My mother has reached her menopausal stage and frequently expresses how she hates having hot flashes. My mother says, “I was at a convention having a conversation with someone then all of a sudden I found myself drenched in sweat. The person I was with asked me if I was feeling all right. This is not the first time I have been in a social situation where my hot flashes had occurred. The experience is uncomfortable and embarrassing at times.” Hot flashes are a common symptom of women who are in menopause. According to Charles Loprinzi, MD, Chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is a leading researcher and clinician, “As estrogen levels drop, a woman’s blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing her skin temperature to rise.” Hot flashes are not life threatening but can awkward like it was for my mother. There have been research develops done that have been successful in finding non- hormonal treatments for women who are having hot flashes. My mother and I investigated to see what type of non-hormonal treatment options she might benefit from.
There are actually non-hormonal treatment options that women can use to reduce and even eliminate the hot flashes. An example of this is Catapres. Catapres is meant to reduce blood pressure however it also reduces the number of hot flashes a woman can have in a day. Another non-hormonal and more natural treatment option is vitamin E. Vitamin E is an inexpensive way to minimize the number of hot flashes. Vitamin E and Catapres have been helpful but unfortunately haven’t been able to completely get rid of the hot flashes. A third option is the use of antidepressants such as venlafaxine. Venlafaxine, which has proven to reduce hot flashes more than some of the other treatment options that are available.
In addition to these treatment options there are things a woman can do to reduce the likely hood of having a hot flash. For example, getting eight hours of sleep and napping during the day. A great way to reduce the symptoms of hot flashes is by exercising, mediating and getting a massage. There is also evidence that some types of foods can increase a woman’s chances of getting hot flashes. The best way to find out what types of foods can be the culprit is to ask a doctor. Thinking positive thoughts can also do wonders on reducing the hot flashes.
These are some treatment options that can benefit many women who are in the menopausal phase and having those nasty hot flashes. My mother has been trying some of the various options and it has cut her hot flashes by over 50% percent.
Peggy Crane, “Beating the Heat: New Treatments for Hot Flashes” Sacramento Bee URL: (http://sacbee.healthology.com/menopause/menopause-news/article1601.htm)