Menopause and sweating
During menopause, you may find that you sweat more than usual, especially at night. Sweating is one of the vasomotor symptoms which are common at this time of life and maybe accompanied by hot flushes and palpitations.
Sweating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing during menopause. It has a habit of appearing at the most inconvenient times!
Sweating may also happen due to underlying medical conditions, so it is important to see your doctor if you are worried. Read on to find out more about the causes, treatments and when to seek help.
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HOW LIKELY IS SWEATING DURING MENOPAUSE?
- Increased sweating is one of the most common symptoms of menopause
- The most frequent reason for increased sweating at menopause is a group of symptoms known as vasomotor symptoms
- Hot flushes and night sweats affect around 80% of women
- One study found that vasomotor symptoms (including hot flushes and sweating) last for more than seven years for over 50% of women
- After the final menstrual period, these symptoms last for around 4.5 years on average
- In general, the earlier your vasomotor symptoms start, the longer they tend to last
Read more about the stages of menopause.
When might you sweat?
Sweating associated with hot flushes
Night sweats, which can be due to having hot flushes in your sleep
Sweating can be associated with a number of medical conditions unrelated to menopause
HOW CAN YOU MINIMALISE SWEATING?
Did you know that changing your lifestyle and avoiding certain things that can cause blood vessels to dilate can really help keep your symptoms under control? Here are six things you can try.
2. Take care of your diet. Try to reach and maintain a healthy weight.
3. Increase exercise. It has been shown to help reduce hot flushes by 60%. Aim for 500 minutes a week, including two and a half hours of cardio exercise, such as jogging or pedalling at a pace that causes sweating and increased heart rate.
4. Quit smoking. Smokers have more hot flushes than non-smokers.
5. Keep cool: Helpful tips include, wear lightweight layers you can remove quickly – you can buy menopause-friendly nightwear engineered to wick away sweat. Use sheets and blankets for bedding instead of a duvet, so you can adapt to your temperature easily. Invest in a cooling face spray and fan for when the heat hits.
If these simple measures do not help, or if your sweats are severe or persistent, see your doctor.
WOULD HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY HELP?
HRT is the most effective treatment available for vasomotor symptoms, including night sweats.
You can usually expect to see an improvement within four weeks of starting. Most women can expect a reduction in both severity and frequency of episodes.
However, HRT does come with risks and is not suitable for everyone. Speak to your doctor about your personal treatment options.
If you are unable to take HRT, other medications may also help. The most commonly used include gabapentin and certain antidepressants.
Read more about the HRT debate.
Sweating and menopause
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WHAT SWEATING RELIEF IS AVAILABLE?
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