Should I stop drinking coffee if I have hot flashes or night sweats?

There is an association between caffeine intake and more frequent hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, according to a study. The researchers reported their findings after surveying more than 2,000 women about their personal habits and menopausal symptoms. Other studies have not shown this link, however, so if hot flashes or night sweats are a problem, experiment with reducing your caffeine intake and see whether you benefit, suggest the researchers.

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Dr. Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Most hot flash/night sweat sufferers are relieved to hear that it is not necessary to give up coffee entirely. Even a modest decrease in coffee consumption may banish the hot flashes and night sweats.

Abruptly eliminating coffee from your routine is not advised, as doing so produces severe headaches. To taper off your regular java, decrease the amount by just two ounces the first week. Pour off two ounces every day, before taking your first sip. If you still have severe hot flashes the second week, pour off two more ounces of coffee (now you'll be at four ounces less each day). Continue the process until the hot flashes are bearable or gone. After two or three months with no hot flashes or night sweats, it's often possible to add back some coffee slowly, in small increments, without the hot flashes returning.

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