Thoughts on Better Aging

Are You a Super Flasher?

June 15th, 2018

Some women experience hot flashes for 10 years or more

Hot flashes are among the most well-known menopause symptoms. But many people do not realize just how individual the experience of hot flashes can be. When women start experiencing hot flashes, how often they occur, and when they stop can vary from person to person.

About 25 percent of women will have just a few hot flashes around their menopause transition. These are the lucky ones. About 50 percent of women will have hot flashes either before or after their cycles stop. And another 25 percent will begin experiencing hot flashes before they enter menopause and continue having them for ten years or more—well after their periods have stopped. These women are the ones researchers refer to as “super flashers.”

Even among super flashes, the intensity of symptoms can vary. Some women may not be overly bothered by their hot flashes, while for others the hot flashes may be so frequent and/or uncomfortable that they interfere with their daily life. These women may suffer from poor sleep quality, depression, and/or anxiety as a result.

If you are a super flasher with severe symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, you certainly will not appreciate having your regular doctor dismiss your concerns. This sometimes happens when doctors are not aware of how diverse hot flash experiences can be, and assume that because some women seem able to live with hot flashes, treatment isn’t really necessary for all women.

As a super flasher, you need and deserve safe and effective treatment for hot flashes (and their nocturnal counterpart, night sweats). Renew Youth is here to provide it.

Treatment for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

The exact mechanism that triggers a hot flash is not fully understood by medical experts. However, we do know that declining estrogen and progesterone plays a role. When these hormones start to become unbalanced around menopause, it causes the hypothalamus to go haywire. The hypothalamus is your body’s thermostat. It’s supposed to tell when you are hot or cold and trigger the appropriate response. But without healthy levels of estrogen and progesterone, the hypothalamus gets confused. It thinks you’re hot when you’re not and tries to cool you down. The result is the hot, flushed, sweaty feeling of a hot flash—plus nausea, dizziness, chills, and rapid heartbeat in some cases.

The core of our treatment for hot flashes involves restoring a healthy, youthful balance to estrogen and progesterone. We do this utilizing bioidentical hormones that will be absorbed by the body safely and naturally. We also offer help addressing various factors that can make hot flashes worse, such as stress, weight gain, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. To learn more about our treatment options, contact Renew Youth today.

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