Ask the Nurse

I am almost 65 and have stopped taking hormone replacement therapy after 20 years. I am sleepless and suffering from hot flashes. What can I take to lessen these effects?

You and your women’s health doctor (if you don’t have one - please consider seeing a physician in the Center for Specialized Women’s Health at the Cleveland Clinic) can discuss the risk and benefits of hormone therapy use and the time course that is recommended, but this is done on an individual, patient specific basis.

Black cohosh can be used for 6 months, but has associated liver toxicity. Studies show that soy-based products provide no relief for vasomotor symptoms.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

August 23, 2011 at 5:36pm