Hot flashes can strike at any time during menopause and in the years leading up to it. Most women know the feeling well—a sudden burst of heat on the skin, redness in the face, a racing heart rate, and heavy and uncontrollable sweating. It's bad enough when it happens in the privacy of your home, but when you're in public or at work, managing the symptoms of hot flashes can leave you embarrassed, fatigued, and uncomfortable. Just the uncertainty of not knowing when the next episode will occur can add more anxiety to an already stressful situation. And who has the time or mental energy to deal with this on top of everything else going on in life?
To manage hot flashes, many women turn to hormone replacement therapy, prescription drugs, lifestyle changes, or practices like yoga and meditation. These approaches are meant to reduce the frequency of hot flashes or to make the symptoms less severe, but none of them can help when you need it most, right when you feel a hot flash about to strike. That's why Embr Labs has created the Embr Wave®, a wearable cooling system offering a safe, natural remedy for hot flashes that delivers instant, discreet comfort and relief— anywhere and anytime.
Embr Wave: on-demand cooling to stop hot flashes
The Wave is a smart device that's worn on the inside of your wrist. While it may look like a smartwatch, it's actually a compact thermoelectric heat pump that can generate pleasing warm or cool sensations that you feel on the sensitive skin of your inner wrist. These sensations come in precisely engineered patterns known as Waveforms that you can set to run for 5 minutes up to 9 hours at a time.
When the thermoreceptors in your skin register the cooling sensation, they respond automatically by sending a feel-good message to the part of your brain that's associated with emotion, pleasure, stress, and thermoregulation. This message tells your body to rebalance its sense of temperature, changing how hot or cold you feel—and delivering instant hot flash relief.
How can cool sensations on my wrist help stop hot flashes fast?
Think of how cupping your hands around a hot mug of cocoa can make you feel warm and cozy all over on a snowy day. Or how spritzing cold water on your face can make your whole body feel cooler when you're overheated. Because of the way your body instinctively reacts to localized thermal sensations like these, even a small amount of warming or cooling in the right spot, at the right time, can have a big impact on how you feel overall. Embr Wave takes advantage of this natural response mechanism in a precise and repeatable way that's optimized for your relief and comfort—and can stop hot flashes fast.
What are hot flashes—and how can I stop them fast?
For women in menopause, a hot flash is thought to be caused by hormonal changes that mistakenly cause the hypothalamus, which regulates temperature, to believe the body is too hot. In response, the brain triggers a series of events to cool the body down quickly: blood vessels just under the skin widen to release heat, causing a sudden feeling of warmth and redness in the face, neck, and chest. The heart pumps faster and the sweat glands release perspiration. All of these events happening together can result in extreme discomfort and feelings of anxiety.
Some women experience nearly constant hot flashes that can make it hard to carry out routine activities like leading a meeting, giving a presentation, or just conversing with colleagues. Hormone replacement therapy, medications, lifestyle changes, and relaxation techniques can potentially reduce the strength of hot flashes or their frequency. But none of these options helps with managing hot flashes in the moment. Ice packs, fans, and cooling gels can give some immediate relief, but these products are often messy, inconvenient, or impossible to use without calling attention to yourself in the workplace.
Embr Wave offers an alternative—a sleek, stylish wearable that operates totally silently and provides cool relief at the touch of a button. It's an easy, effective, and discreet way to stop hot flashes fast and can even mitigate the related nausea of menopause for some women.
How to stop hot flashes fast with the Embr Wave 2 app
Available from the iOS App Store or Google Play, the Embr Wave 2 app gives you more options and control over your thermal experience. Use the app to explore warming and cooling sessions designed to offer greater comfort, easier sleep, lower stress, and instant hot flash relief. Edit, save, and rename sessions, choosing the temperature level that's just right for you and session lengths that range from 5 minutes to 9 hours. You can even reprogram your Wave's buttons to create shortcuts to your favorites, making it easier than ever to access the relief you need right when you need it. The app also lets you download improvements and updates for your Wave; and you can track your usage and gain insights from your patterns, so you can better understand how to use the Wave.
Less stressful days. Better nights. Comfort on-demand.
Along with relief for hot flashes, Embr Wave can provide a variety of thermal benefits 24/7.
Temperature can be a powerful tool for relieving stress. Just as a warm bath or a cool compress can soothe your nerves and relax your body, the Wave offers gentle warming or cooling sessions designed to help reduce stress. So when life gets hectic, you can start feeling calmer and more collected at the touch of a button.
A study conducted with Johnson & Johnson revealed that using Embr Wave for just two weeks helped participants to reduce sleep disturbances, insomnia, and nighttime hot flashes. The Wave's Fall Asleep sessions use gradually slowing waves to lull you to sleep more easily, and the All Night sessions use steady waves to keep you resting comfortably for up to 9 hours at a time.
The Wave puts cool relief or comforting warmth at your fingertips, so you always have the option to take control of your experience with temperature—no matter who's in charge of the thermostat. A UC Berkeley study showed that participants using Embr Wave were able to adjust their perception of temperature by up to 5°F warmer or cooler. The benefits were even more noticeable for women, who reported feeling up to 9°F cooler after just a few minutes.
What are hot flashes?
Hot flashes are brief episodes of intense warmth, heavy perspiration, and redness across the face, neck, and chest. These episodes are thought to be the result of hormonal changes that cause a person's internal thermostat to wrongly believe the body needs to be cooled down quickly.
How can Embr Wave stop hot flashes fast?
Embr Wave offers immediate relief for symptoms of hot flashes by generating cool sensations that are felt on the temperature-sensitive skin of the inner wrist. In response, thermoreceptors in the skin send feel-good signals to the brain, helping to recalibrate the perception of temperature and reducing the length or intensity of hot flashes.
Does the Wave change the body's core temperature?
No. Even during the most severe hot flashes, a person's core temperature remains around 98.6°F. The Wave taps into the body's natural ability to use localized cooling sensations to recalibrate the way temperature is perceived, producing a soothing effect that can rapidly start to dissipate the symptoms of a hot flash.