Is it hot in here or is it just me?

Hot flashes! When people complain, you think it’s probably not so bad, until it happens to you and suddenly – BAM! – you’re a human furnace. When your ovaries are having a going out of business sale, the hot flashes are intense and strike without warning, but they’re called flashes because they begin and end suddenly.

You don’t need to crank up the air conditioning for relief every time you’re burning up from within. Try these handy little cheap tricks instead:

  • Keep a few damp hand towels or washcloths in the refrigerator. Just press one to your face, neck, and chest for instant relief. You can even toss a dry t-shirt in the refrigerator and throw that on if you’re a sweaty, hormonal mess.
  • Switch to thinner, more breathable bras when you can, so you’re not wearing a sweaty padded bra all day. For other clothing, choose natural fabrics that wick moisture away from skin. Cotton and bamboo are great choices, or try some sports clothing that is specially made to keep you cool and dry.
  • You can buy a cute little battery-powered fan at the dollar store, but chances are it will break within a week or two, and even if it doesn’t break, replacing batteries could get expensive. Try a good old-fashioned folding fan and keep a few of them within reach.
  • Throw several clean pillowcases onto your pillow. If you sweat during the night, just remove the top pillowcase and you’re not stuck sleeping on a damp pillow.

Note:  Always talk to your doctor before trying herbal supplements or over-the-counter topical creams for hot flashes.