Five tips for a better life with hot flushes

Most women experience hot flushes during menopause – to a greater or lesser degree. Read on for five good tips for a better life with hot flushes.

Menopause is a process that all women have to go through. It denotes the period in which we change from being fertile to no longer ovulating and menstruating, and can last for many years. The hormonal system changes and most women experience greater sweat production. Menopause is also often accompanied by hot flushes. Below we give you good advice for self-help and combating them.

In most women, menopause occurs between the ages of 45-55 years and is often accompanied by symptoms such as poor sleep, mood swings, bleeding disorders and hot flushes. The many discomforts associated with menopause are due to deficiency and the fluctuating production of the female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone.

Hot flushes are particularly characteristic of menopause. On average they can last 1-5 minutes, which can be physically exhausting. The most common symptoms of hot flushes are, in addition to heat in the face and upper body, greatly increased sweat production. This can affect your quality of life. Sweat odour often changes due to the body’s fluctuating hormone production, so the internal thermostat becomes more sensitive. Typically, nocturnal hot flushes can also cause sleep problems and a declining energy level during the day.

Here are five good tips for a better everyday life with hot flushes

  1. Choose natural fabrics such as cotton and viscose. Do not use synthetic fabrics such as polyester and nylon, not only in everyday life, but also for your nightwear and bedding, because when you sweat, it sticks to the body.
  2. Eat phytoestrogens. Soy products, legumes and flaxseeds contain large amounts of plant oestrogens, which have been proven to relieve sweating and hot flushes.
  3. Avoid large amounts of coffee, alcohol and spicy foods as much as possible. Stress and hot environments can also cause hot flushes.
  4. Use a good antiperspirant. The real antiperspirant, such as Perspirex, fights both sweat production and sweat odour, and is therefore often more effective than a deodorant. Apply Perspirex in the evening and it will protect you against sweat and sweat odour for up to five days.
  5. Exercise regularly and do breathing exercises. It has been proven that regular exercise reduces hot flushes by making you sweat beforehand. Also do breathing exercises, mindfulness or yoga that help reduce the stress that can affect and provoke hot flushes.


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