Excessive sweating before your period
Some people develop sweating and hot flashes before their period starts each month.
These symptoms do not depend on age but are associated with fluctuations in the levels of certain hormones (progesterone and estrogen) during the cycle. These hormones influence the hypothalamus, which is the brain center that controls body temperature.
In the second phase of the cycle, after ovulation:
- Progesterone rises, resulting in a slightly higher body temperature than usual, which you may not feel.
- Estrogen drops, which affects the hypothalamus and can change the body’s temperature.
If the imbalance between estrogen and progesterone is significant, the hypothalamus settings go haywire, resulting in hot flashes and sweating. This means that the body has launched coping mechanisms to compensate for heat loss.
If you experience these symptoms, you can minimize them by avoiding hot and stuffy places in the days leading up to your period. Wearing natural fabrics, doing light exercises, and eating more vegetables and fruits can also help balance your temperature and reduce sweating.