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12/7/08 7:52 A

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wow i'm 47 haven't started yet but sure enjoyed reading what I have to look forward too



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12/6/08 12:03 P

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All these posts make it clear that one size does not fit all. I have heard that black cohosh and soy are effective in giving relief for those who want to stay on the natural approach.

Crystalee you crack me up, did your hubby get the pictue?

Cheryl I too have heard that HRT is bad and like TAK said, the ingredients come from horese!

Joanne, a hot flash every 15 minutes? I feel for you!

Have a great weekend to all.

Gale :)



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12/1/08 9:24 A

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I'm new here, to SparkPeople, that is. But, I'm 48 and am now post menopausal (for 2 years). I started using a prescription testosterone cream over a year ago for a lack of libido, and interestingly, it takes care of the hot flashes (minimal relief on the sex drive!). It's from a natural derivative; black cohosh never did a darn thing for me!

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11/3/08 10:08 A

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The herb that I take has Black Cohash in it and it is natural. You just don't want to take too much. I take 75 mg/day.

Happy Fall!
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11/3/08 9:07 A

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Well looks like I have something to look forward to!LOL! I have been getting hot flashes for about a year but only around my cycle time. A friend of mine told me she uses Black Cohosh and it really helps her. And she knows when she's been off it for a couple of days. So I don't want to take anything that isn't good for me. So is this a natural and is it good for my body? I don't want to take any prescriptions from a doctor. HELP!

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11/1/08 10:47 A

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I take an herb called Meno-balance for my hot flashes and it seems to work. But I noticed that when I am really stressed out they come back.

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CHERYLH18's Photo CHERYLH18 Posts: 17
5/8/08 1:56 P

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I have also been in menopause for a few years and I do have trouble sleeping, but I take something over the counter to help me sleep, I only need a small dosage but it helps. Otherwise, I wake up 2 or 3 times. I also heard black cohosh helps and I have been meaning to get some.

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5/7/08 10:25 P

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I don't wake up at night at all...when I get to bed, I sleep very soundly! I have not had a period for a few years now, but I never had trouble sleeping. www.kneeling.org

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5/2/08 4:10 P

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Ok guys, This is mighty interesting... I think I am just beginning and not so sure I want to proceed. Oh guess I can't help that one, can I. I am starting to have very short periods, but they are heavy and a lot of cramping.
I also have been waking up most morning from 3 to 5 am. I thought it was because of pain, someone else said " are you starting menopause" I am unsure. It sounds like I should just grab the reigns and hold on tight as my body is about to go through major changes. Do any of you wake up in the night on a reg basis? emoticon I agree with the person that said " I just want my own body back.

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4/29/08 7:13 P

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Hi, I'm new to this team and totally understand what you all are going through. I'm almost 47 and stopped menstruating completely about a year ago. I was having a terrible time with hot flashes and decided to try Black Cohosh. I've had awesome results. Flaxseed Oil is also in my regemin. I tried the soy but had no luck with that. I've found that since I joined this site and started exercising regularly that has also helped. I limit my caffeine to 2 cups of coffee a day, no sugary beverages at all and try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Unfortunatly I started everything about the same time so I can't really say EXACTLY what has helped the most but I don't really care as long as I'm not hot flashing every 15 minutes like before . emoticon

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4/23/08 5:14 P

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Going through it sure does make it more harder

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4/21/08 9:57 P

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Ask your primary care provider about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Unlike HRT (which are synthetic, and foreign to our bodies), bio-identical hormones are made to have the same molecular structure as our hormones.

Check out womentowomen.com

This website explains it pretty well.

"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all."
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4/14/08 9:50 P

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Been going thru this since i was 41, and I'm almost 47, so hopefully I'm almost done.
I won't take HRT. I heard eating soy helps. Japanese women apparently don't get menopause, the theory is because of the high soy in the diet. But, also, (this is just me) they don't eat alot of meat, or processed foods, either.

I just deal with it. Men should get these. LOL




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4/14/08 4:34 P

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The hormones in Rx HRT meds come from HORSES!!! I have been in surgically induced menopause for 4+ years after a complete hysterectomy when diagnosed with uterine cancer. HRT is always a no-no for cancer patients, but in any case, I am "enjoying" being alive to sweat through my hot flashes and try to stay away from pharmeceuticals that can cause side effects, which means all of them !!

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4/11/08 10:54 A

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I am 44 and have had menopause for several years. I also have been taking Estroven for long time it does help, but my doctor is concerned that I need to start taking HRT medication to help my heart. Still not sure what to do because I heard so many negative things about HRT.

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4/8/08 7:16 P

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I was reading over this post and you gave me a laugh.

But at the same time In in the same shoes you are in with this.

I've been taking Estroven ex strength and it has helped, but then my body is changing too.
Oh much fun.

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1/27/08 12:41 A

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All I know is that night sweats are awlful!!! I have waken up freezing only to find that I am soaking wet. This was happening about 1 to 2 times a week and suddenly it has slowed down. It usually occurs when I am about to start my period. Anyway, the last time it happened, I was half asleep and I grabbed my husbands hand and put it on the bend of my arm and said, "that's what hot flashes feel like" and turned over and went back to sleep! Thankfully, he thinks I'm just pre-menopausal and doesn't know I'm actually losing my mind emoticon

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1/24/08 10:26 P

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So, I started taking some herbal meds, but they take a few weeks to build up, so no releif yet.
I try not to feel sorry for myself, my husband feels badly for me though, I am always sweaty then cold. I kept track of my hot flashes today, and I had so many I think I spent more time getting them than not getting them. The worst part is I get them in the hospital, and I don't know what patients think, it's usually pretty cool in the hospital, and there I am - sweating away. Yuck!
So, tomorrow I call the gyn, but he knows I won't do HRT, or birth control (problems with birth ocntrol in the past), so I don't really know what he will say.



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Hi, my name is Peggy and i'm new here. I'm 51, had a hysterectomy 4 yr. ago, but they didn't remove my ovaries. I have a lot of hot flashes, what helps is staying quiet and just resting, and we've bought a few hand held fans so i have them handy. I use baby wipes to refresh my face. My Dr. said mine might also be because I take a lot of Vicodin, and it can cause sweating. I battle with feeling sorry for myself... it's just hard to deal with, I miss my old life. I hate the empty nest!
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1/18/08 9:48 A

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I've heard that certain anti-depressants help but I don't know if that is for perimenopausal women or those who are going through it or are just about finished. I started rather early and I just couldn't take the hot flashes and the sleeplessness. I was having stomach problems too, which is all related, so my ob-gyn put me on low dose birth control. It helped immediately.

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1/17/08 9:37 P

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Suffer, suffer, suffer....

That's what I do. Won't take HRT, so I am just waiting for the time they go away.... and I get them bad - all day and all night. My gyn says it could go on for 10 years after my last menstruation - but I haven't had the last one - so I just try to make the best of it. I have not found any supplements that work yet, but I have 2 more recommendations - but don't know when - or if - I am going to try them. I think I just have to go through this.

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1/17/08 8:47 P

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what to do about hot flashes????

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