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What changes in my body temperature show I'm headed for menopause?

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You have hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes can make you suddenly feel warm or hot. Your skin may flush red and your heart may beat faster. Then, you may feel suddenly cold.

Night sweats are hot flashes that happen during sleep. They can be so bad they wake you up.

They’re both symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats can vary a lot from woman to woman. Some people never get them.

For some women, these symptoms go on for years or decades after they've stopped their periods -- into the time called postmenopause.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Menopause.”

Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women's Health: “Menopause and menopause treatments fact sheet.”

Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Integrated Healthcare: “Menopause Fact Sheet.”

North American Menopause Society: “Menopause 101: A primer for the perimenopausal,” “Are We There Yet? Navigate Now with Our Guided Menopause Tour,” “How Do I Know I'm in Menopause?”

National Institute on Aging: “Signs of the Menopausal Transition.”

Endocrine Society: “Menopause.”

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Perimenopausal Bleeding and Bleeding After Menopause.”

National Health Service (UK): “Night Sweats.”

American Osteopathic Association: “Don't Lose Sleep Over Night Sweats.”

National Sleep Foundation: “Insomnia,” “Menopause and Sleep.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Sleep Apnea?”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on May 22, 2019

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