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How can I manage my hot flashes?

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  • Stay cool. At night, a "chill pillow" filled with water or other cooling material might help. Use fans during the day. Wear lightweight clothes with natural fibers such as cotton.
  • Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (6 to 8 breaths per minute). Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening, and at the onset of hot flashes.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Soy products may help. Doctors recommend you get your soy from foods like tofu and edamame, not supplements. Black cohosh also may be helpful in the very short term (6 months or less).

The Cleveland Clinic's Women's Health Center.

North American Menopause Society.

The National Institutes of Health.

Brisdelle.com.

The North American Menopause Society: “Should I treat my hot flashes or wait them out?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 5, 2020

The Cleveland Clinic's Women's Health Center.

North American Menopause Society.

The National Institutes of Health.

Brisdelle.com.

The North American Menopause Society: “Should I treat my hot flashes or wait them out?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 5, 2020

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