HOT Flashes -- how do you shut them down when it's really important?

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Posted 12/3/2012 by Pea-T-A-Mom in NSBR Board

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:32:14 PM
I'm experiencing the lovely state of Peri menopause.

Hot flashes come and go, often.

Especially when I am stressed.

I will be on a stage, with hot lights, giving a presentation in a few days. I do not want to be a slick mess of sweat.

What can I do to make myself not go into hotflash mode????



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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:43:04 PM
poise has a line of products that might help. I've not tried them myself but it couldn't hurt. I also heard there's a cooling wrap you can put on around your neck. I wish I could remember who makes it, but maybe another pea will know

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:48:26 PM
Make sure you bring ice water to drink too. Can't figure out why I'm getting hot flashes (had a hysterectomy but kept my ovaries and I'm not in menopause according to my bloodwork). I can't imagine being under hot lights if a hot flash happens. Maybe (hopefully!!), it won't happen!

Bring the water to drink. I got the cold/neck thing in a drugstore--it helps (but it looks silly), or you could bring any decent looking handtowel (I carry little washcloths to wipe down my face and neck).

Good luck! Ooh, you could also try the black cohosh. It did work for me for a few weeks....

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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:23:21 PM

poise has a line of products that might help

I am not experiencing those kinds of symptoms.

I am hot, all the time. Everyone else is shivering in this 50-60s climate, and I am sweating.

I dress in capris while everyone else is bundled up.

It's usually fine, because I can dress in shorts while everyone else is in sweatpants, but the fact that I have to give this presentation on stage, under hot lights, ugh. I plan to cover every inch of my self with talc powder.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:30:24 PM
My mom swears by soy milk. She got some chocolate milk drink at Costco and she says the hot flashes are less frequent and not as bad.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:46:12 AM
My mom uses clary sage essential oil. A lot of women have good success with that. She puts a drop on the back of her neck each morning. The oil helps regulate your hormones and helps you feel more normal. She says it has helped a lot, and she does not have as many menopausal problems.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 5:54:16 AM
The new Poise Productline is for overall peri/menopausal symptoms.

They have a Hot Flash Comfort Roll-On and Cooling Towelettes.

When a hot flash strikes, all you can think of is cooling down. Poise* Roll-On Cooling Gel is a revolutionary new product that helps you feel comfortable and refreshed. Gently roll it onto your wrists, chest or neck for a cooling sensation that lasts up to 10 minutes. It's lightly scented, moisturizing and discreet.

Hot Flash Relief

Also there is a product out there called "i-Cool". They are soy supplements you take that are supposed to help hot flashes. I didn't take them long enough -so not sure if anyone else had success with them.

Also I resorted to using certain dry or Degree Clinical Protection Deodorant around my neck and forehead - it does work.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 6:58:07 AM
Eliminate all sugar ...

Google "foods that trigger hot flashes"; you'll get lots of hits and you can check out the sources that you trust.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:26:19 AM
Have you tried taking Black Cohosh? Also, drink ice cold water. Wear cool clothing that breathes and won't show if you do perspire. Lastly, there are these cooling wraps that go around your neck (like a tiny scarf). With the right clothing you could hide it or just use it right before you go on.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:37:58 AM
I cannot have chocolate or red wine because it intensifies my hot flashes. I tried the black cohash supplement and it did not help at all with hot flashes and it did make my breasts painfully sore. Wasn't expecting that side effect!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:08:17 AM
Thanks for the oil recommendation. I'm trying that.

I haven't slept well in 2 weeks because of these. I'm worn out!

Please report back if anyone has any success with anything.

I read about the Poise but it sounded like it is something to just help cool you down not 'stop' them. I'm sure there has got to be something out there!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:21:39 AM
I had a total hysterectomy and had my ovaries removed earlier this year, and my doctor recommended Estroven... it contains the black cohosh, soy, and a number of other herbs, vitamins, etc. I haven't had a hot flash since the first week I took it-- I highly recommend at least trying it.

(it's over the counter, in the vitamin section.)

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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:26:17 AM
Definitely ice on your jugular and wrists.

Maybe you could put an ice pack in your underwear and bra while on stage.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:29:08 AM
Just marking my place on this thread cause I can't figure out how to bookmark it.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:41:28 AM
Also marking my place! Though I did want to second the clary sage oil. I have heard it works very well.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:49:59 AM
I use pro-gest cream it work wonders for me


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:51:01 AM
Unfortunately, I don't think there is anything that is a way to stop hot flashes as medical science still doesn't really understand what causes them.

Mayo Clinic info

It's one of those areas, that one can't help but wonder if most medical researchers were women -that we'd have more definitive answers by now!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:08:15 AM
try cutting back significantly on all carbs. (not sure there is enough time before your presentation to make a difference). When my sister did a low carb diet and she was in the middle of full blown menopause her hot flashes went away. When she went back to a normal diet they came back. This may just have been the way her body works but it is worth a try.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:25:37 AM
I don't know how to do it in your situation, but I can say that any hot flashes I had been having have all but disappeared since I reduced my caffeine intake. I drink one Diet Coke a day, that's it. Since I started doing that, I hardly have them.

Just something to try, who knows! Good luck with your presentation!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:02:38 AM
Buy one of those Frog Wraps for your neck. I am 99% sure that is the product name, and use it under your top at the base of your neck.

I had to go on bio-identical hormones to make them go away for me, but in the short term, try the FW.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:03:07 AM
I exercise 3 times a week for an hour and that usually keeps hot flashes at bay. If I don't I find I get irritable and suffer more easily from Hot Flashes. I did the Estoven but didn't help that much. I also dress in layers so if I have to go down to a cami I can, otherwise I usually have a sweater or blazer on.

Easing your mind is also a good way to relax yourself if you feel a flash coming on. I hear Yoga is good for this as well. Haven't tried it yet.

Perhaps you can request a fan be near to blow some light air where you are giving your presentation at, that might also help. Good Luck

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:03:02 PM
I have found taking vitamins aimed at menopausal women to help ( I am taking Menopace but I expect that is a UK thing.) The other thing I have found that cools me quickly is to use a really fine spray, such as Evan in the little aerosol they do, or the one I like which has essential oils is the Caudalie beauty elixir. A quick spritz of that is amazingly cooling and soothing to the face.

By the way be careful if you decide to take Black cohosh as there have been a few warnings about it being toxic recently.

ETA I have just remembered this website that was recommended to me a while ago- I need to look at it myself! It's all about natural aids to menopausal symptoms

Natural menopause

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:42:06 PM
I don't think it is the caffeine at least for me. I haven't been drinking diet coke for quite some time.

The carbs? I can try. I've had more carbs since Thanksgiving then I've had in a long while.

I've resorted to having a hand fan by my bedside so I can cool off.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 3:26:31 PM
I swear by flaxseed oil. I take one capsule a day. Take every day and I don't get any

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:56:17 PM
I also had a radical hysterectomy this year and the hot flashes started immediately. 40-50 a day, with every single pore sweting. I tried black cohash and estroven and other other the counter remedies.

Only thing that has worked for me is Effexor (venlafaxine). It's an SNRI and though usually used for depression it has worked exceptionally well for my hot flashes.

I still have a few a day, but they are FAR less frequent or intense.

Oh, and I have had no side effects (though some people lose weight).
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