If you can stand the biochemistry (and it is written for laypeople)--I recommend Dr. John Lee's books on hormones, HRT, and breast cancer. My cousin who is a nurse got them from her sister, who is also a nurse and is married to a doctor. My doctor gave them a thumb's-up as well. Explains the way the different sex hormones work in your body to produce different symptoms and the difference between natural, synthetic, and imitative hormones (like how petrochemicals act like estrogens.) These are not books about herbal remedies (soy, phytoestrogens) but about hormone balance using prescription and non-prescription natural hormones compounded into transdermal applications (creams). Even if you do not change what you do, they are a very informative read.
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Thanks Snickell. I appreciate the support (and validation). I will check out the website.
I can't find any data to indicate when hormones balance out. I know a woman who went through menopause (surgical I think) in her 30s and she's had hot flashes for 20+ years!! Has anyone else come across data on this?
Sorry to hear about your hot flashes. I think that exercising and eating the right things help to keep our bodies in balance. Once the hormones balance out, the hot flashes should lessen.
I am right there with you about memory loss. Since my hysterectomy I can't remember anything either. Unless I write it down, it is lost forever. I got so worried about it that I went to the Mayo Clinic web site and looked up "How to Keep Your Mind Sharp." The Web site is www.mayoclinic.com. If you can't find the helpful tips just let me know and I will type up my notes and send them to you.
I have heard that green tea helps (can't remember where I heard it).
I have hot flashes about every 20 minutes, lasting anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. Sometimes, they are so bad, I worry that I should be keeping a spare shirt at work. I haven't slept through the night in 2 years.
I am a breast cancer survivor, and it is likely that the medication I take for that is aggravating my hot flashes. I can't take hormones, and the information on the soys and natural estrogens for breast cancer survivors has been so conflicting and confusing.
So, I just sweat it out in silence, hoping that it's not forever.
On a different note, has anyone noticed that they have more difficulty concentrating and remembering things? I had a photographic memory, and now have the CRS Syndrome (Can't Remember S*&!).
My mother told me to cut the sugar and caffeine. She did and it seems to help. She is not on hrt and it has alleviated her symptoms. I am on hrt an had to have it increased to make my hot flashes go away.
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Fitness Minutes: (17) Posts: 100 5/23/08 10:14 P
I did not know they made chocolate soy milk! That may be even better as it may help curb chocolate cravings- kill two birds with one stone!! I do like Yoo-hoo. I will pick some up when I get groceries this weekend. Thanks for the tip!!
That's not crazy at all. I thought the same thing about soy milk and I personally can only drink the chocolate soy milk. I don't know about the dairy part, you can find it in the dairy isle at the grocery store, but I tend to think that it is a dairy substitute.
You should give it a try, start with the chocolate. Have you ever had a Yoo-hoo? I think the chocolate silk n' soy tastes like a more chocolaty version of yoo-hoo.
Try some and let me know what you think.
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Fitness Minutes: (17) Posts: 100 5/22/08 6:56 A
I have never tried the soy milk as I am afraid that it will taste bad! Is that crazy or WHAT?! For those who have tried it, what does it taste like? And does it count as a "dairy" product? I also need to lower my cholersterol and now drink skim milk but the soy milk may also haleo me in that aspect.
Fitness Minutes: (14,022) Posts: 954 5/21/08 8:14 P
hello, i have just had my overy taken out, partial hyst. years ago., now no parts left am not able to take hrt due to a blood clotting disorder, I am going to try lots of water, i find that when i am having a hot flash a nice c0ld glass of ice water helps, excercise and limit caffine. i did not know about soy products helping. that s\\ cool.
Fitness Minutes: (14,022) Posts: 954 5/19/08 10:45 P
Have you tried eating soy nuts or drinking soy milk? Soy acts as an estrogen in your body during the digestive process, and can reduce hot flashes.
I get my levels checked regularly, I am 34 and am in surgical menopause. My doctor keeps a close eye so that I can reduce the symptoms of menopause but not aggrevate any endometriosis that may be lingering.
But in between checks sometimes I can feel when my levels are too low because I will get hot flashes and night sweats. During these times I drink Silken Soy milk (now they have a line that is half the fat of regular soy milk).
This might be a natural way for you to boost your estrogen levels. If you don't want to drink the milk or eat the nuts they make a soy pill called Soy Menopause.
Good luck and hang in there!
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Fitness Minutes: (23,655) Posts: 4,721 5/19/08 8:33 P
Have you told your Dr about this? Maybe you need to have your hormone levels evaluated. I have been on premarin for many years and have been able to control them by having my dosage changed when I got in rough spots- and that is by doing blood work and testing my hormone levels.
I know there are many who do not want to take synthetic drugs and take natural products, instead. But I do not know what they are. I am sure you will get some feedback from others about what those alternatives are.
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