IF you’re among the nearly 75 percent of menopausal women who suffer from hot flashes,1 it can be tough to enjoy the sunny weather worrying about a sudden hot flash in summertime. And since hot weather tends to be a common hot flash trigger,2 these sudden feelings of warmth can be exacerbated. But, with just a little planning and preparation you can get on the right track to an enjoyable summer.
Here are some tips that can help temper those seasonal hot flashes:
• Learn your hot flash triggers. Every woman can learn how to help stay cool by paying attention to her own individual triggers. Keeping a journal to record your findings can help identify underlying triggers.2
• Layer, layer! Dress in layers so that they can be removed when feeling warm; use a fan or open a window to keep air flowing; decrease the room temperature; or sip a cold drink.3
• Say yes to the cool pool and no to the hot tubs. Both hot tubs and saunas can cause your body temperature to rise and trigger a hot flash. It’s best to avoid these if you’re sensitive.2
• Watch what you eat and drink. Hot and spicy foods, caffeinated drinks and alcohol can trigger a hot flash.3
• Relax. Yoga, meditation or other helpful relaxation techniques may provide some relief.
• Don’t smoke. Smoking is linked to an increase in hot flashes.3
• Improve your diet. Some women may find relief if they improve their diet.2
• Hormone therapy. Prescription estrogen continues to be the most effective option for relieving the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.1 The FDA recommends the lowest effective dose with any estrogen therapy for the shortest amount of time to achieve personal treatment goals.4
For more information about hot flashes, talk to your doctor, and visitwww.divigel.com to learn more about this treatment. North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.