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(Vasomotor Symptoms of Menopause)
Hot flashes or vasomotor symptoms (VMS) are experienced by 80% of those going through menopause. Over 50% of people with VMS in the US remain untreated. For some, symptoms may be transitory but for others, hot flashes can last over 10 years and well beyond the perimenopause and early menopause period.
A hot flash is a sudden and intense sensation of heat in your face, neck and chest, and may be accompanied by sweating, reddening of the skin, chills, and a rapid heartbeat. They can cause panic or anxiety for some people. Night sweats are hot flashes that happen while you are sleeping and can affect the quality of your sleep. There is evidence that hot flashes, especially if severe and frequent, are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases like osteoporosis.
For this reason, our menopause specialists take hot flashes seriously. We want to discuss your symptoms and their impact on your everyday life as well as possible effects on your long-term health. We provide extensive counseling around non-hormonal and hormonal treatments, as well as lifestyle modifications to help you live your best life moving forward.