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It’s a heatwave! Tips for managing menopause symptoms in the summer

Menopausal Care

Dreading summer heat and humidity? Worried that your hot flashes will get worse and make daily life unbearable? Relax and let our Austin ObGyns guide you through managing menopause symptoms in the summer. From hot flashes to getting a good night’s sleep, we have advice.

Cool down tips to help manage your hot flashes

Hot flashes are a common menopause symptom. These sudden bouts of heat can start during perimenopause and last for several years after menopause. Hot flashes last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Some women only experience them a few times a month, while others have them every day.

You don’t have to just live with the discomfort of hot flashes though. Here are some tips for managing menopause symptoms in the summer.

  • Dress in natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen. Wicking fabrics also work well. You may also want to wear layers so that you can remove items when you heat up.
  • Carry a handheld fan with you and keep a portable fan nearby in your home and office.
  • Consider purchasing sheets that wick moisture away from your body. There are also special pillows to help you stay cool all night.
  • Exercising inside in a cool space or working out outside in the early morning when it’s cooler can help you avoid hot flashes.

Managing menopause symptoms in the summer with food and drink

Believe it or not, what you eat and drink, especially in the summer, matters when it comes to managing menopausal symptoms. These guidelines can help you have a more enjoyable summer.

  • Stay hydrated but limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Both worsen hot flashes and can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Eat foods that have a high-water content, including berries, melons, greens, celery and other healthy foods.

Managing menopause symptoms in the summer is all about your lifestyle. We recommend following our cooling tips while sticking to a healthy, balanced diet consisting of whole grains, lean protein and lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s also helpful to get exercise at least five days a week in a cool, comfortable environment. If you feel overwhelmed by any of your symptoms, consult our Austin ObGyns. They are experts in menopause care. Contact us for an appointment.