How To Effectively Manage Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are a common conversation amongst women due to their bothersome and frustrating qualities. Hot flashes occur when there are low testosterone levels, increased cortisol, stress hormones, and low beta– endorphin levels.

These fluctuations in estrogen levels can cause many symptoms, but one of the most widespread and troublesome are hot flashes. Here are 4 surprisingly simple ways to manage your hot flashes at home.

Keep Cool

In addition to controlling room temperature and other external conditions, keep ice water on hand during the day and night. You can also try using a cold pack  under or near your pillow.

Air conditioning is a major plus in helping to relieve symptoms of hot flashes. However, if air conditioning is not an option for you, keeping a fan nearby will do the job and can feel like an oasis during a hot flash.

Wear Lighter Clothing

Wearing clothes made of linen, rayon, and cotton are preferable because these fabrics are more breathable and light. Avoid wearing solid colors—especially dark, tight clothing. Avoid wearing hats, unless the weather outside requires one.

Learn To Identify Hot Flash Triggers

Were you in a hot environment? What time of day did the hot flash occur? Were you feeling emotional at the time?

Avoiding the common triggers of hot flashes is another way to combat hot flashes. By making lifestyle changes, trying herbal remedies, and practicing deep breathing techniques, you can reduce the severity and frequency of your hot flashes.

If you want to have more control over your hot flashes, focus on lowering your stress level as best you can.

Eat Healthy

Having an unbalanced diet can also exacerbate hot flashes. Balanced nutrition provides the nutrients your body needs to fuel daily activities, and helps to improve your overall health.

Eat moderate amounts of meat, fish, and dairy foods; have small amounts of foods high in fat, especially saturated fat, or foods high in salt.

Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco can also help to reduce the severity of your hot flashes.

By following these four simple guidelines, you will be well on your way to taking control over your hot flashes, and ultimately your life. If you have any questions or concerns about your hot flashes please contact Nova Health Therapy or visit our website to take our Hormone Balance Test.

Hot Flashes, Night Sweats and Real Help

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The approach of menopause often brings unpleasant symptoms such as

changes in your period (time between periods may fluctuate and flow may change)
thinning bones and bone loss
thinning hair
vaginal dryness and painful sex
hot flashes (warm flushing of face, neck, and chest with or without sweating)
night sweats (the nighttime version of hot flashes, which may disrupt sleep and cause tension or anxiety)
These symptoms vary from individual to individual and are caused by decreasing levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Women who are bothered by one or more of these symptoms can use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate them. HRT medications may use estrogen only or estrogen with progestin (for women whose menopause was not caused by surgical removal of the uterus).

There are basically two choices for HRT:

HRT with synthetic hormones
HRT using bioidentical (natural) hormones
Natural hormones are identical in composition to those produced naturally in a woman’s body and are formulated with plant materials such as yams and soy. These bioidentical or natural hormones will be used by the body just as it used the hormones that it naturally produced prior to the onset of menopause. HRT with natural hormones will restore bone density and greatly reduce the risk of Osteoporosis, relieve hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness, and even offer additional benefits such as a reduced risk of depression, better sleep, improved muscles mass, and even a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Contact us for additional information on Natural HRT and ask about our other services!

Treating Menopausal Symptoms With Bio-Identical Hormones: Is It The Right Choice For You?

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You’ve been waiting for this stage of your life, perhaps even dreading it, and now it has arrived. Menopause. Suddenly the stories of hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings are not simply stories. They are your life. You’ve heard of hormone replacement therapy, but you’ve also heard about its risks. Now your doctor is telling you about another option for relieving symptoms of menopause—bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. What is it, and can it provide the relief you’re looking for?

What Is Menopause?

Menopause is a natural part of aging in a woman. A woman’s ovaries produce estrogen and progesterone, which are hormones important to reproduction. Some time after age 40, a woman’s ovaries begin to slow and then stop producing these hormones, and her menstrual periods stop. Menopause affects every woman differently, but typically, the reduced hormone levels cause symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, vaginal dryness, and loss of bladder control,

What Are Bio-Identical Hormones?

Bio-identical hormones are medicines that contain substances that are chemically identical to hormones produced naturally by the body. They are made from compounds found in plants such as soybeans and yams. They are manufactured commercially for hormone replacement therapy or custom-made by a compounding pharmacy on a patient-by-patient basis. The commercial products are regulated by the FDA, whereas the compounded preparations are not. One advantage that compounded products have is that they can be made into many forms, including capsules, liquids, lotions, sublingual pills, suppositories, and nasal sprays.

Hormone Replacement Therapy

When menopausal symptoms are severe, you might want to seek out a doctor’s help for reducing or eliminating them. He or she may recommend replacing the hormones that the ovaries are no longer producing. Your doctor can prescribe synthetic hormones to increase or stabilize your hormone levels, or he or she can prescribe bio-identical hormones.

Studies have shown that hormone replacement therapy may increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease, blood clots and stroke. Bio-identical hormones are considered a more “natural” alternative to synthetic hormones, and therefore safer. Your body cannot tell the difference between bio-identicals and the ones your body produces, and they act exactly like the ones your body produces. There currently is little evidence to support the theory that they carry fewer risks, but studies are ongoing.

If you and your doctor decide that bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a good option for you, there are many products available. Your doctor can prescribe the one that is best for you and your situation. If you do decide to try this treatment, it’s important to use only enough to relieve symptoms and monitor yourself for signs of problems that may be related to hormone-replacement.

Low Estrogen: Common Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

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[fusion_text]Estrogen is the sex hormone that gives females their sexual traits such as wider hips, larger breasts, and additional body fat. Men have a small amount of estrogen, but it’s considerably higher in females. When estrogen levels drop in a woman, it can cause discomfort. It helps to understand the reasons for low estrogen, recognize the common symptoms and know your treatment options.

