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Finding My Cool: The Diary of a Hot-Flash Survivor

How our Head of Community fixed her hot flashes—without hormones or a prescription—in just 30 days.

By Ann Gobel   4-Minute Read

Your emails and letters plus the average 4.9 star-rating on our bestseller Me.No.Pause. helps us know our award-winning supplement is working for you. But it’s a recent (very) honest review from one of our own—Customer Concierge and After Party community hostess Ann Gobel—that’s made our development of Me.No.Pause. feel like a personal Womaness triumph. Here is Ann’s own Me.No.Pause. use diary from the end of December 2023 to mid-March 2024 (we asked her to keep track—all feedback helps!). We’ll hope you’ll give it a try for at least a month like she did…because aging well should absolutely include a better, more natural way to manage your hot flashes and night sweats.


Meet Ann

I’m 53 years old. While I had been in perimenopause for the better part of 10 years, I never had hot flashes. Night sweats are a thing I’ve been living with for a long time (but only intermittently) as well as weight gain (sadly, not so intermittent) and brain fog. 

On April 1—yes, April Fool’s Day of 2024—I celebrated my official menopause date.

On or about December 19, 2023, I started getting severe hot flashes all day and night. They came on like a freight train of extreme heat, which seemed to start from the waistline and quickly envelop my body, crashing over me like a wave. The sweat would pour out in seconds, especially in my chest, face, and neck areas.

The extreme heat waves were happening nonstop, as if I had pneumonia. (I’ve had pneumonia. I’m speaking from experience. This was as bad.) Think intense heat first… then excessive sweating… then a sub-zero-like cold. 



Day One on Me.No.Pause.

December 24: While on a call with our Womaness co-founder Michelle, I had a major hot flash. MAJOR.

“Why haven’t you tried Me.No.Pause.??” she asked me. “You work here!

To be honest, I'd hesitated. Like so many of my friends, I didn’t want to have to add another pill to my routine. But since my job is about talking to our customers all day, every day, I knew our signature supplement had worked for tons of other women.

At Michelle’s urging, I took the leap and gave it a shot. I started taking one tablet at night, right before bed.

Throughout the holidays and through to New Year’s, my hot flashes were so disruptive that I couldn't sleep. On top of that, I was getting up in the middle of the night feeling terribly nauseous.


Day 13

On January 6, 2024, I took Me.No.Pause. in conjunction with our sleep supplement Let Me Sleep. And I did notice a difference. My hot flashes had lessened in intensity—and I finally got a good night’s sleep for the first time in ages.

It was a happier start to the new year for sure. But I wanted those hot flashes gone for good…


Day 17

On January 10, I spoke again with Michelle (she's the one who formulated Me.No.Pause., after all) and she suggested I try two capsules instead of one.

The clinical data behind it supported taking a higher dose, so I knew it would be safe. 

So I did it. And honestly, I was shocked. Not that I don’t love Womaness (I’m obviously already a huge fan), but I have never experienced a supplement working so quickly.

My hot flashes had met their match.


Day 30

January 23—pretty much one month since taking the first tablet—I've seen a seismic reduction in the number of hot flashes as well as the severity. I am finally sleeping all night and no longer need to do a change of clothing every few hours. (A month ago, I was changing my nightgown at least four times! I also had a towel and a robe on hand to use throughout the night.)

It's a dramatic change for me, to say the least.


“Pretty much one month later—I have seen a seismic reduction in the number of hot flashes as well as severity.



Moving forward...

For the foreseeable future, I plan to continue taking two tablets before bed. I only take Let Me Sleep as needed, and am not really needing it at this time. But now, I suffer from almost zero hot flashes and zero night sweats!

If you're going through the same, I hope you'll also take the leap. You don't have to suffer through it alone. I still can't believe I didn't try Me.No.Pause. sooner (and, ha, Michelle, thanks for the nudge!).




What ingredient in the Me.No.Pause. supplement helps with hot flashes and night sweats? 

Pycnogenol, a natural plant extract derived from the pine bark of the French maritime pine tree. Rich in antioxidants, it has been clinically proven to support various aspects of health, including skin vitality, cardiovascular health, and glucose metabolism. If you're experiencing perimenopause or menopause, Pycnogenol may offer significant benefits.

Studies have shown that Pycnogenol can help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and hormonal imbalances, with studies indicating positive effects when taken daily. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also contribute to improved skin elasticity and hydration.

What other benefits does Me.No.Pause. offer women in their 40s and 50s?

The Me.No.Pause. supplement by Womaness is thoughtfully crafted to support women navigating the stages of menopause. Recognizing the unique challenges faced during this transition, the supplement is formulated (by women, for women!) with clean, plant-based ingredients that target common menopausal symptoms.

In addition to offering relief from hot flashes and night sweats, Me.No.Pause. supports a healthy sex drive and addresses brain fog, attention span, and mood. By combining the wisdom of medical experts with potent, plant-based ingredients, Me.No.Pause. aims to provide a holistic approach to help you age well. 

How does Womaness ensure the safety and efficacy of the Me.No.Pause. supplement?

Womaness is committed to the highest standards of product safety and efficacy. The Me.No.Pause. supplement undergoes rigorous testing, including evaluations by doctors, gynecologists, and consumers, in addition to allergy testing. This comprehensive testing protocol ensures that the product is not only safe for use but also effective in delivering its promised benefits.

The brand's dedication to clean, hormone-free, and vegan-friendly formulations further underscores its commitment to providing products you can trust and rely on as you age. With no parabens, phthalates, sulphates, estrogen, or phytoestrogen, Womaness stands behind the quality and safety of its products, making them a preferred choice for women seeking natural menopause support.

How long before I see benefits from taking Me.No.Pause.?

The time it takes to notice improvements from taking Me.No.Pause. can vary from person to person. Many women report experiencing reduced symptoms of menopause, such as fewer hot flashes and night sweats, within a few weeks of consistent daily use.

However, as with any supplement, the effects can depend on individual health factors, the severity of your symptoms, and lifestyle. It's recommended you continue taking the supplement as directed for at least a couple of months to fully evaluate its benefits. 


I am on hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Is Me.No.Pause. safe for me to use?

Because our Me.No.Pause. supplement is hormone free, it should not interfere with your HRT. As with any dietary supplement, however, please check with a medical professional first to make sure it’s a smart solution for your individual case.


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Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes and is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a physician. Womaness strives to share the knowledge and advice from our network of experts and our own research. We encourage you to make healthcare decisions in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.