Hot Flushes Driving You Crazy? Here Are 5 Ways To Beat ‘Em

menopause and summer

Summer + hot flushes.

Somehow just using the words ‘hot flushes’ and ‘summer’ in the same sentence is enough to set off my own internal heatwave!

And the temperature’s rising. So if you were suffering from hot flushes already chances are you’ll be feeling under siege right now.

Five things you can do that may bring welcome relief to hot flushes and help you enjoy your summer:

1. Keep cool

I know this sounds crazy – after all, keeping cool is what you’re having trouble doing. However, any slight increase in your body’s core temperature can trigger hot flushes.

  • Wherever possible, make use of air conditioning and ceiling or floor fans.
  • Choose cotton clothing over synthetic to allow your skin to breathe during hot flushes
  • Substitute hot drinks with ice cold offerings like our Icy Cold Blackberry SmoothieStrawberry & Vanilla Mocktail or Infused Waters.
  • Rediscover swimming. If you’re not near one of our gorgeous beaches or lakes, find your closest public swimming pool.
  • Avoid hot showers or baths before bed.

2. Hot flushes can be triggered by food – watch your diet

Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages and alcohol can also be triggers. Monitor your hot flushes and if they come on after consuming any of these, eliminate the offender.

3. Stress can cause hot flushes – remember to de-stress

Stress is a major trigger of hot flushes as well as many of the other signs of menopause. Reduce your stress levels through regular exercise – just 30 minutes a day is enough – and relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, deep breathing exercises. Or, try just stopping, resting and reading a book.

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4. Quit smoking

Research has shown that smoking increases the occurrence of hot flushes – yet another reason to give up.

5. Use a face or body spritzer

Cooling sprays help cool you down during a flush. Keep one in the fridge, one in the bathroom and one in the office or wherever you like. You can make your own with some spring water and an empty mister bottle. Add some rose water for a beautiful touch and enjoy.

Hopefully, these tips will help you breeze through the rest of our summer.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.