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  • AnabirgiteAnabirgite Posts: 217Member Member Posts: 217Member Member
    Does anyone have any night sweat remedies other than black cohosh? It doesn't seem to be working well for me any longer and I'm really suffering. I'm waking up many times at night and sleeping less and less.

    (Apologies for the detail!)

    Available one the counter in the US is "i-cool" this did wonders for me. . Good Luck Hot flashes are miserable!
  • AnabirgiteAnabirgite Posts: 217Member Member Posts: 217Member Member
    I am so happy for you- 54 here and am trying to force menopause. My doctors, gyro, neurologist and fp... all working together, to make it happen-hope it works! Honestly at 54 I am so over it and embrace the new me to come! Always had the hair problem -PCOS- We really should catch a break somewhere! But again -Congrats!
  • wsusan162wsusan162 Posts: 42Member Member Posts: 42Member Member
    I bought a mattress pad that circulates cold water through it all night (or however long you set the timer for). Room temp. 68F + water temp in mattress pad 68F= good nights sleep. There are several brands available if you google cooling mattress pad. I don't know what to do about the daytime hot flashes, but I know they sure suck the energy right out of me.
  • rhtexasgalrhtexasgal Posts: 541Member Member Posts: 541Member Member
    I take Source Naturals Hot Flash along with maca root and DHEA ... this triple pairing has truly helped me. I like to sleep with a huggy pillow and with the night sweats, I could not do it. I slept with nothing on, no sheets and my own dedicated fan. After the supplements built up in my body, I was finally able to sleep with my huggy pillow again without sweating and I was able to actually use a top sheet again!
  • keodell1966keodell1966 Posts: 135Member Member Posts: 135Member Member
    How do you force menopause? I'm 53, not really wanting it to happen, but curious when it will. Sick of periods....
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Posts: 2,846Member Member Posts: 2,846Member Member
    How do you force menopause? I'm 53, not really wanting it to happen, but curious when it will. Sick of periods....

    @keodell1966 Read the above post written by @zylkm4. She, like me and others, went thru unwanted surgical menopause, others go thru drug induced menopause due to breast or gyn cancers. Is that what you want to experience?

    Just let mother nature take its course and don't rush things unless you must. Menopause is more than a "word" is a stage that may last a long time and you never know how it will affect you. For some women menopause is a breeze, for others a curse.

    Take your time reading some of the postings and you will understand what I am talking about. Yes, periods are bad, especially when you are older and been dealing with that *kitten* for many years, but your body will change when it is ready to do it. Any concerns should be discussed with your doctor or gyn specialist. Hang in there, you time will come and then some….
  • kimny72kimny72 Posts: 14,221Member Member Posts: 14,221Member Member
    Anabirgite wrote: »
    I am so happy for you- 54 here and am trying to force menopause. My doctors, gyro, neurologist and fp... all working together, to make it happen-hope it works! Honestly at 54 I am so over it and embrace the new me to come! Always had the hair problem -PCOS- We really should catch a break somewhere! But again -Congrats!

    I believe this is the post @keodell1966 was referencing, not one of the posts discussing early menopause due to surgery or illness.
  • SummerSkierSummerSkier Posts: 956Member, Premium Member Posts: 956Member, Premium Member
    Gisel is SO right. Menopause is not a stage. Unless you choose to call the rest of your life a "stage". It's not something that you go thru and then you are over. Peri is a stage.

    In Menopause you lose those hormones forever. Your body continues to change. Yes - every woman's experiences are different. I am at least 10 years in and at first I did not experience the hot flashes or night sweats or hair loss / thinning or dry skin or other symptoms. They do appear over time in many women. It's definitely not something to long for because it will continue until you die. Some of it is just aging of course and not hormonal related.

