While you may have been looking forward to the day when all your children have left home, you may find that, once the day comes, instead of wanting to get out and enjoy your newfound freedom, you’re merely overcome with feelings of profound sadness and loneliness. If so, it’s probably because you’re suffering from empty nest syndrome, the name given to the psychological condition that affects women around the time one or more of their children leave home.
Hot flashes are caused by hormonal changes in the body that occur when a woman is going through menopause. Pregnant women have also been treated for the same condition. Uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, suffocation, weakness and throbbing headaches can accompany the hot flash. The hot flash can be a mild beading of perspiration on the upper lip, or a “soaker” which leaves a woman drenched with sweat.