• Dr. Daniel Falor

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Mood Swings, Oh My!

"Men-o-pause" may sound funny but it's no laughing matter to millions of women around the world.  


What Is Menopause, Exactly?


Simply put, menopause occurs when a woman's ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. A woman reaches menopause when a full year has passed without a period.  However, the months and even years leading up to menopause, known as "peri-menopause", are often full of hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, sleepless nights, hair loss, trouble focusing and weight gain. The average age when menopause begins in most women is 49 to 51, but some women can begin experiencing symptoms as early as 40 years of age.  


The standard medical solution to this natural time in a woman's life is to prescribe medications to relieve the symptoms, but this across-the-board treatment doesn't take into account the complexity of each woman's health history. In addition, it's been proven overwhelmingly that conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is, in fact, dangerous. 


Some of the more common prescriptions that should be avoided are:


1. Premarin - This toxic cocktail contains 14 different kinds of estrogen from the urine of pregnant mares. (A woman's body makes only three different types of estrogen. Studies have proven that Premarin increases the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.


2. Progestins - Progestins increase "free" testosterone in women, which is associated with an increase in the risk of breast cancer.


3. Provera - This drug is a synthetic form of progesterone, which makes it an even more toxic than Premarin. One of its well-documented side effects is blood clotting, which can lead to strokes.


Many studies have shown many other side effects of long term usage of HRT, including cervical cancer, high blood pressure, vaginal bleeding, as well as breast cancer and stroke mentioned above.


Natural Solutions to Peri-Menopause and Menopause Symptoms


Fortunately, there are several natural herbal and nutritional combinations that have been proven very effective at reducing and eliminating the symptoms that accompany this normal time in a woman's life. Black Cohosh is one, as is Chaste Tree, Rosemary, and Turmeric. But first, you have to determine the underlying cause of your menopausal symptoms.  Otherwise, you're wasting both time and money


How do determine that underlying cause, you ask?


Well, a Saliva Test is the Gold Standard if you want to determine exactly what is causing your symptoms. Of course, a blood test is the usual route your Doctor will take, but a blood test is not accurate enough in determining the underlying cause.  A Saliva Test is the first step in getting to the bottom of your hot flashes, night sweats, etc., and its a simple test that can be done at home. Then, and only then, can we know, and prescribe, the proper natural remedies to alleviate your symptoms, once and for all.


So, if you're sick and tired of suffering needlessly for even one more night, or if you have further questions, go to our website www.BeyondTheSymptom.com. There you'll find information about how to get started to determine the underlying cause of your hot flashes and night sweats.

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