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Stop Hot Flashes - Hot Flushes - And Night Sweats Fast - Without Using HRT

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Hot Flushes Should Be Renamed Hot Flusters !!

Most ladies of a certain age will experience some changes during the menopause.

To be honest I was glad to join this set and see the back of my periods and all that went with them. PMS and later a tiny fibroid caused me no end of trouble all the way through my " fertile" life.

When it dawned on me that my Monthlies had finally come to an end I realised that I had not experienced any of the problems that besieged others going through the same changes, and I must admit I felt quite smug about that until one evening whilst enjoying supper with friends I was knocked for six by my first hot flush or hot flash as it is known in other parts of the world.

For anyone who has or is experiencing these flushes / flashes you will know just how embarrassing and unsettling they are. I couldn´t believe how quickly and intensely the heat and prickling built up and how agitated it made me feel, it was then I renamed them "hot flusters" because that´s just how I felt. Had I not been in the company of male friends I swear I would have started ripping off my clothes as I headed for a cold shower !!

Having suffered so much before reaching menopause I was damned sure I wasn´t going to put up with this latest curse and spoke to a friend of mine who just happens to be a doctor

Her advice was short and simple, she told me to start taking soy, and that was it !!

I admit I was a bit skeptical at first although I did recall reading many years ago that in Japan where they eat a lot of soy and soy products they do not have a word for menopause. But never the less even after just a few hot flushes I was desperate, so I rushed out to the shops right away and bought some Soy lecithin granules to sprinkle over food , and a carton of Soy milk ( This is what my friendly doctor used) And as if by magic it did the trick.

I noticed within days that I could feel a hot flush beginning but it never got a hold and worked its way into a frenzy, and within weeks all signs that one was on it´s way had ceased. My days of embarrassing and uncomfortable hot flushes had ended as quickly as they had began.

I can´t even begin to tell you how ecstatic I was to have found such a simple and quick cure, and I didn´t have to go down the HRT route. Having taken birth control pills for over 20 years I didn´t really fancy pumping myself full of synthetic hormones again.

Soy Facts

During and leading up to the menopause ( perimenopause) Our Estrogen and Progesterone levels start to drop, and it´s these changes in hormone levels that are believed to lead to hot flushes and other unpleasant menopausal symptoms.

Soy is a plant extract and contains Phytoestrogens which are believed to act in the same way as the Estrogen your body makes.

There is much debate going on as to whether soy is dangerous or helpful to those experiencing hot flushes who have had or have breast cancer. Some doctors believe it does no harm whilst others advise their patients to stop taking soy because they believe the mild rise in levels of Estrogen that soy produces, helps to feed the cancer.

I was also informed by a reader that she suffered Thyroid problems due to eating huge amounts of unfermented inorganic soy over a two year period.

The jury is out on that one, but it´s always advisable to get a medical opinion before embarking on any new health regime. More especially if you have other health problems or are taking medications of any kind and this includes herbal and homoeopathic

During my research I also found a lot to suggest that taking soy as a food, for example tofu, soy milk and soy nuts , rather than supplements was also thought by many to be better.

All I can say is that I have tried many different ways of taking soy including as a supplement and it does not appear to have harmed me in the least. It did stop the flushes in double quick time though and I hope reading this will help at least some of the millions of other women around the globe who are living with this daily and nightly disruption to their lives.

Hot flushes or flashes and night sweats are seriously not fun.


Please be aware that the author of this article is not a Doctor or Medic or in anyway trained in medicine and her views opinions and experiences are solely her own.

Soy worked for me and was suggested by my own GP but I would always advise that you go and see your doctor if you have any medical worries, and never ever take anything that was not prescribed for you, or is herbal or homoeopathic , or change your diet drastically without first seeking medical advise.

Read what webmd has to say about soy products.


Anne (author) from United Kingdom on June 03, 2013:

Hi Tonette.

I buy soy milkshakes here in Spain as I find these tasty and enjoyable. I did try plain soy milk but didn´t like the taste of that. The soy granules I tried were OK and you can sprinkle them on lots of different foods. I now buy soy capsules and take those only when I feel the flushes starting to return, they work well for me too.

Thank you again for reading and leaving a comment and also for the follow, you are very kind :)

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on June 03, 2013:

Soy! I was wondering if some of the chocolate drinks I like makes a good source of soy, or at least have some soy in them. I'll check. If doctors say it's helpful then it probably really is. You said it has helped you, then soy can truly be a good home solution. Thank you for this Anne. So glad I met you.