Types of Common Causes

  • Natural causes—The main natural cause of low estrogen is menopause. Premenopausal women can also suffer from it.
  • Induced causes—These are those such as hysterectomies and radiation treatments
  • Special causes—Sometimes, low estrogen is the result of special conditions such as anorexia, genetic diseases, thyroid problems and inadequate body fat.

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Common Symptoms in Older Women

One of the main symptoms of low estrogen in menopausal women is sleep disturbances. Not being able to sleep well can lead to extreme fatigue during the day, which is another typical sign of low estrogen.

Because of sleep disturbances, women may also experience night sweats, heart palpitations, and weight gain. In some cases, they may even have cold sweats. Other signs may include:

  • Drier skin, eyes, and vagina
  • Joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Bladder and vaginal infections.
  • Decreased sex drive is another sign.
  • Depression which can result from symptoms

Signs of Low Estrogen in Younger Women

In younger women, the most common sign of low estrogen levels is not menstruating. Women younger than 40 years old sometimes undergo menopause. This often leads to night sweats and hot flashes.

Symptoms of low estrogen in younger women can be the same as those of older women, including forgetfulness, painful intercourse, mood swings, depression and losing interest in sex. Not being able to conceive, childbirth and breastfeeding can also be red flags of low estrogen in younger women.

Considerations and Warnings

  • Surprisingly, caffeine intake can actually increase estrogen.
  • Because you lose calcium in your bones during menopause, you can be more likely to fracture them. Bone loss can cause osteoporosis.

Treatment Options

At home, you can make certain lifestyle changes. For examples, stay on a healthy diet, lower your intake of carbohydrates and increase fiber consumption. Moderate exercise can also help increase estrogen.

Many women have found relief from their symptoms by getting hormone replacement therapy. NovaHealth Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you balance your hormones so that you can start enjoying life again. Please call us if there’s any way that we may be able to assist you.

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Is Bioidentical Hormone Therapy a Safe Treatment for Menopause?

As women reaches a certain age, her natural hormone levels begin to drop off as she enters menopause. For some women, the symptoms of menopause are annoying, but bearable, while others have symptoms so bad that they prevent them from living their daily lives to the fullest. For women that suffer from intense symptoms of menopause, hormone therapy can help.

Conventional hormone therapy uses synthetic hormones or animal-based hormones to help treat the symptoms, but in recent years bioidentical hormone therapy has become a viable alternative. Instead of synthetic hormones, bioidentical hormones are created to be biochemically the same to natural hormones produced by a woman’s own ovaries during her reproductive years.

What can Bioidentical Hormones do for Menopause Symptoms?

Hormones treatments are used to quell the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness. However, the treatments are not meant to completely replace hormones, but rather the treatments use less and less hormones to gently ease a woman off her natural hormones instead of suffering through the sudden drop off during menopause.

Traditional hormone therapy will vary depending on what the women is suffering from the most. For example, hot flashes require more estrogen and in turn more progestogen to prevent uterine cancer from the increased estrogen. However, the major benefit of choosing bioidentical hormones means that a woman doesn’t need to treat just one symptom, but instead gets treatment for all of them. The hormones designed to match your body’s natural hormones stops much of the normal symptoms of menopause as the therapy gently weans your body off them.

Are Bioidentical Hormones Safe?

There is a misconception that bioidentical hormones are not approved by the FDA and thus, not safe. However, this is not the case. The means to created bioidentical hormones are approved by the FDA, but the methods of delivery are not. As each woman requires different treatment with bioidentical hormones to match their natural hormone levels, there is no way for the FDA to regulate and approve the means of hormone delivery.

While FDA approved, there are some side effects that come with bioidentical hormone therapy. Due to the new influx of hormones, patients have reported aggressiveness, acne, and irritability. Women in particular may also have breast tenderness, cramping, spotting, and bloating.

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How to Survive Hot Flashes

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Hot flashes are sudden spurts of warmth, generally over the face, neck, and chest that cause perspiration, a flushed appearance, and rapid heartbeat. Most commonly associated with menopause, hot flashes vary from woman to woman in frequency and duration.

Causes

Hot flashes are attributed to the changes in a woman’s reproductive hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and in the body’s hypothalamus (thermostat). For reasons unknown, a drop in estrogen effects the hypothalamus, making the body think it is “too hot”. The body responds to fend off the unwanted heat and the result is a “hot flash”.

Risk Factors

Some women never get hot flashes while others suffer with them for years. Certain risk factors may increase your chance of hot flashes, including smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and ethnicity.

Surviving a Hot Flash

Although you may not be able to avoid a hot flash, there are some things you can do to survive one!

  • Avoid the Triggers – alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, hot showers, and smoking can trigger a hot flash.
  • Exercise can reduce hot flashes.
  • Diet and Nutrition – consider a low-fat diet.
  • Dress in Layers so you can peel them off one layer at a time as your symptoms intensify.
  • Avoid Turtlenecks.
  • Wear Cotton, Linen, or Rayon.
  • Take a Cool Shower Before Bed.
  • Keep Ice Water Handy.
  • Start a “Hot Flash” Journal – record what you ate before your hot flash to determine if there are any triggers.
  • Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy can rebalance your hormones, and offer relief from hot flashes and many other discomforts associated with hormones.

Hot flashes may not be preventable, but we can take steps to live with them by being proactive about our health. If you’re fed up with the symptoms of menopause or aren’t sure if your hormone levels are low, take our online hormone assessment test. In less than 2 minutes you can complete the questions and get personal recommendations from our clinicians about your hormones.