How to Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats (Without Hormones)

How to Stop Hot Flashes and Night Sweats (Without Hormones)

Hot flashes and night sweats can seriously impact your quality of life. While prescription hormone replacement therapy is effective for the treatment of these menopause symptoms, many women may have personal or medical reasons to prefer non-hormonal options.

In this video, Bonafide Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Alyssa Dweck, discusses what causes hot flashes and night sweats, as well as the options available for addressing these frustrating symptoms.

Video Transcription

Dr. Alyssa Dweck here. Today I thought I would discuss something that I see in my office on a day-to-day basis. It goes something like this: “Dr. Dweck, I’m having horrible hot flashes and night sweats. I can’t take hormone therapy. What can I do to manage this?”

Well first, let me reassure you you’re not alone. This is an incredibly common complaint, and I would say probably upwards of 70% of women suffer with vasomotor symptoms of menopause, many of whom go untreated and suffer needlessly.

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Causes

So, let’s talk about what’s going on. It seems that nobody really knows the exact cause of hot flashes. But it likely has something to do with an area of the brain called the thermoregulatory zone, which is quite responsive to the hormone estrogen. As estrogen levels plummet during menopause, this area of the brain is affected, and women get a sensation of overwhelming heat and difficulty managing temperature fluctuations.

What Do Hot Flashes Feel Like in Menopause?

The symptoms are all too common: it starts with a flushing from the chest up. Women turn beet red. They feel super-hot. And then all the sudden, water works of perspiration occur. And it really can be quite uncomfortable and very disruptive to day-to-day life.

Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

So, what can we do about this, that doesn’t involve taking hormone therapy? First, I recommend making multiple lifestyle changes. I recommend avoiding certain triggers that you identify might be bringing on hot flashes. Common triggers include caffeine intake, alcohol, stress and large meals.

In addition, I recommend altering diet. My favorite diet is the Mediterranean diet, but intermittent fasting may also be helpful. The Mediterranean diet specifically is low glycemic, limited in salt and sugar, and is heart healthy. In addition, exercise is very helpful: not only for stress reduction, but for general overall health.

In regard to supplements that can be used, I’m a fan of Relizen. Relizen, made from a Swedish flower, has actually been shown in clinical studies to help with vasomotor symptoms of menopause.

Learn more about hormone-free Relizen®, here.

Some women rely on increasing the soy in their diet, or taking a supplement containing a phytoestrogen. This of course is not appropriate for women who are trying to avoid hormones altogether.

Other Hormone-free Treatments for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

There are prescription medications that are available and indicated for vasomotor symptoms, including certain antidepressants and even one neurology medication that we use, and have borrowed from the neurology world, called gabapentin.

So, you can try any one of these methods, or combine them in an effort to feel better. The good news is, hot flashes and night sweats won’t last forever, so try to bear with it.

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I have been taking relizen for more than 2 years. At first I did not think it would work. But after about the 5th month of sticking with it, I did realize that while not completely free of the flashes and sweats, the frequency and number of them per day had dropped significantly. I am finally at a point where I can go without hot flashes or night sweats for weeks at a time. I wish I couple say I never experience them, but I would not be speaking honestly. Why I get them over some nights and not others, well I wasn’t really questioning it until now. After all, I went from a chronic, could not avoid the flashes or night sweats to save my life to the point where they slowly started occurring less and less often. I switched from ordering on a monthly basis, to ordering a 3 months supply every time I need more. Because of that, I think the “customer tracking system” that the company uses sent me a letter congratulating me on finishing my first 3 months of taking the Relizen. It was at that point that I thought, hey wait a minute, I’ve been at this since before the pandemic. So I will have to get in touch with customer support and mention it. But it still doesn’t negate the fact that it is working. So for this of your who may be on the fence, thinking it is too good to be true, you can relax. I don’t usually write reviews (heck i didn’t write one for the last 2 years about Relizen), but when a product works and it is something that maybe I doubted or maybe I just recognize that people.need to hear from other “real” people about whether a product works. I say it’s worth trying. It may work better for you than it did for me. I think I am going to keel
Track of what I eat and drink each day and at what times. Then I will also track when the night sweats may occur. I hope I will figure out what it is that is triggering them and be able to completely stop them once and for all. Good luck!!

Kathi K

i have been experiencing hot flashes for over 10 years now, It feels like forever,

Bernadette Fugaro

Appreciate the information.

Sandra LeGendre

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