New information about hot flashes

Avatar for cmkarla
Registered: 01-03-2001
New information about hot flashes
Thu, 08-01-2013 - 10:56am

According to Health Day News, new information about hot flashes may eventually lead to better treatments. " The hot flashes that bedevil many women going through menopause appear to originate in specific brain areas, scientists say.

"We think we have the beginnings of what is happening in the brain," said researcher Vaibhav Diwadkar, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University in Detroit.

"Activity in certain areas of the brain changes even before the hot flash occurs," Diwadkar said." read more

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Avatar for guili12737
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Registered: 08-23-1997
Sat, 08-03-2013 - 9:51am

Interesting but, it will likely be too late for those of us here to benefit from this research. My hot flashes come and go and have changed over the years. They're shorter and less intense now but, stil annoying. They've never reached the level where I would consider hormone replacement but, my mom has had breast cancer twice so I am very leery of ever using HRT.

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Registered: 01-05-1999
Tue, 08-13-2013 - 10:21am

Same here, I never really considered HRT, just trying some over-the-counter products and wearing sleeveless tops year round now.  ;)

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Avatar for klrambo
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Registered: 10-19-2000
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 11:16am that they think they know where the hot flash begins, just what are they going to do about it?!!    I just love it (NOT) when the scientists try to tell us "it's all in your head" no matter the words they use! There may indeed be a change in the brain that might trigger a hot flash - - - but I can guarantee it is a fluctuation in hormones that causes that change in the brain.

My menopause was surgically induced when I was 40 and I was almost immediately given an estrogen supplement.  Took it for over 20 years (in gradually lowering amounts).  I think I'd have been a "flaming witch (spelled with a B)" if I had not used that estrogen.  But we each go thru this time of our lives so very differently that not everyone would need the same thing I needed.  

I have a very good friend who has used Remifemin (black cohosh) to ease her hot flashes for years and swears by it!

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Registered: 04-25-2003
Wed, 09-11-2013 - 11:08pm

I've had good luck with Remifemin in the past. Haven't used it in a year because the hot flashes aren't as bad now as they were 1- 2 years ago. Now I take One A Day menopause formula vitamins that contain soy which seems to help. I still get them but not as many. If they would get bad again I'll go back to using Remifemin.The problem with it is you have to take it for a month before it kicks in and starts to work. 

Has anyone ever used the OTC product called i-cool?