports Dr. Susan Lark. She goes on to say, "The most common medical treatment for this problem is estrogen replacement therapy" which may be effective in stopping the flashes, but is not curative.

      Although the cause of the hot flash is unclear, hormonal changes involving elevation of the hormones FSH and LH during and after menopause are thought to be responsible. In an effort to elevate decreasing estrogen levels these pituitary hormones can be 1,300 percent greater during the menopausal years than before.31

      Hot flashes are regarded by the medical profession as deficiency of estrogen and can be triggered by a variety of stimulants such as:

      • Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
      • Acidic foods (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
      • Hot drinks
      • Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, chocolate)
      • Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
      • White sugar
      • Hydrogenated or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
      • Stress
      • Hot weather
      • Hot tubs and saunas
      • Tobacco or marijuana
      • Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
      • Anger, especially if you can’t express it

      During a hot flash, flushes of heat sweep the body (and often the face), reddening the skin and promoting free perspiration. The reddening may be blotchy or even and the perspiration slight or copious. A hot flash may last from a few seconds to four or five minutes, occasionally fifteen minutes, and rarely more than an hour.31

      If you begin to experience hot flashes, dizziness, heart palpitations, emotional uproar, sleep disturbances, night sweats, depression and/or headaches you may slip from feeling "in control" to the sense that things are beyond your control. The idea of controlling these unwelcome symptoms with drugs becomes very attractive, as we are conditioned to believe that menopausal changes are in some way considered an illness. It is possible to influence these changes more effectively with herbal alternatives that carry with them few, if any, side effects when considered carefully.31

      A hot flash at night is called a night sweat, which may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety or terror. A solution may be to keep a glass of water and a bottle of motherwort beside you at night, and take 10-15 drops and a swallow of water if a night sweat awakens you. Not everyone experiences hot flashes, and only some of those who do also experience night sweats. Many women, however, experience both.31

      Exercise directly decreases hot flashes by decreasing the amount of circulating LH and FSH, by nourishing and tonifying the hypothalamus, and by raising endorphin levels (which plummet with hot flashing). As little as 20 minutes three times a week may reduce flashes significantly.31 Other natural measures that address underlying reasons for hot flashes include diet, nutritional supplementation and plant-based medicines.

      HOT FLASHES: HERBAL AIDS
      Herbal remedies for women with hot flashes include:

      plants that cool the system, such as chickweed, elder and violet;
      plants that nourish or increase oxygen utilization in the liver, such as dong quai, dandelion, Ho Shou Wu (polygonum multiflorum) and yellow dock; and
      plants rich in phytosterols, such as black cohosh.31

      Herbs and supplements found helpful by Dr. Susan Lark in her medical practice include dong quai, black cohosh, blue cohosh, unicorn root, fennel, sarsaparilla, red clover, wild yam root, yam, bioflavonoids and vitamin E. Dr. Michael Murray finds the four most useful herbs for treatment of hot flashes to be dong quai, licorice root, chasteberry (vitex) and black cohosh.

      Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. Frequent use of red clover or oatstraw infusions will help replace these needed nutrients,31 or these nutrients can also be found in food, or taken as supplements.

      Dong quai is an emmenagogue that has been found very helpful for menopausal problems such as regulation of hot flashes, and it is reported to help relieve mental and emotional upset.35

      Dong quai has been shown to both contract and relax uterine muscles in anaesthetized dogs, cats and rabbits. The contractive (excitatory) ingredient is felt to be a water and alcohol soluble, non-volatile oil component, whereas the relaxing (inhibitory) component is considered to be a volatile oil with high boiling point. This, not an estrogenic effect, is felt to be the mechanism underlying the effectiveness of dong quai in dysmenorrhea.34

      The effectiveness of dong quai in treating hot flashes may be due to stabilization of blood vessels.19 However, if you feel hot much of the time dong quai may not be your ally.31

      Chaste berry (Vitex) has been found to affect pituitary function and has many uses, particularly in regulating hot flashes and dizziness. Beneficial effects in menopause may be due to its role in altering LH and FSH secretion.19 Vitex lowers estrogen levels and increases progesterone levels, thus keeping bones and vaginal walls strong. Daily use enhances progesterone and luteotropic hormone but inhibits others such as FSH and prolactin. It also increases production of the brain chemical dopamine. It contains flavonoids, glycosides and micronutrients, but lacks phytosterols, making it a slow-acting tonic. Results become evident after 2-3 months of use, and permanent improvement requires a 1-year commitment.4

