Flashing. Power surge. Night sweats. Personal summer. The lexicon for hot flashes is as varied as the women they affect. And while hot flashes are, without a doubt, the most troublesome symptom of menopause—and the most common menopause symptom to send women to their doctor’s office—they are by no means unavoidable.

What determines whether you experience this milestone of menopause lies partly in your weight (overweight women are more likely to experience hot flashes), your ancestry (African American and Latino women tend to have the most flashes, Asian women the least), and your diet and lifestyle (if you’re a yoga aficionada, you may be spared the worst; if you smoke, get ready to sweat).
Some of these remedies will work immediately while others will need weeks to begin working. Hopefully a combo of both will help you relax and get some relief.

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