Fanning the flames these days? You’re not alone. Up to 75 percent of women experience hot flashes and night sweats during the transition to menopause, according to the North American Menopause Society. Here’s how to keep cool when your internal thermostat is on the fritz.
You are getting cooler…you are getting cooler…
One small study in the journal Menopause found that postmenopausal women who underwent clinical hypnosis reported a nearly 75 percent reduction in hot flashes.
Think about a happy pill
While most natural remedies, like herbal supplements, haven’t been proven to help with hot flashes, antidepressants have shown promising results. The FDA has approved paroxetine, a low-dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), to reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Be downward dog devoted
A 2018 report that reviewed the results of 13 clinical trials with more than 1,300 women found that yoga reduced menopause symptoms overall—and it was particularly effective for hot flashes and night sweats.
Put your beauty products on ice
From your serums to your eye creams, amp up their cooling effect by storing them in the fridge, which may help reduce puffiness and improve circulation when applied. Even if you don’t notice immediate changes, that cooling sensation can be a welcome relief when you’re running hot.
Consider hormone therapy
Hormone therapy (HT) is still the most effective way to ease hot flashes and night sweats. Estrogen therapy has been shown to reduce the frequency of hot flashes by up to a staggering 77 percent, according to one study. And if hot flashes do still strike, HT can lessen their severity, too. Talk to your health care provider about the risks and benefits.