Hugs and smiles from the city of Generals! :=)-Tonette

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on May 04, 2013:

Hi Peggy. I am pleased you are past all that. I only experienced a few but having suffered terribly, really throughout my fertile life I just could not put up with anymore afterwards. I always strongly recommend that anyone suffering anything should first visit their doctor, in all my health hubs. What works for one person may be harmful to someone else and all those who promote even so called " natural" cures should do the same. Many thanks Peggy for taking the time to read and comment :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 04, 2013:

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Thank heavens I am past that stage of life...but it was miserable to say the least. Hot flashes and night sweats would make anyone cranky. Nice to know that there are possible natural methods to soften what nature has in store for us when we get to a certain age. Voted up, useful and interesting. Everyone should speak to their doctors and check out the latest medical findings which you nicely propose in this hub. Glad that it worked so well for you.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 22, 2013:

Hello again tebo. I was very pleased that a reader alerted me to the dangers of unfermented inorganic soy and thyroid problems , but I would always recommend checking with your doctor first. I´m pleased your thyroid problems are now under control. Thanks for taking the time to comment and it´s lovely to hear from you twice in one day :)

tebo from New Zealand on March 22, 2013:

Interesting about the soy products. When I found out I had thyroid problems I also read the foods to avoid, soy being one of them. I had recently gone dairy free and eaten a truckload of tofu and soy milk which probably added to my thyroid symptoms. My Doctor diagnosed my symptoms as hayfever so I took antihistamines. My hot flushes stopped, and I thought it was due to the antihistamines, but maybe it was the tofu. My thyroid is under control now with the help of iodine and I might just try out the soy theory without over doing it. Thanks for relaying your experiences.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 10, 2013:

Hi Nell . Good to hear from you. I added the bit about thyroid after a reader said eating loads of unfermented non organic soy over a 2 year period had caused her thyroid problems, I didn't pick that up whilst researching but thought I had better add it anyway just to be on the safe side. Actually Nell I would like to ask a question of you, did you have an under or overactive thyroid problem. The reason I ask is because my daughter suffers from under active thyroid and she keeps breaking out in a really bad rash, it now happens every day and just seems to come and go without rhyme nor reason and I´m wondering if this rash is associated with flushes, she hasn't´t mentioned that she feels hot when it happens, but maybe she has just overlooked that or not mentioned it. She has been allergy tested but quite frankly the findings don´t really add up because the things that she is allergic to are sometimes not present when the rash breaks out or are present when it goes away. I would really appreciate your answer to this question. I´m Ok by the way love, thank you for asking :)

Nell Rose from England on March 10, 2013:

Hi anne, who would have thought that soy would do it? I wish I had discovered it a couple of years ago, mind you my flushes were mixed with a bad thyroid, then I noticed your point about the thyroid being caused by it then realised I couldn't have taken it anyway, but my goodness talk about flush! lol! imagine those and a bad thyroid which causes flushes as well, I had more showers than anybody back then! lol! hope you're okay? nell

torrilynn on March 09, 2013:

yes she is over them and you are more than welcome. i hope for you to have a great weekend as well.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 09, 2013:

Hi Torrilynn.

I hope your Mom is now over her flashes and sweats, when people suffer them a lot it is uncomfortable and lack of sleep due to night sweats would make anyone cranky.

Thankyou for taking the time to read and leave a comment, have a great weekend :)

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 09, 2013:

Hi Tara.

I know what you mean love, I was so glad to see the back of mine too. maybe a trip to the doctor would be advisable for you, there are things that can help and it has to be worth a try. Maybe you too have a little uterine fibroid that is causing the terrible cramps, I had one and they certainly gave me horrible cramps and heavy blood loss.

torrilynn on March 09, 2013:

Hi Anne,

really nice hub that you have here

I feel that hot flashes and night sweats really changes the mood of someone

I remember when my mom was going through this time period and how she felt

its good to know the right information that can help stop these flashes.

thanks for the information and Voted up

Tara Carbery from Cheshire, UK on March 09, 2013:

Excellent hub Anne, I joke that I'm looking forward to my menopause as my periods are so hideous! A week each month i'm crippled with cramps and feel furious and weepy simultaneously! I shouldn't be so flippant though as the menopause holds a new array of joyous symptoms to adapt to. My best friend is 43 and had an early menopause at 40 and still gets hot flushes now!

