My Addams Family Hot Flash

Thursday, March, 14, 2013 < Back to Blog Posts

You might remember where you were when man first walked on the moon, you had your first kiss, or when your child took their first step. I remember where I was when I had my first true hot flash.

When I was in perimenopause, leading up to menopause, I thought I might be one of the lucky ones to not experience much when it came to hot flashes. These people do exist however they are as rare as having your hair turn out just the way you wanted at a special occasion. So you see, they are not the majority.

I actually began with what I termed to be “cold flashes.” I would be freezing and it didn’t really matter what the weather was outside or inside, it was happening inside of me. This went on for a few years, and I thought possibly the idea of a hot flash sounded kind of good because I was so tired of being cold. All the descriptions of “my personal summer” sounded almost like an instant Hawaiian vacation without the horror of me sitting on a beach.

But then one day, I was sitting at my desk at work, and it happened. The intense heat, the sweating, the rapid heartbeat and I really had to look at my co-worker and utter those immortal words; is it hot in here or is it me?  When she looked at my totally flushed, red face, she was relieved to assure me, it was all me.

Right then I had the perfect word to describe that experience: creepy. It wasn’t pleasant, or soothing, or comforting. It was creepy. It was just like Vic Mizzy’s song from one of my favorite childhood TV shows, The Addams Family.

They're creepy and they're kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They're altogether ooky,
My very own hot flash. 

Sorry Vic, I had to rewrite the last line.

And so it began.  My estrogen levels had decreased to the point that my  hypothalamus had falsely detected an increase in my body temperature and my body reacted to cool itself down. That’s what I deduced after researching hot flashes. I knew I wasn’t going to take Hormone Replacement Therapy.  That’s why I was so happy to find out about Remifemin®.  Remifemin has been the key to helping me control those “creepy” hot flashes. It’s clinically proven to help reduce menopausal symptoms by up to 70%*, but I would say for me, the results have been closer to 90%...especially when I take the 80 mg level of two regular Remifemin in the morning and a Remifemin Good Night at night.

How would you describe your hot flashes? You have lots of opportunities to comment on your experiences with menopause and learn from other ladies on this required journey on our Remifemin Facebook page. I hope to hear from you.
Meanwhile, feel free to sing my version of the song. It may give you a smile on a day when you need it.

Snap. Snap.

Michele is a real person who is experiencing menopause just like you. If you have a menopause-related question, a story to share, or you just need to vent, go to our Remifemin Facebook page.