Hot flashes extreme

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I had a complete hysterectomy in December of 2017. I was surgically thrown into menopause. My biggest complaint has been hot flashes. My doctor only wants to use HRT if there are no other opinions. Now that the weather is warming up, I don’t just have hot flashes, I’m always sweating. Any task causes my face to get red, sweat drip from my face, and my hairline will get soaked. I’m embarrassed. It happens at work. It happens at home. It always happens. I’m in for a long summer. I’ve tried Black Kohash. Looking for some other ideas. Thanks!

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    Hi Carol, 

    My complete hysterectomy was in July 17.  I was 52 and already in menopause a couple of years  suffering with flushes and used to carrying around of kitchen paper that could be thrown away after forever dabbing my forehead and upper lip without leaving bits of tissue on my face.  My friend was a cool towel, one of those sports ones which I would soak, ring out and leave in the fridge ready for use ( had a couple).  

    Maybe I should say that I also live in a hot climate, and found that when I came back to the UK I didn’t suffer as much.

    I tried various herbals, acupuncture ( which helped for a bit ) but nothing, let me repeat, nothing is as good as HRT.  I had been put off by the negatives I’d heard over the years, but hey, no cervix, so that was one potential issue reduced.  I work at a ladies gym and several of the ladies over 50 had said how great HRT was, and some the morning after my op, I asked my Gyno how soon I could start, and I did that day.  I was put on Estrofem 2mg and from that day (10 months ago) I’ve not had a flush, been more relaxed, slept so much better.  I found that the 2mg was a little strong for me, tender breasts, discharge, so was changed to the 1mg tablet which suits.

    You don’t say why your doc is reluctant to use HRT, but I would say that it should be your choice.  I only get a couple of months at a time, so that allows for my blood pressure to be checked etc.  No probs there.  

    Finally, I no longer carry a fan and kitchen paper as a staple.  It took a while not to do it automatically but it is so freeing not to any more.  I hated how I felt, it seemed to be just me heating up and I felt embarrassed dabbing myself, getting the fan out, but not doing it was worse.  I still get hot at times, but normal hot not menopause hot which is a huge difference.

    Hope this is helpful to you, best of luck on your journey smile 

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      Wow!  So it really made that big of a difference?  I have a lot of thinking to do.  I already have high blood pressure.  Thank u for your response. 
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    Wellsprings is amazing carole. It's a natural progesterone cream which is brill for us ladies.

    I use 20/1 cream from Wellsprings and it's good. They have a support team who are really helpful.

    Message me if you want more details. I'm like you,hysterectomy this j January but I've kept ovaries and only suffer with mild flushes.xx

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    Hello Carole

    You do not say how old you are.  I wonder what your own view is on HRT.  This decision should be yours.  Many doctors are reluctant to prescribe HRT, even specialist gynaecologists.  However, I advise you to do your own research and base your decision on how you feel.  Your doctor does not have to live with your hot flashes, your swearing and your embarrassment.  My former gynaecologist was incredibly supportive, a professor and fertility expert with Phd as well as the specialist qualifications.  He thought that some of the alternative treatments were untested.  I wish you well.  Take care and keep in touch via the forum.  Remember you have choices.  Cheers Lyn


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      Thank you!  I’m 46. I was positive that I didn’t want HRT if I didn’t have to. I’m beginning to think that I can’t live like this. It’s so uncomfortable. I will do some more research. 
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    Hi Carole

    My choice is to stay wel l away from chemically made hrt.

    I wish not to put horses urine into my body.

    I opt for a natural form of oestrogen and progesterone cream which I cannot mention on here,. I use this knowing I am safe. I have done so much research and I think you should too.

    I am 50, 5 years post menopause which came as a shock lol bu t i haven't been too bad. I hope you get well soonxx

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