During menopause and the ensuing hormonal transition, women experience a huge array of often uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms, including dreaded hot flashes.
Hot flashes during menopause are incredibly inconvenient and discomforting, often instilling a sense of desperation within suffering women. Although they are unpleasant and often unrelenting, menopausal hot flashes are a relatively benign symptom of hormonal transition that many women experience. They are simple a constituent of a group of symptoms that manifest during the hormonal transition that leads into the years of non-reproduction, or post-menopause.
Menopausal hot flashes are caused by a spontaneous spike in body temperature, caused by the hormonal fluctuations that develop during menopause. This sudden increase in body temperature results in “hot flashes”, a condition whose symptoms are obvious by its name.
When Hot Flashes Occur During Menopause
Hot flashes are among the most common symptoms of menopause, with nearly all women experiencing them to some degree during hormonal transition. Perimenopausal (pre-menopausal) women can also be susceptible to hot flashes, as hormones begin to fluctuate during this time, as well. Although rare, women can experience perimenopausal hot flashes as early as during their mid-30s.
Most women, however, tend to develop hot flashes (and other symptoms of menopause) during their late-40s. Although some women will commence menopause and the ensuing symptoms, like hot flashes, around 51 years of age on average, most women will experience mild symptoms of menopause for several years before this time.
How to Prevent Hot Flashes during Menopause
Although menopausal hot flashes can be unrelenting and uncomfortable, leaving you feeling hopeless and helpless, there are fortunately ways in which you can prevent or alleviate hot flashes during menopause. Most of these methods entail only simple alterations to your lifestyle. The following is a list of several changes and adaptations you can implement to reduce the occurrence of hot flashes during menopause:
• Avoid excessively spicy and hot foods and beverages.
• Wear light articles of clothing and utilize light layers during cold months.
• Sleep under light linens and cotton sheets.
• Consume more soy products.
• Adequately hydrate your body throughout the entire day.
• Reduce your level of stress by performing meditation, yoga or other similar techniques and exercises.
How to Treat Hot Flashes during Menopause
Even though menopausal hot flashes often can’t be prevented in full, they often can be efficaciously treated and alleviated. Most women will find that a combination of simple alterations to dietary habits and lifestyle is the most effective way to decrease both the frequency and intensity of hot flashes during menopause. Consuming a sufficient amount of vegetables and fruits, performing regular physical exercise and avoiding both excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption all have been proven effective in alleviating and preventing menopausal hot flashes.
Hot flashes can also be treated by the use of herbal supplements and alternative remedies. Herbs that contain phytoestrogen promote hormonal balance and stability within your body by providing it with a natural source of estrogen. Not only will this decrease hot flashes, but also many other symptoms of menopause.
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