Hot Flashes and Night Sweats – Not Always Caused by Menopause

by Laura Ramirez on July 23, 2011

Hot flashes and night sweats can disrupt a woman’s sleep at a time in her life when she needs it most. Are there issues other than declining estrogen and progesterone that can cause a woman to suffer with these menopause symptoms for years or even decades? One woman who has suffered with symptoms for over twenty years (can you imagine?) wrote in to a the You Docs (Drs. Oz and Roizen) to find out if she should be looking more closely at other aspects of her lifestyle that could be causing such persistent symptoms.ᅠ

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Hot flashes and night sweats can be caused by other factors besides menopause symptoms.

If you’re not yet using hormone therapy for menopause (bioidentical or synthetic), what other factors should you take a look at first? According to Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, it’s important to consider other prescription medicines that you are taking. Drugs used to slow the progression of osteoporosis, for example, can cause hot flashes and night sweats, while other anti-depressant drugs like Paxil and Effexor can actually cool you down.

If prescription drugs are not the culprit, then take a look at your thyroid. If it is hyperactive (producing excessive amounts of TSH – thyroid stimulating hormone) or if you have Graves Disease, then this could cause the body to overheat at night.

I am 69. I had my first hot flashes 20 years ago, and they continue unabated to this day. They wake me up several times at night and come every few hours during the day. What can I do before ask my doctor for a hormone Rx?

We reviewed the hormone therapy research for “YOU: Staying Young” and believe a bioidentical estrogen (pharmaceutical grade) and a micronized progestin relieves persistent hot flashes. Taken with two baby aspirin, the combination can prolong quality and length of life when done right.

Another thing that could cause these symptoms is your blood sugar levels, so it’s important to have them tested to see whether they are in the normal range. If your thyroid and blood sugar levels are fine and you’re not taking any drugs that could cause you to heat up at night, then taking the right mix of bioidentical hormones (estrogen and progestin) could help to make these symptoms a thing of the past.

Have you suffered from hot flashes and night sweats? What have you tried that has worked?

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