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ask: At what age does one enter menopause/perimenopause?

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I have had hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, but my sex drive with my boyfriend is threw the roof. Is there any herbal or homeopathis remedies i can take to calm my body? thank you

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Teresa Wimer Duggan Triplett

At age 40 I had my ovarias removed, at 55 all hot flashes gone. I seem to be having a problem with clitoris being asleep,desire is very high. I am trying to use supplements but there seems to be little information thats clear on what herb's and vitamens. Help!!!!

April 8, 2013 - 2:02pm
T888

thank you for your insight.

March 13, 2013 - 9:26pm
Candylynn Marie

HI Maryann, I just found out what made me itch, it was the sofa that I was sleeping on. I still have the hot flashes, which I do not know what to do.. I am totally at a lost

March 12, 2013 - 8:43pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Candylynn Marie)

Hello Candylynn Marie,

Glad to hear that you discovered the trigger of your itching.
You might find this article on how to cope with hot flashes helpful
http://www.empowher.com/hot-flashes/content/hot-flashes-how-cope

Maryann

March 13, 2013 - 5:16pm
Candylynn Marie

I am going through hot flashes , no night sweats, just the hot flashes and now I am going through the fact that I am itching, it seems like all over, I have put on lotion and I am still itching.. tell me what to do? I have tried Aveeno Lotion , but to no avail, because I am still itching, I don't know what else to do?

March 9, 2013 - 6:43pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Candylynn Marie)

Hello Candylynn Marie,

I can image how uncomfortable and frustrated you must be. Do you notice any changes to your skin, in addition to the itching? Is your skin dry and chapped? Do you notice a rash or patches of red, dry skin?

Contact dermatitis may be a cause. Or you may have a severe case of dry skin. You may consider consulting your primary care physician or a dermatologist. Once you know the cause, then you can find a treatment.

Maryann

March 12, 2013 - 5:30pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,

That is a very good question.

Perimenopause can be thought of as the menopause transition. It is the interval in which a woman's body makes a natural shift from more-or-less regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent infertility, or menopause. Women start this transition at different ages. Generally, a woman begins noticing signs in her 40s, while it is not uncommon for some women to enter perimenopause when they are in their 30s.

Once you've gone through 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, you've officially reached menopause, and the perimenopause period is over.

Black cohash, an herbal extract, and phytoestrogens, which are plant-derived compounds that have estrogen-like properties, are used to treat hot flashes. Do not take any herbal supplements before checking with your physician.

Be careful using phyotestrogen supplements if you have an increased risk of a disease or condition that's affected by hormones, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or breast, uterine or ovarian cancer. Also, be cautious if you're already taking a medication that increases your level of estrogen, such as birth control pills, hormone therapy or tamoxifen.

Maryann

March 5, 2013 - 6:05pm
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