Okay, truth is I am 63. EEEEK!!! How did that happen? I went through the dreaded menopause a long time ago and at that point I expected my hot flashes to be over. I was so over the whole thing and was looking forward to a life of cool days and nights.
So why, at times, is this my best friend?
Because even though it may not be beautiful, it is over my bed and there are just some times when I need it. When my face and sometimes whole body feel like I am running a fever. When I know I must be beet red.
I am fortunate that I do not find myself drenched in sweat. Although, there was a time when I was. It was uncomfortable and embarrassing when it happened in public, so I learned to avoid as much as possible the things that triggered it. I don't consume alcohol, caffeine, or spicy foods.
My hot flashes are definitely not as frequent as they once were so I am hoping that they will eventually go away completely. However, my mom who is almost 90 still has them. That seems a bit unfair. She and my sister both carry around little portable fans in their purses that they can whip out when needed.
I have never been a believer in taking estrogen, although many women choose to. There are a lot of other things you can do instead of taking estrogen. I meditate, which is helpful. It calms down my mind and body and that seems to be a big help. Some other things to try are deep breathing, yoga, staying hydrated with lots of water, herbal supplements, and aerobic exercise.
So where do you weigh in on the whole hot flash issue? Are you dreading it, in the middle of it, or past the entire thing. Maybe you were one of the lucky ones who never had a problem with it.