Drop It Like It’s Hot | Managing Hot Flashes
Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause that leaves many women scrambling for help in the heat of the moment, literally. Yes, hot flashes are not the most fun. Before you strip down in desperation, let us help.
No one knows exactly why hot flashes happen, but they’re likely a result of the drop in a woman’s reproductive hormones as she enters menopause. They’re a mystery, but they’re an issue. Keep reading to learn the 10 tricks that will help you manage your hot flashes.
How Long Do Hot Flashes Last?
A hot flash can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. Women can expect to experience hot flashes as early as 10 years before they enter menopause, and they can continue during postmenopause. But the average woman begins to have hot flashes one year before she enters menopause and experiences them for about 10 years after that.
How to Manage Hot Flashes
Manage your hot flashes in the moment with these quick and easy tips:
- Sip a cold drink.
- Take deep breaths.
- Take off clothing layers.
- Put on looser clothing.
- Sit in front of a fan or in air conditioning.
- Place a cool cloth on your neck/forehead. (Use cold water or even a sports cooling towel.)
- Stop eating/drinking a possible trigger substance (e.g., spicy food or alcohol)
- Think positively. (Anxiety can make it worse.)
- Relax or lie down.
- Move out of direct sunlight.
Depending on where you are, some of these remedies aren’t always possible. The most important steps you can take during a hot flash are taking deep breaths and reminding yourself that it’s only temporary. Getting anxious and worried will make hot flashes worse. Oh, the joys of being a woman.
Need Help Managing Hot Flash Symptoms?
Severe hot flashes can interfere with your lifestyle. Consider using safe, effective, and non-hormonal Relizen to help manage hot flash symptoms. Keep your cool with help from Relizen.