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Let’s talk about hot flashes and night sweats, ladies.  You know you have em!  We all do!  Okay, well, don’t have them so much anymore. But, I used to.  So don’t hate me.

And while I wouldn’t call hot flashes and night sweats the worst symptoms of perimenopause, there is no doubt, they are bothersome. Thankfully, the only time I get them now is if I drink red wine, which, by the way, in case you were wondering, is an identified trigger for hot flashes and night sweats for a lot of women. I’m not sure exactly what in red wine triggers them, but my suspicions tell me it is likely the sulfites.

However, Dr. Christiane Northrup says they are associated with the sugar content in alcohol as it metabolizes, triggering an epinephrine release in our body, which in turn, triggers the night sweats.  Certainly sounds plausible to me, so we can go with that as one source. Another source of hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopause is fluctuating estrogen levels.  Specifically, low estrogen levels.

Which explains why soy milk worked so well for me when I suffered with them so badly .  Soy contains plant based estrogen substances called phytoestrogens.  Phytoestrogens act exactly like estrogen in your body.  So, if you are suffering with hot flashes and night sweats which are associated with low estrogen, it is very likely that soy could help you as well.

It should be noted that soy does not help everyone.  It worked extraordinarily well for me, however, and so I recommend it as an alternative to estrogen therapy if you are not so inclined. It’s certainly worth a try.  Just be sure to use soy products which are organic and non-GMOs.

EstraCool™ Might Be For You!

Another option for you might be EstraCool,™  a new, non-hormonal supplement recently launched by NVN Therapeutics, a subsidiary company of Oculus Innovative Sciences, which is a manufacturer of healthcare products which focus on women’s health. In addition to promoting a reduction in hot flashes, EstraCool™ also supports bone health and cognitive abilities (read: foggy brain and short-term memory issues) with a patented, synergistic blend of the following ingredients:

  • Lifenol®: A patented hops (Humulus Lupulus) extract which contains guaranteed levels of prenylflavonoids, including 8-prenylnaringenin, which reduces hot flashes
  • Panax Ginseng: Supports cognitive abilities, memory, and energy
  • Calcium Citrate: Provides calcium which supports the bone matrix and overall bone health and development
  • Vitamin D3: Aids in the absorption and effective utilization of calcium supporting bone health
  • Vitamin K1: Supports calcium utilization in the body

It should be noted, if you are inclined to care about such things, and I am, that the Lifenol® ingredient has been studied in clinical trials which enabled NVN Therapeutics to evaluate important feedback from women who participated in the studies by taking the supplement. The women who took the Lifenol® reported a decline in the number and intensity of hot flashes and night sweats experienced.

Always a good outcome if you ask me.

It should also be noted that the effectiveness of Lifenol® was also tested in a separate randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled study, published in the scientific journal Maturitas.¹  

The study evaluated hot flashes, sleep issues, irritability, and headaches. Those participants who actually took Lifenol® reported a significant reduction in their symptoms, compared to those participants who took the placebo.

I know you ladies are probably not as interested in stuffy studies as much as I am, but they are important.  And if I’m going to be discussing a new product with you, I absolutely want you to have as much credible information as possible regarding the product!EstraCool_bottle_white_bg

If you are interested in trying EstraCool™ you can purchase it by visiting their website found here at:  http://www.nvnth.com  or you can order by phone at: 1-800-259-6599.

You can also enter the giveaway which kicks off today, January 12th 2015, and will run through Wednesday, January 14th.

I will draw the names of 4 winners on Thursday, January 15, 2015, and NVN Therapeutics will send each winner a 6-week supply of EstraCool™ to try!

Enter by leaving a comment with your name and email address at the end of this post, or you can join us at Facebook here, and throw your name in the hat as well.

And don’t forget to “Like” us and share while you’re at it!!

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¹In laywomen’s terms this means that neither the participants in the study, nor the researchers carrying out the study know who is getting a placebo (a non-product) and who is getting the actual substance being studied.  This is done to prevent and guard against confirmation bias in both the researchers and the participants, which leads to more accurate study results.

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Hot Flashes & Night Sweats in Perimenopause: Try Estroven Nighttime

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  This is a reprint of a post I wrote a few years ago when I blogged for the Estroven Sleep Campaign. Estroven is one of the few non-hormonal supplement products that I’ve used for perimenopause symptoms.  I have had good success with it and all of my opinions on the product are honest.  If […]

January 3, 2015 CONTINUE READING →

Food as Medicine: Omega-3s & Zinc For Itchy Skin and Scalp in Perimenopause

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This is the first post in a new series I’m entitling “Food as Medicine.”  After several years of reading and writing about perimenopause, I’ve come to the conclusion that food is as important in managing the symptoms of perimenopause, as I believe bioidentical hormones are. In fact, I would likely say that food is even more important. Now, […]

December 5, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Hot Flashes & Stress in Perimenopause? Breathe Deep with Zenytime!

