Hot flashes are generally a symptom of menopause that women experience before and after their final menstrual period.
However, lowering of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone levels in the blood in the 5-10 years leading into menopause can lead to hot flashes.
About 20% of women will report hot flashes in their early 40s. By late 40s that number rises to 40% of the women. During menopause about 98% of women experience some sort of hot flashes. So it’s very ‘normal’.
In the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation there is a peak in hot flashes reported in July and January offers the fewest symptoms.
Worsening sleep and night sweats follow that same seasonal pattern, being worse in the summer.
So schedule consultations before and after these peak seasons, we can discuss optimizing your hormone levels to be ready to take on the seasonal challenges!