    I do appreciate the OP positive attitude tho. ;)
  • Sabine_StroehmSabine_Stroehm Posts: 19,397Member Member Posts: 19,397Member Member
    I'm almost 3 years post now. The hotflashes have diminished. The night sweats are better. There are a few other "new" things, but all in all, life is good. But BOY peri- sucked. ha.
  • vggbvggb Posts: 89Member Member Posts: 89Member Member
    I had a total hysterectomy at age 38 and been on HRT ever since. I'm 63 and am just now cutting back on the HRT but no issues. I loved it from the first day and never looked back, for all the good reasons that have already been posted. My life was simplified, what more could you ask?
  • keodell1966keodell1966 Posts: 135Member Member Posts: 135Member Member
    kimny72 wrote: »
    Anabirgite wrote: »
    I am so happy for you- 54 here and am trying to force menopause. My doctors, gyro, neurologist and fp... all working together, to make it happen-hope it works! Honestly at 54 I am so over it and embrace the new me to come! Always had the hair problem -PCOS- We really should catch a break somewhere! But again -Congrats!

    I believe this is the post @keodell1966 was referencing, not one of the posts discussing early menopause due to surgery or illness.



    Yes, I am not trying to force menopause at all. I was only asking about what it was, as I've never heard about it before. Not interested in forcing it, as I said I am biding my time until it does.
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Posts: 20,036Member Member Posts: 20,036Member Member
    So unless you have ever had a hot flash at night - i e night sweat - it is difficult to understand just how nasty they are. It's like your entire body is covered with a film sometimes even you face. gross. And when I had the flu, it just intensified then to the point where I had to sleep wrapped up in a bath towel. literally. I thought my water bed tubes had sprung a leak the first time.

    Anyway, enough gory details. What I really want to know is what the mechanism is that triggers these "hot" flashes. I do understand that it is the lack of hormones/ estrogen specific which makes our bodies unable to adjust their thermostats correctly, but I would like to know on a more scientific level what actually triggers them. It has to be a chemical thing. Most of them occur for NO OBVIOUS REASON out of the blue. But there must be some chemical thing going on which triggers our bodies to go off the rail? I do know that when I was losing weight and eating at a deficit (less food at nighttime) that they went almost completely away but in maintenance they are back. So it has something to do with the way our body releases energy perhaps.

    And I know that if I google it I will get a million supplements which are claimed to work miracles or special sheets or pillows etc. I am more interested in what it is about the lack of hormones that makes our thermostats broken and what the reaction is. Surely some really smart women must be able to figure that out and come up with something to mitigate that reaction? surely??????!!!!

    inquiring minds.

    My thermostat is broken in a different way - no flashes, I just run somewhat hotter all the time. I've always run a little hot, and now am running hotter.

    Ex: everyone around me is comfortable outside at 80 degrees but I must be experiencing it as 90 degrees or more.

    And I like it REALLY cold in the winter.
  • ythannahythannah Posts: 2,849Member Member Posts: 2,849Member Member
    Gisel is SO right. Menopause is not a stage. Unless you choose to call the rest of your life a "stage". It's not something that you go thru and then you are over. Peri is a stage.

    In Menopause you lose those hormones forever. Your body continues to change. Yes - every woman's experiences are different. I am at least 10 years in and at first I did not experience the hot flashes or night sweats or hair loss / thinning or dry skin or other symptoms. They do appear over time in many women. It's definitely not something to long for because it will continue until you die. Some of it is just aging of course and not hormonal related.

    I do appreciate the OP positive attitude tho. ;)

    I worked in a seniors' facility in my younger day and it was always like a sauna in there because everyone was always COLD. So at some point it turns around.

    When do I get to the nice "I feel chilly" part, instead of the "I'm on the verge of spontaneously combusting" part? :p

    I find the loss of skin elasticity particularly dismaying.
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 785Member Member Posts: 785Member Member
    My hot flashes are finally starting to subside again. This has happened before. I took the black cohosh for a while and eventually all my symptoms stopped for over a year. Of course my periods returned at that time. I'm thinking that it probably isn't the cohosh but that the symptoms are cyclical. Guess that means I might see a period again soon.
  • Lark13Lark13 Posts: 12Member, Premium Member Posts: 12Member, Premium Member
    Hey rhtexasgal: if it helps at all, I gained ten pounds in about two months at the tail end of perimenopause. As far as I could honestly tell, my daily habits hadn’t changed at all, then boom - ten pounds. The good news is that after about six months, the scale started moving again, and I lost it (and more) at about a 1 lb/per week rate. It didn’t “magically” drop off the way it (seemed to) have appeared; I was working at it. The point is that as I approached the end of peri and into actual menopause, the normal weight loss process started working again. Bodies are weird.
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