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Who Is at Risk for Having Hot Flashes?

Who Is at Risk for Having Hot Flashes?1

Menopause is a time when women are susceptible to hot flashes as well as a number of other symptoms. However, hot flashes are not always the result of menopause. Women may experience hot flashes for other reasons during different stages of life. Read on to find out more.

Not Just Menopause

Contrary to popular belief, not all women who have hot flashes are menopausal. In fact, pregnant women have been known to suffer from hot flashes, especially in their last two trimesters. Also, women who are prone to hot flashes during pregnancy may continue to have them even after giving birth. Especially for new mothers who breastfeed, hot flashes can keep happening for some time. This is likely due to changes in hormone levels during and after pregnancy.

During menopause, women are susceptible to hot flashes, but this is not always true.2

Even if you are a new mother who regularly suffers from hot flashes, it's important to keep track of your body temperature. The period after giving birth is a particularly vulnerable one, and a rise in body temperature could be the first sign of a fever. If your temperature doesn't return to normal within a few minutes, you should call your doctor.

Hot Flashes during Menopause

During menopause, women are susceptible to hot flashes, but this is not always true.3

Several factors can increase a woman's risk of experiencing hot flashes. These include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Older age

Black women tend to report more hot flashes than white women in the U.S., though it is uncertain whether this is due to genetics, likelihood to report, or a combination.

In the past decade years, there has also been substantial research regarding the link between hot flashes and risk of breast cancer. Researchers found that women who have hot flashes saw their risk of getting breast cancer cut in half. This may suggest that women with lower levels of estrogen and related hormones are more susceptible to hot flashes but at the same time less vulnerable to breast cancer.

More Information

If you're experiencing uncomfortable hot flashes, there are certain triggers that you can avoid that may help you stay cool. Try cutting back on spicy foods, caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and hot showers to reduce the occurrence of hot flashes.

Click on the following link to learn more about how to handle hot flashes properly.

How to Stop Hot Flashes Symptoms

Sweating, redness, and anxiety are all part of hot flashes. Different steps can be taken in order to alleviate these hot flash symptoms.

How Long Do Hot Flashes Last?

Want to learn more about hot flashes, their causes and treatments? Read on to find out everything you need to know.

Hot Flashes After Meals

Hot flashes are upsetting symptom of menopause. The frequency, intensity, and duration of hot flashes are different for every woman.

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