MENOPAUSE: It is the natural biological processThat marks the end of your Menstrual CYCLE.It is Diagnosed after you have gone 12 Months without a Menstrual Period.Menopause can happen in your 40's and 50's,But the Average is 51 years in United States
What Does a Hot Flash Feel Like
What is a Hot Flash?
It is the main Symptom of Menopause.A Hot Flash is an intense feeling of heat that comes on suddenly and isn’t caused by Hot Weather. When it happens,your Face,Neck,And Chest turn red and warm, and you’ll Break out in a Sweat.
Hot Flashes are most likely to happen when you're in Menopause But other medical conditions can cause them too.When Hot Flashes Wake you up from Sleep,they're called Night Sweats.Here’s what you need to know.
What does a hot flash feel like?
Up to 80 percent of women in menopause get hot flashes.Yet every person experiences them a little differently.
In general during a Hot Flash,a feeling of warmth suddenly floods your Face and Upper Body.Your Face and Neck may turn Red like your skin is Flushed or you're Blushing. Red blotches may also appear on your skin.
Other symptoms of a hot flash can include:
1. 1.A Fast or Uneven Heartbeat
2. 2.Heavy Sweating
5. 5.A feeling like blood is rushing through your body
After the hot flash passes and the sweat evaporates from your body, you’ll feel chilled and may start to shiver.
A hot flash that hits at Night — called a Night Sweat — can wake you up from a sound
What happens in your body during a hot flash?
Menopause is the main cause of hot flashes. During this transition,levels of the hormone Estrogen Fall.This drop in Estrogen throws off your body’s “thermostat” — a gland called the Hypothalamus at the base of your brain that regulates your Internal Temperature.
Lower Estrogen levels send a signal to the hypothalamus that you’re too Hot. In response, your brain sends a message to your body to cool you off — just as it would do if you were outside on a Hot Day:
Blood Vessels near the surface of your Skin Widen(Dilate) to Release Heat.This creates the Red Flush you see on your Skin.
Your heart pumps faster.
Your sweat glands open up. The Sweat Evaporates Off your Skin to Cool down your body.
All of these actions produce the rush of heat that you feel during a Hot Flash.Your Body Temperature can also Rise several degrees during a Hot Flash.This rush of heat can make you feel very uncomfortable.
Certain things you do can even Set Off or
Worsen Hot Flashes Including:
1. 1.Drinking Strong Coffee or Tea
2. 2.Eating Spicy Foods
3. 3.Feeling Stressed or Anxious
4. 4.Being Outside on a Hot Day
5. 5.Running a Fever
6. 6.Dressing too Warmly
Some people who have their Ovaries Surgically removed go into Premature "Surgical Menopause".They can also develop Hot Flashes.
Other causes of Hot flashes aren’t due to the same Low Estrogen Levels that cause them during Menopause.Chemotherapy or Hormone Treatment for Cancer can also Tigger Hot Flashes,as can Alcohol and Certain Medications.
A few Diseases have also been linked to Hot Flashes Including:
- Overactive thyroid gland(Hyperthyroidism)
- Some Neurological Conditions
- Some types of Cancer
How long does it last?
The average hot flash lasts from 30 Seconds to 10 Minutes. Everyone gets them with a different Frequency and Intensity. In most people experiencing it during Menopause, Hot Flashes last between 6 Months and 2 years. Often this symptom will stop once you’ve completed the Menopause Transition.
Up to Half of Women Report Continued Hot Flashes for a Few Years after Menopause.Some keep getting them for 10 years or more — well into their 70s or 80s. Things like your Genes and Hormone levels will Dictate when this Symptom Stops.
How frequently do hot flashes happen?
Hot flashes can arrive Intermittently or Frequently.Some people get them several times an Hour. Others get a few hot flashes a Day.Still Others only have
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