While menopause creates many troublesome symptoms, none are quite as annoying as hot flashes. I've heard many women describe them as "power surges" or "your own personal summer".
Whatever you choose to call them, they can be extremely uncomfortable and often humiliating.
As a natural physician, many of my patients in perimenopause or menopause are seeking more natural solutions for relief.
I offer many holistic remedies including supplements, essential oils, and even apple cider vinegar. First, let's answer some questions you may have about hot flashes.
What Causes Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes and night sweats are a normal part of menopause. In fact, over 85% of women experience them and some as often as every hour. The research shows that they can last 6 months and even as long as 2 years.
The decrease of estrogen as women approach peri-menopause and menopause is one of the primary reasons for the heat surges and seems to create the most side effects with altered sleep patterns, irregular body temperature, and changing sex hormones.
If you are reading this article, you are probably experiencing hot flashes. You may be questioning if you are currently in menopause, perimenopause or having heat surges for another reason.
How Do I Know If I Am In Menopause?
Below is a list of the most common symptoms associated with menopause. How many of the symptoms below are you experiencing?
Common Symptoms of Menopause
Poor memory and forgetfulness
Light or irregular menstrual cycle
Painful intercourse due to vaginal dryness
Thin facial wrinkles around eyes or lips <