Hot flashes are among the most uncomfortable symptoms that menopausal women complain about. The most common medical treatment for this problem is estrogen replacement therapy which may be effective in stopping the flashes.
Although the cause of the hot flash is unclear, hormonal changes involving elevation of the hormones FSH and LH during and after menopause are thought to be responsible. In an effort to elevate decreasing estrogen levels these pituitary hormones can be 1,300 percent greater during the menopausal years than before.
Hot flashes are regarded by the medical profession as deficiency of estrogen and can be triggered by a variety of stimulants such as:
- Spicy food (cayenne, ginger, pepper)
- Acidic foods (pickles, citrus, tomatoes)
- Hot drinks
- Caffeine (coffee, black tea, cola, chocolate)
- Alcoholic drinks, including wine and beer
- White sugar
- Hydrogenated or saturated fats (meat, margarine)
- Hot weather
- Hot tubs and saunas
- Tobacco or marijuana
- Intense exercise, especially lovemaking
- Anger, especially if you can’t express it
During a hot flash, flushes of heat sweep the body (and often the face), reddening the skin and promoting free perspiration. The reddening may be blotchy or even and the perspiration slight or copious. A hot flash may last from a few seconds to four or five minutes, occasionally fifteen minutes, and rarely more than an hour.
A hot flash at night is called a night sweat, which may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety or terror. Not everyone experiences hot flashes, and only some of those who do also experience night sweats. Many women, however, experience both.
If you are experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, contact a Med Spa Services provider today for a private consultation.