If you’re experiencing hot flashes they are likely affecting your life in one way or another. Perhaps, you’ve tried some techniques, supplements, or hormones to help control them, but you are finding that they just keep coming back. Possibly, hot flashes are waking you up in the night. Maybe they are even causing you to have to change your clothes or sheets. When this occurs it’s hard to get a restful night of sleep for you or your partner.
Factors Contributing to Hot Flashes
If you are under chronic low-grade stress this might be affecting your hormone levels. When we are stressed our body releases cortisol which is a stress hormone. If we are stressed on a regular basis our body will be unable to keep up with the production levels. It will then steal from our sex hormones to make cortisol. This results in lower levels of estrogen or progesterone as we move through menopause and can cause hot flashes to occur.
Another reason some women experience hot flashes more than others is due to over exercising. Excessive exercise can cause cortisol levels to become higher and can also cause inflammation. Both of these things can lower sex hormones, resulting in hot flashes.
In some cases, genetics will cause women to be more prone to having hot flashes. These women typically do not move estrogen through their system properly. Women that are more estrogen dominant will notice this more as they go through menopause.
Are you wondering what happens several years down the road if you are still experiencing hot flashes? Could they possibly get worse because you have not found the root cause? If you are dealing with hot flashes over the long term they could potentially lead to chronic diseases such as female cancers, autoimmune conditions, or osteoporosis. For this reason, it’s important to be thinking about what the future might hold if the hot flashes are not addressed now.
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