Menopause is a fact of life for all women. One of the biggest complaints of women going through menopause or perimenopause (the time before menopause) is hot flashes. In fact nearly 75% of women say they suffer from this uncomfortable symptom. Women may have hot flashes for up to five years after menopause sets in.
What is a Hot Flash?
A hot flash is a feeling of extreme heat that is not caused by external sources such as the weather. They can even occur during sleep producing night sweats. The cause of hot flashes is unknown, but it's likely due to hormonal changes since it usually occurs during menopausal years. Hot flashes are also common in women who go through abrupt menopause, such as after a hysterectomy. For these women, the hot flashes are often more intense and last longer than those women who go through natural menopause.
For some women, a hot flash is mildly annoying, but for others the intensity may negatively affect their quality of life. During a hot flash, you may feel: