They come on as quickly as a summer shower, and they’re just as unpredictable. They can occur as infrequently as once a month or come as frequently as every few minutes. They can make you feel just a tad warmer than normal, or like you’ve just stepped in front of a blazing inferno. Yes, I’m talking about hot flashes and hormonal night sweats, and if you have them you know just what I mean.
One of the toughest things these early menopause symptoms is that they have very few rules or predictable patterns. That makes it so hard to try to stop hot flashes or hormonal night sweats. There are some factors that are known to make them more likely, though. For example, heavier women, women who are under increased stress, and women who do not exercise regularly may have more intense hot flashes.
Then again, you can be thin, fit, and have a happy-go-lucky life and still suffer severe hot flashes. That unpredictability makes some doctors dismissive of the symptom when women visit to ask how to stop hot flashes. That makes menopause specialist Dr. Holly M. Thacker very angry.
“It burns me up (no pun intended) when I meet women whose doctors have dismissed their complaints of hot flashes by telling them to exercise more or take a few deep breaths,” Thacker wrote in Vibrant Nation’s guide to recognizing and treating menopause symptoms.
You should definitely talk to your doctor, though, because while there’s no way to definitively stop hot flashes and hormonal night sweats, because there are many medications that can cause or exacerbate your hot flashes. Medications such as:
- high blood pressure drugs
- over-the-counter fever reducers
- antidepressants and antipsychotics
- cortisone medications such as prednisone and prednisolone
- niacin (taken in the higher doses used for lipid disorders)
If you’re taking any of these medications, or similar ones, and you’re looking for a way to stop hot flashes or hormonal night sweats, it’s important to talk to a medical professional. “There are other reasons unrelated to hormone changes that cause women to experience hot flashes, Thacker warns. “Many women with diabetes discover that the condition damages their autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for such bodily functions as perspiration and temperature regulation. Ladies with over- or under-active thyroids may experience temperature fluctuations for similar reasons.”
To learn more about early menopause symptoms, and how to stop hot flashes and hormonal night sweats, download our free special report 5 Proven Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes During Menopause.