Hot flashes, sweats, and chills often go hand-in-hand. Upsetting and annoying, such menopause symptoms can become a real burden to women, greatly impacting their day-to-day life. Read on to learn more about hot flashes, sweats, and chills and how to treat their symptoms accordingly.
What Are Hot Flashes, Sweats, and Chills?
During menopause, up to 80 percent of women complain about hot flashes, one of the main vasomotor symptoms of the menopausal transition.1
Hot flashes are feelings of intense heat in the upper part of the body, accompanied by an increased heart rate and flushing of the chest, neck, and face as well as profuse sweating. Hot flashes are often followed by chills and cold sensations.
Episodes of hot flashes with their accompanying sweats and chills vary in length and intensity, but most women report them lasting up to five minutes.
Furthermore, hot flashes, sweats, and chills can occur at any time. When happening at night, or nocturnal hot flashes, they are known as night sweats.
What Causes Hot Flashes, Sweats, and Chills?
The exact cause of hot flashes has yet to be determined.
Nevertheless, it is widely understood that decreased levels of estrogen cause a hormonal imbalance, which, in turn, affects the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates temperature.
When the hypothalamus mistakenly believes the body is too hot, blood vessels near the skin expand so that heat can be released and the body cooled down. As a result, women experience hot flashes.
When Will They Stop?
Just as each woman's experience is unique, so are her menopause symptoms and their length.
It was commonly believed that hot flashes discontinue soon after menopause, but that is not always the case. Unfortunately, for some women, hot flashes can persist around ten years or longer.
Luckily, there is an effective way to manage hot flashes, aside from just identifying and avoiding their triggers, and it's called alternative medicine.
Alternative medicine works by targeting the hormonal imbalance and can help prevent hot flashes from reoccurring. When combined with a healthy lifestyle, it is one of the most effective methods of treating hot flashes.
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- Harvard Health Publishing. (2015). Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats can last for years. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/menopause-related-hot-flashes-night-sweats-can-last-years-201502237745
- Mayo Clinic. (2018). Hot flashes: Symptoms & causes. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/symptoms-causes/syc-20352790
- MGH Center for Women's Mental Health. (2015). The Immense Burden of Menopausal Symptoms. Retrieved November 6, 2019, from https://womensmentalhealth.org/posts/the-immense-burden-of-menopausal-symptoms/