Menopause and hot flashes go hand and hand. It is important to watch out for hot flash triggers, like caffiene.
Alcohol is another one, but exercise can reduce hot flashes and mood swings. When you get older, whether it's menopause or not, you have to start exercising more.
The average age for women to go through menopause is 51, but some women start before the age of 40. This is called "premature menopause" or "premature ovarian failure." women who enter menopause early can have symptoms similar to those of regular menopause. Women who are going through early menopause and want to have children should talk to their doctor about their options.