Surviving Hot Flashes

Woman of mature age with headacheMenopause does come with some benefits, including the freedom of not having to deal with menstruation once a month. However, it also causes negative symptoms; the most common of which being hot flashes. Hot flashes are a hormonal condition that causes women to feel overwhelming heat in their face, neck and chest. These simple remedies can help you find relief from hot flashes.

Tips on Surviving Hot Flashes

  1. Understand your hot flash triggers – Hot flashes can be triggered by many different things. Some of the common triggers include stress, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine. Women who are going through menopause are advised to drink no more than one cup of coffee a day to reduce hot flashes. Instead of coffee, opt for an herbal tea which is actually known to help control estrogen levels and hot flashes.
  1. Watch your weight – While being overweight can cause overheating, being underweight can actually result in more intense, frequent hot flashes because of an imbalance in estrogen.
  1. Perform breathing exercises – Performing controlled, rhythmic breathing rotations twice a day can give you control over hot flashes. Breathing exercises also reduce anxiety, another trigger for hot flashes.
  1. Prepare a hot flash kit – Hot flashes can interfere with daily life for some women. Having a hot flash kit can help you stay on top of the situation. Some items to keep on hand include:
    1. An extra shirt
    2. A cold water bottle
    3. Travel-sized deodorant
    4. Extra face wipes
  1. Take an herbal supplement – Herbal supplements, such as black cohosh, maintain magnesium levels and bone density, both of which are factors when it comes to heat flashes.

Speak to your physician if you struggle with frequent hot flashes.

Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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