March 26, 2018
I felt my first hot flash on January 20th of this year, which was 20 days after the start of my last period. It was a subtle sense of warmth and not at all bothersome. I didn’t really know what it was until it kept happening every evening. Along with the mild warmth, I felt an odd energy sensation up near my neck, like a buzzing. It’s hard to describe. It would last maybe 30 seconds. I don’t know why the flashes only started up in the evening (like 6 p.m. ish), but that was the pattern.
I started having really poor sleep because of this new phenomenon. The frequency of the flashes ramped up as the days went on. The heat increased a bit, although ‘hot’ is not the word that fits. If there was sweat it was quite minimal. This was not at all like times in the past when I’d wake up drenched in sweat.
I’ve always been a sleep-with-socks-on-but-little-else type of person. Socks were always a necessity. The only exception was during the heat of summer. Now I kick my socks off…and it’s winter!
The menopause-based insomnia seemed directly related to the hot flashes. They’d wake me up. I’d push my comforter off, but within a few minutes I’d get cold again. I’d cover up again, fall back asleep, then wake up again. This would go on all night. This was not good, needless to say!
The other symptom that I experienced was a feeling of irritation or chafing or sensitivity or soreness right near my urethral opening. Looking in a handheld mirror, there was a redness. For a few weeks, intercourse was not comfortable. It wasn’t infection, it was hormonal. I thought that was the end of sex as I knew it.
Fast forward to now…
I don’t notice any hot flashes. I sleep just fine. I don’t have the irritation. I have comfortable intercourse. Phew.
Here’s what’s working for me:
- I take Emerita Midlife Balance Formula 2x per day. This is an oral supplement that contains Red Clover Extract, Eleuthero root, Dandelion root, Dandelion leaf extract, Alfalfa leaf, Black Cohosh Extract root extract, and Chaste Tree Berry.
- I rub about 1/2 teaspoon of MoonMaid Botanicals’ ProMeno Women’s Wild Yam Cream on my arms, at bedtime.
- I obtained some lavender essential oil. It’s supposed to be good for sleep. I mixed the oil in a carrier oil. I dab my finger in it, then rub it on my neck, at bedtime.
I started the supplement on February 7th and the cream on February 10th. In my calendar on February 17th and 18th I wrote that I slept much better. The next week my sleep was back to normal. The flashes became minimal. The change for the better was like night and day!!
I don’t know if the flashes were going to die down on their own or not (I doubt it). I don’t know which product is helping more or less than the other one. I have confounding variables at play! But- I don’t want to change what is working!
I am healed!