Help please for hot flashes and night sweats...

jjewel10July 28, 2010

I have read a lot of messages and while the good thoughts are nice, I need help. Please if anyone has anything that has worked for them, please suggest it. I am sorry to be grouchy, but kind words are not helping me right now.

I have been on natural progesterone cream for over 6 months and I am still having flashes every hours and sometimes several every hour. I also am having night sweats every night. The cream has helped a little, but very little. I take it just before I go to bed and I only use the suggested amount. I got it at Whole Foods and it is supposed to be bioidentical and very natural and expensive too. The cost wouldn't be so bad if it worked better. Am I doing something wrong with this cream? I hear a lot of women get so much relief from this, but it doesn't seem to help me. Does anyone have any success with anything else.

I am starting a new job on Aug 1 and am afraid to look and feel so bad when I start.

Please help if you can. Thank you guys! I do appreciate your assistance with this.

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lostnj

Dear jjewell10, Hot flashes and night sweats are awful so don't apologize for being grouchy. I use the vivelle-dot patch started at 0.50 and now up to 0.75 and prometrium 100 mg (progesterone) before bed. Helps 100%. The patch is the estrogen. It will be 2 years in November since I started HRT. Hope this helps a little.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 4:17PM
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jjewel10

Can you tell me if these are perscriptions or natural. Thank you for your help.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 7:11PM
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lostnj

They are prescriptions by the gyno. Make an appointment with your doc and see what he says. Good luck to you. Definitely worth trying.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 10:05PM
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bigdogmom48

I was in the same boat as you are 12 years ago. I went to an herbal store and spoke to the worman who owned it. She suggested Dong Quai. I didn't find chewing on a Dong Quai leaf helped much. Then I tried Solaray's phytoestrogen and that helped quite a bit. I went down to about 6-8 hot flashes a day and waking up to about 1 night sweat/night, sometimes none. I also found that keeping a bottle of cold water in the refrigerator, or a small cooler when I went somewhere, helped a lot. When I felt a hot flash coming on, I would drink probably 6 oz. of the cold water and it seemed to cool me from the inside, making the hot flash less severe. Then I became a Melaleuca customer and tried their EstrAval (contains dried soy extract, dried Dong Quai extract, and Dried Black Cohosh extract). I went down to 1 and sometimes no hot flashes/day, and while I occasionally get hot at night, I rarely have a night sweat. There is nothing to say these products will work for everyone, but I'd try them before I went to a perscription. Both Solaray and Melaleuca have good reputations for safe, effective products. I know Melaleuca is a registered pharmaceutical company the same as Merck and Pfizer.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 4:34PM
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