- Take the Menopause Quiz
- Menopause and Perimenopause Slideshow
- Osteoporosis Slideshow Pictures
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Describe Your Experience
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Treatments
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Causes
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Feel Like and Symptoms
- Patient Comments: Hot Flashes - Natural and Home Remedies
- Find a local Endocrinologist in your town
- Hot flash definition and facts
- What are hot flashes?
- How long do hot flashes last?
- What causes hot flashes?
- What do hot flashes feel like (symptoms)?
- How is the cause of hot flashes diagnosed?
- What are the treatments and remedies for hot flashes?
- Hormone therapy for hot flashes
- Bioidentical hormone therapy for hot flashes
- Other prescription drug treatments for hot flashes
- What natural and home remedies treat hot flashes?
- 1. Phytoestrogens for menopause symptoms
- 2. Black cohosh for hot flashes
- 3. Other vitamins and herbs for hot flashes
- Which specialties of doctors treat hot flashes?
- Can hot flashes be prevented?
Quick GuideMenopause & Perimenopause: Symptoms, Signs
What do hot flashes feel like (symptoms)?
- Hot flashes are typically brief, lasting from about 30 seconds to a few minutes.
- Redness of the skin, known as flushing, may accompany hot flashes.
- Excessive perspiration (sweating) can also occur; when hot flashes occur during sleep they may be accompanied by night sweats.
- Feelings of anxiety may accompany hot flashes.
- Occasionally, palpitations (feelings of a racing heart beat) may occur during hot flashes.
The timing of the onset of hot flashes in women approaching menopause is variable.
- While not all women will experience hot flashes, many normally menstruating women will begin experiencing hot flashes even several years prior to the cessation of menstrual periods.
- It is impossible to predict if a woman will experience hot flashes, and if she does, when they will begin.
- About 40% to 85% of women experience hot flashes at some point in the menopausal transition.
How is the cause of hot flashes diagnosed?
Hot flashes are a symptom, not a medical condition. Taking a thorough medical history, the health-care professional will usually be able to determine whether a woman is having hot flashes. The patient will be asked to describe the hot flashes, including how often and when they occur, and if there are other associated symptoms. A physical examination together with the medical history can help determine the cause of the hot flashes and direct further testing if necessary.
Blood tests may be performed if the diagnosis is unclear, either to measure hormone levels or to look for signs of other conditions (such as infection) that could be responsible for the hot flashes.
What are the treatments and remedies for hot flashes?
There are a variety of treatments for hot flashes such as:
- hormone therapy,
- bioidentical hormone therapy,
- other drug treatments,
- complementary and alternative treatments,
- black cohosh, and
- alternative therapies.
Some of these have not been tested by clinical studies, nor are they approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).