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New here - hot flashes at night only

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Hello all, new here to this group. I am 49 and suspect I've been in menopause for the last 2 years. I cannot be certain as I had a uterine ablation 7 years ago and have not had a period since (thankfully!).

But I have other symptoms, weight gain in a new pattern around the middle, changes in skin, thinning hair on my head but more facial hair. Ugh. And the hot flashes...

I am having hot flashes at night only though - maybe one in the morning after I wake but the rest are only after I fall asleep. I've tried Black Cohosh, DIM, and am currently supplementing with progesterone...but it seems nothing has helped.

I've searched the internet high and low for the physiological reasons behind a hot flash at night only, and have found nothing. Does anyone here have experience with this, or that could possibly point me in the right direction? I would think hotflashes would happen all the time, or at least intermittently at different times of the day. But I have lousy sleep all the time because of this. I wake just before every hot flash - feel it, then try to fall back asleep, over and over.

Anyone have any experience with this and possibly know what makes these only happen at night?

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Clabbergirl,

Night sweats can be due to B12 deficiency so it may be worth asking your GP to check B12 and folate.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/252...

Folic acid may help menopausal hot flushes.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/252...

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clabbergirl in reply to Clutter

Thank you for the suggestions. I will look into it. I am willing to try almost anything at this point (that I haven't tried already).

Hi I am 46 and I recently had an hysteroscopy which showed I have thick womb lining which is causing my very heavy and long periods. You mention you had a uterine ablation a couple of years ago- did you have it for this reason . I am waiting to see consultant in September. I am just wondering what he may suggest.A life without periods would be great. I am sorry that I can't offer you any advice on the night sweats xx

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clabbergirl in reply to joanna21

Yes, it was due to heavy periods. The ablation was the best thing I could've done - wish I'd done it years before I did.

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joanna21 in reply to clabbergirl

Thanks for replying.Makes me feel better about what options there are

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JenB65 in reply to joanna21

Hi Joanna I also had an ablation about 8 years ago, would definitely recommend as I had heavy and horrible periods. Was signed off work for week afterwards and then life back to normal.

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joanna21 in reply to JenB65

Thanks ,very helpful

Yikes, don't have much so it will be a treat for me not the pain part though. Sorry to hear about the ectopic. It's a crazy experience to go through.

Hi all. Seems like everybody's doing well. Sorry to hear about the positive GD test results. I barely passed mine so I'll continue seeing my dietitian. At 25w5d with twins I've only gained ~12 lbs. I had a scare last week. My OB was away and the resident couldn't find the 2nd heartbeat with a Doppler. They sent me to the birthing unit and I waited for nearly two hours to get in and have an ultrasound. All is well fortunately. My babies just seem to dislike getting monitored. The nurse had a hard time getting a solid recording during the NST.

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