Unfortunately there is no magic hot flushes treatment. However, there are certain triggers that you should avoid or try reducing:
- Spicy foods
- Tight clothing
There are other measures that you can take to help reduce hot flushes:
- Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use a fan if needed. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibres such as cotton.
- Eat a well-balanced, wholesome diet and don’t miss meals. Low blood sugar levels can be one of the causes of hot flushes.
- Drink plenty of water, at least a litre and a half. This will help to hydrate you and alleviate hot flushes.
- Exercise regularly.
- Breathing. Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practice deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening, and at the onset of hot flushes.
Physicool’s Cooling Mist – Great Hot Flush Treatment
Although it won’t permanently half the hot flushes, Physicool’s Cooling Mist is a great hot flush treatment. The Cooling Mist offers instant long-lasting relief from both hot flushes and night sweats. The mist draws heat away from the skin, reducing skin temperature and calming redness. Results from an independent survey showed that 93% of users found that the Mist helped treat hot flushes, In addition, 87% found that the cooling benefits lasted for over an hour. And when asked ‘Would you recommend the Cooling Mist to a friend’; 95% answered yes.
Complimentary hot flushes treatment
Black cohosh. Research on whether black cohosh is effective are contradictory – large scale studies have yet to be done. Some studies suggest that black cohosh may be helpful in short term (six months or less) night sweats and hot flushes treatment. Black cohosh is registered for sale in the UK as a traditional herbal medicine for the relief of many symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, poor sleep, temporary mood changes, irritability, slightly low mood and mild anxiety. However, unlike licensing for mainstream medicines, registration doesn’t mean a herbal remedy has been tested and proven to actually work. Side effects include gastrointestinal upset or liver damage.
Evening primrose oil. Studies have also produced contradictory results on this one, some finding an improvement in hot flush symptoms, others finding it worked no better than a placebo. Evening primrose oil has produced side effects in some users, including inflammation and problems with blood clotting. For this reason, speak to your doctor about taking evening primrose oil before you do so.
Folic acid. This seems to be very effective in treating hot flush symptoms – one study from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, showed a 65% reduction – but once women stopped taking folic acid, the hot flushes returned.
HRT. Hormone replacement therapy is very effective at reducing unwanted side effects of menopause but at a cost. Side effects such as weight gain, sore breasts, nausea and headaches have to be weighed up. And long-term use can increase your risk of certain cancers. Have a discussion with your doctor and weigh up your personal needs before you make a decision.