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Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats in Menopause

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Managing Hot Flushes and Night Sweats in Menopause: A Comprehensive Guide

Hot flushes and night sweats are common menopause side effects and often the first signs of perimenopause or menopause. They can impact daily life, especially if you wake up several times during the night, as lack of sleep can escalate other menopause symptoms like brain fog, mood disorders, and menopausal weight gain.

Here’s an overview of natural menopause support and medical menopause treatments available in the UK:

Menopause Natural Treatments

Dietary Changes: Reduce refined sugars and carbohydrates as these can disturb blood sugar levels, contributing to hot flushes.

Hydration: Increase your water intake, dehydration can affect the nervous system, which can trigger hot flushes and night sweats.

Avoid Triggers: Alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods can dilate blood vessels and worsen menopause symptoms.

Soy Extracts and Soy Foods: While soy-based products may have mild oestrogen-like effects, their efficacy in reducing hot flushes is inconsistent.

Menopause Supplements

Menopause Nutrition Supplements: With so many perimenopause vitamins and supplements on the market, it is hard to know what to take. Popular brands include:

  • Feel Menopause
  • Health and Her Perimenopause
  • Menopace tablets
  • Menopause tablets Holland & Barrett
  • Perimenopause tablets from Boots
  • Vibrancy Blend by the Menopause Vitamin Company

Supplements like Vibrancy Blend from the Menopause Vitamin Company can help with menopause nutrition and improve menopause fatigue, hair, skin, nails, menopause joint pain, and mood, supplments do not help with hot flushes in most cases.

Herbal Menopause Tablets: Evening primrose oil, black cohosh, angelica, ginseng, St. John’s wort, and red clover are regarded as natural menopause relief. However, their efficacy is not conclusive, and they can have side effects. These menopause remedies may not be suitable for everyone, especially if you are taking HRT or have a complex medical history.

Non-Pharmacological (Drug-Free) Treatments

Several drug-free approaches can help reduce the impact of hot flushes and night sweats, including:

  • Counselling
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Hypnosis
  • Acupuncture
  • Gentle Exercise like walking
  • Relaxation Techniques including breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga

While these methods promote overall well-being, they may not always significantly alleviate menopausal symptoms including hot flushes and night sweats.

Non-Hormonal Drug Treatments

Prescription medications such as:

  • Antidepressants: Including Venlafaxine and escitalopram
  • Other Medications: Gabapentin, clonidine, and fezolinetant (Veozah)

These have been shown to reduce hot flushes and night sweats by 40-60% and may also improve mood and sleep quality. These are only available on prescription by your healthcare professional.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy (MHT)

MHT, also known as hormone replacement therapy (HRT), contains oestrogen and often progesterone to alleviate menopausal symptoms. It can reduce hot flushes and night sweats by up to 80%, making it the most effective treatment available. However, MHT may carry risks, including uterine bleeding and breast tenderness. Most healthy women can safely take MHT under medical supervision, but it may not be suitable for those with a complex medical history.

Menopause Support

Always consult your healthcare professional or menopause practitioner. Managing menopause involves understanding your symptoms and exploring suitable management strategies. By adopting appropriate support, you can navigate this phase with greater ease and comfort.

Find out more about Vibrancy Blend here  and join Melissa’s Menopause Support Group UK here 

Copyright Menopause Vitamin Company LTD 2024. All information featured is  personal opinion only and should not be taken as fact or as a substitute for medical advice, please see the Disclaimer 

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