Count me amongst the perimenopausal. @ktfran – yes those are hot flashes. I haven’t been getting them at night but I’ll be in the middle of a meeting and it feels like I’m in a sunbeam (does anyone remember the final scene of Real Genius with Val Kilmer? it’s like that). I can’t take hormones, I had a pulmonary embolism when I was on the pill after 35 so hormones are not an option for me.
My worst symptoms are just overactive senses. My skin is extra sensitive and my sense of smell – oof. The other day I got a whiff of some bug spray I had used more than a week before.
Also, don’t discount cranberries to help with UTIs, it doesn’t cure the cause, but it can reduce infections because the bacteria can’t adhere.