“I just love hot flashes!” —said no woman who has ever gone through menopause. Though the intensity and duration of hot flashes vary among women, some women need help managing the symptoms. There are many ways to help alleviate some of the discomfort of menopause, dealing with hot flashes in the heat of the moment (too soon? Sorry about that!) can be a challenge.
I’ve gained a reputation as a menopause expert among my friends, and I get this question more than any other. It makes sense. When you’re in the throes of a hot flash or inexplicable crying jag, who cares why this is happening—when’s it going to end? Unfortunately, as with many things pertaining to women’s bodies (hi, pregnancy), the length and symptoms of menopause vary a lot. Some aspects, such as age of onset, can even be hereditary.
For a few years menopausal women had what we thought was a magic bullet in the form of estrogen therapy, and then complications cropped up. Under the supervision of a doctor, estrogen therapy is still available for certain women, but only for a limited period of time.
Fortunately, our knowledge about other remedies for menopause symptoms is growing. Whether you’re suffering from hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia or mood swings, there are non-medical ways to treat your symptoms.
Who doesn’t love a good story about a medical breakthrough, especially one that might benefit us personally? Potential cures for cancer, possible environmental links to Alzheimer’s, new vaccines for formerly incurable diseases…we love them all. But nothing perks up our ears like a lead on relieving menopause symptoms. In particular, we’re always looking for that magic-bullet cure for hot flashes. No one’s found it yet, but when they do, trust us—we’ll waste no time in letting you know.