6 Simple Ways to Relieve Menopause Symptoms

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Do-it-yourself solutions

These six simple strategies may relieve menopause symptoms to your satisfaction—without hormone replacement therapy’s risks or even a visit to your doctor.


1.  Strategize your outfit

Wear loose, light, layered clothing. That way, if a a hot flash sweeps through you won’t be drenched in sweat.


2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol

A caffeine- and alcohol-free beverage (like herbal tea) is a better choice than these potential hot-flash triggers.


3.  Steer clear of hot and spicy foods

That high-octane salsa may trigger a hot flash. It’s best to go easy on spicy food.


4. Watch your weight

If you’re overweight, losing a few pounds may make you less uncomfortable when hot flashes strike. (Exercise helps some women’s symptoms, too.)


5. Create a breezy bedroom

Keeping your bedroom cool with fans or air conditioning can help fight night sweats.


6. Use a vaginal lubricant

Applying a lubricant just before sex should temporarily relieve vaginal dryness and the possibility of painful intercourse.