Hot flashes are a very common symptom of perimenopause and menopause. It often feels like a sudden flare of heat running through your body, combined with extensive sweating and flushed skin.
One of the biggest menopause symptoms are hot flashes. A major hot flash can induce upper body flushing. Your skin gets hot and red, and it is accompanied by sweating. A hot flash tends to come on rapidly and can last from 1 to 5 minutes.
About 75% of women in the United States will experience hot flashes and chills after the hot flash. So these are really, really common, but they’re going to be more common as you’re a lot closer to menopause, and may even stick around for up to five to seven years in post menopause.
There are even cases where women experienced them for the rest of post menopause! However, you may decide you don’t need to make lifestyle changes or investigate treatment options because your symptoms are mild. But, if you are bothered by constant hot flashes, there are steps you can take. Make sure to take note of what triggers your hot flashes and how much they bother you. This can help you make decisions about managing your symptoms through perimenopause and menopause!