Hot flashes vary in intensity for different girls but they remain one of the most talked about symptoms of menopause; largely since they’re so uncomfortable. Some girls have these symptoms for a couple of short years while some are still experiencing them in their 70s. Oftentimes that is hereditary.
Hot flashes occur when the body produces less estrogen and progesterone hormones for many different reasons brought on by aging. Flashing can last from a few seconds to a couple minutes; and sometimes they’re proven to last up to an hour. Severity is dependent upon a woman’s lifestyle in addition to psychological factors.
Some girls really sweat, while some only perspire. Some women have headaches, feel dizzy, weak, tired or shed sleep, experience palpitations and have skipped or irregular heartbeats. It’s always a good idea to consult your physician. Some girls cope with flashes without taking drugs of any sort. Others who experience more intense flashes need help. Flushing and night sweats can cause interrupted sleep, insomnia, anxiety attacks, depression and anxiety, among other symptoms which may be painful in the rest of your life.
Intensity varies for different girls. Mild hot flashes generate a sense of heat for less than a minute with little if any perspiration. Moderate flashes produce more heat and a bit of perspiration and continue for two to three minutes. Severe ones create intense heat and perspiration and may last for longer amounts of time.
Spicy food, alcoholic beverages, hot beverages, white sugar (may also cause palpitations), hot weather, stress, hot tubs and saunas, tobacco, marijuana and unexpressed anger can be factors that cause hot flashes.
As can being tired or stressed because if your adrenal glands get overworked, this may leech your levels of progesterone that may be supplement with over-the-counter lotions. Flushing is also known to deplete Vitamin B, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium in our own bodies. For mild flashes a daily dose of 400 to 800 IU of Vitamin E is advised. Most women begin a daily dose of 600 to 800 IU of Vitamin E with Vitamin C and when the flashes subside reduce to 400 IU.
Vitamin E has been effective up to 60 percent of girls and it takes around 2 to six weeks for the effects to show. Vitamin E is contraindicated with certain medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, or with rheumatic heart ailments, history of hypertension, etc. and it is always a good idea to look for a physician’s opinion.
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Less than 10 percent of girls in non-western cultures, such as Japan, Mexico, and India, experience hot flashes and night sweats. This has been associated with the high soybean intake, which stimulates estrogen production. Herbs like ginseng, vitex agnus castii, licorice root, black cohosh, dong quai, blue cohosh, false unicorn and sarsaparilla are used to alleviate hot flashes.