The hypothalamus is the area of the brain that has the important task of regulating our body temperature, but it is also pulling double duty as the part of the brain which releases the hormones which are required for the pituitary gland to release estrogen.
If the hypothalamus happens to malfunction, as it often does during menopause, then the amount of estrogen released into the body can be insufficient. This can lead to physical symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats which are characteristic of both the menopause and the perimenopause.
On some occasions, these symptoms are dismissed as a fever especially if the woman in question is not yet aware that she is entering the menopause. There are also certain foods, medications and other factors such as stress which can worsen the symptoms.
There are a wide variety of ways in which women can manage these very uncomfortable hot flash and night sweat symptoms. In some cases the women find they are able to lower their temperature during a hot flash or night sweat simply by lowering the temperature in their home, dressing in lighter clothing or perhaps even taking a cool shower.
However, for some women this is not enough and for those women it is recommended that they take a bio-identical hormone treatment to treat the symptoms internally. These hormone treatments actively balance the levels of hormones in the body which should ultimately promote the release of estrogen and help to reduce both the frequency ans the severity of symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats.