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Most women experience
hot flashes at some point before or after
menopause, when their
estrogen levels are declining. While some women have
few to no hot flashes, others have them numerous times each day. If hot flashes
are disrupting your sleep or daily life, you are no doubt looking for relief.
Fortunately, you have a number of self-care and medical treatment options that
can help you manage your symptoms.
You can manage hot
flashes by making certain lifestyle choices. You can also take daily medicine.
Some measures help prevent or reduce hot flashes, and others can make you more
comfortable when you're having a hot flash. If you are looking for additional
treatment measures, you have a few options to choose from.
Eat and drink well, and avoid smoking.
North American Menopause Society (2012). The 2012 hormone therapy position statement of
the North American Menopause Society. Menopause, 19(3): 257–271. Also
available online: http://www.menopause.org/PSht12.pdf.
Shifren JL, et al. (2010). Role of hormone therapy in the management of menopause. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 115(4): 839–855.
Burbos N, Morris EP (2011). Menopausal symptoms, search date June 2010. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
North American Menopause Society (2011). The role of soy isoflavones in menopausal health: Report of the North American Menopause Society. Menopause, 18(7): 732–753.
Other Works Consulted
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2012. Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Available online: http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf12/menohrt/menohrtfinalrs.pdf.
January 17, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
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