Menopause and heat: how to fight hot flashes in summer

Hot flashes are one of the main symptoms of menopause and it can get worse with heat. When they occur, the woman experiences a temperature rise, sweating, palpitations and anxiety. All this, in addition, can be reflected in the skin tone of the face, neck and thorax due to the increase in blood flow in the area.

As they explain from the Spanish Association for the Study of Menopause (AEEM), these can be caused by different causes such as emotional stress, heavy meals, alcohol consumption or sudden temperature changes. For this last cause, hot flashes can worsen considerably in summer, as it is very common for temperature contrasts to occur when entering places with air conditioning and then going outside.

As they also point out from AEEM, they affect 75% of women during menopause, but the good news is that they are easily treatable. These are some of the recommendations of experts to avoid hot flashes of menopause on the hottest days.


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Recommendations to avoid hot flashes during menopause in summer

Hydrate: Drink between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day.

– Bet on one healthy nutrition in which fruits and vegetables abound. Avoid spicy and poor quality fats. It can also be useful to distribute the daily intake in several light dishes to avoid copious meals.

– Try to keep a ambient temperature baha: either with fan, air conditioning or with tricks such as lowering the blinds during the day and raising them at night.

– Get on cool clothes and if you need to warm up in the morning, do it in layers. So you can take off your clothes when the temperature rises.

Limit the consumption of hot drinks: these raise the body temperature and can cause the appearance of hot flashes. Caffeine and theine are also not highly recommended.


Avoid alcohol: The consumption of alcoholic beverages can worsen the symptoms of hot flashes.

Do not smoke: Nicotine affects the central nervous system and may increase the intensity of hot flashes.

– Make exercise on a regular basis and try some activity that helps you learn relaxation techniques like yoga.

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