The symptoms in the climacteric are not equal in all women. Most important is to recognize them and serve them on time, so nothing prevents enjoy this new stage of life.
The heat, also known as “hot flashes” are the most common climacteric symptom, although they vary greatly in intensity and frequency. Some women may feel the heat invades from the chest to the head, sometimes reddened intensely for no reason. The heart beats faster, the temperature of the skin is lifted and there is often sweating.
Hot flashes can occur spontaneously or be triggered by heat or hot drinks, alcohol or mental stress. These heat waves have a impact on sleep, insomnia and chronic fatigue resulting can then contribute to emotional instability. The administration of estrogen significantly decreases the frequency of hot flashes.
In fact over 50% of women experience hot flashes in menopause. Physically she experienced a sudden feeling of suffocation, the face and neck are usually flushed or red patches on chest, back and arms. This feeling may be accompanied by chills, profuse sweating and even generated by the body trying to adjust the temperature. The trouble is occurring on time of day, even while sleeping, and can last from 5 to 30 minutes. To help, the pharmaceutical industry has developed products designed specifically for that symptom.
However, these hot flashes are not as bad as people think. Recently, U.S. scientists showed in a study that women who felt the greatest number of hot flashes had lower risk of developing cancer of the breast.
Another U.S. study published in the journal Menopause, found that women with hot flashes at the beginning of menopause may have less chance of a strike to the heart than women who develop these symptoms later.
Hot flashes occur when blood vessels near the skin’s surface dilate to cool. This produces the appearance of red, flushed face. The woman may also perspire to cool the body. In addition, some women experience an accelerated pace heart or chills.
Although it may be impossible to completely avoid hot flashes during menopause, there are certain triggers that may bring them more often or make it more severe.
To prevent hot flashes, avoid following factors:
- Spicy foods
- Tight clothing
- cigarette smoke
The counter treatments include:
- Vitamins B
- Vitamin E
Prescription treatments include:
- Catapres, Catapres-TTS and Aldomet, blood pressure medications
- Birth control pills
- Antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor
- Other hormones such as Provera and Megace