When Menopause is Too Hot to Handle
The majority of women going through menopause find the experience of hot flashes all too familiar. This is by far the most reported symptom of menopause and perimenopause, bothering more than two-thirds of American women during this stage of life.
Hot flashes can develop at any point of the day, but they are particularly common and bothersome at night. While bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes, there are a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make to help with the effort.
Why so Hot?
Hot flashes are sudden and temporary surges of heat that often cause a flurry of symptoms like flushed skin and sweating. They are also known as hot flushes, and can potentially be quite embarrassing if they lead to excessive sweating and body odor as you go about your day.
This sudden rush of heat happens when the blood vessels just under the skin begin to dilate in an effort to cool down. The skin then reddens and the body produces extra fluids to cool the body’s temperature. Some women also experience chills during a hot flash or feel their heart start to beat rapidly. Generally, the entire sensation doesn’t last for more than a few moments.
There are a few things you can do to prevent hot flashes, such as:
- Reducing caffeine consumption
- Managing stress
- Decreasing alcohol consumption
- Wearing loose clothing
- Quitting smoking
- Staying in cool environments
Hot flashes are understood to be a result of hormonal imbalance. As our bodies age, hormone production declines. The levels of testosterone, estrogen and progesterone that helped us feel energized and youthful for so long are reduced, and many of the symptoms we associate with age occur due to this drop in their levels.
Anti-aging therapy can restore hormone levels to their previous stages with the use of bioidentical hormones. Bioidentical hormones are better than generalized synthetic hormones because their molecular structure is specially crafted to be identical to the hormones your body has naturally stopped producing. This encourages the body to accept the bioidentical hormones as their own, increasing the effectiveness of anti-aging therapy. Long-acting BHRT pellets are one of the most convenient methods for administering bioidentical hormones.
Hot flashes are nothing to be scared of. While frustrating, they are not dangerous. Panicking during a hot flash can make the experience worse, so do your best to stay calm and assure yourself that the experience will pass. Most women begin to experience fewer hot flashes as they progress through menopause.