Bakersfield is approaching perhaps the most dreadful time of year: triple digit weather. If you are menopausal and suffering from hot flashes during this time of year, it can be unbearable. If you believe you are perimenopausal or menopausal, you should consult with your doctor for further treatment. There are medications out there to alleviate symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and loss of libido, but some can have an out of pocket cost that’s upwards of $300 per month. Luckily, there are over-the-counter treatments that have proven their effectiveness.
Black cohosh: black cohosh is derived from a species of buttercup. Studies have had mixed results on whether black cohosh is effective in reducing hot flashes. Some studies indicate it may help with mild hot flashes and night sweats for short-term treatment. It may lower blood pressure as well.
Estroven: Aside from hot flashes, Estroven has been said to improve irritability, occasional sleeplessness, weight management, energy, or mood and memory issues. Estroven is a plant-based supplement. The two primary ingredients are Soy Isoflavones and Black Cohosh. Estroven has many varieties to customize your treatment.
Evening primrose oil: Evening primrose oil can help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes. It also has benefits for pre-menstrual symptoms. In foods, it is used as a dietary source of essential fatty acids. Evening primrose oil does not have hormonal properties, but some products that contain it may also contain phytoestrogens, which are plant-derived sources of estrogen.
It is also recommended to take fish oil and calcium to promote healthy heart and bone health. If you are suffering from menopausal symptoms, you should consult a doctor and book an appointment. Every woman transitions into menopause at some point, but not every woman has to suffer. Aside from over-the-counter remedies, there are also other ways to treat menopausal symptoms.