Flash Point

Hot flashes.

Power surges.

Hormonally induced temperature fluctuations.

Whatever you call them, they’re not pleasant. I’ve been suffering with them for almost 10 years now, although in the past six months they’ve diminished quite a bit.

At least my hot flashes are predictable. For instance, I always have one when I first wake up, no matter what time it is. I always have one just after a hot bath.  I always have one when starting to drink my second cup of coffee in the morning. And I usually get at least one during handbell rehearsals.  All seeming to prove the theory that hot water, caffeine, and stress promote them.

However, I do not get them from drinking wine, which is purportedly another common trigger.

Something to be grateful for.

I’ve tried several different “natural” remedies – black cohosh, soy products, St. John’s Wort – but nothing seemed very effective. My doctor has offered to prescribe HRT (hormone replacement therapy), but I’ve never wanted to use it because there are too many side effects with any kind of synthetic hormones. Besides, you never know what the long term effects might be.

Here’s the oddest thing. When I was helping take care of my grandson just after he was born in November, I stopped having them all together. For about four weeks, I didn’t have one single hot flash. But within a week of returning home they returned on their same predictable schedule.

 I’m wondering if just being around a baby – smelling his heavenly baby aroma, touching his tiny baby hands and feet, feeling the silky softness of his cheek against mine – could have inspired my tired old body to produce just one more little surge of estrogen, enough to prevent those hot flashes from making an appearance.
If so, that’s all the more reason to spend more time cuddling baby Connor.
I wonder if my doctor would prescribe that for me?



7 thoughts on “Flash Point

  1. Get some Estroven–it really helped my daughter. I think you may be right about taking care of the baby–your brain may have put our more estrogen as a result. I remember when my grandchild was born–my 6th grandchild, but 1st for my youngest daughter. I picked him up and he looked exactly like his mother did when she was born. I felt a warmth start at my head and move down my body–especially warm over my chest area. It felt like my “milk” was coming in and it astounded me!!! I was well into menopause at the time. Weird.

    • Wow, what an interesting experience! I think we have more instincts than we even realize -our bodies react in instinctual ways sometimes.

      I did try Estroven back in the early days and it helped for a while.

  2. When my first grandson was born, I had a dream that my milk came in. (It didn’t.)
    I’m glad your were temporarily flash-free. A grandbaby with benefits!

  3. I think you are going to have some Connor medicine soon! Hope you find it as effective as before! I’ve been lucky with no real hot flashes (about a year of periodic night sweats, nothing too bad.) Hope yours go away soon!

  4. Oh, gosh – ten years is a long time to endure that kind of business. I was very lucky, and escaped them almost completely – if Connor is a good antidote, I saw take as much as you need!

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