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Hot Flash Symptoms Vary from Woman to Woman

Are you wondering if you have hot flash symptoms?  Many women wonder what a hot flash feels like.  Hot flash symptoms not only vary from woman to woman, but they may vary within each woman.  Symptoms of a hot flash vary in how often they occur, how intense they are, and how long they last.  

I've had hot flashes that came every hour.  I'm currently having about 5 or 6 a day.

I have experienced them at a level so intense that all I could think of was finding the biggest fire hose around and having it filled with ice water to flood my head and body with as fast as possible.  I've also had them be so mild that I wasn't thinking “hot flash” when it happened.  It was just, all of a sudden, gee, I'm feeling a little warm.”  Is it warm in here or is it a hot flash?  The more intense the flashes are, the more likely you will feel chilled before and/or after the heat.

A hot flash can last a few seconds or a few minutes, even up to 30 minutes.

For most women, these symptoms will last from a few months to a couple of years.  Some women will have hot flashes for five years or longer.

And if you have hot flashes during your sleep, they are not called hot flashes, they're called night sweats.  If you're in the UK or Australia, they are not flashes, but flushes.

Hot flashes can come and go throughout perimenopause and menopause.  I didn't start having hot flashes until I'd had pre menopause symptoms for 4 or 5 years.  They were extremely intense at first, then disappeared for about 6 months, then came back, disappeared again later for a couple of months, and now they're back again.

A lot of descriptions of hot flashes talk about them starting in the middle and flowing up your body. I have never experienced a flash this way.  I usually feel warm around my chest, shoulders and neck first, then all over, including my legs and my face.  Descriptions of symptoms are often not all that descriptive of what actually happens, so if you don't feel exactly how the description sounds, don't sweat it.  I've even seen articles written by men describing hot flashes.  If they haven't had them, how can they describe them?

If you're hot, your heart is pounding, you're waking up in the middle of the night having to go to the bathroom, you're chilled, you're sweating more than normal...any of these could be hot flash symptoms.  

For information on reducing or eliminating hot flashes, see hot flash remedy

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