Oral progesterone may ease hot flushes

Post-menopausal women may suffer fewer hot flushes and night sweats by taking the hormone progesterone, according to a new study.
After 12 weeks of progesterone treatment, women who began the study with a daily average of seven hot flushes or night sweats reported having three fewer episodes each day.
The study is the first to show that oral progesterone may reduce frequency and severity of hot flushes and night sweats, says co-author Jerilynn Prior, an endocrinologist at UBC¹s Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.
“I think this is important research because it offers women more choices,” Prior says.

The Globe and Mail, Thu May 10 2012, By: Adriana Barton, Page: L6, Link to full text