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A 51-year-old female asked:

need suggestions for menopausal hot flashes.

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
All have risks: You're a little young to be going through menopause, so check with your md re: other possible causes. All medications have potential risks. Common tx for menopausal hot flashes include estrogen, ssri's and clonidine. Check with your physician for more specific info.
Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Menopause Doctor: In menopause the ovaries are no longer producing both estrogen (estradiol) and progesterone, which are potent female hormones. Every cell in a woman's body has estrogen and Progesterone receptors, not just the reproductive system, so the entire body suffers once in menopause. Find an integrative medicine doctor who specializes in menopause. They are best trained to prescribe bioidentical hrt.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Additional helps: Botanical medicine can be helpful for menopausal hot flashes. A couple possibilities include black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/22157510 and sage (salvia officinalis): http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/21630133.

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A female asked:

Do hot flashes mean i'm starting menopause? I've started having hot flashes occasionally--does this mean i'm starting menopause?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Possible: It certainly could, but check w/your physician as there are other possible causes for hot flashes that may need to be excluded.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to get hot flashes during menopause? What do hot flashes feel like?

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Dr. Wendy Askew
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Many women do: Some women don't, but hot flashes are very common in menopause (though there are many things that can cause hot flashes, that are not hormonal). They feel like a sudden spreading heat sensation, along the skin surface, usually involving the head, neck, chest, ears, and often the skin flushes (turns red).
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can there be any other reason to have hot flashes other than menopause?

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Dr. HUGH Melnick
Fertility Medicine 49 years experience
POSSIBLY: That said, hot flashes are cause by a drop in estrogen levels in the brain. Therefore, any low estrogen state can cause them. Blood tests and a vag sonogram can answer your question promptly and accurately.
A 30-year-old member asked:

I am wondering what helps hot flashes from menopause?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
TIme: Most resolve over time. Hrt will postpone them. Low dose Clonidine can suppress them in many women. Some respond favorably to ssri's. Check w/your doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Hot flashes with menopause, what will help?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Various: Estrogen replacement can postpone the symptoms. Often, they lessen with time. Certain medications (ssri's, clonidine) can often be effective. Check w/your doctor.

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