Enjoy Your Menopause!

June 11, 2008

Hot Flashes and Summer: 5 Ways to Beat the Heat

Is it just me or is anyone else trying to figure out if they’re having hot flashes while exercising or is it just this unbearable, intense heat wave we’re experiencing? Menopause and hot, humid weather are a treacherous combination!

So how does one keep hot flashes under control during the summer months? Here are five tips on how to cope with hot flashes, without using hormonal treatments.

1) Stay inside

There’s no sense in going outside if you don’t have to. Turn your thermostat down below 70 degrees and enjoy! I like to keep mine between 67-69 degrees.

If the air on your job or at a meeting isn’t circulating to your satisfaction, keep an ice pack and cold water handy. I, personally, recommend a product called Glistens. Made from the same material used in cold packs applied by physical therapists to treat muscular inflammation, the Glistens cooling gel pac requires as little as 30 minutes in the refrigerator to deliver smooth, chilled relief to your overheated skin.

2) Dress for Success

Since you never know when a hot flash will target you, dress in loose-fitting layers, so you can be prepared to peel off enough clothing to cool down, but not so much that you’re immodest. Choose cotton and linen fabrics whenever you can, because it allows your skin to breathe, rather than synthetics, which tend to seal in moisture.

3) Sleep in the Nude

OK, this is one tip that you may not feel comfortable with but it is a great remedy. If you need a cooler bedroom, use a ceiling fan or small personal fan to help you cut down on night sweats. Also, try a lukewarm shower and a glass of cold water just before bedtime. Once again, a Glistens gel pac will help you out.

4) Wipe Out Hot Flashes

Baby wipes work wonders for wiping away sweat and they’re gentle on your face and neck. You can also get one of those portable fan water bottle blowers and even squirt yourself in the face from time to time.

5) Cut Out Things that Can Trigger Hot Flashes

  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • spicy foods
  • diet pills
  • nicotine

There are certainly other things you can do to keep your hot flashes in check during the summer. You have a choice. You can either deal with them of suffer through them—and according to my gynecologist, you could be suffering through them for several years.

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for the solid recommendations. We need to be reminded that the various changes we experience during menopause are not deadly – just inconvenient. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to deal with the symptoms. We have to search for the ones that work best for each of us.

    Comment by Debra Stokes — June 13, 2008 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

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