Most women have
hot flashes at some point before or after
menopause. Hot flashes happen when
estrogen levels drop. While some women have
few to no hot flashes, others have them many times each day.
Hot flashes can be uncomfortable and upsetting. They can lower the quality of your sleep and daily life. But they aren't a sign of a medical problem. They are a normal
response to natural changes in your body.
Hot flashes usually get better or go away
after the first or second year after menopause. At that point, estrogen levels
usually stay at a low level.
You can make some lifestyle changes to reduce your hot flashes. And if those don't help, you may want to try medical treatment.
- Avoid using tobacco or drinking a lot of alcohol. They tend to make hot
- Manage stress. Stress can make hot flashes worse.
- Exercise regularly, and eat a healthy diet.
- Try rhythmic breathing exercises. This is called paced respiration. It can help you meditate and
relax, and it may reduce your hot flashes.
You also can talk to your doctor about treatments that may either
reduce or stop your hot flashes. These include taking low-dose
estrogen (hormone therapy) for a short time, taking certain medicines, and taking the herb black cohosh.
How can I manage hot flashes?