Menopausal hot flushes are experienced by up to 75% of menopausal women and an astounding 85% of Australian women suffering from hot flushes remain untreated.
Disturbingly, those who are treated are often given HRT (hormone replacement therapy) as their only option, with symptoms often returning upon cessation of treatment.
So, what causes these flushes and what can you do?
A woman experiencing a hot flush is not significantly hotter than normal. In fact, it is the brain that is perceiving itself to be hotter and is therefore producing a cooling response known as a thermoneutral zone.
The main trigger for flush is due to a decline in oestrogen but a contributing factor is increased sympathetic nervous activity, resulting in increased adrenaline often activated by stress and anxiety.
Data collected by Dr Robert Freedman, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Wayne State University, indicates that reducing the sympathetic drive in women experiencing hot flushes may be a useful strategy for reducing hot flushes and eliminating the need to use HRT.
It’s not a one size fits all approach
Treatment should be approached holistically and address the following:
A holistic approach including a comprehensive health assessment should be conducted before making a decision on whether to choose HRT or a natural alternative option. Make an appointment with your health provider today to discuss what is right for you.