A few months ago, EmpowerHer, a woman’s health site, invited me to write articles about hot flashes. I had fun figuring out how to give each article a creative slant, and I enjoyed the research. Citing sources brought me back to my university days!
My first assignment was:
I went to my friends at Midlife Boulevard, a women’s writing and blogging network. They sent me great responses:
- “I used to think steam was coming out of my ears.”
- “It’s like a furnace exploded in my core and is radiating to my extremities.”
- “A hot flash is 100 degree heat paired with 100 percent humidity.”
- “I feel like I’m getting my hair washed, and the water is way too hot!”
Read the rest of their responses here, a bit of my own experience, and the research I uncovered on the topic.
My second assignment for EmpowHer was:
Is there a difference?
Read a story here from my very own bedroom and then my research on hot flashes and night sweats.
The final article I’ll include today addresses this question:
I got brave and talked about the Modess Starter Kit my mom ordered for me. I used this as a segue into menopause, which comes on a lot slower than the shock of that first period.
This article was a bit harder to put together research-wise than the first two. Read it here!
I’ll stop to give you a chance to read. More hot flash scoops to come! (And thanks to Stacia, who’s been editing my articles. I appreciate your light and encouraging hand.)
P.S. I dug deep through mighty Google, and I don’t think I had a Modess Starter Kit after all. I think the pamphlet I read was called “Very Personally Yours.” Here’s the cover! Sound or look familiar to any of you?