By: Terry Graedon October 2, 2017 33 Comments
    Why Is Hormone Replacement Therapy So Controvers…

    Every year, about two million women enter menopause. While some women sail through with minimal trouble, many if not most suffer with hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms. Doctors may offer th…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 15 Comments
    Are Menopausal Women Taking a Big Risk with HRT?

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) does not appear to increase the risk of death from either heart disease or cancer. That's what researchers concluded by analyzing data from the long-running Women's H…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2017 5 Comments
    Can an Antidepressant Really Help with Hot Flash…

    Menopause offers women numerous challenges, but the most significant symptom is probably hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms in doctor-speak). This may also be among the most variable symptoms. Some women…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Antidepressant Medications Increase Your Ri…

    Antidepressants are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (Dec. 12, 2016) noted that one in six adults take psychiatric drugs. Antidepressant medic…

    By: Terry Graedon June 23, 2016 11 Comments
    Will Plant Products Cool Your Hot Flashes?

    Women suffering from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats often try natural approaches such as herbal remedies or soy supplements. The medical community has been divided about the …

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Ease Hot Flashes with Acupuncture

    Menopause is frequently accompanied by symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats that can take a toll on a woman's quality of life. How can they ease hot flashes? HRT Can Ease Hot Flashes but Carr…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2016 3 Comments
    How Acupuncture Helps Women with Breast Cancer

    Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer are often troubled by hot flashes as a consequence of the treatment. Unfortunately, the usual and most effective treatment for hot flashes is estrogen, whi…

    By: Joe Graedon November 2, 2015 5 Comments
    Pine Bark Extract Cools Hot Flashes

    Many women find that hots flashes and night sweats during the menopause transition detract seriously from quality of life. The question then becomes how can they be managed? Managing Hot Flashes: The…

    By: Joe Graedon September 10, 2015 0 Comments
    Electroacupuncture Treatment for Hot Flashes Fol…

    Women who have been treated for breast cancer are frequently faced with a dreadful dilemma: they are plagued with terrible hot flashes, but the hormone treatment usually used for relief from this symp…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2015 4 Comments
    SSRIs for Hot Flashes Raise the Risk of Fracture…

    Commonly prescribed antidepressants called SSRIs are linked to fractures in older women. These drugs have become popular to treat the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. That's becaus…

    By: Joe Graedon May 11, 2015 4 Comments
    Pine Bark Extract Offers Relief from Hot Flashes

    Anyone suffering through hot flashes--or hot flushes, technically--knows just how uncomfortable and distracting they can be. Millions of women are going through menopause and looking for ways to manag…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2015 0 Comments
    French Pine Bark May Cool Hot Flashes

    Q. I saw a recent question about calming hot flashes, and it inspired me to share my experience with the herbal remedy pycnogenol. After a few weeks of 15 to 20 hot flashes per day, I found a small me…

    By: Joe Graedon February 19, 2015 19 Comments
    Hot Flashes May Bother Women for Many Years

    Doctors used to tell women they'd be done with hot flashes and other troublesome menopausal symptoms within a couple of years, but new research offers a more disturbing and accurate answer. In a 17-ye…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2015 0 Comments
    Maca Made Hot Flashes Disappear

    Q. Thank you for writing about maca for hot flashes. I took a capsule twice a day for a month, and my hot flashes disappeared during the day. I also used to suffer from intense night sweats, about fou…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2013 3 Comments
    Non-Hormonal Drug to Quell Hot Flashes Has Uncom…

    Q. I read that there is a new non-hormonal medicine coming out in November 2013 for hot flashes. It is called Brisdelle. What do you know about it? What side effects should I be aware of? A. The FDA a…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2013 7 Comments
    Use HRT for Hot Flash Symptoms, Not for Maintain…

    Hormone replacement therapy is not helpful for keeping women healthy. That's the conclusion from a long-term follow-up study of two groups participating in the Women's Health Initiative. For decades, …

    By: Terry Graedon July 4, 2013 6 Comments
    New Prescription for Hot Flashes

    The FDA has just approved an old antidepressant called paroxetine to ease symptoms of menopause. Although this medication was originally prescribed for depression under the brand name Paxil, it will n…

    By: Joe Graedon July 1, 2013 66 Comments
    New FDA Drug Approval: Blessing or Boondoggle?

