Don’t accept hot flashes and menopausal night sweats as your new reality
Your mother and grandmother told you about the dreaded hot flashes and menopausal night sweats. But experiencing them for yourself is a whole different story. The team at Women’s Health Texas knows that these issues can be uncomfortable and interfere with your quality of life. Luckily, the OBGYNs at WHTX have tips for naturally managing these symptoms of menopause.
What are hot flashes and menopausal night sweats?
Just like the name suggests, a hot flash is when you suddenly feel warm. It typically occurs in your upper body (chest, neck and face). You might also notice other symptoms.
- Flushed skin with a red, blotchy appearance
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feeling chilled after the hot flash
As for night sweats, they occur when you have a hot flash at night, which can disrupt your sleep. Both of these sensations are common during menopause. Hot flashes and menopausal night sweats may persist for an average of seven years. However, some women report having them for over a decade.
If these menopause symptoms begin interrupting your daily activities or your sleep, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our OBGYNs.
How can you naturally manage these problems?
Our OBGYNs are experts at helping women manage symptoms like hot flashes and menopausal night sweats. Before they recommend treatments like medication or hormone therapy, our doctors often have patients with mild symptoms try lifestyle changes. These simple adjustments can make a big difference in keeping you comfortable during menopause.
- Dress in layers and keep cool. Even a slight increase in your body temperature can trigger a hot flash.
- Avoid certain foods and beverages. Spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol can cause a hot flash. Know your triggers and try to avoid them.
- Give up cigarettes. You’re more likely to have these menopause symptoms if you smoke.
- Reach a healthy body mass index (BMI). If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can make you more comfortable during menopause.
- Take time to relax. Meditation and deep breathing can help during menopause.
If these lifestyle changes still aren’t enough to naturally manage your menopause symptoms, contact the WHTX doctors. Our OBGYNs can review your symptoms and medical history to create a customized treatment plan for you. You can count on WHTX to help you feel your best during menopause and beyond.