Hot flashes

What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes, also known as hot flushes, are sudden feelings of warmth in the face, neck, and chest areas. During a hot flash, the skin may redden like a blush and the heart rate speeds up. Hot flashes are a common symptom of perimenopause and menopause among people with ovaries.

What causes hot flashes?

Hot flashes happen due to changing hormone levels. Estrogen levels start to fluctuate and decline as the ovaries produce less of this hormone leading up to menopause. These hormone changes affect the body's thermostat in the brain, causing hot flashes. Other factors like stress, spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, warm environments, and certain medications can also trigger hot flashes.

How long do hot flashes last?

The duration and frequency of hot flashes varies widely. Most people have hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years. Some have them for a very short time, while others experience them for many years leading up to and even after menopause. Hot flashes tend to peak within 1-2 years after the final menstrual period. Over time, they typically become less frequent and intense.

Managing Hot Flashes

While hot flashes usually resolve on their own, here are some tips to help cope:

The expert physicians at Hormone Harmony Clinic specialize in treating hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Their personalized care plans combine lifestyle changes, natural remedies, prescription hormones, and holistic medicine to help you find relief. Book a consultation to discover options for comfortably easing this transition.

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