What are your hot flushes like?
Hot flushes are the hallmark of menopause, with over 75% of us getting them – But not every menopausal woman does.
Some get major hot flushes that are extremely agitating, while others get minor ones that are perfectly tolerable. In general, there are actually four patterns when it comes to hot flashes, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Menopause. The breakdown goes like this: Some women are “early onset” hot flusher and begin to experience symptoms as many as 11 years before the final menstrual period. But the symptoms end around the time of their last period. Other women are “late onset” hot flusher and don’t experience their first hot flush until after their final period. Still others, considered by researchers as the “lucky few”never have a hot flush The final group, made up of the “not-so-lucky few” begin to experience hot flushes early in life, with symptoms that last long after menopause. About 1 in 4 middle-aged women fall into this category.
How long have you been having hot flushes? Are they bearable, or do you feel like you’re about to spontaneously combust?