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Menopause symptoms like hot flashes addressed with innovative preparations for a healthy boost

Nearly 75% of women report hot flashes to varying degrees before and during menopause, and Supplement Spot carries a number of natural products designed to assist in healthy menopause

FORT WORTH, TX -- The “M” word – menopause – comes into play for every woman round about age 51, although the ending of the natural menstrual cycle can occur as early as the 30s and some women don’t enter the territory until their 60s. In any case, women in the tail end of the Baby Boom Generation – those people born between 1946 and 1964 – are close to or have entered the average age of menopause and studies show that nearly 75% of menopausal American women experience the discomfort of hot flashes.

Hot flashes are described as a feeling of warmth that rushes over women, beginning in the head and neck areas and taking over the entire body. There is no known definitive cause for hot flashes, however it is assumed that hot flashes are brought on by hormonal changes occurring in a woman’s body as the result of onrushing menopause. Menopause itself, clinically speaking, is the absence of a menstrual period for 12 months straight, and many women begin the menopausal phase by experiencing irregular menstrual periods for some time prior to cessation of menstruation. Though not a medical term, the entire time leading up to menopause and through the natural occurrence is referred to as perimenopause, and the time after the last menstrual period is called postmenopause. Hot flashes can be experienced before and during the cessation of menstruation, with most women reporting the flashes abating or ending by the time true menopause has arrived.

Still, hot flashes can range from mildly problematic and occurring infrequently, to regular uncomfortable events that may cause night sweats, and some women experience symptoms for the rest of their lives. Hot flashes occur when the blood vessels near the skin's surface dilate to cool, and while there is a sensation of heat, this also often produces a flushed, red look to the face and neck; when this occurs it is often referred to as a hot flush. Many women also report episodes of sweating, and a few experience an elevation of heart rate and even, ironically, chills.

Since hot flashes don’t happen to all menopausal women, and the degree of occurrence varies widely, there is no known cure or even a universal treatment to avoid or lessen symptoms. Anecdotally, however, the literature on hot flashes indicates that the frequency and severity of hot flashes may be increased by certain events and food, and these are called triggers. Chief among the reported triggers are stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, cigarette smoke, too much heat, and even tight clothes. Obviously, avoiding the triggers is recommended.

Many women who have experienced menopause and hot flashes, and also medical people consulted for the conditions, also recommend staying cool and especially keeping one’s bedroom cool, with such techniques as chilling pillows to combat the flashes. Further, many report that deep abdominal breathing for 15 minutes both in the morning and the evening seems to ease symptoms, and so too does regular daily exercise, like walking, dancing, biking and working out.

Treating menopause and its related conditions medically varies from doctor to doctor and patient and, of course, as with all things medical it is best to consult with one’s own physician. In many cases the medical treatment involves short-term (less than 5 years) hormone replacement therapy, and there is emerging science in the area of bio-identical hormones that seem to be favored by some women and some medical personnel. Any form of hormone replacement treatment, however, carries a number of health risks, including blood clots, and once again should be conducted, if at all, under medical supervision.

There are also a number of non-medical vitamins, minerals, preparations and supplements that are reported to offer health benefits for women experiencing menopause. It is recommended that anything added to one’s diet or introduced on health grounds should be discussed with one’s physician.

Included in the supplemental category recommended for boosting health among menopausal women are such vitamins as Vitamin B complex and Vitamin E.

On the preparation side of the equation, Supplement Spot, a leading online purveyor of cutting-edge natural health and anti-aging products, carries a number of items in its Women’s Health section that offer a healthy boost for menopausal women.

Three products from Supplement Spot in particular stand out in the product category of progesterone gels and creams: Healthy Progesterone Cream, Natural Progesterone Cream, and Natural Progesterone Gel.

All three feature formulations that deliver 500 mg per ounce of USP micronized progesterone that is bio-identical in a measured pump to insure consistent application. It just all depends on what each woman prefers, a gel or a cream.

Supplement Spot makes the two progesterone creams, which are essentially the same, because they originally evolved in separate manufacturing environments and the names of these popular products – Healthy and Natural – each have their followers. The ingredients of Healthy Progesterone Cream are:  Deionized Water, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Glycerin Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Beeswax, Carbopol, TEA, Optiphen Plus (paraben-free preservative), 500 mg per oz USP Progesterone. For Natural Progesterone Cream the ingredients are: Distilled Water, Grapeseed Oil, Sunflower Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerine, Cetearyl Glucoside, DMDM Hydantoin, 500 mg per oz USP Progesterone, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Xantham Gum, Caprylic Acid, Glycine, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Iodopropynyl Carbamate.

For Natural Progesterone Gel the formulation includes: Deionized Water, 500 mg per oz USP Progesterone, Carbopol, TEA, Optiphen Plus (a paraben-free preservative). This gel is 99.9% water-based, leaving practically nothing on your skin but the active progesterone.

Women throughout the world are becoming better acquainted with the health benefits of natural progesterone. Natural progesterone reduces the symptoms and discomfort of Menopause, PMS and Premenopause. Many women find that by supplementing their hormone production with natural progesterone they will reduce many or most of their menopausal symptoms. The presence of progesterone in the body sensitizes estrogen receptor sites thus enabling estrogen to work more efficiently. Progesterone is a precursor to other hormones in the body including estrogen, testosterone, and especially the corticosteroids.

The late Dr. John Lee, a medical doctor who advised against conventional synthetic hormone therapy in a series of best-selling books on menopause, lists the following benefits of natural progesterone:

•Restores sex drive
•Help maintain healthy moods
•Facilitates thyroid hormone action
•Normalizes zinc and copper levels
•Helps the body use fat for energy
•Improves sleep patterns
•Restores proper oxygen cell levels
•Natural diuretic

Supplement Spot, which carries a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, supplements and natural preparations that address health, skin care and beauty, features a number of products that concern health and well-being for women, with many of them specifically addressing health and wellness of menopausal women. For complete information search the Supplement Spot website and call toll-free 866-285-1998.