Hormonal Complexities: Perimenopause and Menopause

This will be an ongoing blog related to the signs and symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

Hot Flashes:

75% of women experience hot flashes in menopause (click here).  Hot flashes may profoundly impact the quality of life, leading to depression and insomnia from night sweats.

Hot flashes are NOT strictly a symptom of low estrogen.  Women with high estrogen levels can also suffer from hot flashes.  Women in some cultures do not undergo hot flashes at all.

One factor related to hot flashes is body type.  Thin women are more likely to be subjected to hot flashes because they have fewer fat cells which produces the enzyme aromatase which converts testosterone to estrogens.  Lifestyle and diet also contribute to the likelihood of feeling hot flashes.  Smoking, drinking alcohol are correlated with increased incidence of hot flashes.  Diabetes and high sugar consumption increase the frequency of hot flashes.  Diets that are rich in phytoestrogens such as soy (click here) are less likely to live through hot flashes.

Finally stress and negative views of aging lead some women to increase in hot flashes (click here).

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