by Emily McBride
(last updated November 5, 2011)
It's inevitable—every woman will age and go through menopause. During menopause, your reproductive system makes some drastic changes, which understandably may cause some discomfort and many different symptoms. Many women experience the discomfort of hot flashes, which is probably the most well-known symptom of menopause. What happens is that your fluctuating hormone levels mess up the part of your body that controls your temperature. The result—you feel like you are burning up, even though you really aren't. You may feel like you're trapped in an oven, even if you have your air conditioning on full blast. Although hot flashes are uncomfortable, you should still be able to go on with your day and be able to sleep at night.
If you are still experiencing severe hot flashes after following these tips, go to the doctor. There are a few different medicines that your doctor may be able to prescribe to help you be more comfortable. Make sure you research the different medications though, because some have shown studies of doing more harm than good.
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