Posted on Oct 07, 2007 | Comments 1
You can experience hot flashes at any time, either in the middle of the night or in daytime.
Most of the women experience hot flashes during menopause. In order to control hot flashes, lifestyle changes are necessary.
Some women use medicines or dietary supplements to control hot flashes.
Hot flashes are nothing but experiencing intense heat spreading through your upper body and to your face.
Your face will become red and you will observe blemished skin on your face, neck and upper chest. There is a rapid increase in your heartbeat.
This condition will last from 30 seconds to as long as 30 minutes. Most of you will recover within few minutes. The frequency of occurrence will vary, sometimes you will get hot flashes for every hour and sometimes you will experience them occasionally.
Hot flashes can disturb your sleep to a greater extent. During menopause, some women will get hot flashes for a year or more. Once after affecting with flash, you will experience a sensation of rapid heat that possibly produce as small as a beading of perspiration on the upper lip or you may experience a rapid or uncontrollable soaking.
Pristiq for hot flashes during menopause:
According to new research, pristiq greatly helps in relieving the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes without a major impact on sexual function. Pristiq is an anti-depressant and acts effectively in reducing hot flashes and also for depression.
Pristiq also helps with mood disturbances and sleep disturbances. If you use this drug for 12 weeks, then you will observe a 60 percent reduction in symptoms of hot flashes. Pristiq can be termed as a non-hormonal treatment for relief of vasomotor symptoms.
This drug will be useful for those who don’t want to take estrogen or those with breast cancer. Estrogens can also help to reduce hot flashes about 90 percent.
Dietary supplements for hot flashes:
Vitamin E: Consume vitamin E up to 400 international units per day. This provides relief for mild hot flashes in some women. According to some recent reports, consuming higher doses of vitamin E for long-term can cause damage to cardiovascular health.
Soy: Soy is a common source of isoflavones. Including soy in your diet in greater quantities can cause lesser chance of getting hot flashes and some other menopausal symptoms. Soy products like soy beans, soy milk, soy flour, tofu are recommended to eat by menopausal women.
According to researchers, eating foods which contain isoflavones give more relief than eating the foods with soy. Consumption of isoflavones in larger quantities can cause cancer.
Red clover: It is also a source of isoflavones and also help in reducing hot flashes to a greater extent. But don’t consume it in greater quantities.
Some other supplements which give relief from hot flashes include: chaste berry, black cohosh, ginger, tribulus terrestris, sarsaparilla, maca root, and damiana.
The above dietary supplements in proper quantities are helpful for menopausal women.
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