July 26, 2014
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About hot flashes

Hot flashes are a sudden, strong feeling of warmth and flushing that may be accompanied by excessive sweating, anxiety, a pounding heartbeat, and other symptoms. They're linked to changing hormone levels. They can start during perimenopause and continue for years after menopause. 75% of women experience hot flashes during perimenopause and the early years after menopause.

For about 15% of women, hot flashes cause a major disruption of sleep and daily activities, leading to fatigue and irritability.

While you may feel awkward about discussing these symptoms, treatments are available, so it's worth bringing up the subject with your doctor and your partner.

There are a number of prescription products available to help you with hot flashes. These products usually contain the hormone estrogen. Read more about hormone therapy here.

Deciding on which product to use may involve a combination of factors:

  • how easy it is to use
  • how often the product is used
  • time of day it is used

Learn more about hot flash remedies:


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