One of the most common symptoms of menopause most women are afraid of is hot flushes. Approximately 50% of all peri-menopausal women and 75 to 85% of all post-menopausal women experience hot flushes. However, the onset, duration, frequency and severity of hot flushes can vary greatly between women. Hot flushes can start one to two years prior to a women’s last period and it can continue from 6-months to 15 years.

Hot flushes are caused by hormonal fluctuations, especially a decline in certain hormones that occur during the menopausal transition. The good news is that this hormonal imbalance can be treated naturally and by making simple lifestyle adjustments, you can manage this symptom.

Causes of Hot Flushes

Hormonal Causes of hot flushes
Declining levels of estrogen have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of
the brain responsible for controlling body temperature.

Other Causes of Hot Flushes
Medical conditions and medications can also cause hot flashes, especially if
women are not in the age bracket to experience menopause, but do
experience hot flashes. Therefore, if women do experience hot flashes due to
other medical or medicinal factors should see a doctor.

Trigger for Hot Flushes


• Panic disorder
• Infection
• Cancer
• Diabetes
• Thyroid disease
• Obesity

Medications and hot flushes:

  • Raloxifene (osteoporosis drug)
  • Tamoxifen (cancer drug)
  • Gonadotropin analogues
  • (leuprolide, goserelin and
  • nafarelin)

Common Triggers of hot flushes:

  • Warm environments (i.e. hot weather, rooms,
  • beds, saunas, and showers)
  • Heating equipment (e.g. fireplaces, hair dryers,
  • heaters)
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hot and spicy foods and drinks
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Overconsumption of caffeine, alcohol, and sugar
  • Diet pills

Treatment for hot flushes:

The best treatment for Menopausal Symptoms is: