Do you feel like a hot flushing or night sweating, tired, sleep deprived, moody version of your former terrific self? Welcome to the Hot Flushes 75% Club.

In Women and Menopause the International Menopause Society explain:

Meno Martha and Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

“As many as 75% of women going through menopause experience hot flushes – sudden, brief increases in their body temperature. Hot flushes at night can lead to sleeplessness and insomnia. In about 30% of women, these symptoms can be severe. In some cultures, women experience more aching joints, vaginal dryness and urinary symptoms, and flushes are less commonly experienced”.

On page one in Deciding About Hormone Therapy Use the North American Menopause Society elaborate on:

“Hormone therapy is one of the most effective treatments available for bothersome hot flashes and night sweats. If night sweats are waking you throughout the night, HT may improve sleep and fatigue, mood, ability to concentrate, and overall quality of life. Treatment of bothersome hot flashes and night sweats is the principal reason women use HT”.

In HRT the (British) Women’s Health Concern provides The Low-Down on HRT [Hormone Replacement Therapy] and in HRT: Benefits and Risks: In Summary elaborates on:

“Women wishing to start HRT should carefully discuss the benefits and risks of treatment with their doctor to see what is right for them, taking into account their age, medical history, risk factors and personal preferences”.

If HRT is not for you, now or never, in Hot Stuff: What’s New About Hot Flashes posted on the North American Menopause Society’s MenoPause Blog, the author explains what you can do about hot flashes and answers the question Are Drugs the Only Option?:

“You have options. I am a proponent of behavioral approaches, because although these approaches may take more active engagement from you, they can eliminate the need to take a medication and may have other mental or physical health benefits. Menopause is the time to adopt positive health behaviors. These behaviors can help not only improve quality of life, but also improve health later in life. Although much more research is needed on behavioral treatments for hot flashes, here are some of my personal recommendations that I often discuss with women…”.

Meno Martha and Hot Flushes and Night SweatsAnd what about the elephant in the hot flushes, hot flashes or night sweats room, bioidentical hormones? In Bioidentical Custom Compounded Hormone Therapy: See Information Sheets the Australasian Menopause Society note:

“The International Menopause Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The Endocrine Society, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), United States Food and Drug Administration, American Medical Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Practice Committee have all released statements advising against the use of compounded therapy until evidence is produced with regard to efficacy and safety”.

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