The Freakout: You sometimes feel like your blood is boiling. There's no way other people aren't noticing your burning red face and neck—and thinking, as you are, "Hot flash!"
What else it might be: Hot flashes affect about 85 percent of women during the years immediately before and after menopause, so it's understandable that you might assume that's what's going on. But they can also be triggered by anxiety and stress. And they can be related: Your worries about aging and infertility, if intense enough, could be giving you a panic attack. Less common causes of hot flashes are hormone imbalances, thyroid disorders and infections. Some people also report getting hot flashes after eating MSG (have you eaten any chicken lo mein lately?).
What to do: Take a deep breath...and call your doctor, who can not only do a checkup and a hormone test, but can also counsel you on stress management.
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