Cool down your internal heat
Opening the fridge door to cool off? Feeling down but don't know why? You could be starting perimenopause. Here are some useful tips to navigate this life change.
Perimenopause — the transition that starts in your 40s — can last as long as a decade, so new paths through this stage of life can be more than handy!
Anatomy of a hot flash
You've probably heard about the most common symptoms of this phase — hot flashes. "Although 75 percent of women experience hot flashes, their underlying physiology isn't well understood," says Rebecca Thurston, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh researching connections between hot flashes and the risk of heart disease.
What is known is that hot flashes result from changes in estrogen levels and to the area of the brain that regulates your body's temperature. During a hot flash, your body dilates the blood vessels near the skin's surface to disperse an internal heat wave that flows up your neck to your face and head. Your heartbeat increases, and you may experience slight nausea. When the cycle of a hot flash is over, you could even shiver from a chill.
Fun, right? Well, hold onto your hormones, as here are some expert tips to help you survive hot flashes during even the most intense of summer's blazing temperatures!
Tips to tame the hot-flash monster
Try something new and enjoyable to do. Express yourself through music, acting or dance to help deal with stress and anxiety as your body (and mind) change.
Need a little more convincing? One group of filmmakers decided to take a humorous approach to address menopause symptoms and treatments. The result? Hot Flash Havoc, a laugh-out-loud documentary that mixes expert advice with everyday conversation.
"We have worked four years with over 57 experts and hundreds of organizations to make this movie change the course of women’s health," said executive producer Heidi Houston. Here's a look at the official trailer.
Contact the North American Menopause Society for a list of practitioners who specialize in working with women going through perimenopause or menopause.
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