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What are some tips for easing hot flashes in postmenopausal women?

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Hot flashes are probably the most common symptom of menopause. Here are tips for easing them:

  • Avoid getting too warm by dressing in layers and sleeping in a cool room.
  • Avoid eating hot and spicy foods.
  • Avoid alcohol, as it can trigger hot flashes.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Eat several servings of soy a day, after first checking with your doctor. There is some evidence that soy may relieve mild hot flashes, although the effects may take several weeks to realize.

SOURCE:
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Menopause." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Managing Menopause."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

SOURCE:
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Alternative Therapies for Traditional Disease States: Menopause." American Academy of Family Physicians: "Managing Menopause."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on July 07, 2018

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