Menopause FAQs: Hot Flushes includes some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot flushes or hot flashes, night sweats or hot flushes at night.

Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

What are hot flushes and night sweats?

In NonHormonal Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms: Hot Flushes and Night Sweats (Vasomotor Symptoms) the Australasian Menopause Society’s definition is:

“A hot flush is a sensation of heat involving the whole body and may be associated with redness and sweating. Night sweats are episodes of profuse sweating at night, either alone or just after a hot flush”.

One-Size-Fits-all or Not?

Are hot flushes one-size-fits all?

No. In Symptoms of Menopause: Hot Flushes & Night Sweats the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health definition is:

Menopause FAQs: Hot Flushes

“Each woman experiences hot flushes differently. Some can have hot flushes that are mild and quick, while others can have one a day or more than 20 a day”.

Triggers

Can hot flushes have triggers?Menopause FAQs: Hot Flushes

In Menopause: Non-Hormonal Treatment & Relief for Hot Flashes the (United States) Cleveland Clinic note:

“Hot flashes may be precipitated by hot weather, smoking, caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, tight clothing, heat and stress. Identify and avoid your hot flash “triggers.” Some women notice hot flashes when they eat a lot of sugar. Exercising in warm temperatures might make hot flashes worse”.

Duration

How long will women experience hot flushes?

In Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes – Q. How long will I have hot flashes? the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) note:

“A. Most women experience hot flashes for 6 months to 2 years, although some reports suggest that they last considerably longer—as long as 10 years, depending on when they began. For a small proportion of women, they may never go away. It is not uncommon for women to experience a recurrence of hot flashes more than 10 years after menopause, even into their 70s or beyond. There is no reliable way of predicting when they will start—or stop.”

Menopausal Hormone Therapy

How effective is menopause hormone therapy (MHT) for vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats?

In the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, one of the points of consensus is:

  • “MHT, including tibolone and the combination of conjugated equine estrogens and bazedoxifene (CE/BZA), is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause at any age, but benefits are more likely to outweigh risks if initiated for symptomatic women before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause”.

Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes

Where may I find more Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes?

Menopause FAQs: Hot FlushesIn Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) include Menopause FAQs: Hot Flashes:

“As many as 75% of North American women have hot flashes during perimenopause, and nearly a quarter of them experience enough discomfort to seek relief from their clinicians. The NAMS experts offer some guidance by answering your questions to help you understand what is happening and why”.

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Last Updated: 04 February 2019 – Last Revised: 04 February 2019
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