Hot flashes are caused by sudden estrogen level drops, as well as sustained low levels of estrogen. A hot flash feels exactly as it sounds – a sudden wave of warmth that is experienced for approximately 60-90 seconds. While difficult to prevent altogether, some approaches may help lessen the severity or frequency of hot flashes.
Tips for Reducing Flashes
1. Take note of your diet. No surprise here, but it’s important to avoid spicy foods that can make hot flashes worse. While everyone has different triggers, some women have reported that drinks like coffee and alcohol increase the intensity of their hot flashes. Some research also suggests that foods that cause a spike in blood sugar can increase hot flashes. It’s recommended to avoid processed foods like sugary beverages, fast food, and fried goods. Studies have also found that opting for a diet rich in fruit, veggies, and whole grains can help reduce hot flashes.
2. Go high-tech. These days there’s no shortage of new products popping up every day to help manage the symptoms of menopause. While they can’t prevent hot flashes, they can help to provide some relief. In the category of wearables, there are innovative products like freezable cooling jewelry that’s disguised as a stylish pearl necklace so you don’t have to sacrifice style and comfort. Other wearables include a sleek and discreet thermal wristband that sends a mix of heating and cooling waves to help your body self-regulate its temperature. As the category of fem-tech continues to boom, we’re excited to see what other advancements pop up in this space.
3. Practice meditation. Sure you’ve heard the saying mind over matter, but can it really work? Multiple studies have found that mindfulness may help hot flashes associated with menopause by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for calming your body. Plus, anxiety is shown to lead to a rise in body temperature. Try incorporating meditation into your daily routine for just 10 minutes a day. There are many self-guided meditations available online through resources like the North American Menopause Society, and more.
4. Pick the right fabrics. Night sweats, or hot flashes that occur when you’re asleep, can be incredibly disruptive. You can set yourself up for a better night’s sleep by investing in the right pajamas made of breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. You can also swap in sheets and pillows made with special cooling materials and fabrics like microfiber, linen, and bamboo.
5. Explore hormone replacement therapy. While lifestyle modifications may help certain women lessen the effects of hot flashes, others may require medical treatment. New approaches like bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help balance the levels of key hormones including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. BHRT utilizes a plant-based hormone similar to what our body naturally produces when we are younger to help restore hormones to their natural levels. As a result, many women see improvements in hot flashes as well as other symptoms of menopause like vaginal dryness, sleeplessness, fatigue, weight gain, and mood changes.
Menopause doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying aspects of your life! If you can’t find relief for your menopausal symptoms, don’t wait any longer. Talk to your Axia Women’s Health provider to learn about the variety of treatment options available.
In honor of #WorldMenopauseMonth, we`re here to help spread awareness and support the many women navigating the big change. It`s time to smash the taboo around menopause and aging, and offer women the support we deserve. If you want help managing your menopause symptoms, your Axia Women`s Health provider can help! From lifestyle modifications to medical treatments, there are a host of options available to meet your unique needs.
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75% of women experience hot flashes during menopause...can you relate? Menopause can certainly be a frustrating and confusing time with all of the physical and emotional changes. But, if you know what to expect and know the tools to help, it can feel a lot less daunting. Visit link in bio to learn more about how to navigate the big change.
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Join us next Thursday, May 26 at 12pm ET for a real talk about women`s mental health. Megan Lobsinger, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor at Axia Women`s Health, will be sharing advice on navigating emotions around infertility, pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause. Have a question you want addressed? Comment below or DM us privately.
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Given recent events, we felt it important to address the topic of hair loss. For more than 50% of women who experience hair loss during menopause, it is not a joke. Swipe to learn more about how to manage this type of hair loss. Visit our link in bio to read our full blog post on the topic.
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For women who are just beginning to feel the effects of the change of life, menopause can be mystifying, but it doesn’t have to be. Menopause expert, Dr. Joann Richichi with Axia Women`s Health, offers advice in an interview with Better Nutrition.
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Hot flashes, sleep apnea, and stress are just a few of the factors that can affect our sleep/wake cycle during our midlife stage. Fortunately, there are things you can do to rest easier!
-Adjust your thermostat between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit at night
-Avoid diet-related triggers like alcohol, caffeine, or spicy foods close to bedtime
-Opt for breathable pajamas with natural fabrics like cotton
-Talk to your Axia Women`s Health provider about treatments that may be able to help
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Drops in hormone levels can lead to many frustrating symptoms during menopause. One symptom we don`t talk about enough...vaginal atrophy. Vaginal atrophy (vaginal dryness and thinning of the vaginal tissue) is a common concern affecting up to 40% of women during menopause. In our latest blog post, we explore how this affects sexual function and what women can do to take back control of their health!
Visit link in bio to read our interview on "Getting Intimate After Menopause" with Dr. Joann Richichi.
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Menopause can be a time of uncertainty as you navigate the many physical and emotional changes. Fortunately, you don`t have to go it alone!
In honor of #WorldMenopauseDay, we`re here to raise awareness and offer support. Axia Women`s Health providers understand that every woman`s experience is unique and are here to guide you through the transition!
Visit link in bio for a few of our recent blog articles on menopause.
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Next up in our Healthy Hormone series, we’re focusing on progesterone - a key player during pregnancy and menopause. Swipe right to learn more about progesterone and how it impacts your health! ...
The answer is….true. Research shows a drop in a woman`s estrogen after menopause may contribute to higher amounts of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors of heart disease. High cholesterol usually has no symptoms. Fortunately, a simple blood test can screen for high cholesterol and can help you stay in control of your health!
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