      Black cohosh was widely used by the American Indians and later by American colonists for relief of menstrual cramps and menopause. Recent scientific investigation has upheld the effectiveness of black cohosh as a treatment for dysmenorrhea and menopause. Clinical studies have shown extracts of black cohosh to relieve not only hot flashes but also depression and vaginal atrophy. In addition to these vascular effects, black cohosh reduces LH levels; thus the plant has a significant estrogenic effect.19 The use of 10-15 drops once or twice a day for several months significantly reduces LH but not FSH. Black cohosh has also been found to aid digestion by increasing digestive juices; use 3- 5 drops with meals.31

      Motherwort has been found to lessen the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves, relieve anxiety, and relieve insomnia. For best results with hot flashes, use this herb frequently for 3 months. A common dosage for hot flashes is 15-25 drops of tincture, 1-6 times a day. Do not use if you are experiencing menstrual flooding as motherwort can aggravate this.31

      Licorice root contains a saponin-like glycoside, glycyrrhizin (glycrrhizic acid)33 and has historically been used for a variety of female disorders and also as an expectorant and antitussive in treatment of respiratory tract infections and asthma. It is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone and is used for this reason by Dr. Michael Murray in his clinical practice. Licorice has a steroid component that can change to the estrogen precursors estradiol and estrone, and it can therefore provide mild estrogenic properties. Glycyrrhizin has a regulatory action over estrogen metabolism, i.e. when estrogen levels are too high it inhibits estrogen action, and when estrogen is too low, glycyrrhizin potentiates it. This is a useful factor for many female hormonal problems, including PMS.33

      Licorice is considered a powerful drug that is useful in treating a number of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, malaria, abdominal pain, insomnia and infection. This herb’s uses have been substantiated by modern research, and it is generally considered very safe in moderate doses.33 German health authorities consider maximum doses of up to 100 mg of glycyrrhizin (the major active component of licorice) a day acceptable and safe. However, it should not be taken for more than 4-6 weeks without medical advice.23

      CAUTION: *Regular use of licorice can cause high blood pressure and edema (water retention). Women predisposed to these conditions should drink no more than one cup (250 ml) per day or chew on a licorice stick only as needed.31 In large doses it can cause sodium retention and potassium depletion and is not recommended for those with heart or blood pressure problems.33 Certain individuals need to be particularly careful: pregnant and nursing women, those with high blood pressure, glaucoma, diabetes, kidney or liver disease; or those taking hormonal therapy (licorice may interfere with it). Anyone taking digitalis (sensitivity to it may be increased if your system suffers from potassium loss) or who has had a stroke or heart disease should only do so under the directions of a doctor. Persons with eating disorders who may already be predisposed to hypokalemia for other reasons may be at heightened risk for pseudoaldosteronism. Some sources recommend that anyone who has a cardiovascular-related disorder not consume licorice at all.23

      Essential oils basil or thyme may ease hot flashes when inhaled or used in a bath or foot rub or mixed with massage oil. For a portable hot flash remedy, place a few drops of an essential oil or cologne on a tissue, or cotton ball and place in plastic wrap. It may provide instant relief when you open and inhale any time a flash strikes.31

      HOT FLASHES: HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
      Susun Weed writes that Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, a naturopathic physician, finds homeopathic remedies effective 80 percent of the time in relieving menopausal symptoms. One of her favorite remedies for hot flashes is Lachesis. She describes these remedies below:

      Lachesis: If your flashes emanates from the top of your head, are worse just before sleep and immediately upon wakening and are accompanied by sweating, headaches, or easily irritated skin

      Sepia: if your flashes make you feel weak, nauseated, exhausted, and depressed

      Pulsatilla: if you flash less outdoors, but your flashes are often followed by intense chills and emotional uproar

      Valeriana: if your face flushes strongly during the flash, and you have intense sweating and sleeplessness

      Ferrum metallicum: if your flashes are sudden; your general health is good but ordinary activities bring exhaustion

      Sulfuricum acidum: if your flashes include profuse sweating and trembling, are worse in evenings or with exercise

      Sanguinaria: if your cheeks are red and burning, feet and hands hot

      Belladonna: if the flash centers on your face, which burns and turns bright red; you

      One of the most difficult decisions many women make is whether to begin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause. The combination of estrogen and progestin relieves many menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and vaginal atrophy. It also helps protect bone against osteoporosis and has been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. But HRT has also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

      Many doctors have advised women that the advantages far outweigh this risk. As a result, HRT is among the most commonly prescribed therapies in the United States. Indeed, Premarin, a brand of estrogen, is the best selling prescription drug in America. But several new studies raise questions that may upset this widely accepted risk-benefit balance and make the ultimate decisions of whether to take HRT-and in what form-more difficult than ever.

