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Hot flashes after hysterectomy

Understanding hot flashes after a hysterectomy

hot flashes warmHysterectomy can often lead women to suddenly experience the onset of menopause and symptoms such as hot flashes. Hysterectomy does not cause menopause or hot flashes, but if the procedure involved removing the ovaries and the uterus, then hot flashes or other symptoms that normally indicate menopause may result. Following a hysterectomy, hot flashes are another burden women have to deal with. Keep reading to find out more about hot flashes after hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy and hot flashes

hot flashes warmHysterectomy can result in hot flashes which are sensations of extreme heat in the upper body. Hot flashes are usually accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, a reddening of the chest, neck and face and often heavy sweating. The duration of hot flashes after hysterectomy is different for each woman but they can last anywhere between thirty seconds and five minutes. Following hysterectomy, there is variation too in the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.

Hysterectomy hot flashes are classified as follows:

Mild hot flashes barely noticeable, quick, and don't interfere with daily routine.
Moderate hot flashes warmer, more intense, and more noticeable (with obvious perspiration).
Severe hot flashes intensely hot and force women to stop what they are doing and seek relief.

After hysterectomy: What are the main causes of hot flashes?

hot flashes hysterectomyHysterectomy and ensuing hot flashes remain something of a mystery to experts. While the principal trigger of such hot flashes is unclear, the main cause is believed to be the hypothalamus (the part of the brain that controls body temperature) and its tendency to overproduce heat. A decreasing level of estrogen hormones associated with hysterectomy causes the hypothalamus to detect an increased body temperature and release chemicals that make the skin blood vessels to dilate so that heat can be released, leading to hot flashes.

Hysterectomy and resulting hot flashes, along with other symptoms such as dizziness and heart palpitations decrease in strength and regularity after menopause, but some women may experience them for the rest of their lives.

Please keep reading to learn how to best manage hot flashes.

Hysterectomy and managing hot flashes

Hysterectomy and hot flashes are linked to reduced estrogen levels in a woman’s body. There are various way of dealing with these hot flashes such as following a healthier diet and doing more exercise. However, because the hormonal imbalance that results from hysterectomy needs to be addressed, further changes must be made. Leading a healthy lifestyle and complementing this with a hormone-balancing treatment such as alternative medicine is most effective in treating hot flashes after hysterectomy.

Click on one of the links in the article below to learn more about the hot flashes after hysterectomy treatment that is most suitable.

Treatment for Hot Flashes

Three levels of approaches can be considered for treating hot flashes after hysterectomy: lifestyle changes, alternative approaches drugs and surgery. The safest way is to start with the least risky approach and go on to the next level only if it is necessary. Click on the following link to read and learn more specifics about the different options for the treatment of Hot Flashes.

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