Hot flushes can be a handful to deal with to put it VERY lightly!
If you know the feeling of hot flushes, you would not be nearly as nice in describing it.
Let’s learn a bit more about hot flushes…
An episode of hot flushes can happen in an instant. Usually when we least expect them. This can cause a shock of anxiety, which can make the episode even worse. However, when treated correctly, we can face menopausal hot flushes with confidence and keep them to a minimum. It can be difficult to say how exactly you will experience these flushes. The onset, duration, frequency, and severity of the episodes differ from one woman to the next.
What Exactly Are Hot Flushes?
Hot flushes include the sudden feeling of heat, perspiration, and often other symptoms as well. They are caused by a temporary change in the blood vessel size and shape. Some women claim to experience an “aura” or feeling of uneasiness just before they experience an episode. Flushes can be experienced at any time of the day or night. When they happen at night while you sleep, they are also referred to as night sweats.
How often do these flushes occur and how long does an episode last?
Hot flushes can last from only a few seconds, up to a few hours. These episodes can happen as little times as once every other day, all the way up to 20 times in a single day. There is usually a consistent and unique pattern of symptoms that you will experience during an episode. But remember, they may differ in combination of symptoms and severity of each symptom depending on the woman.
What are the symptoms of hot flushes?
Some of the most common symptoms include…
- The reddening of the face and neck called flushing.
- Sudden and often intense feelings of heat. This can happen in the face, neck, arms, torso, and even the entire body.
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat and pulse including heart palpitations.
- Noticeable perspiration.
- Cold chills after a flush.
- Sleep disturbances.
What causes an episode?
There are various factors that can contribute to these flushes, here some of the most common ones:
This is by far the most common cause of hot flushes. The main influential hormone is estrogen. When a woman approaches menopause, she will experience mild to severe fluctuations in her hormone levels. The most noticeable one is the decrease in estrogen. Decreased amounts of estrogen can directly affect the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for controlling body temperature, among other functions.
Lowered estrogen levels “confuse” the hypothalamus. It causes it to wrongly sense that the body is overheating. The hypothalamus then sends messages to the body to go into “cool down” mode. This leads to flushing, sweating, and the other reactions that women experience.
Estrogen withdrawal affects certain neurotransmitters and ultimately causes hot flushes. The decrease in estrogen causes the hypothalamus to signal the production of norepinephrine and serotonin.
These neurotransmitters are responsible for deciding when the heat loss mechanisms are activated within the body. When more of these chemicals are produced, heat loss mechanisms are more easily triggered by even the smallest changes in core body temperature. Thus causing flushes.
Although less common than hormonal changes certain medical conditions and medications can cause a person to experience flushes. For this reason, women for whom menopause is unlikely or women with other unexplained symptoms should consult a doctor to rule out these other potential causes.
Certain health conditions like…
- Thyroid disease
- Panic disorder
- Raloxifene (osteoporosis drug)
- Tamoxifen (breast cancer drug)
- Gonadotropin analogues (e.g., nafarelin)
How can I get rid of hot flushes?
You can start using a natural supplement like the Manna Menopause Support which treats the problems at the root cause. This is a very effective solution for the long run but also takes longer to offer full relief from menopause symptoms. If you are looking for immediate relief, get yourself the Manna Hot Flush Gel as soon as possible!
How does Manna Hot Flush Gel work?
The Manna Hot Flush Gel offers fast and effective relief from menopausal hot flushes and night sweats. It has a fast cooling effect, that relieves muscle spasms, has a calming effect, is anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, non-toxic, and non-irritant.
How do I use the Manna Hot Flush Gel?
Apply gel lightly – but do not rub it in – on the back of the neck during a hot flush or night sweat episode. Or use it preventatively, by applying it in the morning or before bedtime.
What do other women say about Manna Hot Flush Gel?
“What a relief!!! – To wake up knowing that today is just going to be another boiling, steaming, simmering hot day is no way to start the day. However, that has been my wake up for many months, fortunately not years. My hot flush experience goes much further than just a flush of seconds, mine persists from hot, to very hot to absolute hell. These days, since a little more than a month ago I can start my day knowing that all will be cool, pun very much intended. The first time I applied the Menopause Hot Flush Gel to the back of my neck I had instant relief. It was too much to believe, but it most certainly happened. The relief had a snowball effect as now I can function better, I can sleep better and subsequently my moods are much better. In short, I can enjoy life. However dramatic that might sound it is the truth. Not only does it help to soothe my mood side, but it also helps to just bring the calm I need to go to sleep.” – Tanya O’Conner
“It really really works! – When I feel a hot flush episode starting, I use some Hot Flush Gel and within 10 to 30 seconds I feel relief. I also use the Hot Flush Gel preventative – specific times when I know I would usually have a hot flush episode I use it beforehand and avoid getting one at all. For the first time in years, I am having peaceful sleep. It truly is a wonder gel!” – Freda Coetzee