“Everyone experiences hot flushes differently.
For example, you might have mild, quick hot flushes
every now and then, or you might have more than 20…”.1

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

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

Hot Flushes

What are hot flushes or hot flashes?

DotS the definition of hot flushes may vary. In Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health’s (JH) definition is:

“They generally start in your chest area and spread to your upper chest, neck and face. They can also spread over your whole body. The flushes may feel like a burning, overheating sensation. You may also have reddening of the skin and different degrees of sweating”.2

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

“A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck may become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow”.3

Night Sweats

What are night sweats?

DotS the definition of night sweats may vary. The JH definition is:

“When a flush happens at night, it’s called a night sweat”.4

Common or Not

How common are hot flushes?

In Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats the JH explain:

“More than 57% of women experience hot flushes and night sweats during menopause”.5

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”.5

Individual Differences

What are some hot flushes individual differences?

The JH explain:

“Everyone experiences hot flushes differently. For example, you might have mild, quick hot flushes every now and then, or you might have more than 20 a day”.6

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”.7

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”.9

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”.10

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”.11

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”.12

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”.13

Can the severity of hot flushes change?

Breastcancer.org note:

“As time goes on, the intensity usually decreases”.14

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”.15

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

“Research has shown that there can be different patterns of when women first experience hot flashes and for how long, and that African American and Hispanic women have hot flashes for more years than white and Asian women”.16

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”.17

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  1. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#hot-flushes-and-night-sweats Accessed: 10 September 2022
  2. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#hot-flushes-and-night-sweats Accessed: 10 September 2022
  3. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes. Content Reviewed: 30 September  2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-menopause Accessed: 10 September 2022
  4. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#hot-flushes-and-night-sweats Accessed: 10 September 2022
  5. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#hot-flushes-and-night-sweats Accessed: 10 September 2022
  6. Hot Flashes: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors. 20 May 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/symptoms-causes/syc-20352790 Accessed: 10 September 2022
  7. Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats. Last Updated: 08 September 2022 | Last Reviewed: 19 August 2022. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://www.jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms#hot-flushes-and-night-sweats Accessed: 10 September 2022
  8. Hot Flashes. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/hot-flashes Accessed: 10 September 2022
  9. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes. Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-menopause Accessed: 10 September 2022
  10. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Menopause? Hot Flashes. Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-menopause Accessed: 10 September 2022
  11. Hot Flashes. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/hot-flashes Accessed: 10 September 2022
  12. Who Gets Hot Flashes and When? Last Updated: 01 February 2022. Breastcancer.org https://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/treat/hot-flashes/who Accessed: 10 September 2022
  13. Menopause Symptoms: Hot Flashes. Last Updated:  01 February 2022. Breastcancer.org https://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/treat/hot-flashes Accessed: 10 September 2022
  14. Who Gets Hot Flashes and When? Last Updated: 01 February 2022. Breastcancer.org https://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/treat/hot-flashes/who Accessed: 10 September 2022
  15. Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-hot-flashes Accessed: 10 September 2022
  16. Hot Flashes: What Can I Do? Content Reviewed: 30 September 2021. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hot-flashes-what-can-i-do Accessed: 10 September 2022
  17. Hot Flashes: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms: When to See A Doctor. 20 May 2022. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/symptoms-causes/syc-20352790 Accessed: 10 September 2022
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