Hot flashes top the list of menopause symptoms, but many women don't know that these intense heat waves usually begin before they reach menopause, during a time called perimenopause. Dan Wool, NMD, has helped many women in perimenopause and menopause overcome hot flashes with natural therapies and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. If you need relief from the sudden heat and sweating, call Dr. Dan Wool in Scottsdale or Tempe, Arizona, or book an appointment online today.
Hot flashes affect 75-80% of women during perimenopause and menopause. Perimenopause refers to the transitional time leading up to menopause, which may last from several months to four years or longer.
During perimenopause, your hormone levels fluctuate. As a result, your menstrual periods become irregular, and you can start having hot flashes and night sweats.
A hot flash is a sudden, intense sensation of heat in your upper body, usually affecting your face, neck, and chest. Night sweats are hot flashes that occur while you sleep.
Hot flashes occur when a drop in estrogen triggers a cascade of events affecting your hypothalamus, the part of your brain that regulates your body temperature. The hypothalamus mistakenly senses you're too warm and dilates blood vessels near the surface of your skin.
As a result, blood rushes to the surface, and your skin temperature increases, giving you that immediate hot flash, red, flushed skin, and excessive sweating. You may also experience a rapid heartbeat. When the heat disappears, most women experience chills.
A single hot flash usually lasts from 1-5 minutes. On average, most women keep having hot flashes for seven years. However, they can last up to 10 years for some women.
If you have mild hot flashes, you may only need to dress in layers (so you can remove some clothes when a hot flash hits), carry a handheld fan to use when needed, or change your diet to avoid foods that trigger a hot flash.
But if you're like most women and have moderate to severe hot flashes, Dr. Wool relieves your symptoms with effective treatments such as herbal medicines and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
Bioidentical hormones offer a safe, natural alternative to synthetic hormones. They're made from plant-based estrogens and are produced to be identical to the estrogen your body makes.
Dr. Wool uses Biote® bioidentical hormones, which are customized to deliver the dose you need to restore your normal hormone levels. Biote hormones also come in the form of a pellet that Dr. Wool implants under your skin.
The pellet stays in place for several months, where it continuously releases hormones. After a few months, you simply have the pellet replaced to continue hormone replacement therapy.
If you need relief from hot flashes, call Dr. Dan Wool or book an appointment online today.