Keeping cool during hot flashes
Menopause is a part of life that every woman will one day have to go through. It is nothing to be ashamed of or be embarrassed about, but the physical and emotional changes can really take its toll on women. One of the most talked about symptom is the dreaded hot flash. One minute you are going about your day, the next your face flushes and you’re sweating.
Some women only experience hot flashes during the early stages of menopause; other women will have them for the rest of their life. No matter how long they last or how intense they are, managing and preventing hot flashes can make your life easier. It is important to remember that every woman’s body is different and one remedy that works for one person, may not work for another.
Tips to cope with hot flashes:
Lowering bedroom temperate at night
When you are going through menopause your body reacts to smaller changes in core body temperature than it did before. By keeping the temperature down you can reduce night sweats by almost 50% 1
One simple was to reduce your stress and the occurrence of hot flashes is by taking about 15 minutes in the mornings to take deep, slow abdominal breathes (around 6 to 8) and to repeat this at the onset of a hot flash. 1
There are a lot of individual differences between women when it comes to exercise and hot flashes. Some women report fewer hot flashes after engaging in regular exercise. Others report that exercise triggered their hot flashes. If you fall into the latter category it does not mean that you should stop excising, but that you should engage in less strenuous exercise like walking or naturally cooling actives like swimming or water aerobics. 1
Non prescription treatments
Sometimes we need to go a step further to help keep hot flashes at bay. Taking Vitamin B complex and/or Vitamin E supplements or eating a diet enriched with vitamins B and E can help. Also taking Ibuprofen can be effective, but ask your doctor before taking it on any regular basis. 2
Hot Flash Triggers2:
1 “Hot Flashes in the Absence Menopause: Other Explanations”. http://www.wdxcyber.com/nmood12.htm. Visited on 6/10/2012.
2 “Menopause Health Center”. http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/hot-flashes. Visited on 6/10/2012.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On July 27, 2013