|Hot Flashes/Night Sweats: Occur in 70 to 85 percent of women and are triggered by falling estrogen and above-normal FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels. Average age of onset = 48. Mainfests as intense heat over face, scalp and chest for 3-5 minutes.|
|Susan Lark, M.D.||Ann Louise Gittleman (ALG)||Christiane Northrup, M.D.|
|Vitamin E: Start with 800 I.U. daily with doctor's okay. Supplements containing soy isoflavones (50-100 mg*) or black cohosh also have shown strong results. All can be used together or separately.||Vitamin E: 400 to 1200 I.U. Vitamin E may work by functioning like a weak estrogen in the body.
Bioflavonoids: 1,000 mg of hesperidin daily. Like vitamin E, bioflavonoids may work by having a structure similar to estrogen.
|2 percent natural progesterone skin cream helps 85 percent of perimenopausal women; apply ¼ tsp. daily to skin. Soy foods like soy milk and tofu (aim for 45-160 mg of soy isoflavones daily) may provide relief, as do some herbs — black cohosh, dong quai or chaste berry.|