Hot flashes are the most common (and annoying) symptoms of menopause. Often the subject of jokes, hot flashes are anything but funny to the woman who has to endure them.
Menopause is a period of time when the production of estrogen is coming to a screeching halt. The body is trying to adjust to the loss of this powerful hormone and as it does, all types of unusual reactions occur. We may feel mentally foggy, have mood swings, have trouble falling asleep, be forgetful, anxious, and experience those night sweats and hot flashes. All these symptoms and many others are related to the loss of estrogen.
The good news is: these symptoms improve very quickly for most women after giving the body the estrogen it’s missing. It’s not unusual for women to feel better within an hour or two of starting estrogen therapy.