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night sweats and weight gain are unbearable

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Had hysterectomy when I was 41 now I am 51. I stopped taking my hormone replacement, recently, bc I lost my job and cannot afford. The night sweats, weight gain around my mid section are unbearable. I do exercise at least 2 or 3 times a week for a 1/2 to an hour. Thought about just taking Black Cohash as some have advised.. but reading about it .. don't know. Please advise. Need to sleep at night and wouldn't mind being able to lose about 10 lbs to feel back to normal.

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replied December 16th, 2011
Hysterectomy Answer A29502
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Since there are no scientific studies to prove the efficacy of black cohash for control of menopausal symptoms, and there are potential side effects affecting lever function, you should consider getting a thorough evaluation one by your doctor (especially to rule out liver disorder and other contraindications for its use) before you decide to get started on it. People with hormone-sensitive conditions, like cancer of the breast, prostate, ovaries or uterus, endometriosis or uterine fibroids, are recommended to avoid black cohash until more is known about how it works and whether it has a hormonal effect. It may act like the hormone estrogen produced in the body, and could interfere with hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives, or make the estrogen dependent conditions/cancers changes worse. If you are allergic to plants in the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, salicylic acid, aspirin or salicylates, then you should avoid black cohash use. If you have history of blood clots or stroke, seizures, liver disease, or if you are taking medications for high blood pressure should avoid black cohash use.
Take care.

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