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A 42-year-old female asked:

how do i know that i am having hot flashes because i am getting colder as i am getting older?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Warmer times: Sometimes our hot flashes seem like volcanic hot eruptions with flushing & sweats. Other times our hot flashes are more gentle warm periods when we're dressed in tee-shirts & shorts while everyone else is bundled up for winter. What's your baseline? You may be having hot flashes when you are feeling warmer than whatever's normal for *you*.
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
Chilly today, isn't it? Thank goodness for layers on/off/then on again! :-D
Jan 17, 2012
Dr. RADHA SYED
Gynecology 52 years experience
Hot Flashes: In menopause, hot flashes are very common-they are called vasomotor symptoms.These are usually followed by 'night sweats'.One could miss the hot flashes and just get up at night w/'sweating' and then just feeling cold due to the cool sweat.However, if you are just getting "colder when you are getting "older" consider the possibility of under active thyroid gland-please do visit your gyn!

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My wife has hot flashes. What do you recommend?

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See her physician: There can be a number of reasons for hot flashes, which she should probably discuss with her doctor. If they are related to menopause, sometimes the herbal supplements for menopause can be helpful.
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What causes bad bad hot flashes?

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Several possibilitie: Hot flashes can be due to menopause, sudden changes in blood sugar, thyroid problems, and occasionally chronic illness like tuberculosis. In general, hot flashes are not normal and a person that experiences severe ones should see a doctor to determine the specific cause.
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I am getting some hot flashes but I am only 30, so too young?

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Dr. Gregory Gapp
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Yes: By definition, menopause not begin before age 35. While it is possible to undergo premature menopause (defined as absence of periods because of ovarian failure before age 35), it is extremely rare. If your fsh, lh, and serum Estradiol are normal, the hot flushes are not from menopause. If you are still having periods, it is very unlikely the hot flushes are from menopause.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

What's a good way to help stop hot flashes?

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Estrogen: The most effective relief is estrogen hormone. However, there are alternatives such as progestin hormone, clonidine, certain antidepressants, gabapentin, and some herbal remedies. Discuss with your doctor about what is most appropriate for you.
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How long does a hot flash last?

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Dr. Edward Ramirez
Fertility Medicine 36 years experience
It depends: You seem to be too young to be experiencing hot flashes. You may be in premature ovarian failure or premature menopause. The exact cause of pof is unknown. Most think that it is an autoimmune problem, whereby somehow the body is shutting down the ovary. You need to see a specialist to be evaluated asap, especially if you are still considering having children.

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