Menopause is a notoriously difficult time in any woman's life, and perhaps one of the most debilitating symptoms of menopause is that of the hot flash. Women who suffer from hot flashes often find themselves awakening in the middle of the night in a sweat, which can be very uncomfortable. If you think you're dealing with hot flashes, no matter what the age, there are some important things you should know.
DO See a Doctor to Confirm Menopause
First of all, if you think what you're experiencing is a hot flash, make note of the specific symptoms as they happen by writing them down. Then, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Hot flashes often occur at the onset of menopause, but the only way to know for sure whether or not this is what you're experiencing is to see your doctor. Don't make any assumptions on your own.
DON'T Use Medicines Unless Necessary
If your doctor does believe that you are in menopause, then you will most likely be prescribed some medication to help alleviate symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes. However, your doctor will also probably tell you to only take the medication when your symptoms are at their absolute worst. If you simply take your medication any time you feel a bit of discomfort, the medication could gradually lose its effect.
DO Be Open-Minded to Treatments
Instead of medication, understand that there are all kinds of other non-medicated treatment options available that you might want to explore. Of course, each woman is different and no treatment option will work for everybody, but you may be able to find a natural treatment option that helps you get through your hot flashes. For some women, fans and air conditioners help, whereas other women have more success with drinking cold water or even undergoing a lifestyle change, such as exercising or quitting smoking.
DON'T Overlook Other Symptoms
Finally, be on the lookout for any other symptoms that may come along with your hot flashes, as they could be signs of other medical problems. For example, if your hot flashes are accompanied by nausea and vomiting, then you might be dealing with an infection or even a problem with your thyroid. Make note of any other symptoms that seem to come along with your hot flashes and speak to menopausal management gynecologists about them so he or she can make an accurate diagnosis.
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