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Hot flashes/Night sweats
More than 80% of women can experience hot flashes in their perimenopause and menopause.
As the estrogen levels fluctuate and reduce, it causes the body's temperature regulation to go haywire.
Normally, this temperature regulation turns on when the core body temperature increases by 0.4 deg C. However, with (peri)menopause, this sets in at a much lower increase in temperature.
Some risk factors are obesity, smoking, and race.
Symptoms which may last 1-5 mins include
A sudden feeling of warmth spread over the head, face, and chest
Red or flushed skin
Dizziness, Nausea Anxiety
Chills following the heat
Tips to manage hot flashes
When symptoms are mild, you mainly need to keep cool. With the summer heat being one of the triggers, here are some tips
Wear loose-fitting, breathable clothes
Use fans/air conditioners if required
Eat cold, light meals, and avoid hot, spicy food
Drink cold beverages and avoid alcohol
Practice deep breathing, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness
Use cool wet washcloths for neck and cooling pillows
Do not hesitate to let others know and help you manage
If your symptoms are severe and are disrupting daily activity,
Consult with your doctor and discuss treatment strategies including HRT (Hormone replacement therapy)
Hot flashes can be due to different issues including lifestyle, and food habits.
By consulting with our experts, you might be able to find the root cause to the health issue and resolve it better.