As we grow older, our bodies begin making less of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. In perimenopause, a woman’s hormone levels change as they did during puberty, before menstruation started. You may feel these changes even more intensely than you did during puberty.
Some women keep a diary of when they have hot flashes in order to figure out what might trigger a hot flash and how to avoid it.
To relieve hot flashes during perimenopause, you can try...
→biofeedback — using the mind to control body functions
→taking a cold shower during a hot flash or before bed
→decreasing your stress level
→making the temperature of your house or apartment cooler
→reducing your intake of alcohol, caffeine, hot drinks, and spicy foods
→wearing thin layers of all-cotton clothes and removing layers during hot flashes
→prescription treatments, such as hormone therapy or other medicines from your health care provider