Hot flashes and night sweats are caused by a hormone called estrogen. When you reach menopause, your body releases less estrogen, so the symptoms go away after a while. But some women still have hot flashes and night sweats even when their levels of estrogen are normal. That’s because the glands that produce these hormones aren’t fully developed during childhood or teenage years. So if they don’t get enough of this hormone in adulthood, there may be changes in other parts of the body to make up for it (like muscles). These developing tissues might not work as well as expected with lower levels of hormones like estrogen. For example, sometimes people develop fibrocystic breast disease (a common condition) later on in life when low-level estrogens cause cysts to form in breasts that weren’t present earlier on – even though their levels of actual circulating estrogens remain normal. As we age, many different organs can become affected: skin (such as skin tags), bones (osteoporosis), and blood vessels (atherosclerosis).
How do I know my level is high?