“Each woman experiences hot flushes differently. Some can have hot flushes that are mild and quick, while others can have one a day or more than 20 a day”.1

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What may the Hot Flushes Differences Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hot Flashes/Flushes Cultural Differences
  • Hot Flashes/Flushes Differences
  • Hot Flashes/Flushes Individual Differences

Different Differences

Do all women have hot flushes?

In Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life – Hot Flushes/Night Sweats the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

“About 60% of women experience mild to moderate hot flushes and night sweats, while 20% are severely affected, and the other 20% not at all”.2

Cultural Differences

What are some hot flushes cultural differences?

In Hot Flashes – Symptoms & Causes: Risk Factors the (United States) Mayo Clinic note:

  • “Race. More black women report having hot flashes during menopause than do women of other races. Hot flashes are reported least frequently in Asian women”.3

Individual Differences

What are some hot flushes individual differences?

The JH explain:

“Each woman experiences hot flushes differently. Some can have hot flushes that are mild and quick, while others can have one a day or more than 20 a day”.4

PatternHot Flushes Differences

Do hot flushes follow a pattern?

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note:

“Menopause-related hot flashes typically follow a consistent pattern unique to each woman”.5

Description

How may hot flushes be described?

DotS the description of hot flushes may vary. In Hot Flushes: Menopause the (United Kingdom) NHS’s (National Health Service) description is:

“They’re often described as a sudden feeling of heat that seems to come from nowhere and spreads throughout the body.

You might also experience sweating, palpitations and flushing of the face”.6

In Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes & Night Sweats the JH’s description is:

“Hot flushes generally start in the chest area and spread to the upper chest, then the neck and to the face, but can spread over the whole body. They have been described as a burning, overheating sensation with reddening of the skin and different degrees of sweating”.7

In What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes the (United States) National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) description is:

“A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow”.8

Women’s Description

How may women describe hot flushes?

The NHS explain:

“Women often describe a hot flush as a creeping feeling of intense warmth that quickly spreads across your whole body and face”.9

Heart Palpitations

What are heart palpitations?

DotS the definition of heart palpitations may vary. In Heart Palpitations the (United States) MedlinePlus’ definition is:

“Palpitations are feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing. They can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck.

You may:

  • Have an unpleasant awareness of your own heartbeat
  • Feel like your heart skipped or stopped beats

The heart’s rhythm may be normal or abnormal when you have palpitations”.10

Average Duration

How long does an ‘average’ hot flush last?

In What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes the NIA note:

“Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds and 10 minutes”.11

Frequency

How frequently do hot flushes occur?

In What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes the NIA also note:

“They can happen several times an hour, a few times a day, or just once or twice a week”.12

Frequency Pattern

Can the frequency of hot flushes change?

According to the NAMS:

“Their frequency usually increases during perimenopause, peaks during the first 2 years of postmenopause, and then declines over time”.13

Severity

Can the severity of hot flushes vary?

In Who Gets Hot Flashes and When? the (United States) Breastcancer.org explain:

Hot Flushes Differences

“Seventy-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes of some kind as they approach menopause and for the first year or two after their periods stop. Between 20-50% of women continue to have them for many more years. Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10-15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention”.14

Is there an association between hot flashes and the faster you transition from regular periods to no periods?

In Menopause Symptoms: Hot Flashes Breastcancer.org also note:

“Every woman’s experience is a little bit different. However, the faster you transition from regular periods to no periods, the more significant your hot flashes may be”.15

Can the severity of hot flushes change?

Breastcancer.org note:

“As time goes on, the intensity usually decreases”.16

Stop

When do hot flushes stop?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? the NAMS explain:

“A. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, although some reports suggest that they last considerably longer—as long as 10 years, depending on when they began. For a small proportion of women, they may never go away. It is not uncommon for women to experience a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause, even into their 70s or beyond. There is no reliable way of predicting when they will start—or stop”.17

In Hot Flashes: What Can I Do? the NIA note:

“Research has found that African American and Hispanic women get hot flashes for more years than white and Asian women”.18

Health Care Provider

What if I need help with my hot flushes?

If you need help with your hot flushes, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The Mayo Clinic explain:

“If hot flashes affect your daily activities or nighttime sleep, consider seeing your doctor to discuss treatment options”.19

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  2. Managing Menopause: Don’t Let Symptoms of Menopause Reduce Your Quality of Life: Hot Flushes/Night Sweats. 02 October 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/news/managing-menopause-dont-let-symptoms-of-menopause-reduce-your-quality-of-life Assessed: 25 September 2020
  3. Hot Flashes: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors. 24 April 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/symptoms-causes/syc-20352790 Accessed: 25 September 2020
  4. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes & Night Sweats. Last Updated: 04 March 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms/ Accessed: 25 September 2020
  5. Hot Flashes. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/hot-flashes Accessed: 25 September 2020
  6. Hot Flushes: Menopause. Page Last Reviewed: 29 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/hot-flushes/ Accessed: 25 September 2020
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  9. Hot Flushes: Menopause – What Does A Hot Flush Feel Like? Page Last Reviewed: 29 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/menopause/hot-flushes/#what-does-a-hot-flush-feel-like Accessed: 25 September 2020
  10. Heart Palpitations. Updated Date: 12 May 2018. Page Last Updated: 16 September 2020. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003081.htm Accessed: 25 September 2020
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  16. Who Gets Hot Flashes and When? Last Modified on 29 March 2016. Breastcancer.org https://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/treat/hot-flashes/who Accessed: 25 September 2020
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