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    Did I experience a Hot Flash?
    Anon_28855 posted:

    I experienced yesterday what I think was a hot flash. I never had one before, so I'm not sure. I am 46 and still get periods regularly. I was cooking dinner and I felt the back of my shirt was damp and my breasts were very sweaty and I was just plain hot. Our air conditioning was on so it was not hot in our house. When I sat down to eat dinner, I had a terrible heart palpitation and then the flash was gone and needless to say my appetite went with it. Does this sound like a hot flash?
    Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
    Dear Anon_28855,
    Hope this post gets through! It will be nice having the new boards, and all the messages will get through again!
    sounds like you had a hot flash! This isn't surprising as women usually start having flashes before their periods stop. And as long as they aren't driving you crazy, you don't need to do anything about them. But if they start being quite bothersome, there are many options that could be helpful. I'll refer you to my new website,, and take a look at the menopause videos, which have some ideas of how to make hot flashes more tolerable.
    Good luck,
    Mary Jane

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