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Hot flash triggers

When managing hot flash triggers doesn't work

Hot flashes are no picnic. With symptoms like intense warmth, heavy sweating, a racing heart rate, and feelings of anxiety, hot flashes can disrupt your life at any moment. Hot flashes don't care what's on your to-do list for the day, and they can be especially stressful and embarrassing when they occur in a professional setting.

Paying attention to and avoiding hot flash triggers can help to reduce the frequency of episodes. Common triggers include caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods, as well as hot rooms and tight clothing. Stress and anxiety are major hot flash triggers, causing an increase in heart rate and blood pressure that can help to bring an episode on.

While avoiding hot flash triggers may help cause fewer incidents, women in menopause are still likely to experience hot flashes for months or years. And unfortunately, when a hot flash causes your face to burn and your sweat glands to kick into overdrive, most techniques for avoiding hot flash triggers aren't able to bring immediate, on-demand relief.

That's where the Embr Wave® from Embr Labs can help. The groundbreaking wearable cooling device from Embr Labs offers natural relief for hot flashes that is everything you need it to be: safe, immediate, and ultra-discreet.

Embr Wave: cool relief with the press of a button

Embr Wave is a device you wear on the inside of your wrist. While it resembles a smartwatch or bracelet, the Wave actually houses a compact thermoelectric heat pump that can create a series of cool or warm sensations against the temperature-sensitive skin of your inner wrist. These precise pulses of cool relief or soothing warmth tap into your body's natural ability to recalibrate your perception of temperature, helping you feel better overall and delivering immediate relief for hot flashes.

What are hot flashes—and hot flash triggers?
Hot flashes are thought to be the result of changes in hormonal levels that cause the brain to mistakenly believe the body needs to cool down fast. This false signal triggers a chain of events to expel heat quickly. Blood vessels beneath the skin dilate, causing a burst of warmth as well as redness in light-skinned women. The heart rate speeds up, and the body begins perspiring heavily.

Certain things are thought to increase the likelihood of an episode. These hot flash triggers include stress, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, and cigarette smoke. Anything that makes you warmer can also be a hot flash trigger—too much clothing, overly warm rooms, hairdryers, hot weather, hot beverages, and hot baths are all potential culprits.

What to do when a hot flash strikes

Even avoiding all hot flash triggers (which can be difficult or impossible to do), women may still find themselves at the mercy of unpredictable hot flashes around menopause for months, years, or sometimes decades. Embr Wave puts the power of immediate hot flash relief right at your fingertips, instantly cooling you down with the touch of a button. It operates totally silently with no noisy fans or moving parts, and it creates cool sensations using a rechargeable battery (so there's nothing to stick in the freezer or worry about melting). With the Wave, you can take care of hot flashes no matter where they happen, without anyone needing to know.

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How to stop hot flashes fast
When you feel a hot flash coming on, simply press a button on the Wave or tap the app to launch a series of precise cooling sensations that you feel on the sensitive skin of your inner wrist. These sensations harness your body's natural ability to comfort itself through temperature, sending a feel-good signal to the part of your brain associated with pleasure, emotion, stress, and thermoregulation. In turn, your brain rebalances your perception of temperature to quickly provide relief to your entire body.

Addressing a major hot flash trigger: stress
Embr Wave's cooling sensations can't help you avoid hot flash triggers like alcohol or caffeine, but the device can help you lower your stress level and provide cool comfort in situations where you feel too warm.

Just as taking a hot bath or pressing a cold compress to your forehead can help soothe frayed nerves and ease tension, the thermal sensations generated by the Wave can help you feel calmer during stressful moments. Embr Wave also gives you the power to control your experience of temperature, anytime and anywhere. The next time you find yourself stuck in a stuffy conference room or shivering in a movie theater, for example, you can use the Wave to instantly start feeling more comfortable.

Embr Wave can also help with insomnia and hot flashes that occur at night. The Wave's Fall Asleep sessions can help to lull you to sleep more quickly, while the All Night sessions provide up to 9 hours of cool relief to keep you resting comfortably throughout the night.

Controlling your device with the Embr Wave 2 app

You can easily control your thermal experience by simply pressing buttons on the Wave, but connecting your device to the Embr Wave 2 app lets you unlock far more features and customization options. Available from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, the app gives you the power to:

  • Explore thermal sessions specially designed to increase your comfort, reduce stress, improve your sleep, and manage hot flashes.
  • Adjust the length of each session, from 5 minutes to 9 hours.
  • Edit, save, and rename sessions.
  • Reprogram the buttons on the Wave for quick access to your favorite sessions.
  • Track your usage and see personalized insights on your patterns over time to learn the best ways to benefit from your Wave.
  • Download updates and improvements for your device.

Why manage hot flashes with Embr Wave?

A natural remedy
When a hot flash strikes despite avoiding all the triggers, Embr Wave provides natural relief that is safe, immediate, and discreet.

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Many Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) consider the Wave to be an approved expense. Check with your FSA administrator or your employer to see what's covered under your plan.

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When you purchase your Wave with financing from Affirm, you may be able to spread out your payments over 3 to 12 months or more.

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Embr Wave comes with free shipping to addresses in the U.S.

Free returns
Return your Wave within 30 days for a full refund. For details, see our return FAQs.


What are hot flashes?

A hot flash is a sudden feeling of warmth in the upper body, which is usually felt most intensely in the face, neck, and chest. Hot flashes can be accompanied by heavy sweating and a fast or uneven heart rate. When these episodes occur during sleep, they're called night sweats. Hormonal changes in a woman's body before and during menopause are one of the most common causes, but women can also have hot flashes while pregnant. Additionally, things like infections, drug addiction, autoimmune disorders, hyperthyroidism, and some treatments for cancer can cause hot flashes in both men and women.

What are hot flash triggers?

Hot flashes are thought to be a response to fluctuations in hormone levels that cause the brain to believe the body is overheating and must cool down fast. However, certain foods and conditions are thought to contribute to hot flashes. In some people, hot flash triggers include consuming alcohol, caffeine, or spicy foods. There also seems to be a strong connection between stress and hot flashes. And warm rooms, tight clothing, warm baths, and hot weather can also be triggers.

How does Embr Wave help with hot flashes?

Embr Wave is a smart wristband that delivers cool (or warm) sensations to the sensitive skin on the inner wrist. This localized temperature sensation sends a feel-good message to the brain that naturally adjusts your perception of temperature and helps you feel more comfortable overall.

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