Red Hot Flashbacks Contest: In Search of Memorable Menopause Moments

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 25, 2010

The “Red Hot Flashbacks” contest sponsored by the Red Hot Mamas® and ANGELIQ®, began recently with a nationwide search for women’s funny, unforgettable and downright frustrating menopausal hot flash and night sweat stories. The contest is designed to provide a light-hearted, yet informative forum, for women in menopause to share their hot flash experiences and for women nearing menopause to learn about options to relieve symptoms, which can be debilitating.

The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to New York City and a personalized “menopausal” makeover – cool clothes for “hot” bodies and sweat-proof make-up – by a renowned celebrity stylist! Six runners-up will win local spa packages in their hometowns.

Entries, which are to be submitted as a brief essay online, will be judged on a number of criteria such as originality, creativity, humor and how well other women are likely to relate to the story. The contest is also looking for entries that will empower other women to share their menopausal experiences with their peers. Information on how to enter the contest, along with full official rules/regulations can be found at www.redhotflashbacks.com or on the Red Hot Mamas web page, www.redhotmamas.org. The deadline to submit your red hot story is September 1, 2007.

“Hot flashes are the most common experience of women going through menopause. But, it also can be a taboo subject – something that women are reluctant to talk about. Through our “Red Hot Flashbacks” contest, we are encouraging women to share their experiences so we can bring attention to this issue in a light-hearted and humorous way as well as offer support, education and resources for women coping with this life experience,” said Karen Giblin, president of the Red Hot Mamas and lead judge of the contest.

Menopause: What Women Should Know

It is estimated that by the year 2020 more than 50 million women in the United States will be 51 and older, which is the average age of natural menopause – a time in a woman’s life when it has been at least one year since her last menstrual period. Hot flashes, defined as a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads over the upper body that is often accompanied by sweating, is one of the most common and disruptive symptom of menopause, and is thought to be triggered by the natural decline of a woman’s estrogen level.

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