Menopause For Dummies
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Menopausal women often experience hot flashes where a sudden, intense wave of heat overcomes them. Follow these pointers for reducing hot flashes and their effects:

  • Exercise regularly. Only one in 20 women who exercise regularly experience hot flashes. Of women who don't exercise, one in four experience hot flashes.

  • Turn on the ceiling fan or throw back the blanket at night to avoid waking up with night sweats. Instead of using one heavy blanket or duvet, use a sheet and several thin blankets; remove or add layers as needed.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol and watch those spicy foods and hot drinks. These can trigger hot flashes at the dinner table.

  • Reduce your stress level by exercising or practicing relaxation techniques.

  • Dress in layers so you can peel down when you're "flashing" and cover back up when you cool off.

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Marcia L. Jones was a freelance writer for more than 20 years. Theresa Eichenwald, M.D., is an internist with experience in caring for menopausal women. Nancy W. Hall has written extensively on health, pregnancy, and child development for over 18 years.

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