If you suffer from hot flashes during your period, our first piece of advice is to not freak out. This does not—we repeat: does not—necessarily mean that you are beginning menopause decades early. It does, however, come down to your hormones. Surprise, surprise.
"This can be a completely normal issue facing many women as our ovaries begin to produce less estrogen," explains Jennifer Owen, ob-gyn.
Hot flashes typically pop up in the 40s, but some women experience them as young as their 20s and 30s. When symptoms begin earlier than expected, Owen explains that they are generally caused by lifestyle factors. Ranging from an overload of stress to too much spice in our diets, hot flashes are yet another symptom of our menstrual cycles that we can learn to manage.