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Thanks for the link to Thermogenex. Checking it out now!

I've been carrying extra lbs most of my life!
Since 9/27/13 I'm determined to release myself from my 'FAT' cocoon ~ letting the colorful butterfly emerge & fly!

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5/14/14 6:08 P

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I had surgery induced menopause and the hot flashes were unbelievable. It is embarrassing when your co-workers think you are dying because your face is so red. They sat a fan in front of me to help. Lol.
I have to agree with the low carb recommendation for hot flashes. Atkin's induction helped but if I cheated and ate ANYTHING with sugar or ate too many carbs the hot flashes were back within an hour! The low carb also helped with migraines too.

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5/14/14 3:52 A

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I had quite a bit of hot flashes when I used to eat high carbohydrate. Rarely a warm flash now. The cold thermogenesis is slowly getting used to cold pack on upper back, back of neck, colder showers, sleeping without being covered and dunking face in ice water. Ray Cronice teaches this stuff. hypothermics.com/home/

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Mostly take long sleeve shirt off then back on. Then off and back on.. I get too hot then too cold, it's so inconvenient. Guess it's hot and cold flashes.


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Actually cold thermogenesis is a great way to burn calories.

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Mine have come back in the last two weeks! I am doing LcHf but there were several days where my carbs were high and then last 3 weeks have added exercise.

I try to think that maybe it's burning some calories LOL

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5/1/14 11:03 P

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Eat paleo. Very high of the correct fats so you are not hungry. No grains, no legumes, peanuts, dairy, beans, or processed sugar.
Eat natural whole foods. Grass fed beef, meats, fish, vegetables, nuts, fruits, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil. Read about it, get your taste buds back. Food never tasted so good. Great side effect along with getting healthy, weight loss. I easily got to goal and keeping it off.
Got rid of hot flashes too.

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I cant seem to make up my mind if I should do ww or low carb I am 53 and have hot flashes I tried ww for 2 days and I am so hungry also how many carbs are allowed thanks

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Go lower carb until they are gone. I did.

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1/8/14 6:08 A

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Taking milk thistle daily seems to have helped control my hot flashes. When I don't take them, a few days later I get wapped by one helluva session of heat!

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Have you read Primal Blueprint?

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Ice on wrists and back of the neck and cool baths. No food or supplement has EVER worked for me. I think I've tried them all.

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I had horrible hot flashes, for years -- about 10 years and they just got worse, I used Estrovan supplement for a couple of years, and did HRT for about 5 years and gave up on it.. didn't see that much improvment for the possible side effects. I sweat so much I couldn't wear make-up, gained 5 to 10 lbs a year, and just about gave up on trying to stlye my hair at all.

I was diagnosed with metobolic syndrome, prediabetic so....
Two months ago, I drastically changed my eating habbits. I gave up wheat, and refined grains. I use very little dairy, and only organic hormone free when I do. I do not use soy, period, I use very little processed food, and avoid refined sugar and artificial sweetners.
Eating close to paleo.

My hot flashes, mood swings, brain fog stopped almost immediately. I have lost 22 lbs, not without effort, but much easier to stick to healthy eating. Amazing, my quality of life has improved so much, I don't think anyone who has not experienced it first hand can even imagine.

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Hi I am new and love this thread.
Surgical menopause 12 yrs ago hoping it would relieve debilitating migraines.
Took hrt gained 50 pounds. Went off that, dieted took black kohash gtts.
OMG that tastes awful. Had big time hot flashes overweight, carb eater off hrt.
That was a tough time, actually remember one working as nurse labor and delivery, no chance to stop, rest, remove clothes or ice, just kept running and all clothes were wet un a couple minutes with sweat pouring off face, hair flat to wet head. emoticon

That was the worst. I had night sweats for 5+ years before the surgery.
Seems we all have a hot spot, like where the heat seems to originate from. Mine is the small of my low back. If I can cool it off, the flash is minimized to warm flash. Pell covers off, ice pack to low back...
As I lost weight, flashes became less.
More when I gained again.
Now, am eating paleo and naturally lower carb. No processed foods. Would not touch the Soy thing because I don't want to be part of the GMO experiment.
No migraines, few mild warm flashes.
Loving life.
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PS. Been taking Calm (magnesium) before bed for 1 1/2 yrs. ???????

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Hot flashes = our personal summers! ☺
I have not had severe "in public" ones but the night ones really overwhelmed me for a while.

