Disease/Condition Specific

Hot Flashes

Hot Flashes of peri-menopause and menopause
Anyone who is around or over the age of 50, has most likely experienced one of these lovely episodes.

From out of the blue, your ears, face and neck feel like they are beet red only to be followed by your body reacting with profuse sweating, your heart may or may not feel like it is racing.  When this happens, you are caught between “what in the world was that” and “body why are you doing this to me?”.   Not everyone experiences hot flashes. Some women have them for years while their body is changing and others fly through this “life change” without a symptom at all!

How often hot flashes occur varies among women and can range from a few a week to several an hour.

This piece is to try and apply some science and biology to this process!

Hormonal changes in your body are thought to cause hot flashes. This reaction may be triggered by several factors.

  • spicy foods
  • alcohol
  • hot drinks
  • caffeine
  • being in a warm room
  • smoking
  • stress and anxiety

Treatments for hot flashes

Identification of potential triggers

Identification of triggers and their moderation or elimination may assist with minimizing hot flash symptoms.

Natural Products

Many natural products have been studied for menopause symptoms. However, none has clearly been shown to be helpful. There’s little information on the long-term safety of natural products, and some can have harmful side effects or interact with drugs.

Mind and Body Practices

Only a small amount of research has been done on most mind and body practices for menopause symptoms. However, the limited evidence currently available suggests that some of these practices might help to relieve symptoms or make them less bothersome.

Other Complementary Approaches

Bio-identical Hormones

Bioidentical hormones are hormones from plant sources that are chemically similar or identical to hormones produced in the human body.

Two kinds of bioidentical hormone products are used to treat menopause symptoms: (1) those that have gone through the same FDA approval process as other types of hormone therapy, and (2) custom-mixed preparations that compounding pharmacies prepare individually for patients.

It’s been claimed that custom-mixed bioidentical hormone preparations are more effective and safer than conventional hormone therapy, but scientific evidence to support this idea is lacking. Custom-mixed bioidentical hormones may actually be riskier than conventional treatment because less is known about their safety. Also, no regulatory agency oversees their preparation, and therefore their content may vary from batch to batch.

 

***********Take note, hot flashes can be caused by other things not related to peri-menopause or menopause.  If you are experiencing these, have a discussion with your physician.*************

 

 

 

Source: nih

 

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