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Thanks to Mark Wood for this cartoon.

“Phew! Is it me or is it hot in here?” How many times do we say that?

To help prevent hot flushes, consider avoiding these triggers:

  • Stress.
  • Caffeine.
  • Alcohol.
  • Spicy foods.
  • Tight clothing.
  • Heat.
  • Cigarette smoke.

Other things you can do to reduce hot flushes include:

  • Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use fans during the day. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibres such as cotton.
  • Try deep, slow abdominal breathing (six to eight breaths per minute). Practise deep breathing for 15 minutes in the morning, 15 minutes in the evening, and at the onset of hot flushes.
  • Exercise daily. Walking, swimming, dancing, and bicycling are all good choices.
  • Chill your pillows; cooler pillows at night might be helpful.

SAGA’s website offers some sound advice about what works and what doesn’t work for hot flushes. You can access that page by clicking HERE

There are also products that can help and here are a few I have discovered:

Ladycare. Ladycare is a small, discreet device that you clip into your underwear. It provides natural relief from many menopausal symptoms including hot flushes, better sleep quality, better skin tone, increased energy and improved mood. Testimonials and information about this unique device can be found on their website by clicking HERE

Coldfront. This is a small palm pack Recooling system that can be carried in your handbag and is not messy. It lasts up to twelve hours after being taken out of the freezer. You can take it with you when you go out or leave it by the side of your bed at night. Read all about it by clicking onto Susie’s website.

Primley Pillow is a small pillow that you can’t sleep on but you keep it next to your own pillow. When you experience a hot flush or night seats it is cooling and slightly damp. Put your head on it or your hand. It will help you cool down. Comes in a variety of fabrics.

Eileen Durward, menopause expert from Avogel.co.uk has this superb advice for you about hot flushes and a video. Click HERE to find out more from her and visit her excellent site.


And finally, you can discover more products and get even more advice by reading my light-hearted book Grumpy Old Menopause.