Women's Health
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Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

Up to 75% of women experience hot flashes during the menopausal and post-menopausal periods.

What causes these symptoms, and why do some women with deficient estrogen never experience these temperature afflictions? There is not an easy answer to these questions.There is a complex biochemical, neurological and genetic component at work here. Experts agree that it is the lack of estrogen (estradiol specifically) produced from the ovaries during this period of life as the root cause. Also, it is the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain responsible for temperature regulation, secretion of hormones and sleep cycles which is very much affected by lower levels of circulating estradiol. There is a reduction in estrogen binding to specific receptor sites in the brain at play here. The aging hypothalamus in an aging female would be at risk for exhibiting negative neurological symptoms such as hot flashes.

There is help ladies!

Bio-identical Hormones are key to replenishing our own bodies hormonal deficiencies as we age. These hormones are manufactured in a compounding pharmacy lab from plant sources that identically match the molecular structure of the hormones that our own bodies produce. Bio-identical estradiol/estriol applied transdermally under the direction of your physician has been shown to decrease or eliminate those hot flashes.

Up to 75% of women experience hot flashes during the menopausal and post menopausal periods. On average, these temperature issues last for approximately 2 years for 80% of women. Some have described this feeling as a furnace that gets switched on several times per day. Prior to one developing, there may be behavior change, increase in heart rate, dizziness and then the accompanying rapid rise of heat on the skin. To make matters worse, shivering can occur after the heat wave dissipates.

Conversely, a hot flash during the night is called a night sweat. During these bouts, a woman can feel drenched in sweat from head to toe, necessitating changing night clothes and sheets several times per night. Needless to say, quality of sleep is compromised compounding other menopausal symptoms including anxiety and depression. The ability to attain REM sleep may be particularly interrupted. These temperature disturbances can wreak havoc on your quality of life, not to mention the embarrassment suffered.

If you are suffering from hot flashes and night sweats talk to us about how these disruptive symptoms can be addressed through our hormone replacement program.