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  • Trying something new for perimenopause

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    14 posts, 9 voices, 1408 views, started Jul 31, 2011

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Cynthia Schmidt

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      I thought all of this was over and done with. I went for months with no hot flashes and then they returned. But I feel better equipped this time to deal with them. I wish I had taken off this weight before the whole thing began. Even though the flashes are unpleasant, they‘re easier to deal with with 45 pounds off my body.

      My boss at work has talked with me about using a low dose birth control pill like Yaz. She’s an APRN and prescribes that to women going through perimenopause and uses it herself. I’m not ready to go that route. I tried bio identical hormones and, while they work great for some, I never found a correct dose for me and the hot flashes were horrible.  

      I’ve been using supplements I buy from a clinic in Maine. One of its founders is Dr. Christianne Northrup, the author of “Women’s Bodies Women’s Wisdom” and “The Wisdom of Menopause.” She likes the benefits of soy for symptoms. I know it’s controversial but I’m going to give it a try and have bought a 80 mg soy supplement from her clinic. She says that between 80 and 110 mg a day gives the best symptom relief. I’ll keep you posted.  

      Anyone else have some remedies to share that have worked for them?

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          Denise Richardson wrote Jul 31, 2011
        • Ummmmmmm something to look more into thanks for posting.heart



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          Vikki Hall wrote Jul 31, 2011
        • No but I am storing all this shared info. My hot flashes haven’t been coming with any regularity where I need something.however I am cranky forgetful and bloated. Now I’m just waiting for the rest of the 7 dwarfs of menopause to show up and torment me!



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          Tuliplady wrote Aug 1, 2011
        • It may be coincidental, but I notice that when I remember to take my Vitamin D regularly, I don’t seem to have as many hot flashes.

          Tulip



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 1, 2011
        • Virginia, what are MSM vitamins? I’d be curious to know more about it. Tulip, I’d be interested to know if vitamin D is a helper for our symptoms. I’m going to see how many IU’s my vitamins have in them and maybe buy a little extra if it’s not enough.



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          Hbrose wrote Aug 1, 2011
        • I haven’t had my period for well over a year now and I do get hot flashes, not too frequently yet, but enough to where its a little bothersome.  But I haven’t looked into taking anything for it yet.  So its good to read and store this trail of info to look into what might work for me when I’m ready. My mom mentioned vitamin D to me too.  So maybe Tuliplady is right that its helping her in that way. I’ve just ordered a 6month supply and started taking them so hopefully I’ll feel a difference soon.



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          Allinet48 wrote Aug 1, 2011
        • After having been diagnosed with a quite low vitamin D level, taking a 12 week course of high dose vitamin D, and continue to take vitamin D- it does seem like the hot flashes are very tolerable. Bloating-watch out for too much salt and I take 2 fiber tabs every night. Helps regulate things as it were-which helps with bloating.



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          Brimstone1968 wrote Aug 1, 2011
        • Ladies thanks for all this information.  Sharing is so vital and this is good information for me to store up in my Bank for times to come.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 6, 2011
        • Thanks, Virginia. I’ll check it out.

          I’m now on my first full week of the 80 to 110 mg of soy isoflavones. I’m still having hot flashes but I think my night time incidents have lessoned. The jury is still out. I have 3 weeks left on this box. I haven’t missed a day yet so we’ll see.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 12, 2011
        • I’m on my second week of using these soy supplement shakes for my menopause symptoms and I’m cautiously optomistic. I’ve had 2 good nights in a row with no night sweats and my daytime hot flashes are better. This could just be a natural cycling thing in my body so I’m still going to use the shakes for awhile and see if there’s a long term benefit.

          I also read the other day about flax being a good source of lignans which can also help with menopause symptoms. I was looking for sources of phytoestrogens to add to my eating regimen. Oats were also mentioned. I’ll buy some oats and flax in the next few days.

          anyone else heard of something dietary that helps?



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          Tuliplady wrote Sep 4, 2011
        • I’m glad this post came up again. I wanted to tell you all to disreguard the faulty thoughts I had about vit D.  I’ve been taking it regular and last week the hot flashes were as bad as they’ve ever been.

          Tulip



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