Heat waves, night sweats? These can help

Typical symptoms of menopause are hot flashes and night sweats

Heat waves and night sweats are the most common menopause symptoms include, although their frequency, severity, and persistence vary widely. The age of onset in Central Europe usually begins around 50 years in women (this is somewhat different in Scandinavia and Southern Europe), and the above symptoms typically appear for 2 to 5 years.

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A British study looked at 10,418 postmenopausal women aged 54-65, all of whom had not been menstruating or receiving hormone replacement for at least a year. The study examined the association between hot flashes and night sweats with age, body mass index (BMI), hormone therapy, hysterectomy, lifestyle, and women’s mood. Participants completed a questionnaire reporting on their social status, weight, height, and health status. Three and a half years later, they repeated the test and again answered questions about their lifestyle, weight change, treatment, and symptoms.

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It was found that 89.6% of women had experienced the two most common symptoms a few times, with a slightly higher proportion of hot flashes (86%) than night sweats (78%). More than half of the women still experienced the inconvenience after three years. The study also found that previous hysterectomy, smoking, and increased alcohol consumption may all predict the later onset of the two symptoms. The same risk factors proved to be persistent stress, tendency to depression, a also premature menstruation and lower education.
It is also a surprising stop to the survey that at least half of the women did not have their discomfort gone beyond menopause, and were even present ten years after their last menstrual period. According to experts, age was not decisive in terms of the frequency of the appearance of hot flashes and sweating, and was the same and similarly common in women in their fifties and sixties.

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Solution: lifestyle and hormone therapy

These two symptoms have a serious impact on the quality of life of those affected, as hot flashes are very uncomfortable in everyday situations and night sweats significantly impair the quality of sleep. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to consult a specialist if you apply – recommends dr. Gábor Hetényi, gynecologist of the Gynecological Center, menopause expert. – By changing a few habits on their own, leaving a harmful passion, ladies can already do a lot to relieve symptoms, so it’s worth introducing regular exercise, sleeping cool, ventilating often, mastering stress management techniques, and avoiding too spicy foods, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco. In addition, the possibility of hormone replacement should be reconsidered, as much of the symptoms of menopause are due to a lack of estrogen hormone. Before ordering an appropriate replacement, the patient must undergo a specialist examination, ECG, blood sampling, weight and bone density measurement, ultrasound examination and, if appropriate, other examinations. Knowing the results, you can choose from safe, low-hormone but effective agents.

Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.

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