There are lots of things you can do to help reduce menopausal symptoms, which do not involve medications.
Simple measures such as dressing in layers and wearing cotton clothes, avoiding alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods, and stopping smoking, can help reduce hot flushes.
Regular cardiovascular exercise and yoga have been shown to increase wellbeing, improve mood and reduce hot flushes.
Achieving a healthy weight through a healthy diet and exercise can help you to cope better with menopausal symptoms.
Exercise, not smoking, a healthy diet and a normal weight will also improve your overall health and wellbeing.
There is evidence that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help with menopausal symptoms and also mood disorders.
There is a small amount of medical evidence that some herbal treatments can help relieve hot flushes. The best evidence is for Red Clover and Black Cohosh, however, the products which are available to buy vary in their effectiveness and potency. We also don’t know how they interact with other medications and they are not normally safe for women with breast cancer to take.
Some women find acupuncture helpful, although there is not much medical evidence for this treatment yet.