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Night sweats

The link between menopause and night sweats

As a woman ages, the number of follicles in her ovaries decrease and they produce fewer hormones. Menopause occurs when the ovaries fail to produce enough hormones to stimulate the monthly growth of the endometrium, and menstrual periods stop permanently. The average age of menopause is 51 years, although this can vary widely.

Women experience a variety of symptoms due to the hormonal changes associated with menopause, including hot flushes and night sweats. About 70 to 80 percent of menopausal women experience night sweats and, as the name suggests, they can lead to drenched bedclothes and disturbed sleep. It is incorrect to think of night sweats as a separate menopause symptom – it is a night-time manifestation of the hot flushes and sweats experience during the day.

Because night sweats happen while women are sleeping, or not able to actively do anything about them, they become more noticeable. They are not only embarrassing but also disturb your sleep and that of your partner.

As with hot flushes, women will experience menopausal night sweats and excessive sweating in different ways. Some suffer night sweats quite severely, whereas others don't appear to be bothered by excessive sweating or night sweats at all.

Night sweats, as with hot flushes, are extremely unpredictable. Some women will experience night sweats as their main or only menopausal symptom, while others will find it is one of a whole host of other symptoms. There is no particular time of night in which night sweats occur. In practice, however, they are more likely to happen if your bedroom is too warm, which can sometimes lead to marital differences!

The number of sweats suffered each night is variable and often unpredictable. Hot flushes and sweats can also be accompanied by feelings of nausea, dizziness or a general feeling of being unwell. As hot flushes and sweating during menopause are such prominent symptoms, and frequently occur together, many women going through menopause use the terms 'hot flushes' and 'menopausal sweats' interchangeably.

Night Sweats

What causes night sweats?

Night sweats are very commonly associated with menopause, as with hot flushes and excessive sweating. So the root cause of these menopause symptoms is probably the same.

As levels of oestrogen fall during menopause, the normal functioning of the area of the brain that acts as the body's thermostat (the hypothalamus) is thrown off-course. Although not fully understood, it is believed that the drop in oestrogen confuses the hypothalamus, making it think that the body is overheating.

This brings about all the usual responses the body would normally use to keep cool - the skin reddens (the hot flush) and the sweat glands begin to work (excessive sweating and night sweats).

Night sweats can also be caused by conditions other than the menopause. These may be experienced by both men and woman and do not usually indicate a health problem. However, occasionally, night sweats can be a sign or symptom of an underlying health condition.

How do you treat night sweats?

As menopause symptoms can be so wide-ranging, the best way to prepare for them is to look at all lifestyle aspects:

  • Reduce your bedroom temperature by opening a window, using a fan, or cooler bedding.
  • Avoid caffeine, red wine or hot drinks at night.
  • Avoid chocolate, refined or spicy foods.
  • Reduce or, preferably, stop smoking.
  • Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and don't miss meals.
  • Drink plenty of water. This will help to hydrate you and alleviate night sweats.
  • Take regular exercise.
  • Try chill pillows. Cooler pillows to lay your head on at night might be helpful.

As impactful as they can be, however, menopausal symptoms don't have to create a disastrous time for women. If reduced hormone levels are causing unpleasant symptoms, treatments such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or even Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapies can be very effective. HRT and other types of medication can also be used to prevent health problems, for example, if a woman has a significantly increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

However, if you are not a candidate for HRT, or simply prefer a natural alternative, there are other options available in the form of herbal supplements. These can help re-balance your system and overcome estrogen dominance, which can have a negative impact on both your weight and sex drive.

Herbal supplements can help with menopausal symptoms

As an alternative to medications and hormone replacement therapies – which can have negative side effects –women are Increasingly looking to herbal health products like Herbal Ignite for Women to help treat menopausal symptoms like night sweats.

Clinical trials, as well as many years of herbal practice, have shown the herbs in Ignite for Women support women’s reproductive health effectively. It has a number of positive health outcomes, including:

  • Helping to balance hormones.
  • Relieving hot flushes, night sweats, exhaustion and headaches.
  • Reducing menopausal discomfort.
  • Improving libido and sex drive.
  • Enhancing sexual arousal and pleasure.
  • Alleviating the side effects of the contraceptive pill.
  • Improving mood and energy levels.
  • Relieving depression and anxiety

Herbal Ignite’s special formula has helped thousands of women with libido support and an improved sense of wellbeing, with minimal unwanted side effects. However, it’s important to note that herbal preparations do not work instantly, or even overnight. Like many herbal remedies, it’s ideal to continue with Ignite for Women for three months. This is to ensure the best results, even though most people notice benefits within the first couple of weeks.

How does Herbal Ignite For Women work?

Herbal Ignite for Women is an over-the-counter dietary supplement taken daily with food to support pre-menstrual tension and menopause and to restore hormone levels to a healthy balance. It also helps reduce stress levels and increase libido.

The four key herbs in Ignite for Women – Tribulus Terrestris, Damiana, Horny Goat Weed and Dong Quai – have been used in traditional medicine for centuries to rejuvenate women’s hormonal health. In the last 30 years, this traditional use has been supported by some scientific studies, but there is still a lot we don’t understand about how exactly the active ingredients in these herbs work.

  • Tribulus Terrestris is a general tonic that balances hormone levels, boosts vitality and sense of wellbeing and supports reproductive and sexual health. 
It also supports sex drive, ovulation and reproduction.
  • Damiana is known as the ‘ultimate feel good herb’ for women, because it helps balance female hormone levels, control hot flushes and is renowned for its libido enhancing qualities. It also relaxes the body, reduces stress and anxiety, lifts mood and enhances sexual response.
  • Horny Goat Weed has been used in traditional medicine as an aphrodisiac to increase libido, improve sexual response and function and create a feeling of wellbeing during menopause.
  • Dong Quai is known as ‘the women’s herb’ or ‘female ginseng’ because it is recognised in traditional Asian medicine as an excellent all-purpose women’s herb. It helps restore hormonal balance, improve menstrual regularity and relieve PMS and hot flushes.

Menopausal symptoms like night sweats are generally indicative of a hormonal imbalance in the system. When the hormonal system is nourished back to balanced levels, these negative symptoms disappear. For those who have noticed a decline in libido, the balancing of hormones also heralds a restoration of sexual desire and drive.

Herbal Ignite has been used successfully by women in New Zealand and Australia to boost libido and sexual satisfaction. It also balances hormones, relieves stress and fatigue and helps treat PMS and menopausal symptoms.
Herbal Ignite is manufactured in New Zealand to the highest standards, with thorough testing and guarantees of no adulteration or undeclared ingredients.

 

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