Menopause Sweats

Hot FlashesFeeling sticky, uncomfortable and wet?  Are your clothes clinging to the perspiration in an unflattering, damp mess?  Unfortunately the menopause sweats are another common symptom that we poor females have to contend with. And the more you try and stop them happening, it seems the more determined they are to invade your day.

While profuse sweating may not be as toe curlingly embarrassing as incontinence and  hair loss, it can still be extremely inconvenient and very unwelcome.  It doesn`t help that your beetroot red face will absorb most of the make up that you carefully applied that morning.  Or that the perspiration will leave your hair hanging limply round your ears.  And of course, freshening up afterwards is a must, so running water and somewhere private to cool down would be just wonderful.

How Long Do They Last?

Menopause sweats and night sweats are the most common symptoms of menopause and experienced by up to 90% of women, many of whom have the pleasure daily.  The good news is that they tend to disappear for most women after a couple of years – although they can last five years or more for the unlucky few.

What Causes Them?

In the brain, there is an area responsible for regulating heat.  As estrogen levels drop and hormones become unbalanced, this heat regulatory area becomes confused and gets tricked into sending out signals to the body that it needs to cool down. The body has its own built in cooler system, which is to send sweat onto the surface of the skin.  Blood vessels dilate and heart rates increase, which in turn makes us feel dizzy.

Although hot flashes,  menopause sweats and night sweats can happen anytime and are not dependent in any strenuous exercise to trigger one, there are precautions that can be taken.

Controlling Menopausal Sweats

  • Layer your clothing and still to natural fabrics.  This way, if you do feel yourself becoming warmer, you can remove a layer or too to keep your body cooler.night sweats
  • Carry a small hand fan, use a spray filled with water and carry a pack of moist wipes
  • Crowded places can trigger a hot flash, so whenever you can, stick to spacious, airy environments.
  • Cut down on smoking (preferably cut it out).  It has been said that the first  puff of each cigarette can trigger an agressive bout of sweating.
  • Maintain a comfortably cool temperature at home, especially in your bedroom.
  • Sip cool water.  This will not only help you to stay cool, but only prevent dehydration, which can occur due to the perspiration loss.
  • Take cool showers and keep rooms well ventilated, particularly at night if prone to night sweats
  • Limit trigger foods and drinks that you know trigger an attack.  These could be tea, coffee, sodas, spicy foods, in fact any stimulant could provoke an attack.
  • Limiting hot drinks at night may help to reduce night sweats. These affect the  blood vessels, and make you prone to flushing
  • Regular exercise improves circulation, and may help reduce the intensity and frequency of menopause sweats as the body adapts to coping with extremes of temperatures

Feeling anxious and stressed will only make things worse.  Any relaxation techniques that you can do, such as deep breathing, visualization and listening to relaxing music, will be beneficial and will help keep those night sweats at bay.

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  1. I have just had THE worst hot flash EVER. Will let you know when I have found something that works!!

  2. My hot flashes are REALLY getting me down. I`m going to try some of the products that you recommend and see what happens….will keep you all posted…fingers crossed

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