What Causes Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose hot flashes, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "hot flashes" as a symptom. Here are six possibilities:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Low Progesterone
- Low Estrogens
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
low progesterone level
unusual vaginal bleeding
major fatigue for over 12 months
minor reduction in breast fullness
rapid pulse rate
history of postpartum depression
darker/redder skin color
moderate unexplained weight loss
mood swings during menstrual cycle
dizziness when standing up
... and more than 140 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of hot flashes:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you experience hot flashes and, if so, when do they occur?
→ Not applicable / don't know
→ No, I do not experience hot flashes
→ Yes, during or around time of period only
→ Yes, between periods only
→ Yes, both during and between periods
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of hot flashes, hot flashes during period, hot flashes between period or hot flashes during & after period, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency
Adrenal estrogen seems to be necessary to avoid hot flashes during normal menses when the ovarian production of estrogen drops. Hot flashes during menses may be a symptom of mild adrenal cortex deficiency.