One of the most common symptoms of menopause is hot flashes. These annoying episodes can last seconds to minutes and can feel like intense heat throughout the body and face. They can be accompanied by a rapid heart rate, dizziness, sweating and weakness. A decrease in estrogen can cause a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which controls body temperature as well as other functions, to interpret the body as being too hot and desire to get rid of the heat. After an inexpensive blood or saliva test, NRC physicians can determined if you are deficient in estrogen. Based on these findings, a bio-identical hormone replacement protocol may prescribed specifically for your needs and reduce or get rid of your hot flashes for good.