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How to Cope with Hot Flushes during Periods

Middle-aged women are likely to encounter many menopause symptoms as they transition to infertility. Unfortunately, one of the most common experiences is hot flushes, a consequence of the hormonal changes felt during the transition.

How to cope with hot flushes during periods

What Are Hot Flushes?

Hot flushes are common symptoms of menopause that can leave women feeling hot and flustered. Episodes can last anywhere between a few seconds to several minutes. Research has shown that women who experience hot flushes during the early stages of menopause are less likely to develop heart disease later.

What Are Irregular Periods?

During the early stages of menopause irregular periods are experienced differently by different women. Some women may have more than one period in a month while others miss out completely. Keep reading to learn more about the relationship between hot flushes and periods.

Hot Flushes during Periods

Hot flushes occur during the menstrual cycle and continue for a year or two after perimenopause has begun. In some cases, women may also experience hot flushes after menopause has started.

Tips for Handling Hot Flushes

Women can find relief from hot flushes by following some of these simple tips.

Avoid triggers

Drinking alcohol, consuming caffeine, eating spicy foods, or smoking can raise your body temperature and result in hot flushes. Warm environments and tight clothing can also trigger hot flushes.

Dress in layers

Layering your clothing can allow you more comfort as on even the coldest of days, you can remove your coat or sweater after a hot flush episode and find relief. Try to wear natural fabrics (e.g., cotton) as these materials help prevent hot flushes.

Stay Calm

Take deep and slow breaths from your abdomen for 15 to 20 minutes regularly. This will help you manage stress and prevent hot flushes. Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, will also help.

Keep hydrated

It is important to stay hydrated. Drink ice water if you feel an incoming hot flush. Regularly consuming cold beverages will also help reduce the frequency and intensity of hot flushes.

Ambient temperature

Keep your room at a cool temperature with the help of a fan or open windows. Keeping a glass of ice water on your nightstand will also help you keep hot flushes under control.

Herbal remedies

Many women rely on herbal remedies to help them prevent hot flushes. Soy for example contains phytoestrogens, which mimic the estrogen in your body. The disadvantage of these remedies however, is that they don't encourage the body to produce its own hormones.

Hot flushes can be a frustrating symptom of the menstrual cycle and perimenopause. Click on the following link to discover more treatments for hot flushes.

Hot Flashes, Sweats, and Chills

Hot flashes, sweats, and chills often go hand-in-hand. Read on to learn more about their causes and how to treat these symptoms.

Hot Flashes during Pregnancy

Although hot flashes are typically associated with menopause, hot flashes during pregnancy are also common.

How to Treat Hot Flashes in Postmenopause Naturally

Hot flashes during postmenopause can be alleviated. Here's how.

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