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Monday, 18 June 2018 09:29

Hot Flushes

Hot Flushes

Probably the most disturbing menopausal symptom is the hot flushes that usually start early on.  They often settle after a year or two although for some women they can persist for much longer. If they are troubling you then it is worth seeing your doctor as they can have other causes other than the menopause and there is treatment available to relieve your distress.

The hot flushes are caused by the fall in oestrogen levels around the time of the menopause. This seems to change the body’s thermostat in the hypothalamus of the brain so that there is a more narrow body temperature range that it is willing to tolerate. Anything that slightly raises the bony temperature such as stress, alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine or a warm room can provoke a rapid and vigorous response of dilation of skin blood vessels which causes the flushing, sweating and a feeling of overheating.

Published in Womens Health