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Non-Hormonal Management of Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Can antidepressants work for hot flashes?
Air Date: 10/23/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Diana Bitner, MD
Diana BitnerDiana Bitner, MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a certified menopause practitioner. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group.

Dr. Bitner has special interests in women's wellness and prevention of heart disease, menopause, perimenopause, laparoscopic and robotic pelvic surgery, and pelvic pain. She enjoys helping women through times of health concerns and life phase transitions with an integrated and evidence-based approach. Her professional goal is to help women be as healthy as they want to be. She is also fluent in Portuguese.

Dr. Bitner has a weekly media engagement with WXMI Fox 17 Morning Mix discussing health topics of importance to women. She regularly engages in media and online chats and authors a blog, titled Midlife & Menopause Moments, which can be found on Health Beat, Spectrum Health's e-news website.
Non-Hormonal Management of Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) recently published a report which looked into non-hormonal management of menopause-associated vasomotor symptoms (VMS).

VMS affect more than three-quarters of midlife women and can last between five and seven years.

These symptoms include hot flashes and night sweats.

Even though hormone therapy can be used as a treatment to help ease VMS, it may conflict with other medications or may not be your personal preference.

What did researchers find from this study? are there other options to help treat VMS?

Diana Bitner, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss VMS and options that can help ease these symptoms.
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