Is it getting hot in here…or is it just you? If you’re constantly turning down the thermostat or parking yourself in front of a fan, you may wonder if your internal thermometer is broken. Or, you may assume that you’re on the inevitable path to menopause.
But don’t sweat it. Feeling toasty isn’t an automatic sign that you’re barreling toward the end of your menstrual cycle. “There are so many other reasons why a person has hot flashes that has nothing to do with menopause,” says Shraddha Shah, MD, a family medicine doctor at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia, California. But take note of your symptoms—especially if you’re sweating buckets or experience weight change, fatigue, or a racing heart beat—and check in with your doctor to help you figure out what’s going on. Here are 10 common reasons why you feel hot all that time.