Hot Flashes

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I re­mem­ber the un­cer­tain win­ter of my en­trance into per­i­menopause so well. It be­gan in my late 40s, with hot flashes

that came on like heat waves ev­ery half hour. In the dead of win­ter, I found my­self fling­ing open win­dows to let in

the freez­ing air; I soon found out that hav­ing hot flashes in win­ter was noth­ing like hav­ing them in sum­mer, when the added heat and hu­mid­ity made them

feel more like mini-melt­downs. Per­i­menopause is a hor­mon­ally chal­lenged tran­si­tion dur­ing which the ovaries grad­u­ally be­gin to make less es­tro­gen; it lasts up un­til menopause, when the ovaries stop re­leas­ing eggs al­to­gether. For some, per­i­menopause spans just a few months, but for oth­ers, it can last as long as 10 years. Re­gard­less of its length of time, no one likes be­ing plagued by hot flashes, night sweats, or other com­mon symp­toms such as foggy think­ing, fa­tigue, and mood swings.

Dur­ing this tran­si­tion, it’s im­por­tant to re­al­ize that the ex­tent to which we suf­fer from per­sis­tent symp­toms has much do with the ex­tent to which our hor­mones are out of bal­ance.

To help you pic­ture that in your mind, imag­ine sev­eral syn­chro­nized swim­mers all point­ing their toes in per­fect petal for­ma­tion at the ex­act mo­ment. Sud­denly, one swims off in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion (let’s call her pro­ges­terone), another dives to the bot­tom of the pool (call her testos­terone), and a few more splash up and down (di­ur­nal cor­ti­sols) while the last of the swim­mers (call her es­tro­gen) starts mak­ing waves that dis­rupt the whole rou­tine.

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