Nearly one third of all American women are between the ages of 40 and 60, which means more than 37 million women are most likely in the midst of the menopause transition.

Three out of four women transitioning into this period experience hot flashes, characterized by a feeling of mild warmth, a flushed appearance with red blotchy skin, rapid heartbeat, perspiration or a chilled feeling.

Women may experience hot flashes for a couple or several years. There is a range of severity and frequency in hot flashes.

Some women may just feel a little warmer than usual on occasion, or could experience several uncomfortable episodes throughout the day and night. Night sweats can wake some women from a sound sleep, creating lack of rest.

“If the hot flashes are severe and interrupting your life and you are not responding to common remedies or lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, then perhaps it is time to discuss with your physician prescription options such as low-dose estrogen therapies,” says Dr. James Simon, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Low-dose estrogen therapies have become a growing trend in medical publications, and in fact, many newspapers and magazines now encourage their use.

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