      The Breast Cancer Link Strengthens A study published in the Jan. 26, 2000, journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that women who take estrogen in combination with progestin are at greater risk of developing breast cancer than women who take estrogen alone. Women with a uterus are often prescribed a combination of estrogen and progestin because estrogen alone has been shown in studies to increase the risk of endometrial cancer two- to fifteenfold.

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      For the JAMA study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined data from interviews and questionnaires completed by 46,355 postmenopausal women enrolled in a national breast cancer screening program. They compared the records of 2,082 women who developed breast cancer between 1980 and 1995 with those of women who did not and found that those who were taking estrogen and progestin or who had taken it within the previous four years were 40 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who took neither drug. Women who were taking estrogen alone or had taken it within the previous four years were 20 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than those who did not take HRT.

      They researchers determined that the risk increased with the length of time women took HRT Those who had recently taken estrogen and progestin together saw their risk increase by 8 percent for each year of use, while those who had recently taken estrogen alone saw their risk increase by 1 percent for each year of use.

      In an accompanying editorial, Walter C. Willett, M.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote that the study will have a major impact on weighing the benefits and risks of HRT They noted that breast cancer risk should not be a major concern for women who use hormones for two or three years to relieve hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. But they said women with a uterus should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of long-term use. HRT is often prescribed to reduce the risk of fractures and heart disease, which generally take a decade or more after menopause to become a problem.

      The Heart Link Weakens

      Indeed, several recent studies raise questions about whether HRT truly benefits the heart. The first study to raise this question, the Heart and Estrogen-Progestin Replacement Study, reported in 1998, found that four years of treatment with the HRT combination did not lower the risk of new heart attacks in women who already had heart disease. A new study backs up that finding. Researchers from Wake Forest University randomly assigned 309 postmenopausal women with heart disease to receive Premarin, an estrogen-progestin combination or a placebo, or inactive, pill. Doctors measured the women's heart arteries at the beginning of the study and again after four years and found no difference in the progression of the disease.

      "Me results are indeed somewhat surprising in view of the large body of evidence indicating that estrogen does have a favorable effect on cholesterol and heart disease," the study's director, David Herrington, M.D., told the Associated Press (March 14, 2000). "We can't say for certain there is no benefit, but we can rule out a large effect."

      Definitive answers, including answers about the effects of HRT on women who do not have heart disease, are expected to come from the federally sponsored Women's Health Initiative. The results of the study, which is looking at the effects of HRT on more than 27,000 women ages 50 to 79, are expected in about five years. But preliminary results are not promising.

      Study participants on March 31, 2000, received letters warning that those who had been randomly assigned to take HRT were having slightly more heart attacks and strokes than those who had been assigned to receive placebos.

      Claude Lenfant, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, said in an April 3, 2000, statement that the results are preliminary, do not address long-term benefits and risks and "should not influence current medical practice." But Jacques E. Rossouw, M.D., acting director of the study, told The New York Times he felt morally obliged to inform the women about the finding (April 5, 2000) .
      This wasn't anticipated when they enrolled," he said. "We told them all about the risks and benefits, but we didn't tell them there might be an increased risk of heart disease."

      "A lot of the women are taking [estrogen] because they've been told by their doctors that it will prevent a heart attack," Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women's Health Network, told The New York Times. "Those are the women who should be sitting up and taking notice and going to their doctors and saying, Why am I taking this? What's the point of this?"'

  38. QUESTION:
    I am already on Paxil 30mg daily for menopause however lately, I feel more depressed. do I need something else?
    I have been on Paxil 30 mg once daily, for several years. I was first prescribed it by my dr. for anxiety and symptoms of peri-menopause. I am now 100% into menopause and now am feeling 'blue'. I find my level of concentration, my memory as well, my tolerance, has changed. Do I need hormone therapy, or another drug?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Depression

      Menopause that brings on depression is a difficult part in woman’s life. Most of the time this happens when a woman goes into menopause and then starts to gain weight. No woman wants to be over-weight, with rolls and layers of fat on her abdominal area. Depression caused because of Menopause makes a woman feel that they she is of no use and that her life will never be the same again.

      menopause and depression

      Sometimes symptoms get aggravated when their children grown up and they realize that that they can’t bear children anymore they become depressed and then start to feel that the symptoms are unbearable. This needs to be taken seriously because it is during this time that a woman needs all the support she can get and also having a talk with your doctor regarding depression will be good.

      You will be prescribed an anti-depressant that has no side effects. This stage in a woman’s life can get quite rough as their lives will never be the same again ever. Several other menopause symptoms also cause and create a difficult time for a woman in menopause. There are also natural menopause remedies that can be used to maintain the required weight and get rid of the excess kilos, and also make a woman feel good about herself. During perimenopause, with the drop in estrogen, women experience hot flashes and night sweats. This is due to the lack of sufficient amounts of estrogen and also due to the other hormonal changes. While exercise will help with the weight that you gain you have o check with your family doctor before trying out any form of exercise. Many women are turning to alternative medicine and natural medications because of the lack of side effects. Black cohosh, Dong Quai, flaxseed; and, borage are some of these.

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anybody found a good natural remedy for night sweats?
    I've tried Estroven, St. Johns Wort, calcium. Any suggestions besides HRT?

    • ANSWER:
      Dong Quai tends to help balance the hormonal system. It relieves hot flashes and painful menstruation or too frequent menstruation

  40. QUESTION:
    5 years of menopause and period comes back?
    My mom's period stopped when she was 45 and she's had hot flashes and all that jazz every since because of menopause. Today her period came and she's hurting. She doesn't even wanna walk just lay down all day. A couple of days ago she has weird rashes/bruise looking things in her chest and her nipples hurt. What's going on? is this normal?!?!?!
    she just told me this happened two year ago. and since it came her boobs and nipples don't hurt

    • ANSWER:
      What Causes Postmenopausal Bleeding?

      Most women become menopausal between the age of 45 to 55 years, however, for some women, the onset of menopause may take place at an earlier age due to lifestyle-related issues. Since menopause refers to the cessation of menstruation, women often get alarmed if they experience bleeding after menopause. Given below are some of the factors that may be responsible for causing menstrual bleeding after menopause.

      Hormone Replacement Therapy: During the transitional period that precedes menopause and postmenopause, hormonal changes bring about a lot of distressing symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, headaches, irregular heartbeat, excessive sweating, weight gain, reduced sex drive, fatigue and sleep disturbances. If the symptoms are unmanageable, hormone replacement therapy is recommended. Women opting for this treatment usually take synthetic hormones orally or transdermally. Hormone replacement therapy may alleviate some of the symptoms to some extent, but it may cause certain side effects, one of them being postmenopausal bleeding.

      Uterine Growth: Development of a benign growth in the uterus could also be responsible for causing postmenopausal bleeding. Development of fibroids or polyps on the walls of the uterus could be the reason why a woman may have a menstrual period even after approaching menopause. Polyps or the benign tumor-like growths that appear in the cervix or on the uterine walls may lend a distorted appearance to the uterus and cause bleeding. Fibroids, which are benign tumors filled with fibrous tissues, can also cause heavy bleeding. These growths must be removed as soon as possible.

      Cancerous Uterine Growth: Since menopausal bleeding could also be associated with malignant growth in the uterus or ovaries, gynecologists often conduct a pelvic examination and examine the cervix and the vagina. Pap smear, ultrasound and endometrial biopsy may also be conducted to examine the reproductive organs and ascertain the presence of a cancerous growth. These tests can help the doctors measure the thickness of uterine lining, which in turn, may help in the diagnosis of the initial stage of uterine cancer or endometrial hyperplasia. If left untreated, hyperplasia may progress into uterine cancer. Due to the serious nature of the disease, timely diagnosis and treatment is extremely essential for averting serious complications.

