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Hot Flashes

Alternate Names : Hot Flushes, Vasomotor Flushes

Hot Flashes | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Not all women want treatment for mild hot flashes. Using a fan, sipping cool water, or imagining a cool spot may help. If hot flashes are severe or frequent or are disturbing sleep patterns, a doctor should be consulted. He or she may suggest HRT.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects of HRT may include:

  • nausea
  • headaches
  • weight gain
  • increased appetite
  • abdominal bloating
  • irregular vaginal bleeding
  • breast tenderness
  • These symptoms are usually of a short-term nature and disappear after 1 to 2 months.

    Research has shown several risks associated with taking HRT or ERT.

  • HRT and ERT increase the risk of breast cancer
  • HRT slightly increases a woman's risk for stroke and heart attack
  • HRT can increase a woman's risk for gallbladder disease.
  • HRT and ERT can increase a woman's risk of blood clots, such as deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
  • If a woman still has her uterus, taking estrogen alone increases the risk of cancer of the uterus. Adding progesterone reduces her risk to that of women who do not take ERT.
  • Overall, the decision to use HRT should be based upon the proven benefits and risks of HRT. Women should discuss the benefits and risks with their doctors. Together, they can choose the best course of action.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    With the proper dosage of medicine, hot flashes should become less severe and frequent. This will allow regular daily activity as well as healthy sleep patterns.

    How is the condition monitored?

    A woman should monitor her symptoms and report any new or worsening symptoms to her doctor.

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    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/13/02

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