    On June 28, 2013 the FDA announced its approval of Brisdelle (paroxetine) "to treat moderate to severe hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms) associated with menopause." In its news release about Brisdelle,…

    By: Terry Graedon February 25, 2013 12 Comments
    Natural Approaches Can Ease Hot Flashes

    Most women going through menopause suffer from hot flashes. These surges of uncomfortable heat, flushing and sweating can range from disconcerting to debilitating. Some women experience such flushes m…

    By: Joe Graedon December 27, 2012 5 Comments
    Soy Supplements Fail to Foil Hot Flashes

    Soy-based products have long been promoted for easing menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes. Part of the reason is that soy doesn't pose the same risks as prescription hormone replacement therap…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 4 Comments
    HRT for Symptoms Only

    The benefits of hormone replacement therapy to prevent chronic diseases do not justify the risks. That is the conclusion the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force drew from a review of major studies. Do…

    By: Terry Graedon June 25, 2012 2 Comments
    Black Cohosh Helped Hot Flashes

    Q. You had a question from a reader having trouble with hot flashes. I too was on hormones and finally got off, despite the hot flashes coming back. Remifemin-brand black cohosh has helped me a lot. I…

    By: Terry Graedon May 31, 2012 5 Comments
    HRT for Hot Flashes, Not Heart Disease

    Not content to aggravate urologists and men concerned about prostate cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has now made a recommendation that is likely to rile gynecologists and postmenopaus…

    By: Terry Graedon April 1, 2012 97 Comments
    Premarin Controversy Continues

    There are few drugs in modern history that have stimulated greater controversy than Premarin. Since its FDA approval in the early 1940s more than 30 billion doses have been dispensed. The estrogens in…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2011 3 Comments
    Soy Doesn’t Help Hot Flashes

    Increasing soy intake does not appear to help menopausal women handle hot flashes. Ever since the Women's Health Initiative study revealed that hormone replacement therapy is associated with a greater…

    By: Terry Graedon June 16, 2011 2 Comments
    Flaxseed Doesn’t Help Hot Flashes

    Flaxseed has been recommended as an alternative strategy to estrogen for cooling hot flashes during menopause. Breast cancer patients who experience hot flashes as a consequence of their treatment are…

    By: Terry Graedon January 20, 2011 2 Comments
    Lexapro for Hot Flashes

    Women who suffer from hot flashes at menopause are frequently desperate for relief. Hormonal therapy used to be the gold standard for treating menopausal symptoms, but it is not appropriate for all wo…

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2010 9 Comments
    HRT Risks Reassessed

    Hormone Replacement Therapy appears to pose a greater risk of breast cancer than previously thought. This conclusion comes from the Women's Health initiative, a large, government-funded study that was…

    By: Joe Graedon October 20, 2008 7 Comments
    Cinnamon Helps Hot Flashes but Harms Liver

    Q. I've been using a lot of cinnamon for the taste on my morning granola and yogurt. My hot flashes have ceased and my cholesterol is down. Unfortunately, my liver enzymes are elevated. I was told to …

    By: Joe Graedon May 15, 2008 4 Comments
    Banishing Hot Flashes

    Q. I have a condition (Wegener's Granulomatosis) that had made me miserable for years and stumped several doctors. The symptom that troubled me was like hot flashes, but instead of flashing they were …

    By: Joe Graedon October 9, 2007 52 Comments
    Natural Remedies For Hot Flashes

    Q. Help! My menopausal hot flashes are becoming unbearable and debilitating. I have tried many remedies. Some helped a little (like cutting down on caffeine), but others, like soy, did nothing. I work…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2005 0 Comments
    Are Natural Hormones Better?

    Three years ago the world of women's health turned upside down. That was when a large study, the Women's Health Initiative, showed that hormone replacement therapy could have serious health consequenc…

    By: Joe Graedon July 14, 2003 0 Comments
    HRT Bandwagon Went Down Wrong Road

    If physicians are feeling betrayed by opinion leaders in their profession, their distress is understandable. For years, doctors heard from colleagues they trusted that hormone replacement therapy (HRT…

    By: Joe Graedon September 23, 2002 0 Comments
    Doctor Rejects Patients Over HRT

    People hate change. Even scientists get comfortable with their theories about the way the world works. When Galileo challenged the prevailing 17th century belief that the sun revolved around the earth…