Menopause is a term that describes natural cease of reproductive function of women. This process includes system wide changes during the transition period, or time when function of the ovaries, chief promoters of reproductive function, gradually stops. Among these are wild fluctuations of hormone levels that affect women both mentally and physically. Here are some advices on how to make the aspects of menopause such as hot flashes and night sweats less troublesome.Lifestyle
Dress in layers. These are more efficient in both keeping the outside cold away and releasing the excess heat from your body. Avoid coffee and alcohol, sip cool drinks or chill with some ice packs. Avoid bathing or showering with hot water before bed. Avoid stress, relax and practice deep, abdominal breathing at least twice a day. Some women find supplemental intake of vitamin E helpful for hot flashes, but benefit is marginal for most. Many women say that acupuncture and yoga help fight menopause symptoms such as mood swings, sweating and hot flashes.
There have been no scientific studies on benefits of acupuncture and yoga, but it is safe to assume that relaxation connected with these activities is beneficial. Add aerobic exercise to your daily schedule. It has been shown that regular aerobic exercises play a significant role in reduction of the severity of hot flashes, but also help in a less visible, but much more significant way. Different hormone balance and metabolism in the menopause leads to loss of bone mass and results in bone frailty. Regular exercise can significantly slow loss of bone mass, and even promote gain of bone mass, thus greatly reducing risk of fractures.Herbs
Generally speaking, effect of various herbal supplements in reduction of menopausal symptoms is inconclusive and at times, contradictory. In example, some studies indicate that soy reduces occurrences of hot flashes, while results of other studies show that there has been no benefit. Some herbs contain isoflavones, a substance that is virtually a plant estrogen. Some studies results indicate that this plant estrogen has beneficial effects on number and intensity of hot flashes, but again, some studies concluded that there was no such effect. Black cohosh, plant most used for hot flashes, also has mixed study results, but has been noted to reduce sweating.Drugs
Some antidepressants and drugs for hypertension are known to reduce hot flashes. There are other promising drugs, either in development or in use in countries other than US that are currently undergoing clinical testing procedures.