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Holy...Hot Flash... Batman!!!

It appears that I am definitely in menopause at least according to my recent blood test. I've been going through perimenopause for the last several years. You know hot flashes, night sweats and crazy cycles, etc. In the past twelve months I've only had 2 periods and the hot flashes have been worse than ever!

Symptoms of Menopause:

  • Irregular periods...check
  • Hot Flashes...double check
  • Night sweats...check
  • Loss of libido...unfortunately
  • Vaginal dryness...some times
  • Mood swings, anxiety...check much to my hubby & kids chagrin
  • Fatigue...yep
  • Sleep disturbances...every night
  • Memory lapses...not as much as hubby would hope for ;-)
  • Headaches...no
  • Weight gain...eh
  • Joint pain...no more than usual
Don't get me wrong...I.do.not.miss.having periods in any way shape or form. I've told the hubby for years that we were going to throw a big ol' menopause party when the time comes. The only problem with that is I'm too tired to make the arrangements...LOL. The hot flashes waking me up multiple times a night leaves me feeling exhausted during the day.

I know there has got to be a better way than trying to ignore it to deal with the incredible heat my body seems to produce. The feeling can only be described as starting in the center of my body and slowly emanating out to the rest. Hubby can tell when I'm having a "moment" by the sheen of sweat that appears on my forehead. There has got to be something besides hormone replacement therapy that helps. Hormone therapy seems to be the standard recommendation from the medical field but we are not ones to take more medication than is absolutely necessary and avoid the doctors as much as possible.  I once had a doctor jokingly say to me "that we were bad for business".

Internet research gives a million different suggestions for how to get through the worst symptoms with grace. How is someone suppose to decide which ones to use?

Tips for Surviving this Change:

Exercise - at least 3-4 days a week
Sleep - 7-9 hours, keep your bedroom cool
Nutrition - make healthy food choices, avoid: alcohol, caffeine & spicy foods, stay hydrated
Stress relief - Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, massage
Attitude - humor, positive thinking
Clothing - layer lightweight layers
Herbal - maca root, black cohash, passionflower, chasteberry, wild yam, ashwagandha, evening primrose, vitamin E, vitamin B complex, dong quai, flaxseed, soy, sage leaf extract

I've tried the Maca Root and it seemed to work for a little while so now I'm on the hunt for something to help without having to go the hormone replacement therapy way. Do you have any experience with any of these tips working? Let me know.

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