A hot flash is a sudden sensation of intense body heat, often with profuse sweating and reddening of the head, neck, and chest. These symptoms can occur with mild to severe heart palpitations, anxiety, irritability, and rarely, panic. The exact cause of hot flashes is not known, but they may be related to changes in circulation.
Hot flashes are the most common symptom of a woman’s changing estrogen levels around the time of her last menstrual period (menopause). More than two-thirds of North American women who are heading into menopause have hot flashes. They also affect women who start menopause after chemotherapy or surgery to remove their ovaries. Hot flashes are more common at night than during the day and are a common cause of sleep problems for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.
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Hot flashes happen when the blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool, making you break out in a sweat. Some women have hot flashes for a very short time during menopause. Other women may have hot flashes for the rest of their lives. Hot flashes are most frequent and intense during the first 2 years of postmenopause, when estrogen levels have dropped below a certain point. Generally, they get milder over time.
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