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Published on September 12, 2017

Managing Hot Flashes

Managing Hot Flashes

Managing Hot Flashes

​​Are you experiencing your own personal heat wave? Hot flashes…also known as power surges…are one of the most common symptoms of menopause. They can occur during the day, at night and during what feels like the most inconvenient times. Learn how to manage hot flashes from Vanessa P. Haygood, MD, an Ob/Gyn in the Triad and member of the Cone Health Medical and Dental Staff.

Q) My mother, age 92, still suffers from hot flashes--at least, that's what they look like. Could there be another reason for her "power surges"? Given her age, will they never end? I'm 75 and don't want that to look forward to the rest of my life.

A) It is unusual for hot flashes to continue to such an advanced age.  There are a number of medical conditions that can be associated with flushing similar to hot flashes.  It is important to discuss the persistence of flushing at your mother’s next primary care appointment so that her provider can consider whether workup for other causes is needed.  

There is some similarity in how women experience menopausal symptoms that is genetically determined.  Even if your mother continues to have hot flashes that are caused by menopause at 92, that does not mean you will as well.

Q) I have not been bothered with hot flashes. Is this unusual and is this OK? I have noticed little change except weight gain since entering menopause. I am not on any medications. (Personal note: Good to "see" you. We had two wonderful birth experiences with your practice many moons ago!)

A) It sounds as if you are having an asymptomatic menopause which is fortunate and not at all abnormal.  You should still practice some of the lifestyle suggestions such as exercise and healthy diet to avoid some of the negative effects of menopause that may have no noticeable symptoms, such as osteoporosis and increased risk of heart disease.