Hot Flushes and Running

I am menopausal and having A LOT of hot flushes at the moment. They are frequent and arrive at random times throughout the day and night. I am now at W7 R2 stage and it has suddenly occurred to me that so far (touch wood!) when I have actually been running, I have not had one single flush. Obviously I get red in the face and sweaty as anyone would whilst running, but this is not the same as a hot flush. I wondered if I have just been very lucky so far or whether there is an actual reason for this? Any observations from fellow sufferers or theories as to why this should be from anyone at all would be most welcome.

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  • Its nice to know I'm not on my own with this, and actually I haven't noticed any whilst running either, although as you say it would be hard to tell the difference with being so hot an sweaty anyway!!

  • I just think it is very strange as they tend to pop up at the most inconvenient times usually. Maybe our bodies are so busy keeping us going when we run in other ways there is no room for the flushes! As you say, Jules, nice to know I am not on my own!

  • This may encourage you on your way to graduation: the weeks I run a lot - as in 20 to 25 k per week (2 x 5/6 k, and on e10 or 12k - but don't worry that happens if I am training for some virtual or real event) I don't get hot flushes at all

    I first noticed it while upping the running to train for a Half Marathon - After that I slowed down a bit and they came back, decided to train for a 10 k - and HF gone again :) so now I have another reason to run at least 3 times a week!!!

    Not sure if it a scientific thing though ;)

  • That's really interesting. So the more you run the less flushes! Very motivated to keep it up now! Thanks for your insight.

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