Hot Flashes

Definition of Hot Flashes:

A sudden wave of warmth or heat that spreads over the body creating a flushing (redness) particularly noticeable on the face and upper body, sometimes followed by perspiration.  Hot flashes can occur at any time and may last from a few seconds to a half-hour.  They are caused by decreased levels of estrogen which create rushes of hormonal changes, which in turn cause blood vessels to open and constrict.

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Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...Typical symptoms include ... Hot flashes, sleep disturbances – 50%...”
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Estrogen Replacement a treatment
“...Symptoms vary from only the cessation periods to a multitude of annoying symptoms such as sweating, hot flashes, fatigue, vaginal drying, pain with intercourse, low sex drive and depression...”

Estrogens Low

...our question about Night sweats
“Night sweats or their daytime version, hot flashes, may be the first symptom of low estrogen...”

Excessive Sweating

...the condition
“...Other people may have sweating as a symptom of known medical conditions, such as ... hot flashes associated with menopause...”


...related topic
“...Flushing can also be caused by hormonal changes when entering menopause, often accompanied by hot flashes, and during pregnancy...”

Hormone Imbalance

...the condition
“...(excessive body hair); Acne; Darkening of skin (specifically along the neck, in the groin and under the breasts); Skin tags; Vaginal dryness; Vaginal atrophy; Pain during sex; Night sweats; Hot flashes – experienced by about 23 of perimenopausal women; Disturbed sleep; Some of the symptoms specific to men include: Development of breast tissue; Breast tenderness; Erectile dysfunction...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...our question about Hot flashes
“Adrenal estrogen seems to be necessary to avoid hot flashes during normal menses when the ovarian production of estrogen drops...”

Maca a treatment
“...It alleviates cramps, body pain, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, and depression...”

Menopausal Issues

...recommendation Soy Isoflavones
“...Many women have reported a reduction in their hot flashes and night sweats when they regularly consume soy foods, such as tempeh or tofu...”
...recommendation Vitamin E
“Vitamin E, at a dose of 800 IU per day, is modestly effective in reducing hot flashes, on average cutting the number by one per day...”
...recommendation Red Clover
“Red clover extract (80mg per day of isoflavones for a 12-month period) reduced the number of hot flashes in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 30 women who had not had a period for over 12 months and were experiencing more than five hot flashes per day...”
...recommendation Natural Progesterone
“...It can help with other symptoms as well, including hot flashes in some women.”
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...related topic
“...As commonly used, the word denotes the time of a woman's life, usually between the ages of 45 and 54, when periods cease and any symptoms of low estrogen levels persist, including hot flashes, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings, loss of libido and vaginal dryness...”

Menorrhagia (Heavy Periods)

...recommendation Natural Progesterone
“...The presence of hot flashes, night sweats, or vaginal dryness indicate levels of estrogen may be too low...”

Natural Progesterone a treatment
“...It is interesting to note that in parts of Asia and South America where women eat either the wild yams or soybeans, the term "hot flash" doesn't even exist in their languages...”

Ovarian Cancer

...the condition
“...Hormone therapy can cause vaginal dryness as well as nausea and vomiting, swelling, weight gain and hot flashes.  Most side-effects from cancer treatments are temporary and will go away once therapy ends...”

Panic Attacks

...the condition
“...chest pain, shortness of breath, a feeling of choking, nausea, cramping, diarrhea, dizziness, an out-of-body sensation (a feeling of being apart from oneself), tingling in the hands, chills or hot flashes, and headache...”

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

...our question about Menopausal hot flashes
“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.”

Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy) a treatment
“...Women's menstrual periods may stop, and they may have hot flashes and vaginal dryness...”


...the condition
“...The following conditions should be ruled out or treated by your doctor as appropriate to help bring flare-ups under control ... Hot flashes associated with menopause...”

Testosterone a treatment
“...Not only does the testosterone cause improvement of hot flashes, but it increases general well being and libido, induces weight loss if obese and helps in preventing and treating osteoporosis...”

Vitamin E Requirement

...the condition
“...indirect bilirubin, psoriasis, elevated heavy metals, PMS, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia, cataracts, fibrocystic disease, benign prostatic hypertrophy, poor wound healing, hot flashes, growing pains and Osgood-Schlatter disease...”

Vitex / Chasteberry a treatment
“...Physicians in Europe commonly recommend vitex for the treatment of hot flashes.  Vitex is used as a way to prevent repeat uterine fibroids, and is probably the most effective herb in the treatment of menorrhagia...”
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