Menopausal Hot Flashes

What Causes Menopausal Hot Flashes?

Menopausal hot flashes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose menopausal 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 "menopausal hot flashes" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • 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:
candidiasis
water retention before menstruation
frequent meal-related bloating
hot flashes between period
hot flashes during & after period
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
pre/menstrual depression
elevated estrogen levels
temple-based headaches
difficulty conceiving children
breast soreness during cycle
short-term memory failure
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of menopausal hot flashes:
Cause Probability Status
Low Progesterone 94% Confirm
Low Estrogens 57% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate being menopausal or being postmenopausal, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Are you experiencing hot flashes?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, definitely not
→ Occasionally mild
→ Frequently mild / occasionally severe
→ Frequently severe
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either absence of hot flashes or having hot flashes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

Studies indicate that progesterone can sometimes minimize hot flashes.  Natural progesterone cream has been clinically demonstrated to provide relief from hot flashes in some women.

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