Cold Water Swimming for Menopause?
During menopause, it’s not unusual to feel as though you would try absolutely anything to relieve yourself from hot flushes and other uncomfortable menopause symptoms.
Maybe you’ve tried wearing nothing but a vest and shorts in the middle of winter, going to bed with all your windows open when it’s raining outside, or even giving up hot drinks.
But have you gone to the lengths of trying cold water swimming?
That’s exactly what a group of women in Wales have been doing - swimming in the extremely cold Gower Peninsula to try to relieve themselves from the likes of hot flushes and night sweats, BBC News reports.
Why Cold Water Swimming?
Members of the The Gower Bluetits swimming group have been plunging themselves into temperatures of just 6°C, with several of the women reporting a reduction in their hot flushes and night sweats as a result.
Speaking to BBC News, 49-year-old Alison Owen explained that she’d heard about women experiencing a decline in their mental health around the time of menopause, and didn’t want this to be the case for herself.
“I thought I’ve got to do something to keep myself active and get out there,” she said.
She now regularly swims in the chilly sea of the Gower Peninsula with other women who are also going through menopause, with 53-year-old Patricia Woodhouse saying: “I feel that it’s been easier since starting this.
“The sweats and the night sweats haven’t been so bad. I also suffer with anxiety and I’ve found my anxiety levels don’t feel as bad either.”
Can Sea Swimming Really Help Menopause?
BBC News also spoke to Professor Mike Tipton of the University of Portsmouth, who is an expert in cold water swimming.
He explained that there are currently no definitive studies on the effects of this activity, but added: “Most cold water swimming involves exercise and socialising - two things we know can have a positive impact on mental health.”
These factors can also have an impact on menopause symptoms. Spending time with and talking to people who are going through a similar experience could help to reduce some of the stress and anxiety that can surround menopause.
Meanwhile, exercise is important to manage weight - being overweight can increase the risk of hot flushes and other symptoms - and to keep bones strong and healthy, which can contribute to managing osteoporosis risk.
Professor Tipton added that the cold shock associated with this kind of swimming could affect the hormones, and emphasised that it’s important to stay safe and be sensible when venturing into open water.
Less Extreme Ways to Manage Hot Flushes
Hot flushes, night sweats and other menopause symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing, but there are less extreme ways to manage them than cold water swimming, with menopause supplements a great natural option.
At Menopause Supplements, you’ll find the Femarelle® range, which contains DT56a to help you to manage multiple menopause symptoms by mimicking the effects of natural oestrogen in your body.
These supplements are designed to be taken as part of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure you’re eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise - but that doesn’t have to involve cold water swimming!
Femarelle® Recharge contains ingredients to help specifically in the menopause stage, with other supplements available for perimenopause and post-menopause.
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