      Vaginal Atrophy: Vaginal atrophy is a condition that is associated with the thinning of vagina. This is caused due to the decrease in the production of estrogen by the ovaries. Due to the drying and thinning of the vaginal lining, the vagina becomes fragile and quite prone to injuries, which is why, postmenopausal women may experience spotting or bleeding after intercourse. This condition also makes women prone to vaginal infections. Use of vaginal creams, vaginal estrogen ring or tablets can help in treating this condition.

      Besides the following conditions, nutritional deficiencies may also bring about a hormonal imbalance and cause menstrual bleeding after menopause. Women who suffer drastic weight loss at this time, are also prone to experiencing vaginal bleeding after menopause. Symptoms that are experienced during this time usually stress women out, so, they need to stay relaxed and calm their frayed nerves. Since bleeding after menopause may be indicative of a serious disease, a proper medical checkup becomes extremely essential. Drug therapy, natural remedies and lifestyle-related changes may help in managing the symptoms. Growths within the uterus or the reproductive organs may need to be removed through surgery.

  41. QUESTION:
    natural remedy for hot flashes and night sweats?

    • ANSWER:
      it is called estroven. You can get it a walmarts or on-line. It has plant hormones from soy. It really works.....

  42. QUESTION:
    Can I lower my libido?
    I'm suffering from a perfect storm. I was a late bloomer for one. I started using depo provera for birth control at 18 and continued using it until last year (I was 29). I stopped using it because I was having all the symptoms of early menopause; hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety attacks, irritability, mood swings, zero sex drive, etc. so my Dr. recommended I get a non-hormonal IUD instead. I did that in January of last year and she warned me that I could expect some gradual side-effects as my progesterone levels normalized such as acne, increased energy, and a higher sex drive. All but the acne sounded great and my boobs have even been getting bigger. Wahoo right?!

    Except then the increased sex drive went from wahoo to 'omg make it stop!' and my husband asking (quite seriously) 'what is wrong with you?'. Yeah ... I'm acting like a 21 year old boy lately. It's all I think about, all I talk about, all I want to do, enough is never enough and it's driving me insane. Add to that the fact that 30 is supposedly a woman's 'peak' and I'm in so much trouble.

    Never mind the fact that my poor hubby can't ever hope to keep up with me even if he were superman (and in my eyes he's pretty darn close) but it's affecting my ability to do my job, spend time with friends, and have any semblance of a normal life. I've even considered doing something that I know I would regret for the rest of my life and that is completely out of the question because I love my husband and I would never ever want to go that route.

    I asked my Dr. about some way to decrease my drive but all she can suggest is hormones which means I would be right back to the night sweats, hot flashes, etc. and that was also royally messing up my life so I don't want to go there. Toys aren't cutting it despite the fact that my lovely hubby has spent a small fortune to amass a collection that would probably make Hefner blush.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of some natural, homeopathic, herbal, non-hormonal remedies (besides cold showers because they actually only make it worse). Some kind of food that has the opposite effect of an aphrodeziac maybe? I dunno, I'm getting desperate at this point. If I can't find something that works then I'll have to go back on hormones but I really want to explore every other option first (well, all of them except the one that would inevitably destroy my marriage ... that's just not an option).

    Ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    what roles do reproductive hormones have on menopause, andropause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Safe Hormones

      Menopause has its direct impact on women. It changes their behavior and creates some symptoms which are very uncomfortable to them. Hot flashes and dryness are very common when they face menopause. Recently it is found that women feel some unpleasant effects later if their packets at hormones are thrown away.

      Actually women are not free from absolute risk factors while taking hormone replacement therapy. Women want to have their hormone under control, but many women are successful to pass through menopause without any problem like dropping sweat from hot flashes. Some of them have felt more or less the same amount of discomfort. The common problems with menopause are hot flashes, night sweating, depression, vaginal dryness, insomnia, moodiness, heart palpitations, fear about memory losing etc. It is notable that women of age 30 to 40 are seen to have some of these problems.

      Many women are trying to treat it as a natural part of aging by using medication. But they are still in confusion about their future. However they need to maintain some rules. They must be careful about doing physical exercise, learn about the ways to reduce to stress etc. These would help them to suffer less. Why should they suffer anymore because of their ignorance? Nowadays many facilities to remove symptoms have been discovered. They can accept any way, but the notable thing is that, they must do physical exercise, eat healthy foods regularly that may be small in a amount, drinking a lot of water. These things must not be avoided.

