Anatomy Of A Hot Flash


Many women who come into the hormone clinic say they experience hot flashes and so go on to ask me what causes them. Here is what I tell them...

When estrogen gets too low, the brain realizes estrogen is no longer high enough to protect the body and do its job, so the adrenal gland kicks in and increases cortisol secretion to excess.

This excess is enough to cause instability of the blood pressure, appearing as vacillating hypertension, both systolic and diastolic.

The diastolic pressure becomes less increased than the systolic, resulting in larger pulse pressure, then resulting in a visceral response creating a hot flash.

Hot flashes are present only when estrogen falls too low and will go away once estrogen has been fully restored.

Estrogen is responsible for regulating everything in the female body including blood pressure, body temperature, and fluid balance.

Hot flashes are one of the clinical indicators of estrogen deficiency we measure in the hormone clinic. As long as estrogen remains in optimal blood serum ranges, hot flashes do not exist. The absence of hot flashes is one of the ways we know hormones are balanced.

If you are getting hot flashes, whether you are on hormone therapy or not, then your hormones are not properly balanced. Women whose hormones are balanced in the Hormone Sweet Spot do not experience hot flashes.

Reference: Freedman RR. Physiology of hot flashes. Am J Hum Biol. 2001 Jul-Aug;13(4):453-64.


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