Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Brisbane, Australia
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I am into my second year of hot flushes as a result of menopause (I'm 49) and have really had enough. The doctors aren't able to offer any help because I'm a smoker and have Factor 5 blood clotting issues so HRT is not an option. I've tried many, many herbal medicines and vitamins and fish oil and flax oil etc etc but they cost a fortune and just don't stop the flushes. Doctors have also warned me against some of the chinese herbal ingredients the natural remedies include because they affect the liver and some other organs in a negative way. I'm not really interested in trying more and want this fixed finally surgically or medically, whatever it takes.
My question is - if I have my ovaries or my pituitary gland or something removed - will it STOP the hot flushes?? Looking on the internet it says that ovary removal will START menopause not stop it.
My doctors aren't really interested and don't see it as a big deal because I'm receiving treatment for cancer which is all they are interested in. Even before the cancer I just couldn't get any committment from them to solve what I see as a huge problem. They just said to wait between 1 and 5!!!!! years and it would stop naturally. Some days are worse than others and I can get between 5 and 30 of them. It feels like I have just had my head shoved into a furnace! I can't stand it any more.
Are there any successful surgical stories that ended the hot flushes for ever out there?? Thanks.