Basics of care were: Keep an even blood levels vit/minerals and supplements and nutrients fats/proteins/carbs ...I make sure I eat a protein/fat at bedtime such as cottage cheese, boiled egg, or tuna and mayo, at bed time and again 3-4 hours into the night when I am up to the potty I have 3 oz of yogurt and tbsp of chia seed with calcium 333mg and Magnesium Malate 400mg and 8 oz water.
Plus I take a wet washcloth to bed with me and small fan blowing right in my face

so a mix of foods, pills and physical moving air. I survive and rarely have to get up and change clothes and linens!

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I used soy milk for ten years due to a milk allergy. as I got older I began to notice that if I didn't use it for a while I had hot flashes, if I took as little as half a glass every other day I never had them.

Then I got an estrogen sensitive endometrial cancer. Now I'm not sure if I should recommend it ot not. SO what I say is, soy works, as far as my own experience goes, but beware that it could increase your chances of cancer, get yourself checked out if you have any suspicious symptoms.

And if you choose to use it, after you've found out if it works, then try cutting back to use the bare minimum that you need to do the job.

Since my surgery, it's been 4 years. This summer I had flashes mostly at night, even though we have air conditioning in our bedroom. I've ceased using soy since the cancer, since I've been told it's bad for estrogen sensitive cancers, increases the chance that they can come back. This summer, I got up and ran my wrists and elbows under cold water which cooled me down very nicely. I also tried frozen peas on the back of my neck which is also effective.

Hope these ideas help someone. Kitty

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great thread, so glad for everyone's advice. I reall;y didnt want to go on hrt, but the hot flashes got so awful, est in public, and especially when out with people trying ot hold a conversation while steaming up with red hot heat from the neck up.. so awful.. finally went to the doc, who suggested anti depressants? as she said they sure similar symptoms. What is it with the medical profession pushing anti depressants anyway? I said no and got some hrt instead. It took about a week, and the flashes stopped, but reading the posts here, i am back to my initial reservations about taking it. I dont want to take soya, as it is one of the most genetically modified foods out there, but maybe some of the other remedies might be worth trying (calcium and magnesium? thank you for all the tips emoticon

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I also had the hot flashes for over 10 years now and scared to use anything because breast cancer runs in both sides of my family - mom died from it - it jumped to her pancreas..
but the sweats and night sweats and crying were not getting any better and an alternative doctor but me on eating for your blood type, also 2 hormones - over the counter- and I feel so much better - still a few break outs as my body is a little bipolar and after a month it finds a way to go back to the way it was.. but I am off the remedies for a while to throw it off then will go back as needed.
I can not go back to the alternative doctor as they decided I have to pay now --I am on SSD & SSI & Food stamps - no funds left over ... not even enough to live on - the internet and senior center are my social life for now....
I even wore make up last week - realizing I was not sweating it off..LOL... nice



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I used the flax meal every morning- keep it in the freezer



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I used to get them, and I used soy milk. one glass would give me at least two or three days relief. Not sure if I would do that now, or only enough to do the job and no more. (used to love the stuff). Got an estrogen sensitive cancer four years ago, and having had trouble with hot flashes since my Hyster... til last week.

Since getting the estrogen sensitive cancer, I'm not using any non fermented soy product anymore, so I used cold washrags and a fan to cool down, and it was quite effective. Flax is supposed to be helpful, and I do use flax seed meal but not regularly, so maybe I'll up that and make sure to use it once a week or so again so I have ongoing help.

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hit the wrong button- I just wanted to say the red rice yeast is the same thing a lot of these meds are made from.. and do not take if you have thyroid problems- I could not get out of bed the 3rd day I took them... Dr Oz said the same thing.....



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I am not taking hormones- but I might have this other type of neuropathy that causes excessive sweating and night sweats- this has gone on for 8 years and is worse than better- I am post menopause.. so I was hoping it would go away- ...NOT



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I never took hormones either. I was afraid of them.

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Hi - I'm new to SP, but I agree that the best advice I've received was to take magnesium/calcium pill twice a day. AMAZING! I cannot take hormones, so this has been a lifesaver. I've also tried yam cream (buy at the health food store), you put it on different fatty parts of your body each day for maximum absorbtion. Good luck! emoticon

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As soon as one would start I would drink a glass of ice water and put a cold rag on my neck. I would get under a fan and it would short circuit them every time.

