Approximately 75% of menopausal women experience vasomotor symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats, and this is one of the first symptoms of menopause for many women. Hot flushes are experienced as sudden warmth, particularly in the face, neck, and upper chest. Hot flushes at night can lead to night sweats (heavy sweating during sleep), which can interfere with normal sleep patterns by waking a woman from sleep or causing insomnia. Although most women continue to experience hot flushes one year after the onset of menopause, and 25% still experience them up to five years later, hot flushes are a temporary symptom of menopause that eventually stop.
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