Are Hot Flashes During Period Normal?

Have you been feeling hot a lot lately? Well, if the calm, cold weather has no effect on the sweaty episodes, it may be hot flashes. They are usually a symptom of menopause, but in certain circumstances, you may experience hot flashes during your period as well.

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    What are Hot Flashes?

    They are not persistent but have an episodic feeling of a quick heat rush around the body that causes sweating, heart palpitations, and skin flushing. Mostly, they make their first appearance in the months or years before menopause. The main reason for this to happen is fluctuation or decrease in the hormone estrogen. It impacts the part of the brain that handles body temperature regulation, causing a spike in body heat.

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    Are They Normal?

    Hot flashes during a period may be normal for some, while they are a test for others. The main reason behind it is the hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle or approaching menopause.

    Commonly, hot flashes are associated with menopause; however, they can also occur before reaching age, indicating an underlying medical condition. Moreover, if one experiences it regularly during a period, especially in 20s or early 30s, get help.

    Hot flashes feel like a sudden spread of heat across the body, more so on your face, neck, and upper body. Symptoms include:

    • Red, flushed skin
    • Increased heart rate
    • Extreme sweating
    • Chills

    Managing Hot Flashes During Period

    Managing intense episodes of heat during your period by:

    • Making Dietary Changes: Minimizing levels of caffeine, alcohol, foods high in spice, chocolates, etc. can help.
    • Smoking Cessation: Smoking can increase the incidence of hot flashes and make them worse.
    • Relaxation Techniques: Practicing deep breathing, yoga, and meditation can help improve hormonal fluctuations.
    • Adequate Hydration Levels: Keep up with the amount of water you drink throughout the day. Whenever you feel a hot flash coming through, take a gulp.
    • Work Out: Plan it out and make time for a light workout daily. Getting enough exercise may help you have fewer hot flashes.
    • Acupuncture: It helps with the odd sensations of feeling hot for some people, though it may not work for everyone.
    • Change What You Wear: Dress in clothes that do not trap heat and work as a coolant. Choose lightweight, breathable materials like cotton and linen. If possible, keep your environment cool with fans and open windows.
    • Use a fan or carry a small towel: Chill it in the refrigerator to place on your face or around your neck.

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    Closing Note

    Do you have more questions regarding menopause or hot flashes during your period? Get in touch with our expert, Dr. Munira Dudhbhai, MD, FACOG, certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Lewisville Women’s Care in case of queries or confusion of any sort. We always prioritize open communication, so consider us just a call away to help you with your gynecological health management. Call us at (972) 956-8008 to schedule an appointment today.


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