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If you’re looking for alternatives to hormone therapy to treat your symptoms of perimenopause, today’s sponsored post will be of great interest to you!   Read on to learn about an exciting new App for your phone which will help you manage hot flashes and stress during perimenopause!   “If you practice deep breathing exercises […]

October 13, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Hormone Replacement Therapy isn’t as Scary as You Think

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In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative study sent the medical professionals prescribing hormone replacement therapy to their patients into a bonafide tail spin. Terrified of putting women at risk for coronary heart disease, stroke or breast cancer, physicians abandoned HRT all together, advising their patients to do the same. Few would argue the value of the study. […]

October 1, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Natural Remedies for Itchy Scalp in Perimenopause

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One of my more popular blogs here has been “Dry, Itchy Skin in Perimenopause.”  Apparently, we’re all itchy and scratchy when hormone imbalance hits. Go figure. For me, the biggest issue has been an itchy scalp. But, truth be told, I’ve always had issues with an itchy scalp.  As long as I can remember.  However, by the […]

July 17, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

AZO Bladder Control Product Giveaway – Winners Announced!

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Good Monday morning, ladies!  I’m hosting a giveaway today with a bladder control product called AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less®.   Rather than do a regular sponsored post, I’m going to post the product information for you here which gives you all the information you need in terms of  product description, the ingredients, suggested use, and […]

July 14, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

DHEA: What is it & Why Should You Care?

If you’re anything like me, prior to perimenopause the only thing you knew about hormones was that you had them, and that about every 28 days or so, you had a deep and passionate longing for a luscious piece of chocolate and a high powered firearm with bulls-eye accuracy. In prior generations there wasn’t much talk about […]

July 9, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part III

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This is the final post in Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s series on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.    If you wish to contact Dr. Mazzei or any of his colleagues in the Body Logic medical group, please see his byline at the end of the post.  As always, the views expressed in this post […]

July 2, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part II

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Today’s post is a continuation of  Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s post on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.  The views expressed in this post are not necessarily the views held by The Perimenopause Blog and are for informational purposes only. Please see your physician or healthcare provider for personal medical evaluations.  Let us continue our conversation from […]

June 29, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part I

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Today’s post is a guest post by Dr. Joseph Mazzei, a Chicago based doctor for BodyLogicMD, a medical group which sponsors The Perimenopause Blog. I asked Dr. Mazzei if he could give his opinion on estrogen therapy since it is starting to make its way back into the news once again.  In this post, Dr. Mazzei […]

June 24, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid For Chronic Pain

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If you are a woman in menopause and suffer with generalized achy muscles, bones and joints, unless you’ve been diagnosed with some sort of arthritis, or perhaps even Lupus or MS, chances are the likely culprit is chronic inflammation in the body. Yes, it is true that arthritis, Lupus, and MS cause inflammation. But, there are other […]

April 10, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Menopause is a Fact of Life, Treatment Options are a Choice

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It doesn’t matter where a woman lives. It doesn’t matter what language she speaks or how she spends her day. Menopause is a fact of her life. Every day, in the U.S. alone 6,000 women begin this mid-life adventure with hot flashes, a sudden mood swings, painful vaginal dryness, night sweats, and restless sleeping patterns. […]

April 7, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Find Menopause Relief Through Lifestyle Changes

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One thing is certain–menopause is not a disease.  It’s a perfectly natural process that affects every woman once they reach a certain age. However, sometimes it can feel like a disease.  This is because menopause is the proverbial last straw; things add up unnoticed for years until menopause comes along and tips the balance over. […]

December 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Politics, Healthcare & Women’s Health: Where Do We Go From Here?

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One of the hardest parts of this job is that I don’t have easy, fast, slam-dunk answers for women who are struggling with perimenopause symptoms. Hands down, the question I hear the most is: “How can I get my doctor to listen to me?”  And I just don’t have an easy answer to that question.  […]

November 19, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

We Have Winners!

I drew the names for five winners in the HPA Balance giveaway.  You can find Dr. Rawls’ post and description of the product here.  To find out the winners are watch the video below, and if you are one of the winners please contact me asap so I can provide your name and shipping details to […]

October 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Natural Therapies for Menopause & Product Giveaway!

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Today’s post is a guest post from Dr. Rawls, co-founder of the company Vital Plan and the non-hormone product HPA Balance® to treat perimenopause and menopause symptoms.  To participate in the giveaway either leave a comment on this post in the comment section, or join us at Facebook.  Either “Like” the post, or leave a […]

October 14, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Find Natural Relief of Menopause Symptoms

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Guest Post by Rebecca Hulem, a certified menopause clinician and widely known as “The Menopause Expert” When menopause starts, there are a variety of options for easing the common symptoms of menopause. While each woman can offer advice on relief, I’ve found that different treatments work for different women. One thing many women agree on […]

October 1, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Estroven: “Menopause Awareness: The Good, the Bad, and the Sweaty”

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Greetings, Menopause Mavens! As you all know, September is “Menopause Awareness Month.” And as I announced on Facebook last week, I am teaming up again with one of my favorite sponsors, Estroven, to promote menopause awareness and to tell you about one of their new products, Estroven Weight Management and a giveaway! I know a lot of you ladies […]

September 15, 2013 CONTINUE READING →