For many women entering menopause, hot flashes are a drag. The feeling of intense heat, accompanied at times by sweating and a rapid heartbeat, leave some feeling frustrated and powerless. And although hormone replacement therapy and the use of drugs such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors might seem unappealing, unfortunately for most, there are no other options. That said, lifestyle changes which include meditation and various relaxation techniques have proven to be effective.
According to this latest Health 24 post, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine found that those women who practiced mindfulness meditation had much success when it came to relieving stress and sleep problems. The study also found that hot flash intensities decreased.
Women with severe hot flashes said their quality of life improved after taking mindfulness classes that included meditation and stretching exercises, according to a new study.
The findings also suggest that such classes could help improve sleep quality, stress, and anxiety during menopause.
“There’s a broad range of attitudes about hot flashes and how they should be treated,” Dr Ellen Freeman, a menopause expert at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said.
“There are certainly many, many women who don’t want to take hormones … and don’t want to take other drugs either,” said Dr Freeman, who was not involved in the current study. Mindfulness, on the other hand, “may be something that they find very acceptable.”
Read more about how meditation is being used to treat menopause symptoms here.