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The impending hot flash alone is not all that women face with the onset of menopause . Menopause night sweats are well-known to women to make for many sleepless nights. To combat this inevitable hormonal phenomenon, you need to understand it well first.
We awake in the night dank and damp with our hearts racing and our pajamas and bedsheets drenched in perspiration. This isn’t just a matter of sleeping in an overheated environment or wearing pajamas too thick for the temperature; it is a matter of an irrationally abrupt and severe change in body temperature causing you to perspire profusely.
What Causes Menopause Night Sweats?
Night sweats , or hot flashes which you experience while sleeping or trying to get to sleep, are the most frequent symptom of menopause. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of help on the market today for those sometimes debilitating symptoms. Read on to find out just what options are available and get the information you need to decide which treatments are best for you. Don’t wait one more minute to start getting the relief and improved sleep you deserve!
How Can We Get Relief?
Hot flashes, just like the women who experience them, come in all forms. Some women feel it as a flush that starts slowly and builds, sometimes accompanied by a red, warm face as well as a flushed upper body and even arms. Some women have profuse sweating, others have very little. For some women, the episodes end as quickly as they begin, and they almost don’t know they’ve had it until it is over. Lucky them!
Some studies have shown that up to 2/3 of women during perimenopause, and almost all women who enter menopause prematurely because of illness or surgery, will experience night sweats. While black women seem to have greater problems with these than white women, other minorities seem to have less complaints, with Asian women reporting the least amount of problems. Younger women also seem to have a higher incidence than older women.
Menopause night sweats can be frustrating. According to surveys conducted by medical researchers, some women experience them for several years before the onset of menopause and about 50% will experience them during or after menopause. Doctors can perform tests to determine if menopause is causing a woman’s symptoms, but often it is diagnosed according to a woman’s symptoms.
There are several terms that doctors and researchers use to describe the years leading up to and following menopause. A woman is considered to be pre-menopausal if her periods are still regular; peri-menopausal if some periods have been missed or are becoming irregular; and post-menopausal when she has not had a period for more than one full year. There is no way to predict beforehand when the onset of menopause will begin. The average age for menopause or the year when 12 sequential periods are missed, is 51. Women who smoke typically experience menopause two years earlier than the average. Certain medical conditions and treatments may lead to an even earlier menopause.