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I wear layers so I can strip, and at night I kick off the covers and get a drink of cold water.

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I went through menopause at 50, and the only thing that worked for me was taking a supplement that contained soy or drinking a soy shake in the morning. After about 3 years, haven't had another flash.

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Hey girls Im new to the group too and hot flashes are my nemesis. I am now 71.

They started when I was in my forties and I went on the appropriate meds for them and had no trouble after that. It worked wonderfully. That lasted until I had several blood clots on both my lungs - they may have been due to that medication, it seems it is well known for that as well as the cancer scares. Anyway in Hospital they took me off it altogether and told me I would never be able to take it again.

I still get severe bouts of it, but in my case it may well be due to bouts of stress or anxiety - at least that trigger the really bad episodes. This is the stranges thing I even sweat in my mouth and it tastes all salty.

This year I decided to get A/C installed, not very usual in New Zealand where I live, but it is very hot and humid here in summer. I have to tell you it is wonderful even this early in spring. It is also a dehumidifier and I can lie coverless. Mind you the bed still gets very hot underneath, but I can shift over to a cool part. This has helped enormously.


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I'm new to the group but will add my little bit.

I'm 55 and I think I MIGHT be ONE of the luckiest women alive. I heard how bad hot flashes / night sweats were but mine have been SO incredibly mild -I keep thinking is this REALLY it? If so, again LUCKY. But here's something I have noticed ...

When I am NOT solid on my eating plan and I venture off and start eating way too much sugar - my hot flashes suddenly get worse and more often. When I get BACK to eating properly and keep sugar and starchy carbs out of my diet - they are really tolerable. Now since this is a low carb "group" - I have to assume all of you eat far less carbs as it is than a lot of other women and if you are have bad problems, then obviously it's not THE answer but it does seem to have relevance for me. No sugar - hardly any hot flashes; sugar - I get them. Maybe there's another link I'm missing.

I don't even have night sweats and when I get hot flashes - it's for an instant and it's gone and mostly at night. I stopped having periods about 2 years ago so I have to assume I'm experiencing it as bad as it is going to get but I have to admit I keep wondering if I'm gonna be surprised and it will get worse or something. Sure hope not.

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I've ignored and beared some and found some were due to too few Carbs. Symptoms vary according to the cause? Shakes usually accompany the one's for the Glycemic issues and nausea.

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I once read in the book "Things your doctor didn't learn in Med School", that hot flashes are caused by a magnesium deficiency. I supplement my diet with 500mg. a day and it really seems to help!

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http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.
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this is the link for the pillow.....

Drinights.com has the pajamas.

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I am the hot flash Queen lately! I've been suffering for almost a year, I'm 49.
Had a hysterectomy with an ovary removed in 2006 but it's only lately that I am
so uncomfortable.
Over the summer I went on a progesterin/estrogen blend and felt amazing
(no hot flashes, night sweats, revived sexual interest) for six weeks, yet I had
painful breasts. Spoke with my GYN and that didn't raise any red flags for him.
Just a day or two later there were all of these new reports stating that women
who DID have breast pain while taking the hormone therapy are much more
likely to develop an aggressive type of breast cancer. I just can't take that chance, for some short range comfort, so I went off.
There is a pillow at Bed Bath and Beyond that wicks away sweat, and there are also pajamas that do the same. I will post more info after I do some research.
Initially I found the pillow and the PJs helpful, but I can't say that I do anymore.
That's not to say that it won't help you girls !!
I Just keep a fan handy, dress in layers, leave dry clothing near the bed for
night sweats, and pray like crazy that this won't last for much longer. The lack of sleep and the uncomfortableness is making me a cranky lady!


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Suffer... or enjoy. Hard to tell! I'm usually cold so being hot is a nice change. Anyway, it's over quickly.

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Glad these people have some good advice, hope it all helps, I use to go nuts and go out where ever it was cold.

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when i was thrown in menopause at the age of 39,(total hyst with both ovaries, family history of ovarian cancer), i immediately started eating/drinking soy. It helped. Stopped anything with high caffeine content, caffeine is a big NO-NO, in menopause.


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Hi, My name is Finita. I just found your team. I"m really glad. The topic is Hot flashes. I take a conbination of black cohash and evening primrose. I find it helps especially with the night sweats. I also had to stop drinking coffee.

