Menopause Hot Flashes Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

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what are hot flashes

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*Hot flashes* (also known as *hot flushes,* or *night sweats* if they
happen at night) are a symptom which may have several other causes, but
which is often caused by the changing hormone levels that are
characteristic of menopause.^[1]


· 1 Causes and mechanism
· 2 Presentation
· 3 Types of hot flashes
· 4 In younger women
· 5 Treatment

· 5.1 Hormone replacement therapy
· 5.2 Selective estrogen receptor modulators
· 5.3 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
· 5.4 Isoflavones
· 5.5 Other phytoestrogens
· 5.6 Lifestyle changes

· 6 In men
· 7 Regional variance
· 8 See also
· 9 References
· 10 External links

*Causes and mechanism[edit]*

Research on hot flashes is mostly focused on treatment options. The exact
etiology and pathogenesis, or causes of vasomotor symptoms (VMS)—the
clinical name for hot flashes—has not yet been fully studied.^[2]^[3]
There is empirical knowledge that hints at reduced levels of estrogen as
the primary cause of hot flashes.^[4] There are indications that hot
flashes may be due to a change in the hypothalamus's control of temperature
regulation. This would mean that the sensation of heat is not merely
imaginary, but due to actual changes in body core temperature.^[5]


Hot flashes, a common


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