Hot flashes vary in intensity and typically last between from a few seconds to several minutes. Dressing in light layers, using a fan, getting regular exercise, avoiding spicy foods and heat, and managing stress may help you deal with hot flashes. More on this topic below
Common Hot Flash Triggers to avoid:
* Spicy foods
* Tight clothing
* Cigarette smoke
Still experiencing them?
Practice deep breathing
Talk with your doctor
Keep your bedroom cool at night.
Wear clothes with natural fibers such as cotton or that have wicking
Chill pillows for your sleep comfort
Nighttime hot flashes can hamper sleep and cause night sweats. Try these sleep tips:
* Use a fan in your bedroom.
* Avoid flannel-type bedding.
* Choose light cotton nightclothes or materials that offer "wicking"
* Keep pets out of your bedroom; they can give off heat.
* Consult your doctor if menopause sleep problems persist.
Botanicals and herbs that may help relieve hot flashes
Talk with your Dr. before taking
CAUTION: SOME INTERFERE WITH Rx's
Evening primrose oil
Sex Problems: Vaginal Dryness&Libido:
With a reduction in your body's estrogen, this can lead to vaginal dryness, which may make intercourse uncomfortable or painful. Try using a water-soluble lubricant.
Libido may also change, for better or worse, but many factors besides menopause -- including stress, medications, depression, poor sleep, and relationship problems often affect sex drive.
Keep in mind, sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) don't end with menopause; "safer" sex still matters
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