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I don't want anyone to panic!!! But, what I thought were hot flashes I was having, turned out to be my heart muscle not relaxing enough to pump blood to my whole body (rest assured, it is a BIG body..lol..but getting smaller everyday). But once I started on the medication for that, all my hot flashes stopped. Please don't think that there is something wrong with your heart or that I'm speaking out of turn. I just wanted to throw it out there in case there is someone who hasn't mentioned it to their doctor. I never mentioned my hot flashes to my doctor because I thought it was menopause..you know...just have to go through it since I knew I wouldn't take HRT either. He found the heart problem thru an echocardiogram. It never occurred to me anything might be wrong with my heart. It was amazing how much better I felt once I started the medication. I'm just advising that you discuss it THOROUGHLY with your doctor if you think it is menopause but have never talked to your doctor about them. It could save your life.

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I suffer from more nite sweats than hot flashes and have been trying to get relief from black cohosh, but so far no luck. emoticon

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My doctor suggested Valerian Root to help me sleep and Black Cohosh for the hot flashes. They help me a lot. You might have to work with the dosage to find the amount that helps you. But it is worth it to get a good night sleep! Good luck all of you with this very real problem.

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I have been taking 540mgs of black cohosh for the past couple years.. i am now having a hard time sleeping and have started taking Remefemin Good Night and it is really helping me get thru the night sweats so i can sleep thru the night.

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Okay my world is hot flashes!!

I would never take HRT, to dangerous. And I can't take Black Cohosh and those other things, made my blood pressure go up.

Tried the expensive creams from Health Food Stores, that didn't help much. But found a cream at Walmart, I'm at work and don't have the name with me, but it says menopause cream and you just rub it on your stomach, arms, wherever each day. I can tell that this cream has helped me tremendously. I don't know that I'm in full blown menopause, but this cream helps.

You might try it...of course there's always those bioidentical hormones that I've been told is great. But don't know a lot about them.

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HI ALL, I TAKE XANAX FOR ANXIETY, BUT BEST OF ALL IT STOPS MY HOT FLASHES AND I SLEEP ALLLLL NIGHT LONG THRU, AND WAY LESS HOT , COLD , HOT COLD , ALLDAY, IF I DONT TAKE IT I HAVE HOT-COLD FLASHES AROUND THE CLOCK 3-5 AN HOUR, WORKS FOR ME emoticon

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Kathy, I love the little pooch with the Santa hat!

CindySue48 really had a great idea when she founded this team for low carbing women age 50 or older. Lots of common bonds here!

We're thankful you found us, too. We all learn a lot from each other, plus it's a lot more fun having the low carb journey companionship and being able to discuss stuff of interest to women our age. Not only that, but we also have lots of chuckles to share.
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Marilyn, Curly, everyone,

This is what is so great about the site, and this team! We all are from different walk of life, but share common bonds. I am so thankful that I found all of you.

Have a great December,
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Kathy and Curly, I had heard of the risk of blood clots from HRT, but didn't know a pulmonary embolism is a blood clot. Thanks for clearing that up.

I must confess I do eat textured soy veggie protein occasionally. But I'm afraid of organic veggies because of hearing of e coli outbreaks associated with them a couple times, so I choose the risk of chemicals in non-organic veggies. It's six of one, half dozen of the other, I suppose, but I figure e coli is usually fatal faster than the chemical effects.

My own doc knows of the reported risks statins for high cholesterol, but dismisses them as "media hype."

Kathy, so sorry to hear of your ordeal! That must have been really scary! You, too, Curly, with the birth control pills and swollen vein in your calf. It's great that both you use your own experiences to give others more information to consider about taking certain drugs or classes of drugs.

Every time I see a Kay Jewlers now I'll be thinking "Every kiss begins with Kathy." LOL That must be a very happy place to work.

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And your physician friend was following what 75% of the medical field believes is a 'cure' for menopausal symptoms. My mother was on premarin for over 30 years. It was a 'miracle drug' that relieved so many problems. But like all medications, it is not for everyone.

I'm glad you're alive to be posting and that low carb is working for you. Remember it's not only 'kiss' that begins with 'K' - there's also knockwurst and kale and King salmon and lot's of good low carb stuff! I hope you have a busy season.

