Some women go through menopause without any symptoms; others have intense sweating, mood and physical changes. Menopause is a hormonal change in a woman’s body that happens usually after age 50 but can be earlier for some women. As estrogen levels drop, hormonal, imbalances cause various physical changes.
Sweating is a common symptom of menopause. Usually, hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings accompany the sweating. When a woman’s estrogen level drops, it causes a hormonal imbalance that commonly causes the sweating associated with menopause. Sweating can last from a few months, through menopause or to the end of life. It depends upon the individual’s biological makeup.
The most basic signs of menopause are excessive sweating and hot flashes. It starts in the upper body with intense heat and spreads to the chest, causing redness, and moves to the face and neck. The sweating can last a few seconds or up to an hour.
How long these episodes last and how often they occur vary from woman to woman. Some women sweat so much that they have to change clothing. Menopause sweating can be disruptive and embarrassing. About 70 percent of women suffer from sweating during menopause.
Menopause and sweating are triggered when estrogen levels drop and cause hormonal imbalances in a woman’s body. Excessive sweating and hot flashes result from the hypothalamus overproducing heat in the body. Dropping estrogen levels trigger the hypothalamus to release chemicals that expand skin blood vessels so heat can be released.
Lifestyle changes should be the first choice in treatment. Herbal remedies can help alleviate sweating in some women. Hot drinks and caffeine are known to trigger hot flashes (which cause sweating). Reducing the amount of hot coffee, tea and other beverages with caffeine can eliminate that trigger. Exercise and weight loss help reduce the effects of sweating during menopause. Spicy foods, too much wine with dinner and stress can trigger hot flashes and sweating.
Prescription drugs and hormone therapy are another treatment for hot flashes and sweating. These treatments come with the highest risk factors and should be discussed with a doctor for recommendations and effects.
Hot flashes and sweating usually begin when a woman’s estrogen level starts to decrease. Normally, this is before her last period. This is the period called perimenopause (means around menopause).
The next stage is during menopause. During this stage, the sweating and hot flashes are usually the most intense. This is the time when most women seek treatment for sweating and hot flashes, as well as other symptoms.
Postmenopause signals the end of menopause. Hot flashes and sweating usually decrease or end for most women.
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