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About Night Sweats
The cause of night sweats and hot flashes, in women over forty, is primarily the fluctuation and hormonal decline in female hormones. There are, however, certain supplements that may help manage the unpleasant, albeit fairly common, issue of night sweats.
Night sweats are our nightly visits from our sister, hot flashes – the medical term for night sweats is, ‘sleep hyperhidrosis’. Night sweats are related to a sudden and abrupt decline of female hormones – oestrogens and progesterone – which occurs in perimenopause (the transition into menopause). The decline creates an imbalance in ratio between these two important hormones. This imbalance can make life very difficult to live with!
Common symptoms of night sweats are intense and sudden heat, irregular heartbeat, chills, shakes and shivers, nausea, and headaches. Women who experience night sweats may suffer from insomnia, sleep disorders, difficulty in concentrating and/or focusing, anxiety and irritability, and high-stress levels.
Hot flash is the most common complaint of menopausal women.
About 50 to 85% of menopausal women around the world (nearly 360 million) over 45 years of age experience it.
Hot flash is temporary among the majority of women, who recover during 6 months to 2 years. However, in 26% of women it lasts about 6 to 10 years and In 10% of women more than 10 years.
Folic Acid and Hot Flashes.
Soheila Bani, Shirin Hasanpour, Leila Farzad Rick, Hadi Hasankhani, et al. The Effects of Folic Acid on Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Caring Sci: 2013 Jun;2(2):131-140.
Gaweesh S, Ewies AA. Folic acid supplementation cures hot flushes in postmenopausal women. Med Hypotheses. 2010;74(2):286–8. (PubMed).
Studies have also noted that folate, with a mechanism similar to hormone replacement therapy (HRT), can improve hot flash by interfering with monoamine neurotransmitters called norepinephrine and serotonin. Only one research has been conducted on the effects of folic acid therapy on menopausal hot flash. This study has been performed by Gaweesh and Ewies on 46 healthy menopausal women, who suffered from hot flash. The results of this study indicated that folic acid decreased hot flash; there was a 65% improvement of hot flash in the treatment group and 16% in the control group, this difference was significant (p = 0.002). In this survey folic acid (5 mg) was recommended as an affordable, safe, and acceptable method compared to HRT for women.
Hickey M, Emery LI, Gregson J, Doherty DA, Saunders CM. Teh multidisciplinary management of menopausal symptoms after breast cancer: a unique model of care. Menopause. 2010 Jul;17(4):727-33. doi: 10.1097/gme.0b013e3181d672f6.