Hot MaMa Needs Help!!!!
I am 54 and have been going through menopause for 10 years now. I am healthy, exercise regularly, do not smoke, drink in moderation, eat as natural as is possible and take vitamin supplements. I had a hysterectomy 8/2009 due to prolapse. Recently, the past 2 or 3 years, my hot flashes have become so violent I was forced to go on estrogen (without progesterone) pills. Besides profuse sweating my heartbeat would accelerate to 130-150 beats per minute (I am normally 70 beats per minute) and I would become extremely lightheaded, dizzy and nauseous. I had to weigh my disdain for taking these pills against the possibility of a stroke due to increased blood pressure during these episodes. I have tried herbs (Don Quoi, primrose oil, vitex (to name a few), a natural progesterone cream, numerous synergistic womenís wellness products found in health food stores, and even a Chinese herbal mixture.
I really need help!!! I fear the potential cancer implications of taking estrogen pills. I have led a life of dealing with health problems in as natural a way as possible, avoiding medication, and want so desperately to get off these pills. I occasionally go off them for weeks at a time, and have tried 2 days on 1 day off and every other day, but the flashes return with a vengeance. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!