Countless women suffer from menopausal hot flashes. They are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. The good news is that there are several ways to relieve the discomfort associated with them.
Hot flashes sometimes get worse in hot weather. In this situation, wearing cotton clothing is highly recommended. The fabric is “breathable” and typically much cooler to wear.
Estrogen replacement therapy is another option. However, the procedure poses some risk. Many women who choose to go this route do so only as a last resort.
Black cohosh is sometimes used as an alternative to estrogen replacement. This supplement is said to relieve discomfort from hot flashes, headaches, anxiety, night sweats and heart palpitations. Although clinical proof is not available, the North American Menopause Society claims it is a safe herbal medicine. Taking black cohosh for longer than 6 months at a time is not recommended.
Research has shown that soy provides some relief for menopausal hot flashes. Soy supplements are available in pill form. However, consuming foods containing soy is the suggested alternative. This includes tofu, whole soybeans and soy milk. Texturized vegetable protein is another option.
Exercising provides relief for some women. Riding a bicycle, running and swimming are three possible scenarios. Avoid exercise within 3 hours of bedtime. This will help to eliminate the possibility of night sweats.
Certain foods and beverages are thought to trigger menopausal hot flashes. They include spicy foods such as cayenne peppers, products that contain caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
Natural progesterone is another beneficial option, which relieves several symptoms of menopause. It is available as an over the counter cream or prescription capsule and ointment. Antidepressants such as Effexor have also proven to be beneficial.