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I have severe night sweats and mild hot flashes. My gyn does…

I have severe night...

I have severe night sweats and mild hot flashes

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

My gyn does not recommend anything and I take a menapause supplement from GNC but it doesn't work

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Arterio venus malformation in my right hand

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? In general, how would you describe your health lately?

I work out 3 days a week and eat fairly healthy. I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning. I'm on anti depressants

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Dr. J
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Hi there. Board-certified obgyn here.

May I ask how old you are?

Did your gyn say in particular why they did not recommend hormones?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I'm 65. My gyn and myself feel that hormone therapy may be harmful. She suggested Black Cohosh but it didn't work

Ah OK. I do agree with your gyn that in this age range, there is a bit more risk compared to starting hormones, say in your early 50s.
Other things you can try to help with hot flashes:

- There's an over the counter medication called Estroven. There are a few different kinds and one in particular for hot flashes. Please note that this medication is not FDA-approved so the risks and claims of benefits have not been evaluated with scientific studies.

- You could try decreasing the caffeine. You don't drink much, but reducing it could make a difference.

- You could try adding acupuncture to your routine. We don't know why it works, but it does help a lot of women with their symptoms.

- Yoga and meditation are also great for hot flashes. You could try to incorporate 1 -2 yoga sessions a week in place of one of your other work outs.

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