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What Causes Hot Flashes After Menopause
Will i still have hot flashes after menopause? When i'm through menopause, will i still experience hot flashes, or will they stop?
Some persist: Hot flashes last for 6 months or as long as 15 years after the final period; the average is two years. Due to changing hormone levels, the hypothalamus-- area of the brain that regulates body temperature- gets confused during a hot flash and thinks your need to be heated up! triggered by nicotine, caffeine, stress, alcohol, exercise, spicy foods, chocolate, sleep deprivation, etc. Rx available. ...Read more
Menopause occurs 1 year after the last time you had a period. However, when perimenopausal (the time leading up to your period stopping) you can have a # of sxs. Sxs may include waking up in the middle of the night sweating heavily; dryness of the vaginal tissue; irregularity of periods, hot flashes; mood swings & decreased interest in sex. In the us the ave age ...Read more
Why don't hot flashes stop after menopause? I've had hot flashes for almost ten years now, even though my periods stopped eight years ago. Menopause is over, so why am i still having symptoms?
Menopause Is Forever: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfair!: You point to the fact that some women have different hormonal and physiological environments during menopause. It's really not fair, right? I definitely have had patients who say they barely noticed the menopause transition, and others who curse the changes. Smoking, obesity and lack of exercise can all exacerbate hot flashes. Thus a healthy diet, exercise and good habits may lessen. ...Read more
Many things: Hot flashes can be due to certain medications, thyroid or other endocrine problems, or to certain types of cancer, like lymphoma. Sometimes women experience hot flashes due to hormone swings in the 40s when the periods are still fairly normal. See your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can certain medications cause hot flashes? I am not anywhere close to menopause. Could any medications be responsible for my recent hot flashes?
Yes other causes: There are other causes including medications. Hot flashes can be a side effect of food additive mono-sodium glutamate (msg), or of Nifedipine (procardia, adalat), Niacin (numerous brand names), antibiotics: vancomycin, gemifloxacin and lomefloxacin. Calcitonin and headache medicines topiramate and maxalt. Thyroid disease, hidden infection ( like tb) and some cancers can also cause hot flashes. ...Read more
Many other causes: Hot flashes have lots of possible causes. The most common cause for a woman in her mid 40's is perimenopause (although I don't now if you are a female). Other causes include: medications, especially SSRI antidepressants and niacin, Obesity, excessive eating, alcohol intake, smoking, stress, tumors, infections, thyroid and other hormone problems, and inflammatory illnesses. ...Read more
I have a problem with terrible hot flashes at night. I am not menopausal, according to my obgyn. Could lithium or levothyroxine cause this trouble?
Hot flashes: If your levothyroxine dose is correct, it should not cause hot flashes, but if the dose is excessive, it may. Women may start developing hot flashes up to 8 years before actual menopause, but prior to writing off your symptoms on that, other conditions that can cause hot flashes at night need to be ruled out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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