      Women prefer to take estrogen and progesterone. Actually these things are used when women have little of them. Many doctors are suggesting using progesterone as creams. The body absorbs this cream and lets it to mix with the blood stream. But these hormones should be taken within some limitation. Taking too much is risky.

      Menopause Acupressure is another way that women are trying to remove symptoms. It has no side effect. Actually this works by using fingers. Some parts of the body are pressed by fingers. It can help to increase metabolism, fight fatigue etc. It does great against hot flash problems.

      Natural treatment is very effective. Nature has also provided hormones for them. Black Cohosh, Licorice root and fever few etc are very effective against these problems. Natural remedies are the best solution but some of them should be used with great cautions. Especially pregnant women, they should consult with a doctor before using these.

      There is no confusion to state that hormones should be used with care as it works for a blessing. But using it as harmful is not expected. Hormones may be bio-identical or not, that is not a factor. Women must take them in appropriate ways. Nowadays many healthcare providers are available for discussion about women’s concern regarding these problems, though some of healthcare providers do not have proper knowledge about herbal and nutritional preparations. The best way is to understand these things seriously and always work to find pleasure from it.

  44. QUESTION:
    what homeopathic remedy can i use for monopause?
    i'm looking for a vitamin fro
    m a health food store

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are prescribed according to the individual symptoms of the patient from head to toes(Mental and Physical Symptoms). If your symptoms are not given above please post your complete symptoms or consult a Homeopathic Practitioner in your area.
      Best of health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  45. QUESTION:
    remedies for hot flashes?
    natural remedies and over the counter

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine.
      Homeopathic remedies are available at most Health& herb stores all over USA and EU.

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  46. QUESTION:
    anxiety not sure really what to do for it?
    Ok i thought i should include everything just for the best response anyways i have anxiety and i had my first panic attack in december i woke out of my sleep and i was having hot & cold flashes and sweats and i kept drinking water, i felt like i was dying, and that scared the shi* out of me so much i was having them for about a week straight, i tried a mood stabilizer that starts with p for about a day which didnt work and then i tried vistril witch made me feel like a zombie and caused more panic attacks, i wasnt sleeping good either before this started i would goto bed at 4am and wake up in the afternoon, and geeze the list keeps going lol i had a injured led and i was on crutches AND i had no cable just movies i was bored all the time, and yes mental health problems run in my family such as bipolar and adhd depression and anxiety (now the list is over) and well now im on just one medication called trazodone which works out for me but not completely it makes me forgetful and tired and not correctly in tune with my emotions it also doesnt work completely either i still get a feeling of tightness and my chest and other feelings from anxiety every so often and i dont take them very correctly either i take one 50mg tablet at bedtime and i usually stay up till 11 or 12pm i think i probably take it to late but anyways, i want to get off them and get onto another med something that doesnt make me feel messed up or something i can take as needed for anxiety, i also heard something about natural remedies online or vitiman c or something, stuff i know nothing about, so i need help, some suggestions on what i should do im working on a psychiatrist because my last one sucked, but i want suggestions from people at this moment not doctors please help.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else experienced early menopause?
    I'm 24 and may be experiencing premature menopause...just wondering if I was alone or not. My FSH level is now at 106.1 :(

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause...

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  48. QUESTION:
    i am going through menopause and hormones are off what can i take natural and i have a lot of belly fat?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot Flashes
      Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common complaint of women during the menopause transition. While estrogen is very effective in alleviating vasomotor symptoms, there are alternative therapies that work quite well for some women.

      •Black Cohosh
      Black cohosh is a nutritional supplement derived from a plant in the buttercup family. It has been used for centuries as a remedy for menstrual disorders and menopause symptoms.

      •Flaxseed Oil
      Flaxseed and flaxseed oil contain plant estrogens and oils that are used as a treatment for breast pain and hot flashes.

      •Soy
      The research on whether or not soybeans and soybean products are helpful with menopause symptoms has been mixed. Part of the mystery may have been solved by a study that showed a reduction in symptoms for women who produced an estrogen called “equol” when they ate soy.

      •Red Clover
      Red clover is another plant estrogen that some women find effective for reducing hot flashes. Studies show a very modest effect of red clover on hot flash symptoms.