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Oh I know all about it now. I did it on the advice from a family physician and close friend. I think he really did not know the consequences. I was only on them for a short period of time. That was enough for me. I would NEVER take any kind of HRT now. I even watch how much soy I get, as it is a natural estrogen.

I realize that I was blessed to make it through that time, and have put myself in a position where I can help others.

As for the Mall Holiday Season, when ever you see a Kay Jewelers ad on TV, just think of all of the people behind the scenes in the malls. We love it!

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Blood clots are a pretty well known side effect of taking hormones. That's one of the risks they always warn about in birth control pills also. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot - but one that effects lung function.

Back in the mid 1970' when I was briefly on birth control I had a vein swell up in my calf. That scared me enough to swear off on any kind of hormone supplement or replacement.

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Oh, my! You surely started menopause early, Kathy! I'm 62 and still have an occasional hot flash, but it's really no cross to bear any more.

I always check on meds to see what the risks are before I consent to take them. HRT always did scare me so I chose from the very beginning to go it alone. I never knew of the risk of a pulmonary embolism with HRT.

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Hot Flashes, ugh

I still have them occasionally, started menopause at 38 yrs old. So I've had lots of practice with them. LOL I have noticed them slowing down when I went low carb, this has also slowed my migraines.

I did do HRT, but wish I hadn't! Had a Pulmonary Embolism in 2001. So now, I just peel off the layers, sweat and drink lots of ice water.

It is working for the current time. But, with the malls being so packed this last weekend. I had to bring out some of my summer tops to wear to work. But, I really enjoy the Holiday seasons.

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Since I started watching my carbs, I only have them on occasion. I have night sweats really bad if I have a high carb day. I do take black cohash capsules when I do feel them coming on. The reasoning behind that is-that is what Native American Indian women have used for centuries. And I drink soymilk instead of regular milk. I'm not a milk drinker so it isn't everyday.

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Just for a *SMILE*

Ever notice how all of women's problems start with MEN?



MEN tal illness

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GUY necologist

AND ..

When we have REAL trouble, it's a

HIS terectomy ..



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I used a little soy including soy milk (before I started low carbing) and soy textured veggie protein (Bob's Red Mill TVP), 4 tablespoons ground flaxmeal per day, and primrose oil. The soy and flaxmeal are controversial, but I believe they helped reduce the length and intensity of my hot flashes.

I agree with you. I wasn't willing to risk using HRT, either.

I've been past menopause for many years and do still have an occasional hot flash--but only a few a year.





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I started menopause at 46 so I seldom have hot flashes now but I think most women still have one occasionally. As far as home remedies most have been disproved. Soy or red clover may be the best of the group but they may increase breast cancer risk as they mimic estrogen. When I get one I short circuit it. I get in front of a fan if possible. Plus I drink something ice cold and put the cold glass with ice on my face and neck while practicing deep breathing and biofeedback. It works for me but it takes some practice to learn. You have to do this immediately when it starts. And no smoking, no alcohol, no caffeine, no "hot" foods.

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I'm Ok this month, but last month I was flashing up a storm. Dressing in layers works for me. I've been taking evening primrose oil for several months which has really helped with my monthly breast pain & swelling. That is pretty much gone entirely.

My naturopath has me taking a lot of different herbal supplements to help improve my circulation (we try a new combo every month) and in September I started having my first full on hot flashes. Since we changed things up this month, I haven't had one. So I think what I was experiencing was 'herbally enhanced'.

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LadyMoon I am 52 and there was a lady who came into my office last week and she was in her 80's and still haveing them.OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH NNNNNNNNOOOOO I thought it can't go on that long. I too am a fan user got it on right now..Thank's and come on Ladies we can't be the only 3 on this site who have these things Tell us how you have Stopped them

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I just sit with my fan close and ride it out....do they never end. I look forward to seeing some suggestions too.

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Thanks right now I will try anything I think some of what I tried had prim rose in it and they did work for a while but lately I'm smoke-in REALLY. But thank I will go get get the prim rose oil and give it a shot.

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Evening primrose oil.

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Does anyone else suffer with Hot flashes. What are you doing to ease them they are hitting me really hard like every 15 minutes I go from burning up to being so cold I've tried a lot of OTC I don't want to get any RX Meds it's just not me, so looking for any and all help doesn't matter how silly they may sound if it's worked for you share with me if you would I'll try anyting also has nyone tried Pine Bark for the flashes did it work. Thanks in advance Glo emoticon

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