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Hot Flushes


Hot flushes are normally associated in women going through the change.

A hot flush is a transient episode of flushing, sweating and a sensation of heat, often accompanied by palpitations and a feeling of anxiety, and sometimes followed by chills. Hot flushes can be extremely embarrassing and can also affect normal sleep patterns.


They tend to be more severe in women of low body weight, those who take little or no exercise and those who smoke cigarettes.


They seem to be more common in black women and less common in Chinese women.

Hot flushes may last between a few seconds and 10 minutes, but an average is around 4 minutes. Frequency may be from every hour to a couple of times a week.


There is a sensation of intense heat and a feeling that the face and whole body is flushing. It is often difficult to ignore and women having hot flushes often fling open windows when all around them are anything but warm.


Lack of concentration and poor memory are common.


Sleep disturbance is common with night sweats. Features of depression are not unusual.


Frequent flushes and disturbance of sleep may well be a major contributor to the commonly observed adverse effect on mood. There is evidence that the sex hormones do have an effect on mood and wellbeing in both men and women. Hormone replacement improves fatigue, depression, headaches and libido in men as well as women.


If the hot flushes are attributed to hormonal changes the Hormonal and Nutritional screening programme can establish which hormones are low and possibly contributing to a number of symptoms.



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