Hot Flashes and Menopause Sweat
Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she will naturally cease to have periods. Some women go through the menopause with few symptoms and little discomfort. But others experience increases in body temperature, known as ‘hot flashes’ or ‘hot flushes’, cold sweats, night sweats and, in some cases, excessive sweating.
What Are Hot Flashes?
Around 70% of women experience hot flashes during their menopause. The ‘flash’ itself can last from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
What Causes Hot Flashes?
No one really knows why hot flashes occur, but hormonal changes are the most likely cause. It’s believed that during menopause, reproductive hormones cause your body’s thermostat (hypothalamus) to become more sensitive to temperature changes in the body.
Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and the symptoms can vary in intensity from mild to (in some cases) extreme and vary in duration from a few months to several years. For some women, menopause sweat can have a significant impact on everyday life. But there are things you can do to sweat less and feel more comfortable.
How Do I Stop Menopause Sweat?
• Wash or shower regularly.
• Use an antiperspirant daily.
• Wear loose-fitting clothes and go for natural fibres that breathe, like cotton underwear.
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine, spicy food and smoking. These can trigger a hot flush.
• Stay fit. Exercise has been shown to reduce the impact of hot flashes.
• Keep a healthy weight. Excess weight is likely to cause more hot flashes.
• Stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you.
• If you’re getting night sweats, ensure your bedroom is cool enough by opening a window, or switch your bedclothes to a lighter fabric.
• If you’re sweating excessively, consider using a stronger product, like Sure® Women Maximum Protection Confidence, or Sure® Women Maximum Protection Clean Scent.
If you’re concerned about sweating during menopause, talk to your doctor about your symptoms and discuss medicines and alternative therapies that may be of help to you.
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