Tricia--I presume you are perimenopausal? (Periods might be coming fairly erratically, or have stopped?) Because your symptoms certainly are consistent with perimenopause/menopause. A couple of lifestyle issues: Are you keeping your bedroom cool at night? It does help to do so. Also you might want to try some cooling pillows, which help to keep you cooler directly. You should keep a dry nightgown next to your bed-so that if you wake up all sweaty, you can change night gowns, without having to get up and further wake yourself up. If you do sleep with a partner (now this is for the winter time)-do get a dual control electric blanket-so that you can keep yourself cool, and your partner won't freeze. If these don't totally do the trick, you might want to try Remifemin® menopause relief,* which is a unique, specially made black cohosh and helps control hot flashes and night sweats.* There is also a product made called Remifemin® Good Night, which besides black cohosh contains some sleep support herbs, like lemon balm, valerian & hops for improved sleep.* That you take at night; Remifemin you would take during the day. Hope you will get some better sleep soon.
Janet--Alas, menopause itself can contribute to weight gain; women typically gain about 5-8 pounds going through menopause; probably related to decreased metabolic activity of the body. Some of the medications used to treat the symptoms of menopause can also help put the pounds on. Most notably, certain SSRI antidepressants can do that, as can gabapentin. So if you are taking medications, do bring up the weight gain issue with your provider. If you are suffering from hot flashes, you may want to consider Remifemin® menopause relief,* if you haven't yet tried it. It does not put weight on you, and does help many menopausal women with hot flashes.* (And you can try it even if you are already on the other medications.) Good luck.
* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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