Hot flashes are the most common symptom of perimenopause and also one of the most frustrating and hard to cope with.
Perimenopause is the transitional period leading up to actual menopause. It’s during this period of time that the majority of symptoms related to ‘The Change’ actually occur, and in many cases women simply refer to perimenopause as menopause since they’re closely linked. This process involves the reduction* of hormones in the body. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone govern a wide range of different functions in the body and when their levels are thrown out of balance, numerous symptoms may occur.
Of all the different symptoms that can confront women going through perimenopause, hot flashes are the most common. Making them even worse is that they often bring with them high levels of anxiety and could even trigger panic attacks. Understanding more about this side effect of menopause is important, especially if you’re beginning to suffer from it.
- Hot flashes are a sensation of heat that overtakes the entire body. It is often described as feeling like a sunburn inside your body, standing in front of a heater that is going at full strength, and in severe cases like being ‘cooked alive’.
- They can occur without warning and last for various lengths of time, sometimes just a few seconds and sometimes for as long as ten minutes or more
- Night sweats are another form of hot flashes that occur at night and can cause sleeplessness. This is incredibly frustrating since it can impede one’s ability to get the kind of rest that they need to stay healthy.
- Hot flashes are by far the most common side effect of perimenopause. Around 85 percent of women going through early stage of menopause will experience them as a symptom, and roughly 100 percent of women who go through induced or early perimenopause will experience them.
Obviously, this is a problem that many women will experience. And as mentioned above, it’s made even worse when one considers the high level of anxiety that can often accompany a hot flash. Serious hot flashes are more than just waves of heat. In some instances they also happen with difficulty breathing, a sensation that one is being restricted or confined, and more. They can be outright terrifying and in many instances of severe hot flashes the anxiety breaks into a panic attack.
Women who are experiencing hot flashes and anxiety during menopause need to carefully determine which options for controlling it exist and will work for them. Things like herbal remedies, natural supplements, and even wearing loose fitting clothing and avoiding trigger foods like spicy dishes are all things that can reduce* the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Coping with menopause and perimenopause can be difficult, and hot flashes are among the most irritating things one will have to deal with. But they can be managed with the right techniques, and it’s possible to reduce* their intensity and get the upper hand on anxiety and hot flashes instead of letting them get the better of you.