How to Manage Menopause Hot Flushes as a Business Woman

Hot Flushes and Our Hormonal Changes

As Business Women, suffering with hot flushes can be uncomfortable. It can be embarrassing, especially when in close confines of an office or the boardroom. 75% of us experience hot flushes! They appear as a rising redness on the chest and face, making us feel very overheated, sweaty and even claustrophobic.

The impact of hot flushes, in addition to the other 39 changes can be particularly challenging. With 51% of Women take time off from their business or career due to their symptoms. Then unnecessarily 32% of Women sell their business or leave their career as the impact of their symptoms become too much to manage along with everything else.


I was delivering a Boardroom presentation in the middle of winter in Edinburgh. So you can only imagine how cold that would feel for a woman who lives in the south of the UK.

Although on this particular occasion as I started to present the dreaded Hot Flush started. So I began to internally combust from the knees up. I needed the help of “Annabelle” my alter ego to help me keep this “burning” situation under control.

I thought I had just got away with it. Did I just present to the Boardroom with a sweaty top upper lip? Sadly no. The young graduate to the right pointed out that I looked extremely hot and did I need a tissue!

To stop “Annabelle” from screaming “No I need a bath towel! Not a stupid tissue”. I politely said no thank you but could I have a glass of water instead.

The complexity of experiencing Hot Flushes as a Business or Corporate Woman can be particularly tricky in a business situation! So I have intentionally called our experience The Business Woman’s Menopause! and created The Menopause Resilience System™ to help us.


Hot Flushes are caused by the decline and fluctuations in our oestrogen levels. Therefore, the change in oestrogen levels causes our body’s thermostat the hypothalamus to become more sensitive to slight changes in body temperature.

When our hypothalamus thinks our body is too warm, it starts a chain of events including our dreaded Hot Flush to cool us down. These chain of events can happen any time of day or night. When mixed with the other “40 Changes Over 40” it can feel like we are losing control of our body.

Our Hot Flush can be described as a creeping feeling of intense warmth that quickly spreads across our whole body and face. It can also lead to sweating, heart palpitations, feeling confused, anxious and a loss of concentration.

A Hot Flush can last from one to four minutes and happen throughout the day when we least expect it.


Hot Flushes can start whilst you are peri-menopausal and continue beyond menopause. The complexity of managing Hot Flushes as a Business or Corporate Woman can be particularly challenging in a business situation!

So use The Menopause Resilience System™  solutions below to help manage your Hot Flushes both in your personal and professional life:


  • Food – Have a balanced meal plan including protein, healthy fats, vegetables, fruit and complex carbohydrates as our eating habits and meal timings can trigger our hot flushes.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – Are beneficial for reducing hot flushes.
  • Sugar, caffeine & alcohol – Remove if overwhelmed by hot flushes to manage your blood sugar level which limits the release of stress hormones.
  • Vitamin E – To help manage hot flush relief.
  • Vitamin B12 – Not only important for energy levels but also for hot flush relief.
  • Magnesium – This can help bring relief to hot flushes.


  • Move – Exercise produces happy hormones so build in daily activities. Try using my 4S’s© to stimulate blood flow to the brain to fall asleep faster and sleep better.
  • Clothing – Wear loose fitting, breathable, natural fabrics, like cotton to allow sweat to evaporate quickly and keep the body fresh.
  • Calm – We devote our energy to the world around us, including family, friends and business activities. It’s important to build in regular activities as stress is one of the most common causes of hot flushes.
  • Sleep – A consistent sleep schedule is important for managing our stress hormones and allowing our body to repair and rejuvenate.
  • Diary – Keep a diary and note any food, situations or feelings that trigger hot flushes.

Hot Flushes and Business Women


Are the 40 Changes Over 40 impacting you both personally and professionally? Not sure, then complete The Menopause Resilience Assessment™ using this to link to find out.

If you want to have discussion about your PeriMenopause or Menopause then book your Discovery Consultation using this link. The session includes The Menopause Resilience Assessment, then based on the results and our discussion you receive your Menopause Resilience Prescription™ to help you build a strong body to manage your menopause and beyond.

Adelle Martin – Accredited Menopause Coach & Personal Trainer | Founder of The Menopause Resilience System™

Adelle Martin leading through a new type of change the menopause
Strong Body|Strong Business

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