Menopause is a normal change in your body, and for most women the best part of it all is that your period stops. You will have reached menopause when you have not had a period for 12 consecutive months for no other reason. Your mother might have referred to this as “the change of life.” For women, no more periods is a huge change to their lives.
Prior to menopause, your body will slowly makes less and less estrogen and progesterone, usually somewhere between 45 and 55 years old. These hormonal changes are generally accompanied by unfamiliar symptoms as your body is making this transition.
You may wonder if these symptomatic changes are normal, and find yourself at a loss for how to treat them. For a lot of women the most annoying, and initially bizarre, menopause symptom is what is affectionately known as the “hot flashes.”
Hot flashes occur when changes in hormone levels interfere with the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. This event is self described as a sensation that comes over your entire body followed by an insatiable internal heat with a reward of profuse sweating. Sometimes these hot flash occurrences may be accompanied by the feeling of nausea.
So what is a girl to do? The answer to this all depends on the girl. For us lucky ones we plow through this life change in record breaking time, a year or two of internal furnace discomfort of hot flashes. For others, a decade may pass with no sign of body temperature regulation in sight.
A visit to your health care provider may reveal a couple of options for menopause caused hot flash relief you might take a notion to try. Researchers are working diligently on discovering ways to provide comfort to those who suffer in the “hot flash” abyss. Presently lifestyle and environmental changes, alternative”natural” therapy, hormone therapy and new usage findings for some old drugs are some of the options woman are reporting give helpful relief.
If you are just entering into the “hot flash” abyss, or can’t seem to get out, lifestyle and environmental changes is a great place to start. Convinced that it worked for me, perhaps it will work for you. Nothing to lose and everything to gain with a healthier lifestyle.