Menopause Overture #4 or “Let’s Talk About Sweat, Baby”

7th June 2013

I have breaking news for you if you haven’t yet got to menopause. You’re going to find yourself wet in all kinds of ways but the one way you really wish would happen. More on that in another post.

It’s not just the hot flashes, it’s the sweat, too. Cold, hot, light film, tropical downpour… you name it, it happens. Once again, I’ll refer you to this clip of Andrea Cabral, Massachusetts’ Public Safety Director, clearly experiencing a monster hotflash and the sweat that goes with it. If you look closely, you can see the film of moisture on her face…if you watch carefully, you can see it get worse in the blink of an eye.

While I was in perimenopause, my sweat came as what I’ve named a “flashsweat.” No heat and not while I was awake. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with the sheets under me soaked in sweat.

These days, sweat comes with heat, awake or asleep, with no consideration for whether or not sweating is convenient for me at the moment! Don’t get me wrong, sweat happens, but I prefer it happen because I’m either sitting in the sun on a warm summer day enjoying the heat or because I’ve worked out…taking satisfaction in the notion that the sweat is the fruit of my labor. So to speak.

Instead I find myself blasted by heat, drenched under my clothes without warning, then chilled from being wet with sweat. Other times the heat is a really pleasant sensation, as if I’m experiencing a mild blush all over my body and this doesn’t always bring sweat, but when it does it’s more like….what do they say? Women don’t sweat, they glow? It’s more like that. But still I wonder how it is my body has become such a stranger to me when once it performed in a predictable and amicable fashion. I’m going to delve into the hows and whys of this in another post. I know it’s related to the change of balance in hormones but I want to know the actual why…how the change makes the physical part happen biomechanically.

In the meantime, my only advice is…..layers. And if you can get away with it, a large fan.

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