How to fight off hot flashes in the summer heat

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It may be August, but the hot and muggy summer weather isn't over just yet. For women going through menopause, it can be hard just getting through the heat.

Dr. Diana Bitner, a women's health and menopause specialist from Spectrum Health, says that the most dramatic symptoms of early menopause are hot flashes and night sweats, and the warm days and nights of summer can be a powerful trigger for these changes.

The more effective treatment for hot flashes and night sweats of menopause is estrogen patches or pills. Once women start the medication, the hot flashes and night sweats usually are less severe withing 10 days.

However, if estrogen isn't an option, women should focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Some examples are to drink a glass of cold water when you feel hot, and keeping off extra body weight because it acts like a sweater and keeps in the heat.

Acupuncture can also be an option to help with hot flashes and night sweats.

If none of these treatments sound like the right fit for you, talk with your doctor to discuss other treatment options to fight off night sweats and hot flashes.


Dr. Bitner's office is located at 3800 Lake Michigan Drive Northwest, Suite A. To schedule an appointment with her call (616) 267-8225.

All above information was provided by Dr. Bitner's blog. Read more.

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  • mariajasminefreeman

    Hot flashes is a real issue. Often when the brain is burning there is intense voracious thirst that could drive u to gulp 3-4 glasses at a draught, like was my case, yet my brain would hardly “feel” that! That often bespoke a horrific flash, in my case with seizures and gasping, for thirteen years already!!
    True, HRT is most effective- replacing a deficiency, but is most risky, as only proven further. A healthy diet( whole grains, legumes, beans, dried fruits, nuts, and fish), and lifestyle- when exercise is feasible in the debilitation imposed by menopause, herbal distillates and soft drinks, is our defense during this stage, over humongous endurance!
    Maria Jasmine Freeman, published author, on menopause.

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