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Hot Flashes

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

Hot flashes begin with a sudden sensation of warmth and flushing in the chest and face.
Feelings of warmth and flushing rapidly generalize throughout the body.
Hot flashes may also include heart palpitations and profuse sweating.
Frequently hot flash episodes are followed by chills.
  1. The North American Menopause Society. The Menopause Guidebook, Seventh Edition. 2012. pp. 9-10.
  2. Diseases and Conditions: Hot flashes. Available at: Accessed July 20, 2015.
  3. Deecher. Arch Womens Men health. 2007 10:247 – 257; UpToDate; ClearView Analysis.