It’s been two years; two years of experiencing a sudden feeling of heat and night sweats. My hot flashes are constant and are most likely caused by my approaching menopause. When a hot flash starts to prickle my skin and my face starts to get a reddish color, all I want to do is find a fan or open the freezer door and make the intense heat go away.

Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes

It is said that 8 in 10 women get hot flashes. While some of them only experience the symptoms for a short period of time, others may have hot flashes for 10 years or more. The exact cause of them is still unknown but its occurrence has been linked to changes in circulation.

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My hot flashes are inevitable, and they come and go throughout the day but there are ways to reduce their intensity and frequency. I’ve committed to several lifestyle changes such as reducing my daily caffeine intake and exercising regularly.

Additionally, I now keep icy water on my nightstand at all times, have changed most of my wardrobe to looser-fitted cotton clothes and practice deep breathing and meditation to keep my stress levels under control.

Hot Flash Triggers and ways to alleviate symptoms

Experiencing a hot flash episode makes me feel uncomfortable in my own skin and I’ve decided to join a research study to learn more about the condition and have access to possible new treatment options. Clinical research sites like Women’s Healthcare Research are committed to understanding medical conditions that affect women’s health. Those that qualify for one of their research studies receive study-related care and medication at no cost and help further medical research for current and future generations. Additionally, compensation may be available for those that qualify. To learn more about research studies, click the button below.