One of the most common menopause symptoms is hot flashes and/or night sweats, which up to 80 per cent of women experience during menopause. While these symptoms tend to dissipate within one to two years, making dietary changes can help reduce their occurrence.
Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol and spicy food, while legumes, grains, sage tea, black cohosh and nuts are natural remedies that may help reduce the onset or severity of symptoms. A balanced diet and regular exercise can also help relieve menopausal symptoms8.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can sometimes be prescribed for women experiencing severe symptoms during perimenopause. It involves an artificial boost of hormone levels – usually a combination of progesterone and oestrogen – to reduce or eliminate menopause symptoms entirely. However, the therapy also brings considerable risks; studies suggest that even short-term use of HRT can increase the risk of acquiring breast cancer, melanoma, ovarian cancer and more9.