Mayo Clinic said that changes in hormonal balance are caused by hot flashes. It affects 75% of both menopausal and post-menopausal women. These women experience several hot flashes a day while some may only experience a few times in a week. Hot flashes which can last for 30 minutes can make you sweat, turn your face red and increase your heart beat. You can handle hot flashes depending on the severity and frequency in relation to your lifestyle.
Tip # 1: Change in lifestyle
The first thing you can do when hot flashes begin is to adjust your lifestyle. Although menopause is said to last for 7 years only, hot flashes will still occur periodically for years after menopause.
Tip #2: Record what happens during hot flashes.
Breastcancer.org recommends that women should record what they are doing when a hot flash occurs. This is to keep them aware if a pattern exists and to establish which of the following can trigger a hot flash: Hot rooms or hot showers, drinking caffeine or alcohol; spicy and hot foods; smoking and stress. If any of these is related to hot flashes then you can minimize or eliminate it to find if hot flashes diminish also.
Tip #3: Exercise.
Another thing you can include in changing your lifestyle is a regular exercise. This will also make hot flashes easier to handle. Exercise cannot only make you lose weight but also help reduce stress. Other things you can do to cure hot flashes are the use of clothing in cotton layers, lower room temperature, and drinking cold beverages.
Tip # 4: Use natural remedies
Some women believe that the use of vitamins and some herbal supplements can eliminate hot flashes. They believe that they get relief with the use of over-the-counter products that contain red clover, soy or black cohosh, and Vitamin E as well. Soy and red clover contain compounds similar to estrogen called isoflavones and this helps reduce hot flashes. You can get these products in the form of teas, tablets, capsules, cream and gels. Those women who have had breast cancer should be extra careful about using supplements that contain plant estrogens like isoflavones though. Everyone should consult their doctor before deciding to use herbal products.
Tip # 5: Try prescription medicines
The doctors recommend that those women taking prescription estrogen or progesterone to handle hot flashes should take the minimum effective dose for the minimum length of time. If someone had hysterectomy, take estrogen alone; otherwise, you will need a combination of estrogen and progesterone. Some non-hormonal prescription medications that give relief to hot flashes include antidepressants such as Paxil or Prozac, clonidine (used for high blood pressure) and gabapentin (for seizures and shingles). These medications are not considered as effective as hormone therapy and the side effects may outnumber any benefits. Avoid the use of estrogen therapy if you suffered breast cancer of blood clot.
Tip #6: Consult your doctor.
Since stress and emotions can trigger hot flashes, you can do some calming exercises to relax and reduce its occurrence. Consult your gynecologist if hot flashes affect your life and if your lifestyle changes are not that effective.
Handling hot flashes requires you to do your part and ask the help of experts as well. If there is anything you cannot do to diminish the problem, never hesitate to ask for help.