I've got two words for you, ladies: Moisture Wicking. Yes, put those two words together and they sound a little icky and a little sporty, but once you hit perimenopause, these words will change your life.
First up, a friendly reminder that I'm not a doctor and I have no idea if any medical interventions are the right choice for you. I'm just another sweaty gal trying to ride this thing out. Hot flashes are just one of many surprising and not-at-all-fun aspects of perimenopause. I'm only going to talk about hot flashes here since that's the only one that can be addressed with clothes. (Though I will suggest that you watch a few YouTube videos about facial hair removal if that's something you're dealing with.)
OK, so hot flashes. Your hormones trick your body into thinking you're overheated, and so you start sweating because that's what your body does so that you don't die from being too hot (or something - not a doctor). I found hot flashes hilarious for the first few months, but that didn't last. So I looked into how I could make them more tolerable.
Night Sweats? No Problem
Night sweats are just hot flashes that happen when you're trying to sleep. They wake you up and then you're exhausted the next day. Your mileage may vary, but I haven't been awoken by night sweats since I got moisture wicking pajamas. The fabric wicks the sweat away from my skin and I sleep right through it.
You can buy PJs specifically designed for this, or you can go with something in a fabric that just happens to be moisture wicking - like bamboo. Our new Bamboo Lounge Collection is perfect for this. These pieces aren't strictly sleepwear, but they're comfortable enough to sleep in.
Moisture wicking sheets are also a thing. I haven't tried them, but I've heard good things.
Daytime Hot Flashes
Most moisture wicking clothing is designed for the gym. So you can't really wear them anyplace else. Our Bamboo Collection is an exception because it's not sporty. Yes, you can sleep in them and they'll soon become your favorite thing to wear on the couch, but you can also incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe. Wear a Sheer Topper over a Bamboo Lounge Maxi Dress are you're ready for a party.
Or you can narrow your attack. A hot flash can make you sweat all over, but your armpits and underboob area will sweat the most. If you can't find a moisture wicking bra, then you can slip a moisture wicking bra liner underneath your bra band. As for your pits, disposable armpit liners (aka dress shields) can help you out there.
When you're hanging out at home or getting ready in the morning, you can wear the Ta Ta Towel. It's not supportive like a bra, but it offers similar coverage. The fabric absorbs your underboob sweat before you even notice it's there.
Hang In There
Perimenopause doesn't last forever. It can be over in a few months, or could last as long as a decade. Which is horrifying, but all the more reason to arm yourself with clothes that can make it more tolerable.