Why some women are always cold


In this article:

  • What contributes to cold intolerance in women.

  • The role hormones play.

  • A Providence women’s health specialist on other possible causes -- and when to reach out to your physician.

If you—like so many women—sit huddled in a blanket, wearing thick socks and a fleece hoodie to stay warm no matter what the number on the thermostat says, you’re in good company.

Research shows women tend to like the room temperature set to a balmy 77 degrees compared to the cooler 71degrees preferred by the men in the study. Maybe it’s a woman’s lower resting metabolism or her typically smaller size and muscle mass. Maybe it’s hormones. There are a number of valid reasons why some women are sensitive to cold.

However, if your cold intolerance is new, extreme, or interfering with your daily life, it could be a sign of something more serious. Here are 11 conditions to be aware of if you’re a woman who’s constantly under a blanket.


Find a doctor

If you’ve recently noticed that you’re cold all the time—regardless of the temperature—the specialists at Providence can help pinpoint the cause and offer solutions for relief. You can find a Providence doctor that understands women’s health issues using our provider directory.  

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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.

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The Providence Women's Health team is committed to providing useful and actionable insights, tips and advice to ensure women of all types can live their healthiest lives.

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