Hot flashes are an all too common concern for many women. According to research conducted by the North American Menopause Society, 75% of women experience hot flashes while transitioning into menopause. Arguably the most common symptom associated with menopause, hot flashes cause a sudden, discomforting feeling of heat, as well as facial flushing, redness, and sweating. Although they’re not completely preventable, we wanted to take some time to discuss what women can do to manage their hot flashes.
- There are several lifestyle adjustments that can be made to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. We strongly recommend for women to avoid smoking (and other nicotine products) and abusing alcohol.
- Altering eating and drinking habits can also help minimize the effects of hot flashes. Specifically, cutting back on caffeine and certain foods that trigger hot flashes can be extremely beneficial. This includes overly spicy foods and processed foods (especially those high in fat and salt). A healthy diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables can help reduce hot flashes.
- Prioritize comfort. Feeling confined or restricted can also lead to an occurrence of hot flashes. We recommend wearing looser, more comfortable clothing when possible. Keeping the home chill and comfortable, especially at night closer to bedtime, can also be very helpful for preventing night sweats.
While we know these tips will be effective for many women, some may experience more severe hot flashes that will require medical treatment in order to find relief. We provide a number of highly effective treatments for hot flashes including hormone replacement therapies (HRT) that can help by regulating a woman’s hormone levels during her transition into menopause. We offer non-hormonal treatment options that can also help. For more information or to request a gynecology consultation appointment, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett. You can also follow us on Facebook for additional news, health tips, and much more. Don’t forget to check out our full-service med spa, MadEmEl Medical Aesthetics on Instagram.