I eat Tofu sometimes but should eat more. I tend to eat more quorn as it's cheaper. I'm going to start adding soya milk to smoothies and see how that goes. I hope you're feeling better now. Tara :)

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 09, 2013:

Hi Jaye. This is vital information and I am so pleased you posted it to me. I will look into this and then rethink the hub. Very many thanks for taking the time to enlighten me and others.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 09, 2013:

I lost most of my prior comment, and it's vitally important, so I'll retype and post it.

The Japanese eat mostly fermented soy, which is healthier than the non-fermented soy products promoted as being good for you. Most soybean products sold in the U.S. are not raised organically, so they may be soaked in a nasty chemical called hexene, which doesn't do your body any favors.

At any rate, non-fermented soy interferes with the normal function of the thyroid gland. I only wish I'd known this before I ate so much of it for two years while a strict vegan. Soy prevents the uptake of iodine by the thyroid, which can cause the gland to malfunction.

This happened to me, and my irreversibly damaged thyroid gland, enlarged to the point it was choking me and containing nodules that were wrapped around my esophagus, had to be surgically removed. Then I became one of those people who must take a thyroid extract (or synthetic extract) every day for life. This is not as good as having a normally-functioning thyroid gland.

There is plenty of information about the dangers of consuming non-fermented soy on the Internet. Stay away from forums about the topic, but search out articles written by reputable medical sources. There may be alternatives to soy and HRT for preventing hot flashes--I hope so--but please believe me when I say you don't want to wreck your thyroid gland to keep cool.


Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 09, 2013:

Hi Jaye. Although I only had a few flusters before soy, I did have other problems leading up to and after the big event. I think like you it´s always worth a self help try even if it does coincide with conventional medical treatment, with a consultation first of course with a doctor.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 09, 2013:

Hi Im. Thanks so much for sharing this hub, really appreciated. I am so glad i ran into you in such a roundabout way this morning, oh and by the way I shared your embarrassing place names around too, and just sent it to my daughter, she remembered wetwang too.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 09, 2013:

I have some firsthand experience with the consumption of soy. I was extremely lucky to have almost none of the symptoms of menopause reported by other women. I may have had a couple of hot flashes, or what I felt may have been because the air conditioner was on the blink! Lucky me, and I'm not downplaying what other women suffer. I'm all for anything that helps them through both perimenopause and the Big Event itself.

Karen Silverman on March 09, 2013:

Soy it is! Lol..

Thanks for the info...running out now..

voting up and sharing forward..

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on March 04, 2013:

Hi Kitty. If you had ever experienced hot flushes you wouldn´t be asking the last question LOL. However if something that is only a food can save people from the side effects of chemically produced drugs, all the better. Nice to hear from you and I have linked your latest hub :)

Kitty Fields from Summerland on March 04, 2013:

What awesome information you have here! I didn't know anything about soy and phytoestrogens before your hub. Wonderful info...and yes, the more we can spread the word about the risks of HRT the better. So many women I know personally are going through breast cancer because of taking the HRT their doctors prescribed for menopause. Why do we need to depress the body's natural phases, I wonder? Voted up and useful.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on February 28, 2013:

Hi Tilly. How lovely to hear from you my friend. I still can´t believe how effective something as simple as soy is. I recently started having flushes again after stopping taking my daily capsules of soy, but am back on them now and hey presto they have stopped, it´s incredible. Hope you are well Tilly mint and not suffering too much with the very bad weather you are having in the USA :)

Mary Craig from New York on February 28, 2013:

This hub could make female history! I'm over all of that but I know many still suffering that will be grateful for your discovery for sure! Occasionally I get a flash but figure it's a mini-vacation ;)

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Anne (author) from United Kingdom on February 19, 2013:

Hi Eddy. Thank you so much. Hope you are Ok and the weather is now picking up back in Wales :)

Eiddwen from Wales on February 19, 2013:

A great hub which I know many of us can relate to.

Thanks for sharing and I vote up,across and share all around.

Enjoy your day.


Anne (author) from United Kingdom on February 18, 2013:

Hola Bob.

I wish !! You are right about the weather but as for the rest ...well, maybe 20 years ago, your comment did make me giggle though.

Hope you are well.

Un besito y buenas noches x

diogenes from UK and Mexico on February 18, 2013:


It's not hot flushes, it's the weather in Valencia and the hot glances from all those varones checking you out

Soy there, mamacita!


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