As a woman’s hormones change near and during menopause, uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes arise. At Antheia Gynecology, with offices in East Windsor and Freehold, New Jersey, the all-female team of board-certified OB/GYNs can help ease hot flashes and other unpleasant menopause symptoms with conservative methods and medical treatments. If you’re approaching your “change of life,” call the nearest location of Antheia Gynecology or book an appointment online today.
If you have a sudden feeling of warmth that seems to affect your face, chest, and neck the most, you’re having a hot flash.
You may also experience a reddening of your skin, as if you’re embarrassed, and sometimes sweat. After a hot flash, it’s normal to feel a bit chilled because you lost too much body heat.
Hot flashes most commonly occur with menopause and are due to the dramatic hormone fluctuations that happen with your change in fertility.
Not every woman experiences hot flashes as part of their menopause transition. But, the period when they may occur generally begins in the years prior to menopause – known as perimenopause.
Usually, you start to notice symptoms such as hot flashes in your 40s, but they can start in your 30s, and last anywhere from a few months to 10 years.
Hot flashes are one sign that you’re transitioning toward and through menopause. Other symptoms include:
You may also experience mild urinary incontinence. If it’s suspected you’re moving through menopause, the team at Antheia Gynecology can order a blood test to confirm your hormone changes.
Hot flashes are normal but can be extremely disruptive to your life’s schedule and quality. Lifestyle strategies, such as wearing layers of clothing so you can feel cooler and positioning yourself near a fan or open window, can help alleviate the distress of hot flashes.
Sometimes dietary changes can also help ease the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.
Because hot flashes are due to changing hormone levels, your OB/GYN can offer hormone replacement therapy to bring you back into balance. By addressing hormone irregularities, they can help lessen your symptoms or make them disappear altogether.
Hormone therapy isn’t right for every woman, however, so discuss your options during a visit to Antheia Gynecology.
If you’re bothered by hot flashes, you have alternatives to just sitting them out. Call Antheia Gynecology or schedule an appointment using the online tool to find out your treatment options.