Written by Avantina Sharma, Ph.D (Foods and Nutrition), M.Sc (Foods and Nutrition) | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Mar 21, 2018

General Info about Hot Flash

Hot flash is an unusual feature that women face before, during and after menopause. It is a global phenomenon experienced by almost all women.

Few lucky ones escape from this symptom. Hormonal imbalance experienced during this time is what is exhibited as this external symptom

Hot Flash

What is New in Hot Flash?

1. Progesterone can Decrease Hot Flashes in Perimenopausal Women

Hot flashes and night sweats in perimenopausal women can be decreased with oral micronized progesterone (OMP). About 8 of 10 perimenopausal women are affected with hot flashes and night sweats. There is no effective therapy for them. Women are often prescribed the birth control pill for hot flash symptoms, which may not be safe because woman's risks for blood clots and strokes increase with age and weight gain.

Hot Flash - References:

  1. Avantina Sharma, Textbook of Food Science and Technology, International Book distributor (IBDC) publishers, India.
  2. Albertazzi P et al. The effect of dietary soy supplementation on hot flushes. Obstetrics and Gynecology 1998;91: 6-11
  3. Charles L Loprinzi et al. Venlafaxine in management of hot flushes in survivors of breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. Volume 356 Page 2059
  4. Jeri AR. The effect of isoflavones phyto-estrogens in relieving hot flushes in Peruvian postmenopausal women. Paper presented at: 9th International Menopause Society World Congress on the Menopause; October 20, 1999; Yokahama, Japan.
  5. Vasomotor symptom relief by soy isoflavone extract tablets in postmenopausal women: a multicenter, double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Menopause. 2000 Jul-Aug;7(4):236-42.

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guest Tuesday, March 20, 2007

My worst hot flashes feel similar to a slight electrical shock, short-lived but very significant (as if I have stuck my finger in a light socket.) Has anyone else experience a similar type of hot flash? I have also had the type where you feel as if your temperature immediately rises and you must remove clothing while profusely perspiring.

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