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Hot flashes are usually worse towards the end of Peri-menopause and at the beginning of menopause. During that transition period about 50% of women experience them, and many continue to do so for several years.
During this time, anovulatory cycles occur more frequently, which reduces the production progesterone in the body. While ovarian estrogen does not fall until the last viable egg has completed its development. Moreover, oestrone (estrogen) is still produced by fat (adipose) cells. It causes an imbalance as progesterone is not able to counter the excess of estrogen.
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What can cause Hot flashes?
Hot flashes increase in severity and frequency just before menopause, when menstrual cycle becomes irregular (peri-menopause).
Progesterone drops sharply during the last year or two of peri-menopause, but estrogen does not. When the ratio is disturbed, hot flashes occur.
When blood glucose drops too suddenly after eating or drinking something sweet, it causes a surge in adrenaline and noradrenaline that cause a hot flush.
A drop in serotonin caused by stress can trigger a hot flush. This drop can occur due to a lack of the precursor amino acid tryptophan in the diet, or a reduced ability to convert tryptophan into serotonin.
Men also experience hot flashes. It can be caused by low testosterone, particularly in older men going through andropause. It can also happen during anti-androgen therapy for prostate or testicular cancer, or after removal of the testes.
Hot flashes and sweating are more prevalent in menopausal women with Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome (MetS), which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
The benefits of Progesterone Cream for Hot flashes:
- Progesterone is a strong anxiolytic, partly due to its action on the GABA receptor sites. GABA is a calming neurotransmitter.
- Progesterone partially prevents the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline from the adrenals.
- Progesterone is an anti-inflammatory hormone, mainly due to its metabolite allopregnanolone as opposed to estrogen which is an inflammatory agent.
- Progesterone is also a potent vasodilator, it reduces blood pressure, plus it increases the production of Nitric Oxide which is a powerful vasodilator –
- Progesterone will restore imbalance in the progesterone to estrogen ratio, and help eliminate hot flashes
All these factors helps reduce and eliminate hot flashes!!
Natural treatment & Cure for hot flashes
In seeking a cure for hot flashes it’s essential to:
- Reduce stress.
- Keep blood glucose stable by avoiding all sugars or starchy food or drink containing sugar,
(grains, legumes or sweet fruits and vegetables that fall into this category).
- Use Bio-identical Progesterone cream to preserve the ratio of progesterone to estrogen high. 600:1 is recommended to feel well!
- Deep breathing exercises and acupuncture can help reduce the stress linked to hot flashes
In average menopausal women require 100-200mg/day progesterone unless symptoms are severe. Once the hot flashes have started, it will only respond to levels of 400mg/day or more.
Men need 10-100mg/day progesterone, but 100mg/day and over will be needed to stop hot flashes.
Consider supplementing with:
Tryptophan/5-HTP, the precursor amino acid to serotonin,
Tyrosine, the precursor amino acid to dopamine. By raising the dopamine levels, it will inhibit prolactin production.
Vitamin D is also essential for the normal functioning of all cells. It’s also a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, have a test done!
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So many people aren’t aware that our fat cells will produce Estrogen until we die. They think that when they get to menopause, Estrogen drops and that’s it. It’s not true! We make Estrogen until the day we die in our fat cells.
The post menopause Estrogen we produce is called ‘Estrone’ and it’s just as potent as ‘Estradiol’, the Estrogen we make pre-menopause in our ovaries. Estradiol should be low in menopause. But whenever a woman goes to have a blood test, they would only test for the Estradiol, whether she’s pre or postmenopausal and this is wrong.
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The Lab result will show that your estrogen is low, but they have not tested for ‘Estrone’. They do not seem to know that menopausal women are still making ‘Estrone’ in their fat cells, so do men.
Men make Estrone as well and as they get older, their Estrogen level increases and the level of testosterone and progesterone decreases. This is another reason why they get these symptoms.
So, it’s important to realize, we still make Estrogen until we die but we do not make Progesterone in the quantities we did in our premenopausal years, we make very little and it’s mostly to do with brain nerves, that sort of function, rather than reproductive. So, it is important to realize that we need to supplement with Progesterone.
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