Posted on: 20 January 2022Share
Hot flashes and night sweats are several of the most common symptoms of perimenopause. The sudden feeling of heat all over your body is enough to make you want to jump into a frozen pond. Of course, you won't do that, but you may peel off a layer or two of clothing, splash cool water on yourself, and frantically fan your face until the hot flash subsides. For many, anxiety and rapid, irregular heartbeats accompany the hot flashes, which can make them even more difficult — and quite scary — to deal with.
Thankfully, there are bioidentical hormone replacement therapies available that may help relieve hot flashes and night sweats, as well as irregular heartbeats and feelings of anxiety.
Low or Fluctuating Estrogen Causes Symptoms
As women grow older and near menopause, their estrogen levels decrease. Estrogen is the hormone responsible for controlling the growth of the uterine lining to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. During perimenopause, estrogen fluctuates while the body goes into menopause, which is diagnosed when you've gone exactly one year from your last menstrual cycle and is also called postmenopause. At this point, estrogen levels are low.
Amazingly, people can still experience symptoms like hot flashes long after they've gone through menopause, sometimes into their 70s. That can be a bit of a daunting thought for those who are starting the journey and experiencing their first hot flashes and night sweats. Due to the possibility of having to deal with these issues for a very long time, you'll want to start a treatment plan that can help: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Balance Your Imbalanced Hormones to Reduce Symptoms
Since you experience the symptoms due to your hormones being imbalanced, a good way to find relief from your symptoms is to balance your hormones with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Typically, this type of therapy involves the use of creams or gels that contain a bioidentical hormone. Sometimes, patches or pills containing bioidentical hormones can be used.
Often, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy combined with a holistic approach can help improve your quality of life so you don't get overwhelmed by hot flashes at the most inopportune times. Part of a holistic approach may involve dietary changes to include phytoestrogens in your diet, which are found in whole grains, legumes, and seeds, as well as the use of supplements that can help treat hormonal symptoms, such as folate, St John's wort, and omega-3 fatty acids.