Down the Heat on Hot Flashes
Are Hot Flashes
some cultures signs of menopause were greeted as marks of wisdom
and maturity. But even in that situation, the women who were having
hot flashes were probably not thrilled. The strange ritual of
sticking your head in a freezer doesn't seem odd at all to any
one who has ever experienced a severe hot flash.
flashes usually start on the chest, neck and face.
usually last between three and six minutes.
moments may occur up to several times a day.
flashes may cause extreme flushing and sweating.
This can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing.
women experience insomnia along with the rush of heat and sweating.
Other symptoms such as headache or pressure, nausea, and difficulty
with concentration are often reported.
can get worse in combination with
and Progesterone --The "female" hormones
menopause the female body produces hormones to regulate the production
of eggs and get the uterus ready for nurturing a fertilized egg.
These hormones are
hormone (LH) and
a woman approaches menopause, the signals between the ovaries
and pituitary gland diminish, slowing down estrogen/progesterone
production and increasing LH/FSH levels.
the ovaries shut down production of estrogen it often causes
may happen naturally or may be brought on by surgical removal
of the ovaries or as a side effect of cancer chemotherapy.
matter what causes menopause -- it produces changes in the
way your body functions.
of the changes that often occurs is 'vasomotor flushes' or
flashes can be a serious problem for women experiencing diminished
ovarian function as a result of menopause. Hot flashes may be
particularly intense for women who have had breast cancer. A commonly
prescribed oral medication for breast cancer, tamoxifen, has been
found to cause hot flashes.
the ovaries are the main factory for estrogen, other parts of
the body and even fat cells produce small amounts. Although these
hormones are called the female hormones, men have some too. That's
why men who go through chemotherapy will sometimes have menopausal
a change in blood flow to the brain or some other effect of reduced
hormones causes this condition is not really clear. Researchers
have just begun to study menopause as a medical condition.
hints for decreasing the discomfort of hot flashes:
glass of cold juice or water may help reduce the intensity
of the flush.
ice water or an ice pack by your bed for night time sweats
cotton sheets, lingerie and clothing - they are less likely
to trap the heat.
in layers that can removed at the first sign of a hot flash
some bodies react to the reduction of hormones by developing hot
flashes, night sweats and sleeplessness and some just sail through
with no symptoms at all is not understood.
women report symptoms for a few months
have experienced hot flashes for 15 to 20 years
flashes can be just embarrassing
may interfere with the ability to perform daily routines in
a normal way.
centuries women have had to cope with menopausal symptoms on their
doctors began to recommend hormone replacement therapy to counteract
the loss of estrogen.
problem is that hormone replacement therapy puts estrogen back
into your body. Many women are afraid to take estrogen because
it may increase the risk of breast cancer.
are some herbs and natural remedies that may help, but many of
these, like soy and black cohosh may also increase the risk of
estrogen dependent cancers.
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