- Women's Health
Stop Hot Flashes - Hot Flushes - And Night Sweats Fast - Without Using HRT
Hot Flushes Should Be Renamed Hot Flusters !!
Most ladies of a certain age will experience some changes during the menopause.
To be honest I was glad to join this set and see the back of my periods and all that went with them. PMS and later a tiny fibroid caused me no end of trouble all the way through my " fertile" life.
When it dawned on me that my Monthlies had finally come to an end I realised that I had not experienced any of the problems that besieged others going through the same changes, and I must admit I felt quite smug about that until one evening whilst enjoying supper with friends I was knocked for six by my first hot flush or hot flash as it is known in other parts of the world.
For anyone who has or is experiencing these flushes / flashes you will know just how embarrassing and unsettling they are. I couldn´t believe how quickly and intensely the heat and prickling built up and how agitated it made me feel, it was then I renamed them "hot flusters" because that´s just how I felt. Had I not been in the company of male friends I swear I would have started ripping off my clothes as I headed for a cold shower !!
Having suffered so much before reaching menopause I was damned sure I wasn´t going to put up with this latest curse and spoke to a friend of mine who just happens to be a doctor
Her advice was short and simple, she told me to start taking soy, and that was it !!
I admit I was a bit skeptical at first although I did recall reading many years ago that in Japan where they eat a lot of soy and soy products they do not have a word for menopause. But never the less even after just a few hot flushes I was desperate, so I rushed out to the shops right away and bought some Soy lecithin granules to sprinkle over food , and a carton of Soy milk ( This is what my friendly doctor used) And as if by magic it did the trick.
I noticed within days that I could feel a hot flush beginning but it never got a hold and worked its way into a frenzy, and within weeks all signs that one was on it´s way had ceased. My days of embarrassing and uncomfortable hot flushes had ended as quickly as they had began.
I can´t even begin to tell you how ecstatic I was to have found such a simple and quick cure, and I didn´t have to go down the HRT route. Having taken birth control pills for over 20 years I didn´t really fancy pumping myself full of synthetic hormones again.
During and leading up to the menopause ( perimenopause) Our Estrogen and Progesterone levels start to drop, and it´s these changes in hormone levels that are believed to lead to hot flushes and other unpleasant menopausal symptoms.
Soy is a plant extract and contains Phytoestrogens which are believed to act in the same way as the Estrogen your body makes.
There is much debate going on as to whether soy is dangerous or helpful to those experiencing hot flushes who have had or have breast cancer. Some doctors believe it does no harm whilst others advise their patients to stop taking soy because they believe the mild rise in levels of Estrogen that soy produces, helps to feed the cancer.
I was also informed by a reader that she suffered Thyroid problems due to eating huge amounts of unfermented inorganic soy over a two year period.
The jury is out on that one, but it´s always advisable to get a medical opinion before embarking on any new health regime. More especially if you have other health problems or are taking medications of any kind and this includes herbal and homoeopathic
During my research I also found a lot to suggest that taking soy as a food, for example tofu, soy milk and soy nuts , rather than supplements was also thought by many to be better.
All I can say is that I have tried many different ways of taking soy including as a supplement and it does not appear to have harmed me in the least. It did stop the flushes in double quick time though and I hope reading this will help at least some of the millions of other women around the globe who are living with this daily and nightly disruption to their lives.
Hot flushes or flashes and night sweats are seriously not fun.
Please be aware that the author of this article is not a Doctor or Medic or in anyway trained in medicine and her views opinions and experiences are solely her own.
Soy worked for me and was suggested by my own GP but I would always advise that you go and see your doctor if you have any medical worries, and never ever take anything that was not prescribed for you, or is herbal or homoeopathic , or change your diet drastically without first seeking medical advise.
Read what webmd has to say about soy products.
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