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Here’s the scoop on Hormone Free Black Cohosh for hot flashes and night sweats
The studies done on Hormone Free Black Cohosh for the hot flashes and night sweats of menopause have not shown consistent results. In a few, it is better than placebo, and in others, it’s no better than placebo. However, one thing I explain to my patients, is that with ANY menopause treatment, the placebo response can range from 30-50%, so if if works for you, then it works.
Part of the problem when looking at Black Cohosh, is that there are so many different formulations and it’s available in different strengths. It also seems that some women do very well with it, while others are left scratching their heads wondering what the big deal is.
If you like coffee and you’re pregnant, chances are you’ve been watching your intake, or avoiding it completely. For years, I’ve been recommending to patients that they limit their caffeine intake to no more than 2 cups/day based on evidence that didn’t show any adverse effects with minimal amounts. Well, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology just issued the same recommendations. Limit to less than 200 mg of caffeine each day.
When you’re in labor, the last thing you want to worry about is whether the pain relief that’s offered is dangerous. Well, now we have more reassurance. A study from England found that epidurals given in labor are about 10 times safer than we previously thought. The risk was estimated to be about 1 in 23,000 women will have a serious complication.