It’s not uncommon to sweat in summer’s heat, but women going through menopause can experience intense sweating year-round. Although hot flashes are assumed by many women to be a normal part of menopause, that isn’t true, says an article by Fox News.
Hot flashes are a signal that something is off-kilter in your body. Although a sign your estrogen levels have dropped, other hormonal issues can cause hot flashes as well, and there are natural ways to beat them, says gynecologist Jennifer Landa.
“I’ve observed that women can suffer two types of hot flashes,” she says. “The first begins at your feet and feels like an inferno. It’s accompanied by a soaking sweat that often results in wanting to change your clothes. This one is usually associated with low estrogen levels, and hormone therapy can often treat it.
“The second type seems to start at your body’s trunk or neck,” Landa says. “Your face can get red and you sweat, but it’s not a soaking sweat like the first. This type is more related to cortisol.”
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. It’s often called the “stress hormone.” High levels of cortisol have many negative effects on the body including disrupting sleep, elevating blood pressure, and lowering immune functioning.