Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
The Lancet Oncology, a monthly British journal focusing on
cancer research, contains a small article in its June edition that will
probably slip right past most people. But for millions of women worldwide, this
article may hold the key to their health and happiness for years to come.
A new all-natural mood elevator? Safe, side effect-free
birth control? Maybe the second coming of Retin-A? How about a possible cure for hot flashes ? Now we're
cookin' - literally!
Hot Flashes and Breast Cancer Treatment
Hot flashes are one of the truly annoying side effects of
many types of breast cancer treatment. They're not going to kill you (though
they may make you want to kill the doc who sent you down the hot-flash path).
They're not 100% debilitating like, say, the crushing fatigue of radiation or
overwhelming nausea of chemo experienced by some of us. No, hot flashes are
just annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of
Egypt, hot flashes would have...
Are you experiencing hot flashes or night sweats in conjunction during your menopausal transition? If so, you may be interested in two new studies that look at these symptoms in relation to relaxation techniques and anti-depressants.
Hot Flashes and Applied Relaxation Techniques
A study out of Sweden added to the literature that suggests that the use of relaxation method can ease hot flashes in women who have gone through menopause. The study involved 60 healthy women who were randomly assigned to two groups over a three-month period. Most of these women were 50 years old and above and had not had their menstrual period for a year or more. However, they all were still experienced hot flashes and night sweats.
The first group was taught to use techniques from applied relaxation method, which were developed in Sweden in the 1980s and is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. These techniques included focused breathing and easing muscle tensions prior to and during hot flashes. The other...
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