Hot Flash Prevention – Avoiding the ?Triggers?

A number of external stimuli can trigger a hot flash and most health ‘experts’ recommend avoiding them to decrease amount and severity of your hot flashes. Caffeine, chocolate, and alcoholic beverages are three of the main culprits associated with hot flashes. You may choose to decrease your consumption of these substances or avoid them altogether. The Venuses as a group felt that giving up these three pleasures was tantamount to living a life without sunshine. After all, we had already relinquished so many of the pleasures we once took for granted: sleeping through the night, having a sex drive, and a firm, youthful body. A couple of our goddesses already avoid caffeine or alcohol, but most of us think we’d rather give up our health care consultants than our wine, chocolate, or coffee.

Other hot flash inducers include but are not limited to: warm weather, tight clothing, synthetic clothing, hot beverages, anything touching your skin, movement, sitting still, hot food, down pillows or comforters, and breathing. Some of these you can avoid, others you just have to live with Unfortunately. If your discomfort is still an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10, you might want to avail yourself of a remedy. Among us, we’ve tried them all! We’ll share our best info, advice, and cautions in succeeding blog entries.

PS to all you goddesses out there. What topics are most pressing to you right now? Perimenopause? Heavy bleeding? Hot Flashes? Decreased libido? HRT vs herbal vs bioidenticals? Emotional changes? Mental changes? Midlife – where do we go from here? Let us know either in the comments section or by clicking on contact us at the top of the Home page so that we can make this conversation most relevant to you.

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3 Responses to Hot Flash Prevention – Avoiding the ?Triggers?

  1. Debra Strand September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    I'd like information about "Burning Mouth/Lip Syndrome" please!! I've tried to look up information but never get anything solid. My lips burn, my taste buds are off and the tip of my tongue burns also. They say that it's from menopause but ? Help!! I can't wear lipstick anymore and it's driving me crazy – along with everything else that's going on with my body and mind these days!

  2. Carol September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    mattress pads made of visco elastic foam AKA memory foam are very warm they are temperature responsive and increase heat …reduce body pressure points but they get really hot /

    even when not flashing…

  3. Kathy Swarts September 23, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    Prior to starting on estrogen therapy, my hot flashes were so severe that there were days where they were almost continuous. It has been nearly 5 years since I've slept more than 1-2 hours.

    I experienced a pre-cursor to night hot flashes where my whole body tingles and chills–like a wave from my feet up to my neck. This awakens me, then the hot flash follows. The tingling is like an exagerrated chill, and there are nights where these episodes make my skin painful, they are so pronounced.

    Is anyone out there experiencing these sensations with hot flashes?

    I am sleeping with a fan on, and recently started on a topical estrogen patch and sub-lingual progesterone about 4 months ago (after extensive labs by my nurse practitioner).

    The symptoms have lessened, but I am still having some night hot flashes. That awful tingling and chilling sensation has almost disappeared, but I have no tolerance for heat, or for being in an area without moving air.

    Is anyone out there experiencing this besides me?

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