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After a long, cold winter, most women look forward to the warm days of summer and enjoying some fun in the sun.

If you’re among the approximately 75% of postmenopausal women who suffer from the symptoms of hot flashes, then the added heat of summertime may be too much of a good thing, leaving you desperate to find relief. 

Hot flashes, which are sudden feelings of warmth over areas such as the face, neck, and chest, can occur a few times a week or several times a day. Since hot weather tends to be common with a hot flash trigger, these sudden feelings of warmth can be exacerbated. While hormone replacement medications can help treat severe cases, natural remedies may lessen the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. 

There are a variety of self-care methods that women can turn to for relief:

  • Keep cool. Slight increases in your body’s core temperature can trigger hot flashes. Dress in layers so that they can be removed when feeling warm; use a fan or open a window to keep air flowing; decrease the room temperature; or sip a cold drink.

  • Watch out what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can trigger a hot flash.

  • Relax. Yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques can provide relief.

  • Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to an increase in hot flashes.

  • Improve your diet. Many women find relief when they improve their diet.

  • Carrying cool water at all times

  • Eating a healthful diet

  • Keep Calm

If self-care methods don’t do the trick, you and your physician can explore treatment options.

Prescription estrogens continue to be the most effective option for relieving the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Your doctor may prescribe a bioidentical and FDA-approved estradiol gel that can be applied to the skin. Due to certain risk factors, estrogen therapy should be used at the lowest dose for the shortest time possible to treat symptoms.

For more information about hot flashes, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and concerns.

Do you have other cases during this kind of weather? Any additional tips on how to beat the heat?

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