The intensity, regularity and duration of hot flashes and night sweats vary amongst women. Both of these symptoms are attributed to the menopause, a period of change that most commonly occurs in women in their late 40′s and early 50′s. A recent study, included in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, decided to focus on a group of postmenopausal women who had chosen hormone replacement therapy and were aged between 55 and 65. This gave the study an average participation age of 62, with most test participants living in urban, middle class areas of developed countries.
The primary aim of this study was to look at the relationship between HRT and future occurrences of night sweats and hot flashes. Each women completed a survey regarding their lifestyle history, previous medical conditions and the extent in which they used HRT. The results provided some very interesting titbits of data that can hopefully allow women approaching the menopause to make better informed choices.
Of all the women surveyed, a total of 90% had experienced hot flashes in their life to date. In addition to this a further 55% were currently experiencing hot flashes and night sweats on a regular basis at the time of questioning, which also had a close link to previous lifestyle choices and psychological conditions. Women who were smokers, suffered from depression, maintained a poor diet and lack of exercise, had a large alcohol intake and had been through a hysterectomy, were all experiencing more frequent bouts of hot flashes and night sweats.
Many women hope that HRT can reduce many of the unpleasant menopausal symptoms, but one major find, attributed to this study, is that most women who chose to undertake HRT actually continued to experience hot flashes and night sweats long after they ceased HRT. For most women, the flashes and sweats were still prevalent in those women into their 60′s.
The scientists who conducted this study all concurred that “There is a need for effective non-hormonal treatments for women with problematic hot flushes and night sweats, and for women who have a recurrence of hot flushes after they stop taking hormone therapy.”
One such treatment is Curcuma Comosa, a herbal remedy that focuses on naturally balancing the hormones. This herb is still relatively unknown in Western countries, but has been commonplace throughout Asia for decades. The reasons for Curcuma Comosa‘s popularity in its home region are numerous. Firstly, it has no negative side effects, so it can be consumed on a regular basis without hindering normal day to day life. In addition to this, it also has many physical benefits for women beyond relieving hot flashes and night sweats. Many women have reported that Curcuma Comosa has reduced feelings of depression, increased their libido and added strength to the uterine wall.