Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes

  

Beat the heat! Tips for relief from hot flashes

Beat the heat! Tips for relief from hot flashesMany patients who see our Round Rock obgyns experience unpleasant hot flashes during menopause. These often begin a year or two before menopause and may last for several years afterwards. Women experience sudden periods of intense heat, often accompanied by flushing, sweating or skin blotches. Most of the time, the uncomfortable feeling lasts less than five minutes. Hot flashes are the most common menopause complaint our Round Rock obgyns address with patients.

Lifestyle and dietary adjustments can help with the symptoms of hot flashes

Simple changes can help reduce the unpleasantness of hot flashes.

  • Layering clothing
  • Wearing cotton clothing and natural fibers that provide better air circulation.
  • Practicing deep breathing during hot flashes
  • Keeping a small fan at work or home
  • Avoiding triggers such as spicy foods, warm beverages, caffeine and alcohol

Our Round Rock obgyns can also advise patients about alternative therapies such as acupuncture and hypnosis.

Obesity and smoking increase the risk of hot flashes, so reaching a healthy weight and starting a smoking cessation program are advantageous.

Our Round Rock obgyns can help women with severe symptoms

Some women suffer so intensely from hot flashes that it affects their quality of life. When the discomfort is too much, women should talk to our Round Rock obgyns about medication.

  • Hormone therapy has risks and benefits. Estrogen therapy, with or without progestin, can provide relief from hot flashes and other symptoms such as vaginal dryness, but there are risks. Estrogen-only therapy increases the risk of uterine cancer. Estrogen and progestin, or combined hormone therapy, are associated with a small risk of breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and deep vein thrombosis. Our Round Rock obgyns can help patients decide whether hormone therapy is right for them.
  • Other medications have been shown to help with hot flashes, including Gabapentin, Clonidine and antidepressants. Our physicians may also prescribe selective estrogen receptor modulators for symptom relief.

Hot flashes can cause discomfort for many women during menopause, but there are ways to reduce the symptoms. Our Round Rock obgyns employ their expertise to help women navigate this stage of life. Contact us for an appointment.

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