“I believe legends and myths are largely made of truth…” J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien is right, myths do represent certain truths and facts.
Unfortunately, just like gossip, myths can take on a life of their own as they’re passed on across communities, which ends up distorting any truthful facts they include.
The common myths you’ve heard about hot flashes before your period have also suffered this fate.
Chances are you’ve already encountered some contradicting information about this sudden, intense feeling of warmth that can last seconds, minutes, or longer a few days to the start of your period. Some of these myths are downright absurd, but some are grounded in some truth.
Today, we’ll debunk the myths about hot flashes before period as we shed light on:
- The symptoms associated with the condition
- How hormonal balance can help with hot flashes
- Some lifestyle factors that can trigger hot flashes
- Natural remedies for hot flashes
Myth 1 – It’s All in Your Head
Hot flashes before a period are sometimes dismissed as a figment of one’s imagination, but this myth couldn’t be further from the truth.
When you’re having a hot flash, your body’s internal thermostat (the hypothalamus) is out of ‘order’ and believes you’re overheating when you’re not.
It then sends signals to different parts of your body to help you cool off. Your sweat glands are triggered by these signals to produce sweat. The blood vessels near your skin dilate to allow warm blood to flow to your skin’s surface and expel heat from your body.
This is why hot flashes before a period are accompanied by symptoms like:
- Increased heart rate
- Red-flushed skin
But, what makes the hypothalamus think you’re overheating?
Well, it all has to do with a reduction of estrogen in your body, which happens the week before your period. This causes a sensitivity to the hypothalamus, which leads it to believe you’re overheating when your body is, in fact, at a normal temperature.
Since the hypothalamus is located in your brain, it’s technically correct to say hot flashes are in your head, just not imagined.
That said, is it possible to work yourself up into a hot flash?
Anxiety (the emotional worry that you’ll have a hot flash) can’t trigger one. When you’re anxious, the hypothalamus helps your body prepare for perceived danger as opposed to cooling your body off, which happens during a hot flash.
On the other hand, hot flashes before a period can cause anxiety, especially since they’re sudden and can occur when you’re in public places. Watch out for physical anxiety symptoms such as tingling sensations, as they’re sometimes early signs that you’ll have a hot flash.
Myth 2 – Hot Flashes Only Occur During Menopause and Perimenopause
Because hot flashes and weight gain are the most commonly reported symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, this myth has some validity.
But to claim hot flashes only happen during perimenopause and menopause is inaccurate.
As a matter of fact, some men do experience hot flashes (not before periods, of course). Men’s hot flashes are triggered by a reduction in the male hormone progesterone most commonly reported during prostate cancer treatment.
Meanwhile, women, too young for menopause in their 20s and 30s have hot flashes as pre-period symptoms. After ovulation and before the start of your period, hormone levels change, which causes sensitivity in the hypothalamus and causes it to dysfunction.
The two significant hormones whose levels drop are progesterone and estrogen. This hormonal change is also responsible for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as:
- Mood swings
- Breast tenderness
One of the most effective ways to manage and relieve hot flashes and PMS symptoms is by taking natural hormonal balance supplements. This will help your body to regulate hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle and reduce pre-period symptoms.
“So far, my body is taking it well, I can feel that my PMS has lessened and I feel great after taking Hormonal Balance. Overall, it’s a recommended product for me.”
– Maryanne, USA
Myth 3 – Hormonal Imbalance Is the Only Cause of Hot Flashes
Hormonal imbalance is the most common reason for hot flashes, but not the only reason. This myth is also closely related to the myth, hot flashes only occur during menopause and perimenopause.
While hormonal imbalance is largely the cause of hot flashes during menopause, other lifestyle factors have been found to trigger hot flashes. Here are some:
- Spicy foods
These lifestyle factors can cause your blood vessels to dilate, leading your brain to believe you’re overheating and thus causing hot flashes.
It’s best to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods before your period to reduce hot flashes. Quitting smoking and managing your stress levels by exercising and eating a healthy diet will also significantly reduce the frequency of hot flashes before your period.
Another factor that can trigger hot flashes is hot weather. High temperatures will also cause the widening of blood vessels on your skin surface, as your body tries to reduce heat.
Avoid wearing tight clothes and instead wear loose, cool clothes to allow air to freely move around your body. This will help reduce the intensity of hot flashes in warm weather.
Myth 4 – There Are No remedies, You Just Have to Push Through it
Womanhood is often associated with a high pain tolerance and perseverance, even in highly uncomfortable situations, which might be the reason for this myth.
Fortunately, there are some remedies that can help you manage and reduce hot flashes before period. Apart from avoiding triggers that can cause them some other natural remedies include:
- Exercise: Physical activity will help ease discomfort from hot flashes. Exercise enhances mechanisms for heat loss and improves control and stability of the body’s temperature regulation system.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are water-rich foods that keep you hydrated and help your body cool off.
- Drinking water: Replacing the water lost through sweating during hot flashes will help your body cool down.
- Yoga: Practicing yoga helps your body remain calm and manage stress. Stress can cause an increase in body temperature and trigger hot flashes.
- Herbal supplements: Herbs have compounds known as phytoestrogens that have estrogen-like effects and reduce the frequency of hot flashes.
Our Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance supplements contain herbs such as maca root, shatavari, and red clover, which help your body increase estrogen production and reduce hot flashes.
We’ve received thousands of positive feedback on the efficiency of our Hormonal Balance supplements in reducing hot flashes, including this one from Al.
“Reduced hot flashes, good ingredients. Good value for money. I like the ingredient combination instead of having to take a separate capsule for each one. ”
– Al, USA
Myth 5 – Apple Cider Vinegar Helps With Hot Flashes
Apple cider vinegar is a kitchen staple used in cooking, cleaning, and preserving food. Some women have claimed this kitchen-staple also helps reduce the intensity of hot flashes and night sweats.
It’s thought that since apple cider vinegar has antioxidants, it can help remove toxins from your body and reduce sweating. However, the truth is that there isn’t any research that can back up these claims.
A herb that has research to back its effect on reducing hot flashes is black cohosh. It has compounds with phytochemicals that help your body regulate body temperature and therefore reduce hot flashes.
Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance supplements contain black cohosh that helps to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flashes before period.
Reduce Hot Flashes Before Period With Hormonal Balance Supplements
Herbal remedies are a great way to naturally reduce the severity of hot flashes since they help your body balance hormone levels.
The table below highlights some herbs that can help reduce hot flashes as well as their effects on the body.
|Herbs||Effect On Body|
|Red clover||Has isoflavones that function like the hormone estrogen and balances your hormones level|
|Dong quai (Angelica sinensis)||Balances hormone excesses and deficits by binding estrogen receptors in the body|
|Maca root||Increases estrogen and progesterone levels that drop before periods|
|Ashwagandha||Supports the endocrine system by correcting hormonal imbalances, which helps reduce hot flashes and anxiety|
Consuming each of these herbs can help minimize hot flashes before period. However, a combination of these herbs in a herbal supplement increases their potency and reduces hot flashes and other PMS symptoms.
Bust Bunny Hormonal Balance supplements are made using natural herb ingredients such as maca root, ashwagandha powder, black cohosh, red clover, shatavari, among other herbs, without any additives or fillers.
These herbs will also improve your quality of life before periods by improving sleep, relieving nausea and bloating, and reducing mood swings.
Order our Hormonal Balance supplements for relief against hot flashes or recurringnight sweats before your period.
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