Hot Flashes continue and seem to be intensifying

by Stacey
(Santa Barbara, CA USA)

Hello, I have a question about hot flashes. I am 54 and I haven't had my period for 3 cycles now and I have been hit with hot flashes since shortly after my last period. Prior to finding this website I was trying Maca root and it didn't help a bit. Once I found this website I purchased NatPro and started applying 400 mg each day for a week- finding no relief I have upped it to 500 mg a day for another week and still no relief. My hot flashes are quite frequent most days and more so in evenings and I wake up at the end of each 90 minute sleep cycle with night sweats. The worst part is sometimes I can't fall back asleep as each time I start to doze off I get another one. They seem to be getting more intense and my heart is racing and I feel pressure in my head. I'm at my wits end..I don't know how women deal with this! At first I understood that it should only take 4-5 days of 400-600mg per day to diminish them by 80% and then read it could take up to 6 months. Which is correct? and how do I know if I should keep upping the amount and to how much? (I'm getting a mild hot flash  as I type this!) I am grateful for this website, it is so chock full of helpful information that isn't to be found elsewhere!

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Dec 27, 2022
Hot Flashes continue and seem to be intensifying
by: Joy

​Hi Stacey

Thank you for your kind words about the website. A missed period for 12 months puts you in Menopause, you are still dealing with Peri-Menopause. Both difficult times in a woman's life. Hot Flushes come with the territory unfortunately. The correct use of progesterone will help you greatly. It is most odd that your hot flushes haven't eased up. It could be that you need to use that amount for a longer period of time or you are deficient in Vitamin D3. A deficiency reduces the benefits of progesterone. D3 level must be optimal at all times.

It usually takes 4-5 days before one notices benefits for hot flushes, longer if they are severe. The 2-6 month mention doesn't really apply to hot flushes but rather other symptoms as mentioned on the website.

Have you been tested for Insulin Resistance? This can also cause hot flushes.

Progesterone therapy isn't easy, I wish it was. Time and patience is needed.​ Please read the How to use Progesterone Cream page on the website.​

Good luck.​​

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