No phase is just as simple. Be it the menstruating period of a woman’ s life or transiting into menopause.. a woman is bound to have some problem or the other.

Oh, while you might think- now finally no more of those troubles every month, some of us are lucky to transit smoothly into menopause while others might have a little bumpy ride down there. So, how about having a look at the commonest problem a woman faces during her menopause transition-The “Hot Flashes”. If only it was like “The Flash”, it would have been over before it started, but it doesn’t and that’s why we need to know about it. It is a fairly common problem that around 75% women face so don’t get worried about it. It is just a phase and you will get through it !

 

Recognize those Flashes!

So what is it like?? What most of the patients say is that they suddenly feel a lot of heat and then sweat like hell. And yes, that’s what it is.

It may last for 1-10 minutes, could be at times too.

The night sweats that occur could be really disturbing as it compromises on your sleep.

And occasionally, you might also have palpitations, tiredness and weakness.

 

What causes it??

As you transit into menopause, your body’s estrogen level starts to decline and this estrogen withdrawal from your body causes hot flashes.

Another factor that plays a role in it are those body temperature regulators in your body- the neurotransmitters. Any altered levels of these in body also leads to heat loss.

 

How can you prevent it?

Honestly, you cant prevent it completely if it is to occur.

But, you can help yourself to decrease these symptoms for a better life. And these are not some major changes- some healthy changes that everyone should incorporate in their lives.

  • Weight bearing exercises, walking, jogging ( Overweight women and those who smoke are more prone to hot flashes)
  • Reduce high coffee intake
  • Stop smoking and intake of alcohol. If not stop, atleast reduce it.
  • Have a nutritious diet balanced with calcium and proteins.
  • Keep the room temperature on the cooler side.
  • Wear light, layered clothing
  • Soy protein has also been found to be effective in certain cases
  • Take Vitamin E supplements as it reduces hot flashes by about 25%.

 

Hormonal therapy??

Yes this helps in menopausal women to overcome long term and short term consequences of estrogen deficiency, but has to be taken only after consultation with a doctor and weighing your pros and cons since it can be harmful in certain scenarios too. So let your doctor assess you and decide upon this based on your present and past medical condition.

 

Follow these tips and you will sail right through it !

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