Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when she will naturally cease to have periods. Some women go through 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 menopause hot flushes?
Around 70% of women experience hot flushes during their menopause. The ‘flush’ itself can last from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. This is due to changing oestrogen levels which impact the body’s ability to regulate temperature.
Menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, and the symptoms can vary in intensity from mild to extreme (in some cases) and vary in duration from a few months to several years. For some women, menopause sweats 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 control menopause sweats?
Wash or shower regularly.
Use an antiperspirant daily.
Wear loose-fitting clothes and go for natural fibres that breathe, like cotton.
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 flushes.
Keep a healthy weight. Excess weight is likely to cause more hot flushes.
Stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you.
If you’re experiencing menopause night sweats, ensure your bedroom is cool enough by opening a window or switch to lighter fabric clothing for bedtime.