Hot Flashes May Be In Your Genes

Do you know the feeling of being a little flush in the face or hot under the collar? If you're an older woman, the memory alone may make you feel uncomfortable -- and hot. But hope may be on the horizon.

For more than 70% of women, this feeling becomes a regular occurrence during one particular time of their lives: menopause, when their periods stop and they are no longer able to bear children. Yet despite its commonality, very little is known about why hot flashes occur and why some women are more likely to experience them than others.

But a new study, published Wednesday in the journal Menopause, has found that these moments of heat may come down to a woman's genes.

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