New Menopause Drug Comes with Side Effects

The FDA has approved a new drug to treat hot flashes in menopausal women called Brisdelle. It is a form of Paxil, an antidepressant. Antidepressants are not a new treatment for menopausal symptoms.  Medications such as Effexor, Paxil, and Prozac can decrease hot flashes and night sweats. They are not as effective as hormone therapy … Continued

Estrogen: a hormone that serves many needs

It is quite common for female patients of mine to question me concerning the need for estrogen as part of their bioidentical hormone regimen This is especially true if they don’t have symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. In fact most physicians will only recommend estrogen to woman who have severe symptoms like … Continued

Hot Flashes

Many women we see at BodylogicMD of Sacramento have hot flashes as a chief complaint. A lot of these women are still having periods, although often not in a regular way. These hot flashes are annoying during the day but sometimes debilitating at night. Women often wake up in a puddle of sweat multiple times … Continued

Hormonal Spin Cycle

“What happened? I was doing so well for so long. I haven’t changed a thing and now all of a sudden my symptoms are coming back.” This is something I hear occasionally from a patient who has indeed been doing well, and then out of the blue their symptoms return. Maybe it is hot flashes, … Continued

Menopausal Madness

Are you a woman of middle age or maybe even older who feels like your health is just slipping away? If everything up north is now going south, and you have lost your overall vibrancy and spark of life, hormonal imbalance may be your problem. With all the conflicting reports regarding hormones and replacement, it … Continued

It’s a Wrap: This Week in Hormones…

There’s been a lot of talk about hormones in the media lately and the bioidentical hormone experts compiled a list of some recent articles that you might find interesting. September 2011 – While hair loss is oftentimes thought of as a problem that only men have to deal with, many women also suffer from conditions that can … Continued

How to control and prevent hot flashes during menopause

Many different things can trigger a hot flash. Emotional triggers, such as embarrassment, are among the most common. Other hormonal issues can also be triggers for hot flashes. For example, if you take too much thyroid hormone for hypothyroidism, you may have a hot flash. Elevated cortisol levels due to stress can also lead to hot flashes. Other potential triggers include fluctuating blood sugar levels, any kind of adrenaline surge, alcohol and foods that contain MSG.

What is a hot flash and what causes them?

Hot flashes are easily among the best-known symptoms of menopause, but do you really know what they are? What’s happening, and what can you do about them? Do all women experience them the same way, or do different women have different hot flashes?

Sleep and Hormones: What’s the connection?

Sometimes, even if you have excellent sleep hygiene, you can still have difficulty sleeping. Hormones can definitely affect your sleep, too — especially in women, and especially during and after menopause. Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats can reduce your sleep quality and even interrupt sleep cycles.

Rachael Ray Tackles Menopause

Today Rachel Rachael Ray talks about what women can do to prevent menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, menopause weight gain, adrenal fatigue and mood swings.