HRT

How to control hot flashes with HRT.

Women who reach menopause can often be bombarded with many uncomfortable symptoms – one being hot flashes. Hot flashes, also known as flushes and night sweats, is when the woman’s body becomes suddenly hot, and it radiates into the face and neck area. Hot flashes are then preceded by a chill, or cooling down period.

Most women who experience hot flashes do not mistake them for anything but what they are. Although many women describe hot flashes differently, they are most often described as sudden and very intense, especially in the face and neck area. Hot flashes come with dizziness, nausea, rapid heart beat, headache, and even panic.

For Menopausal Women

Menopausal women can have hot flashes up to every two hours, each lasting approximately three minutes. Hot flashes often occur at inopportune times, as well, when a woman least expects it. 

Menopausal women are not able to control when or if hot flashes occur, although some research shows that women in China and Japan suffer fewer hot flashes than American women.

This has been attributed to a diet that consists of higher fiber content, as well as a diet with more soy.  This theory indicates women who add fiber and soy to their diets may help decrease the intensity and frequency of hot flashes during menopause.

Other methods of treatment that are often recommended to menopausal women are methods that keep treatments natural. The best way to keep the treatments natural is to observe and learn what triggers them. Some menopausal women notice that stress often triggers their hot flashes. 

Other common triggers include:

  • alcohol
  • excessive caffeine
  • hot and spicy foods
  • warm temperatures

Women who experience hot flashes can fight back by wearing layers of clothing to take off when they get hot. Keeping rooms at lower temperatures has also been proven effective on cutting down hot flash intensity and frequency. In addition to these natural methods, a menopausal woman can also change her diet to contain more fiber and less fat and this can also lessen the intensity and frequency of the hot flashes.

If natural remedies to not provide the desired results then menopausal women may look to take hormone replacement therapy drugs. Replacement therapy can be very effective in treating menopausal symptoms including hot flashes. HRT is a method of helping the body replace natural hormones that are normally produced by the ovaries. During menopause, ovaries begin to produce less and less of these hormones so therein lays the problem.