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Menopause Symptom: Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause

Hot flashes affect up to 75% of women. These episodes of sudden warmth can cause sweating, rapid heartbeat, and a feeling of heat that spreads over the body. Hot flashes can last from a few minutes to several hours and can occur at any time, but they are most common at night. Additionally, the frequency and intensity of hot flashes can vary from woman to woman. Some may experience them a few times a week, while others may have them several times a day. These symptoms can be disruptive to daily activities and can affect sleep, work and overall quality of life.

Hot flashes can be caused by the hormonal changes in the body that occur during menopause. The decrease in estrogen levels can cause changes in the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that regulates body temperature. These changes can cause the blood vessels to dilate, leading to a feeling of warmth and sweating. Some women may also experience chills or shivering during a hot flash. Treatments for hot flashes include hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, and alternative therapies such as herbal supplements, acupuncture and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a treatment that replaces some of the hormones that the body stops producing during menopause. It can help to alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes. If you are considering hormone replacement therapy, click on the link below to learn more or start the process.