Alternate Names : Hot Flushes, Vasomotor Flushes
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:
irregular vaginal bleeding
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.