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Alternatives to hormone therapy for hot flashes: many choices but science is lacking

Richardson, Marcie K. MD

doi: 10.1097/GME.0b013e3182982436
Clinical Corner: Clinical Article

Clinical Scenario A 51-year-old postmenopausal third-grade teacher requests help for her hot flashes. She finds them especially troubling as she stands in front of her class and starts sweating. Although one student offers her tissues, others make fun of her—disrupting the class. Her sleep is interrupted several times a night. She refuses to use any form of estrogen because her mother died of breast cancer at the age of 60 years. Perhaps alternative therapies can help her.

From the Harvard Vanguard Menopause Consultation Service, Boston, MA; and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Received February 1, 2013; revised and accepted March 6, 2013.

Funding/support: None.

Financial disclosure/conflicts of interest: None reported.

Address correspondence to: Marcie K. Richardson, MD, The Copley Center, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 165 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116. E-mail:

© 2013 by The North American Menopause Society.