A lot of women entering menopause associate the term “hot flushes” and “night sweats” as one and the same. However, they are not. Nights sweats occur at… you guessed it, nighttime, and hot flushes occur during the day. Hot flushes can occur at the most inconvenient of times and often see us carrying around a handkerchief or carrying an endless supply of tissues in our handbag to wipe away those bubbles of sweat on our forehead or top lip. About 2 in 10 women never get hot flushes. Others have hot flushes for only a very short period of time. Others can have them for 11 years or more. On average, however, women get hot flushes or night sweats for about 7 years. Oh, it gets better, there’s nothing, nada, zero you can do to avoid hot flushes around menopause, but you can stay away from triggers that may make them more frequent or more severe.