Sweating and the menopause
When you talk about menopause, the words ‘hot flushes’ usually aren’t far behind.
These sudden increases in body temperature are very common. But so are cold sweats, night sweats and excessive sweating. And given that symptoms can last from just a few months to several years, for some women, (yes, really) menopause sweats can end up having a huge impact on everyday life.
What are hot flushes?
They’re caused by changes in your estrogen levels, the hormone that affects your body’s ability to regulate temperature.
A ‘flush’ itself can last anything from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. And around 70% of women will experience them during menopause.
But don’t worry, we’ve got some handy tips to help you deal with them.
How to reduce sweating during menopause
Here are some things you can do to reduce the impact of hot flushes and menopause sweating.
Wash or shower regularly
More than once a day, if it makes you feel more comfortable.
Use an antiperspirant every day
If you’re sweating a lot and concerned about body odour, try using a stronger product like Degree Advanced Protection.
Wear loose-fitting clothes
And go for natural fibers that breathe, like cotton underwear.
Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, spicy food and smoking
These can all trigger a hot flush.
Staying fit and exercising has been shown to help keep hot flushes at bay.
Watch your weight
The heavier you are, the more likely you are to get hot flushes.
Always carry a bottle of water with you, to keep cool and hydrated.
Keep your bedroom cool
Especially if you’re experiencing night sweats. Always leave a window open, and switching to lighter fabrics for your nightwear and bedclothes can help too.
If you’ve got concerns about menopause sweating, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. They’ll be able to discuss medicines and alternative therapies that could help you.