Hot Flashes

35 Possible Symptoms Associated with various Stages of Menopause

If you have two or more of the following symptoms, it COULD be the onset of peri-menopause. Many of the symptoms could indicate other problems too (such as thyroid), so it would be a good idea to make note of what you are experiencing and see your healthcare professional, who can then help you determine the best course of action for you personally. And remember, some of these are normal effects of the aging process where the only treatment is acceptance and taking good care of yourself! (this is where the laughter comes in handy!) Just remember, you are not alone! Join us on the message board!


1.  Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling

What actually causes a hot flash?

The hot flash is an alteration in thermal stability, which is maintained by the hypothalamus, a brain region located above the pituitary gland on the brain's floor. The hypothalamus operates the body's temperature regulation system. Estrogen levels manipulate some functions of the hypothalamus. During menopause, as the ovaries produce less estrogen, the hypothalamus senses and responds to the lower estrogen levels by rapidly changing body temperature. The result may be a hot flash. Source: http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1997/297_meno.html  
 

Researchers believe that mixed signals from the hypothalamus, which controls body temperature and sex hormones are at the root of these temperature changes.

 
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Anatomy of a Hot Flash