Innovative non-hormonal remedy for hot flashes now available
Hot flashes are an extremely annoying symptom of the menopause. They can be prevented by hormone replacement therapy (HRT); however, some women have health conditions that preclude its use and others prefer not to be on a HRT regimen for a variety of reasons. For these women, a new product is available: coldfront®. It is a personal cooling system that includes two cooling palm packs to be used anywhere, anytime. It is hormone-free and has no side effects.
I recently received a sample of the product and asked a friend to try it. The Tustin, California resident has been plagued by hot flashes ever since she discontinued her HRT—they were unrelenting. She tried coldfront and was thrilled with the relief it provided. She said, “I really like coldfront. Sitting with coldfront in a comfortable chair as opposed to going out into the night air fanning underneath clothing is a preferable routine. It works well for kitchen burns, too. Thanks.”
The manufacturer notes that the concept is as old as the ice age; however, the technology is pure 21st Century. Each patent-pending personal cooling system (no larger than a sunglass case and designed with fashion in mind) includes two cooling palm packs that remain soft to the touch even at sub-zero temperatures, a super absorbent, quick drying, and reusable courtesy cloth to keep you dry and your make-up in place, and a cooling core that re-cools the palm packs throughout the day or night, so that they are ready for use when you need them. In addition, coldfront is discreet enough so that no one needs to know you are using it for hot flash relief. The palm packs can be recharged innumerable times. Just place them in the freezer for 12 hours then toss in a purse, take the cooling palm packs out when a hot flash comes one, and apply wherever cooling relief is needed. The unique cooling core allows the gel packs to “recool” inside the case for multiple uses. They can be used beyond hot flashes and can cool anyone, anytime for any reason.
Menopause is the transition period in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. It is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. The ovaries make less of these hormones over time. The specific symptoms and how significant (mild, moderate, or severe) they are varies from woman to woman. A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows one’s body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. Hot flashes and sweats are at their worst for the first one-to-two years. Menopause may last five or more years.
Estrogen levels may drop suddenly after some medical treatments, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically (called surgical menopause). Chemotherapy and anti-estrogen treatment for breast cancer are other examples. Symptoms can be more severe and start more suddenly in these circumstances. As a result of the fall in hormone levels, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The vaginal walls become less elastic and thinner. The vagina becomes shorter. Lubricating secretions from the vagina become watery. The outside genital tissue thins. This is called atrophy of the labia.
In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it slowly stops over time. During this time, the menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for one-to-three years before menstruation finally ends completely. Before this the cycle length may shorten to as little as every three weeks.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Heart pounding or racing
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Skin flushing
- Sleeping problems (insomnia)
Other symptoms of menopause may include:
- Decreased interest in sex, possibly decreased response to sexual stimulation
- Forgetfulness (in some women)
- Irregular menstrual periods
- Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
- Urine leakage
- Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
- Vaginal infections
- Joint aches and pains
- Irregular heartbeat