• The reduction of estrogen levels in a woman's body triggers hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes come with a variety of symptoms that can vary from episode to episode. Hot flashes generally last for just a few moments, but the symptoms can be intense and interfere with daily activities.


    The warmth of a hot flash happens in the upper part of the body and the face. It can be a slight feeling of warmth that spreads slowly, or a strong heat that spreads rapidly and feels intensely hot.


    Sweats occur during a hot flash and can saturate clothing during the most intense moment of the hot flash. Some hot flashes occur at night, commonly called night sweats, and can wake a person from a deep sleep due to the intense feelings of warmth and the rapid perspiration.


    A person experiencing a hot flash will feel an increase in heart rate as the warmth of the hot flash spreads through the body.


    Chills will happen near the end of a hot flash as the body starts to cool down. Depending on the severity of the hot flash, the chills can cause shivering.

    Occasional Symptoms

    Hot flashes can also make a person feel dizzy, weak or tired. These feelings can occur separately or together during a hot flash.


    Mayo Clinic

    More Information:

    National Institute on Aging

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