What Are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes, or hot flushes, are the most common of all menopause symptoms. In fact, during perimenopause, more than 75% of women in North America experience hot flashes.1 Hot flashes can cause flushing in the face and neck, an uncomfortable feeling of warmth, sweating and chills, and even increased heart rate.2
According to the Mayo Clinic, women might experience as few as one or two hot flashes a day, or as many as one an hour. They are common at night, and each one usually lasts only a few minutes.3
The Hot Flash Experience
- The North American Menopause Society. The Menopause Guidebook, Seventh Edition. 2012. pp. 9-10.
- Diseases and Conditions: Hot flashes. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/basics/definition/con-20034883. Accessed July 20, 2015.
- Deecher. Arch Womens Men health. 2007 10:247 – 257; UpToDate; ClearView Analysis.