I'm burning up, thanks for asking.
March 30, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
In the past few months I've gone from healthy, active 49 year old woman to sweat-dripping, unable-to-sleep menopausal woman.
I need help with hot flashes that are happening up to 20 times daily, each lasting anywhere from one to ten minutes, and the night sweats that are waking me up pretty much hourly with a damp-to-soaking-wet bed. They're uncomfortable, they're gross, I stink to high heaven, and I need help managing them.
What menopause hacks can you share?
posted by kinetic to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I exercise (yoga, weights, running), have an active but stressful career (high school principal), and I live with my teenage son and our cats. I meditate and can deal with stress pretty well. I don't drink or smoke. Sometimes if I can't sleep, I'll take benadryl (but that's it for medications). I do take D, B-complex, magnesium and calcium supplements.
Last year I had an ovary removed as well as successful treatment for Stage 1 cervical cancer. I've had two menstrual periods in the past year; the most recent was a month ago.
My main problem is the sweating. I've got an appointment with a new gyn next month but in the meantime, I'm looking for ideas to help me. I've read about Black Cohosh, about wearing wicking camisoles and changing throughout the day, about sleeping with a fan, etc.
I didn't want to try anything until I put the question to AskMe.