By Dr. Jean-Jacques Dugoua, ND
A patient once described a hot flash as a sudden rush of heat that required her to walk outside in the freezing cold of winter to seek relief. Hot flashes are a common symptom of menopause. Not only are they uncomfortable, but hot flashes can also interfere with your sleep.
Approximately 40 million American women are post-menopausal. By 2010, it is estimated that the number of post-menopausal women will rise to 60 million. Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation (period) following the loss of ovarian activity. Women who have not had a menstrual period for a year are considered postmenopausal. Women who are going through menopause are called perimenopausal.