Chill Out: 5 Easy Ways to Deal with Hot Flashes

You know when you’ve got one. There’s a feeling of intense heat that builds slow and steady or suddenly jumps you like a lion on an unsuspecting gazelle. It’s a hot flash, and symptoms often include tingling in your fingers, a prickling feeling along the hairline, fast heartbeat, hot or red skin, and those damn,…

Hypnosis for Hot Flashes and Memory Loss

Can hypnosis make you forget you are in menopause? Scientists at Baylor University in Texas suggest that it is possible. For the last couple of years, the school’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory has shown that hypnotic relaxation therapy can combat some of the most vexing symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and memory loss. Hypnotic…

Dressing for Internal Climate Control

Lesson learned this week: Don’t sit near a restaurant’s wood-burning pizza oven if you are a woman of a certain age unless you have frostbite. I was having dinner with my good friend S. when we noticed the temperature rising. Luckily, we had both dressed in layers and started shedding them one at a time.…

14 Years of Hot Flashes Meet Their Match

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that for some women, hot flashes can last up to 14 years. (Mother Nature, what were you thinking?) In a study of 1,449 women, the largest group followed to date, researchers found that the median length of time hot flashes stuck around was 7.4 years. Half of…

Chin Hairs and Other Facts About My Perimenopause

I am in smack dab in the middle of perimenopause, the transition of a woman’s body in to menopause. Once I don’t get my period for 12 months, I’ll officially be in menopause. But at the age of 49, I’m still getting mine every 28 days. Every woman’s journey to the land of no menses…

Sage Advice About Hot Flashes

Women who like turkey with stuffing and suffer from hot flashes can now kill two birds with one stone, according to an article published in Advances in Therapy, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal. Sage, a culinary herb, has been found to alleviate hot flashes, according to the study, which followed 71 Swiss women. While salvia…

Health Quickie: Hot Flash Relief

Here’s a quick, natural technique you can try when a hot flash shows up: Deep breathing. The trick here is to take longer to exhale than to inhale. Start by taking as deep a breath as you can – you want to fill your belly with air, the way opera singers do. Then very slowly…

The Real Culprit Behind Male Menopause

Poor testosterone. For years it’s been taking the blame when aging men report lowered libidos and a harder time keeping the pounds off. Now T can give its public relations consultants a much-deserved vacation. A new study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital reports that the real culprit in male menopause is estrogen, that little…