2. Hot Flashes
Hot flashes can begin as early as 10 years or more before actual menopause occurs. This is one symptom that many women find quite distressing during perimenopause or menopause. A hot flash is a sudden wave of heat that occurs in the upper area of the body.
Some women will get red blotches on their chest, arms, and face during the hot flash. Heavy sweating is common during a hot flash as well. Many women experience hot flashes at night when they are trying to sleep. These flushes are caused by a decrease in hormone levels.