Hot Flash Remedies

{flickr|100|campaign} If you are feeling a rush of heat particularly in your neck and face area you are probably having a hot flash. Many times people think they have a fever when this happens. It is also usually accompanied by excessive sweating. You can tell that this is a hot flash or night sweat because it only lasts a few minutes or even seconds but it keeps coming back.

We soon discovered that there is no equivalent word in Fijian for “menopause”. In Fiji, when a women lives long enough to stop menstruating, she simply goes to the doctor to make sure she is not pregnant. Once she is assured this is not the case, she is happy and carefree.

Starting at the beginning of perimenopause, hot flashes often occur just before and during the menstrual cycle. When they occur at the end of the cycle it means that estrogen levels are low, but not low enough to cause cessation of the monthly cycle. As time passes and ovarian hormones continue to drop they generally increase in frequency and intensity, occurring throughout the month.

The pharmaceutical Industry has previously tried to hide the fact that the major side-effects of estrogen-progestin based Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) included breast cancer, heart attack, stroke and blood clots.

This dip in estrogen and subsequent increase of other hormones in the body causes several shifts that result in body changes which unfortunately involved discomfort and many times emotionally trying times. A big part of this landmark shift is something that has been medically and popularly coined as “hot flashes”. Hot flashes are pretty much exactly what they sound like.

Some practitioners stick with the notion that it is something like a withdrawal symptom, caused by decreased estrogen levels. Others will tell you, as I did in the first paragraph, that the cause of hot flushes is unknown. If you back up and take a look at all of the people who experience them, instead of looking only at menopausal women, you may get a better idea of the cause of hot flashes.

The symptoms of menopause will continue to come and go for about 5 years. Some women continue to have hot flashes in their post-menopausal years.

Welcome to the world of Perimenopause, and Menapause. What are these hormone changes that are changing my body? Some women are experiencing symptoms such as night sweats, mood swings, hot flashes, and in between where you can’t decide if you’re too hot or too cold.

Other minor hot flash remedies include avoiding caffeine because it triggers hot flashes. I also suggest having extra bedding available during the night in case you experience flashes. I would also apply antiperspirant between your breasts during the day to reduce some of the sweating.

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