HRT alternatives

  1. Hey all you 40-some female nurses out there--does ANYONE know of any herbal or other product that is a good alternative for HRT (Prempro, etc)? Something that REALLY works! Having "hot flashes" at work--say, in the middle of a code--is a real bummer--extra stress that I just don't need right now, affecting my job performance, emotional state, ability to think, and interrupting what little sleep I do get in between night shifts. Do NOT want to take HRT, because of cancer risk (first-degree relative with breast cancer). So please, suggestions anyone? Thanxxx!
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  3. by   aeagles2
    When I started having hotflashes, I used homeopathy and it worked. I don't remember what the remedy was, but I was very surprised how well it worked as I didn't know much about homeopathy at the time.

    Personally, I have never used HRT as it seems too extreme and has too many side effects for my liking.

    I would consult a homeopath or read one of the many books available at the health food stores that suggest remedies.

  4. by   Janet Barclay
    Try Black Cohosh root. It was recommended to me and I had uneven results, but anything's better than "your own personal summer"
  5. by   aeagles2
    Yes, I take Black Cohosh myself now, but I didn't know about it when I was having the hotflashes every 2 minutes. I'm postmenopausal now and haven't really had them for a while.
  6. by   panda_181
    My mom had a hysterectomy when she was 30, and was on HRT for a long time. Then she started gaining a lot of weight because of them and was not liking it. She stopped taking Premarin and started on some kind of Soy Product pill. Now she takes Estroven, which can be bought over the counter. She is having no problems with it at all.

  7. by   LoisJean
    I took Boron--it worked just fine.
  8. by   VickyRN
    Thanx for all the info. Giving homeopathy a try. Thanks for the recommendations about soy, Estroven, and Black Cohash. There are many, many herbal products on the internet, don't know which ones work. Can anyone recommend specific herbal products by name brand? BTW, LoisJean, how much Boron do you take? Never heard of this tx before. Thank you all so much for all your help. It is greatly appreciated
  9. by   LoisJean
    Healingtouch...that's the lowest dose Boron. I think 3mgs/ I took one a day. It has been a couple of years since I took it and it relieved my hotflashes and I think it may have helped the joint pain I was having, too.