It gets hot for most women, but not that kind of hot!
Hot flashes are due to sudden increased blood flow in the skin that gives the woman a sensation of intense heat. Night sweats are a variation on this.
The cause is estrogen withdrawal when ovaries run out of eggs and stop producing hormones. The tendency is for hot flashes to slow down and even go away after months, years... Estrogen therapy will get rid of them.
No. Menopause is the cessation ovarian function, which is fairly abrupt (no more eggs!). Some people describe an andropause, but there's really no such thing. Male functions decrease slowly with age, but there's no "pause".
What is your take on the high number of infertility problems that we are currently facing. Going through the adoption process I found that there are a lot of couples facing this issue, and I know quite a few people going through treatments and such. Is this more of a problem now or was this problem just amplified in my eyes because I had to go through it?
There is evidence of a growing epidemic among teen age girls. Especially, since some of the STDs that are being diagnosed can result in fertility damage. Having 3 young daughters of my own, I have no idea how I'm going to make it to my last daughter becomes an adult without worrying to death.