Unfortunately, many women experience hot flashes throughout menopause, as their estrogen levels decline.
Fortunately, there are many lifestyle modifications and treatment options available that can help alleviate, and sometimes eradicate, hot flashes.
Women who are experiencing hot flashes at night should lower the temperature in their homes at night and/or sleep under a fan, as well as sleep in light, moisture-wicking clothing.
They should also avoid consuming alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods, as these can all be triggers for hot flashes.
Women can also try certain over-the-counter, non-hormonal supplements, such as black cohosh or primrose, as these have helped alleviate the severity of hot flashes in some individuals.
If lifestyle modifications and over-the-counter options are not helping, women should discuss further treatment options with their OB/GYN, such as prescription non-hormonal medications and/or hormone replacement therapy.
For women who are proper candidates for hormone therapy, clinical evidence has shown that ninety percent of the time, this treatment can eradicate severe hot flashes, as well as other symptoms associated with menopause such as night sweats and vaginal dryness.
Hormone replacement can be an option in regaining quality of life for women experiencing severe menopausal symptoms; however, it is important to have the therapy individualized to the patient’s needs and condition.
Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health has an exceptional network of OB/GYN specialists and women’s health experts who are dedicated to treating and helping women experiencing severe menopausal symptoms regain their quality of life as they go through this stage of their life.
Dr. Tracy Lathrop is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist at Greensboro Women's Health Care and a member of the Cone Health Medical Group.
Dr. Lathrop received her Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York in Buffalo in 1993.
She completed a residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at George Washington University.