The single most common symptom of Menopause: Hot Flashes!
It is understandable that you probably just want to find the best treatment for your symptoms right away. We understand that you are probably as miserable as we were and care only about making your hot flashes stop.
But it is also important to understand a little bit more about what is going in on your body. This will help you to make sure that your symptoms are really menopause related. It will also help you with selecting the best treatment.
This article gives you all this information about menopause hot flashes:
Keep in mind that not every treatment will work equally for every woman. There is probably some trial and error involved. If you just want to find out about your treatment options, follow this link.
Please be aware that hot flashes and night sweats can be symptoms of other illnesses.
So please see your health care provider if you have any concerns about your symptoms.
Feelings of intense heat, sometimes all over the body, sometimes just in the upper body or the face are the hallmark of hot flash symptoms. At the end of an attack, which can last from under a minute to half an hour, women can feel cold and get chills all over.
Each woman experiences her own kind of "power surges" in menopause:
The frequency and intensity of hot flashes increase over the course of perimenopause and are at their worst for the first 2 - 3 years of the postmenopausal period.Only about 25% of postmenopausal women still have symptoms 5 years after they stop having a period.
Many women are concerned by the intensity of their hotflash attacks. Because the symptoms are often more than just feelings of heat, they want to know if this is "normal" (as if something like this could be considered such).
If you have any questions about your menopause hot flashes symptoms follow this link.
The causes of menopause hot flashes and night sweats are complicated. A hot flash is a vasomotor symptom. Originally, it was thought that the drop in estrogen was the culprit, hence the prescription of estrogen hormones as a treatment.
Now we know that the mechanisms are much more complicated and that the temperature regulation in the brain is affected.
The sensory system is sending a wrong signal to the brain that the body is getting overheated. This triggers the normal reaction to cool the core body temperature down. The result is a hotflash.
Other conditions can lead to hot flashes and night sweats (such as infections, autoimmune disorders etc.) and men can get them as well (usually because of a sudden drop in testosterone).
Science has come a long way to explain the mechanics of the symptoms but there are still a lot of unanswered questions. If you want to understand more about "What Causes Hot Flashes?" follow this link.
Now that you understand what causes hot flashes, you are probably eager to find out what to do about them. You probably also understand why a cure for hot flashes is so complicated. After all we are dealing with brain functions, neurotransmitters, hormones and genetics all at the same time.
But there ARE several effective treatments to help your symptoms:
Which treatment will work for your symptoms depends on numerous factors like:
It is always a good idea to start with the least invasive and most natural choice such as simple lifestyle changes or herbal remedies. Only if these don't work, go for the heavy guns such as hormone treatments or prescription drugs.
Hotflash treatments are not an "all or nothing" approach. You may find that some natural treatments can alleviate your symptoms in a way to make them bearable.
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