Menopause and the HOT FLASH. It has happened to virtually every woman who is sliding into menopause – you feel this sudden flush of warmth or heat traveling up your torso into your face and you think the temperature has just risen. Nope, chances are that you just experienced menopause hot flashes and while these episodes can occur on their own, there are some triggers that can set the events in motion for a stereotypical hot flash.
Defining Causes Of This “Heat”
One of the most agreed upon reasons for menopause hot flashes is the decrease in estrogen levels in the body. When a hot flash occurs, a fluctuation in these hormonal balances occurs in the part of the brain that controls body temperature. The results are menopause hot flashes that can feel like a pulsating wave of heat that starts from the upper torso area to your face. Sometimes, you may even sweat and can also be the cause of any night sweats that may occur.
Some things can trigger these menopausal hot flashes like hot or humid weather or even spicy or hot foods. Caffeine can raise body temperature to cause the hot flashes and alcohol can contribute to them as well. Taking hot baths or showers will exacerbate these flashes as well as stressful situations.
Facts And Statistics
The fact of the matter is that menopausal flashes are fairly common in as many as eighty percent of the women who are peri-menopausal or even full blown menopausal. These hot episodes can last as short a time as a few seconds or linger on for twenty to thirty minutes or longer. Typically, these menopausal hot flashes start several years before other symptoms of “the change” manifest themselves.
While many women may experience frequent menopausal hot flashes for a couple of years, some unlucky women suffer through them for five or more years. The norm is typically that women will see a decline in both intensity as well as frequency of these flashes of heat as they age.
Because menopause hot flashes are a result in dropping levels of estrogen, you need to take herbal remedies that can somewhat substitute some of what you are missing with a plant-based estrogen. Black cohosh, evening primrose oil and even red clover have been known to help with supplementing and substituting in some of the lower estrogen levels in your body.
Additional Vitamin E will help as well as the consumption of soy products either through supplementation or through your diet more naturally. Yoga, acupuncture and exercise have also been known to alleviate menopausal hot flashes. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) should not be an option unless your symptoms are so severe that it requires a drastic treatment as HRT. Other hints to help cool your jets is to take a cool shower and dress in layers so that you have the option of taking layers off one at a time for comfort. Wear breathable cotton clothing and put all cotton sheets on your bed too. There are a number of little ways to make those menopause hot flashes more bearable.
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