Lots of my patients often comment on hot flushes affecting their day-to-day lives.

Unfortunately, as much as I’d love to tell you there’s one specific cause for hot flushes, there isn’t. Alongside this, there isn’t one specific way to stop them. However, there are a few really simple normal things we can do in our lives to stop the hot flush triggers. 

What causes hot flushes?

Hot flushes are caused by fluctuations in hormone levels, which affecting some women much more than others. Hot flushes are thought to be relates to an increased cardiovascular risk and can be a huge source of embarrassment for some women and can involve:

  •  A red, flushed face
  •  Sweating
  •  A chilled feeling after the heart

What are the triggers of hot flushes?

Although there is no magical cure for hot flushes, there are a few normal things that you can do within your normal day-to-day life that you could reduce to help minimise the flushes:

  •  Caffeine
  •  Smoking
  •  Spicy foods
  •  Alcohol
  •  Tight clothing
  •  Stress and anxiety

The hot weather we’re experiencing at the moment can also be a trigger to hot flushes. 

Are all hot flushes benign?

It’s not as simple to say that all hot flushes are benign as sometimes they can be linked with other concerns, and can be a little more serious than we may think!

  •  Increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  •  Adverse lipid profiles, more bad cholesterol that blocks arteries to the heart and brain
  •  Raised systolic blood pressure that adds pressure to your heart
  •  An increase in insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes
  •  Worsening of endothelial function, increasing artherslerosis
  •  Lower bone density, increased risk of osteoporosis
  •  Increased risk of depression that doesn’t respond to medication

For more information and to discuss your symptoms, get in touch with me.