Enjoy Your Menopause!

June 29, 2008

Menopause and Hot Flahses

Menopause and hot flashes:  an aggravating combination especially now that we’re in the midst of summer.

I started experiencing hot flashes when I was around 48.  Initially, I didn’t know what was going on because no one I knew had ever talked about it.  But then when I told my gynecologist what I was experiencing, she explained I was having hot flashes.

So what are hot flashes?  It’s a flushed feeling.  Sometimes I feel like my head is on fire!

When you’re having a hot flash, you might experience:

  • A feeling of mild warmth to intense heat spreading through your upper body and face
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Perspiration, mostly on the upper body
  • A chilled feeling as the hot flash subsides

Hot flashes vary in frequency — you may have several a day or just a few a week. You could experience full-on sweating throughout the day and night, or you may just occasionally feel warmer than you used to. Hot flashes can last as long as 30 minutes, but most subside within a couple of minutes. Nighttime hot flashes — or night sweats — can wake you from a sound sleep.

Hot flashes are common during perimenopause — the period of time leading up to menopause — and tend to peak during the first couple of years after menstrual periods have stopped. For some women, hot flashes last up to a couple of years. For others, hot flashes may continue for several years or indefinitely.

To learn more about hot flashes, visit the Mayo Clinic website.

To read a humorous take on my hot flash and menopause experience, pick up a copy of my book, Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle Age.  It’s available on Amazon.com

1 Comment »

  1. I hope you don’t mind me posting, i thought your readers would be interested in a new range of therapeutic bedding called DermaTherapy launched in the UK by Espere Healthcare (who i work for).

    DermaTherapy’s unique fibre structure dissipates heat and moisture away from the skin, evenly distributing it over the entire sheet, leaving a cleaner, drier, smoother surface so that you have a restful night. Studies have shown participants regaining a normal sleep pattern after just eight weeks whilst ability to keep cool and amount of sweating improving after two weeks.

    The bedding’s only available directly from Espere at the moment but feel free to contact me if you’d like more information or visit the website: http://www.dermatherapybedding.co.uk

    Comment by Emily Sanders — July 4, 2008 @ 10:15 am | Reply

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