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    VSawicki posted:
    I refuse to use hormones to conquer my hot flashes but some days I swear I will do anything... menopause seems so unfair. ah well.
    My mom told me to avoid salt. I am not very good at avoiding salt, but I do notice that added salt seems to bring on flashing. Night sweats are the worst for me and I wildly switch from hot to cold. My hubby even says "are you boiling or freezing now?" My bed has a built in pillow top which is comfortable but it holds in heat so when I start to "flash" I feel like I am in an oven. Even flipping my pillow doesn't help and I sleep right under a ceiling fan. What does seem to help is the glass of ice water to sip on at night. I keep it in an insulated (Tervis tumbler) on my night stand. A sip during the boiling seems to help bring my temp back to normal.
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    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear VSawicki,
    A couple of other suggestions. There are cooling pillows available-I believe there is something called the "chillow" or something to that effect which some women find helpful. Have you tried adding soy to your diet? Other products that some women find helpful are isoflavones (which are the active ingredient in soy-weak plant estrogens) like I-cool, or black cohosh (such as Remifemin)-they do help some women.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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