Perimenopause or hot flashes are one of the most discomforting and common problems that many women face at some point in their life. Hot flashes as they are called are not physically harmful or life threatening, but they can cause a lot of discomfort to the sufferers as long as they last. Besides, once they start it only worsens till it lasts.
Hot flashes at Night
Hot flashes are common during the night times, though many women suffer from these problems during the day time too. Since they are a natural phenomenon, you cannot avoid them, but there are tips you can use to reduce their instances, intensity and impact. With simple solutions you can get through the menopause more easily.
Featured Hot Flashes photo from AHC Health eNews.
Administer Vitamin E intake: Vitamin E is known to help reduce and stop the occurrence of hot flashes. Research has shown that vitamin E can help reduce the fibrocystic lumps in the breasts. You can add them to your regular diet through vitamin E rich foods or take supplements.
Natural Progesterone Cream
Use Natural Progesterone cream: Progesterone is known to help counter the effects of hot flashes and the accompanying irritations. You can use it regularly to help tide over the problem. Always make sure, though, that you are getting only high quality natural progesterone products. You can get these over the counter.
Exercise Daily: One of the problems with hot flashes is the excessive sweating that comes during the flash. One of the better ways to regulate the problem is to exercise regularly. Though you would sweat during exercise too, it is your body’s mechanism to regulate the heat so it can actually help you. Just ensure that you do not exercise less than three hours before sleeping.
Photo of woman exercising from PBS.
Control you Diet: Caffeinated drinks, spicy food stuffs and cayenne pepper are known to worsen the impact of hot flashes in the body. So avoid them as far as possible. Also avoid the intake of alcohol and it is also detrimental during such times.
Include black cohosh to your diet: Many women around the world have benefitted from this herb. You can get this product in any regular medical store. However, its effects take around 2 to 3 weeks to show. So do not expect magic immediately after the first dose.
Dress in cool clothes: This is very important especially when you are in the middle of hot flash. You need to allow your body to cool as much as possible and as quickly as possible. The best solution is to wear thin and light cotton clothes.
Natural Relief from Perimenopause
These are some of the natural solutions to get relief from perimenopause. There are many medications and treatments too that women opt for as a solution. However, they are artificial and chemical solutions. If you want to stick to natural solutions, these are some of the best known answers.
Dealing With Hot Flashes
There are many women that suffer from perimenopause. One of the effects of perimenopause is the hot flashes. They can be one of the toughest things to experience, because you cannot avoid them and most times you really cannot predict it. Secondly, when it strikes it just seems to keep getting worse with no end. Living through a hot flash can be really uncomfortable.
The main problem with hot flashes is that it seems to just go into a vicious circle. The first instance of hot flash causes irritation in the body and if you try to overcome the irritation, it can lead to further, more intense hot flashes. In the end you just keep entering into this circle of more and more discomfort till it eventually dies out.
Reason Behind Hot Flashes
The reason behind the hot flashes is mostly hormonal imbalance. Since this is a natural thing, you cannot do much to avoid it. The only thing you can do is feel more comfortable during the flash and reduce its duration. There are many simple tricks you can use for this. The main idea in all the techniques is to help the body keep cool. So in a sense, just think of what you would do on a really hot summer day and you can use those techniques.
Techniques to Reduce Discomfort
- Using Layered Clothing: If you are working in a office, then try to come prepared for a heat flash. You can wear layered clothing with say a very light cotton blouse and a jacket or even a sweater on top of the blouse. If you sense thee hot flash coming, get rid of the jacket and the sweater. You will be able to cool down better without looking informal in the office. Also wear skirts to the office when you are experiencing hot flashes. Skirts being open help circulate the air much better and thus help cool down faster.
- Drinking Ample Water: This is pretty obvious; if you feel hot just cool down with some nice, cold water. Water is the best coolant that nature has to offer. You really do not need any additional additives in it. Just drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day and it can do wonders to your body – both in general as well as specifically to counter hot flashes.
- Use Ice Packs: This is another simple but effective technique to help reduce the discomfort during hot flashes. Keep an ice pack ready in the freezer, if your office has one. As soon as you sense a hot flashes attack, just pick it and give yourself a good session with the ice pack. Ensure that you cover it with a towel to protect the body from the shock of sudden temperature drop.
- Turn on the cooler or air conditioner: This is a great solution when you are at home or some other private place. Once to start feeling the heat, turn on the cooler. If you cannot get air conditioning in your home, then simply go to some place where you can get it, like the theatres. You can watch a movie and cool down at the same time.
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