flashes, also known as hot flushes, are the most typical symptom
of perimenopause and menopause. Nearly all women experience hot
flashes at some time during the process. Hot flashes are characterized
the momentary feeling of heat, a flushed face and sweating. This
experience is caused by expanding blood vessels, letting more blood
flow through the skin. This is triggered by variations in your
hormones. The hot flash can last anywhere between a few seconds
minutes—sometimes they will last even longer. The frequency
varies—some women experience hot flashes once and hour, while
some women never experience hot flashes at all. After the hot flash
subsides, you may feel chilled and clammy if you have sweated.
Hot flashes can cause night sweats, the experience of waking in
of the night soaked with sweat, and with chills. Night sweats are
a significant factor in sleeplessness and disrupted sleep patterns
that characterize menopause.
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