Coping with Menopause Symptoms in the Winter

By Pause Well-Aging | January 4, 2021

Dark nights and cold weather can leave many people feeling out of sorts, but recent studies suggest that the changing of the seasons can have even more impact on our bodies than we first thought, perhaps even an impact on our hormones.

Are hot flashes worse in winter? It appears that for many women, they are.

Seasonal Changes and Your Hormones

The SWAN Menstrual Calendar Study investigated the impact that changing seasons have on women's periods and the onset of menopause. The study had 955 participants and found that seasons had a strong influence on the type of experiences women had, including a significant increase in hot flashes and night sweats being a strong predictor of the approach of the final menstrual period.

A similar, smaller study conducted in Hungary also found a link between seasons and menstrual symptoms, with cooler, darker months being associated with the start of menopause. It appears menopause pain points may be worse in winter and the darker, colder months can bring about the start of the menopause in many women.

Coping with Menopause

Currently, researchers don't have a strong understanding of why the winter months bring about these changes, although it's possible to take an educated guess. Colder weather and limited exposure to sunlight may impact vitamin D production and which for some can cause lower moods too. People are often less active in the winter, and all of these factors can impact on hormone production and hormone balance.

Common menopause experiences include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Depressed mood
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain

These experiences, combined with dry skin, loss of muscle tone and a slower metabolism can make menopause, and getting older in general, feel frustrating and difficult. Some of the changes , such as hot flashes and night sweats will go away with time; others can be addressed with your doctor either through lifestyle changes or treatments. 

Fortunately, it is possible to address menopause and age-related pain points to ensure you feel  confident and happy in your body as you get older. If you're someone who is going through hormonal changes in your body and you've found yourself struggling with menopause and winter, taking some measures to look after yourself and pamper your body could make dealing with dreary Decembers a little easier.

Good nutrition and regular exercise are important at any time of the year but are even more vital in the winter. The better you take care of your body, the better it can take care of you.

It's unlikely you can stop hot flashes from happening, but you can make them less uncomfortable and more manageable. Our Cooling Mist helps reduce your body's surface temperature and evaporate sweat.




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