symptoms for some women are not too severe where others may
suffer for many years with certain symptoms.
Women generally experience
these symptoms during perimenopause and not menopause itself.
is the time in which a woman has gone twelve consecutive
a menstrual period.
By this point most menopausal symptoms have already
been experienced and are either done or declining.
Approximately 70% of
women experience some symptoms of menopause. Some of the more common
Flashes / Flushes
Hot Flashes / Flushes
menopause symptom, commonly known as a
hot flash, is sometimes called a hot flush.
It is the sudden sensation
extreme body heat.
It is generally accompanied by a reddened flushed face,
neck and chest as well as profuse sweating.
particular menopausal symptom
can sometimes be accompanied by anxiety, mild to severe heart
palpitations, irritability and in some cases (although rare) a feeling
Hot flashes are the most common of all the symptoms with
approximately 75 to 95% of women reporting having this
symptom during the different stages of menopause.
They can occur
during perimenopause but more commonly occur post menopause when
estrogen levels have dropped below a certain point.
This particular symptom can occur for 1 to 2 years after reaching
menopause but can last
for up to 5 years.
Women who have gone through chemotherapy,
have had antiestrogen treatments or have had their
ovaries removed are more likely to experience
severe hot flashes.
These hot flashes can happen during the day but can
occur at night which is known as night sweats.
sweats are similar to hot flashes but occur only at night. The medical
term for this menopausal symptom is called “sleep hyperhydrosis” or
like hot flashes the woman experiences
the sensation of warmth but the night sweats tend to be more intense.
In fact they can be so intense that it can disrupt sleep.
Women often awaken finding herself drenched in sweat. Night
sweats can last
for a few seconds up to a few minutes.
Although most women will
experience both hot flashes and night sweats, there are certain changes
you can make to minimize these menopause symptoms.
Things you should avoid in
order to prevent or minimize hot flashes and night sweats include;
- Spicy Foods
- Tight Clothing
Some of these things are not always avoidable, such as stress and the
reducing your intake of the other items can help reduce the occurrence
of these menopause symptoms.
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