Clothing during the menopause

Different women experience the symptoms of the menopause in different ways, but hot flushes are very common at this time of hormonal changes. Hot flushes cause you to sweat heavily, and can make you very uncomfortable. Some women find that, with the right clothing and bedding, they can limit this discomfort.

Fabrics that are most suitable for menopausal women are those that wick the moisture away from the skin resulting in less discomfort when experiencing hot flushesOne way of doing this is to use comfortable, breathable clothes and bedding. There are some ranges available with menopausal women in mind. These include nightwear, underwear, sportswear and outerwear. The materials used in these breathable clothes and bedding are made from small fibres, which lie close to the woman’s skin and lift (wick) moisture from the material. This moisture is then transported to the outer surface of the material, where it can evaporate, reducing the discomfort and embarrassment of hot flushes. This type of material is called wicking. It can be made from man-made fibres, silk, bamboo or wool.

There is little research to show which fabrics are most useful for women during the menopause, so you might need to try different ranges to see which is best for you.

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Last revised: 11 March 2014

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