      •Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
      Slow, deliberate, deep breathing and progressive relaxation techniques have been shown to decrease hot flashes by up to 60%. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to five. Then breathe slowly out through your mouth, counting from five back to one.

      •Acupuncture
      Acupuncture does seem to help hot flash symptoms. It’s not clear whether this is because of the acupuncture itself or because you relax during the treatment. One study suggested that true acupuncture and “pretend” acupuncture had the same effect on hot flash symptoms.

      Mood Problems
      Mood changes are another major complaint for women during menopause. Women describe themselves as “wanting to bite someone’s head off” or “sad for no reason at all.” The more sensitive you are to hormone changes, the more likely you will notice some mood swings with menopause.

      •St. John’s Wort
      St. John’s Wort has been shown in studies to help mild to moderate depression in the general population and menopausal mood problems for some women.

      •Vitamin D
      Vitamin D plays a role in moderating many body processes. It has been linked to prevention of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and many other chronic diseases. It has also been proven to moderate mood in people who are deficient. The current recommended daily dose of vitamin D (400 IU) is seen by many health practitioners as too low to maintain optimal levels of this vitamin in your system. It is generally agreed that doses of 1,000 IU per day are not harmful and can help correct a vitamin D deficiency.

      •Kava No More
      For many years, kava or “kava kava” was recommended for mood disorders. Recent research shows increasing evidence that it is toxic to the liver, so it is not recommended as a natural remedy for menopause symptoms.

      Insomnia
      Natural remedies insomnia may work for you if your sleeplessness is ongoing. If you have tried sleep hygiene and are still finding yourself wrestling with wakefulness, there are natural approaches that may help.

      •Melatonin
      Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle. It is relatively safe when used in small doses and may help you get back to a pattern of solid sleep. It is not recommended to be used for more than two weeks, so if you haven’t resumed a normal sleep pattern after using it for a couple of weeks, check with your doctor about other choices.

      •Acupuncture
      Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese medicine, and research shows that it can be more effective than prescription medications for insomnia in women.

      •Relaxation
      If you are having trouble getting to sleep or can’t get back to sleep once you wake in the night, learning relaxation techniques can save the day (or night).

  49. QUESTION:
    menepause.Does anyone know if, after u go through it.........?
    u go back to the person u were before?im 37 and have bad hormone imbalance that makes me so out of character. i dont want to go anywhere, im mean, hot flashes etc.

    so im wondering if my hormones will go back to normal so i can b my regular happy, outgoing self! please help me! thanx!
    ive been to the ob/gyn and had a sonogram and he put me on megestrol to stop the bleeding(sorry)

    • ANSWER:
      I had menopause in my late 40's, I didnt take any hormones at all,it was about a year before I finally got over the hot flashes and night sweats.I never had a mood disorder. Post menopausal I became afraid to drive, wouldnt go out, wasnt mean just had some really hard days. I am now on an SSRI(antidepressant) for depression and anxiety, it has worked wonders for me. Sometimes I think your brain can become chemically unbalanced during this time and after as well. I just dont think it has been recognized yet by medical professionals and I am a medical profesional.

      My opinion on hormone therapy is that is can be and is dangerous. I would ask for something for the mood disorder and maybe try some of the natural remedies for the hot flashes and night sweats.

  50. QUESTION:
    I have been taking black cohosh and evening primrose for hot flashes and night sweats but its not working?

    Have tried three different HRTs. Did the job but they caused water weight gain, itching, and joint pain.

    • ANSWER:
      try .Dr. Richard Schulze's female formula

      http://herbdoc.com/p42.asp

      Take this with a progesterone cream or wild yam cream (my sister had good luck with a progesterone cream, but she can't remember the brand name she used.) I have never had natural and alternative treatments fail me.

      Increase soy products (tempeh/soybeans/soynuts/miso/soy burgers etc --not soy milk or soy sauce though as they don't work for this purpose although they may be healthy food items)

      HRT is not safe or natural for humans

      The poster above who says all herbal and natural therapy is crap obviously is not aware of the tens of thousands of studies that confirm that many folk remedies work.

      It is not the herb that is crap but the processing and absorption route.. Use only organic or wildcrafted herbs and generally use a tincture rather than a capsule. History is full of cases of natural/herbal/alternative treatment helping even what doctors say is alternative.

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