Hot Flashes Specialist

Stacey  A. Anderson, MD -  - Gynecologist

Anderson Obstetrics & Gynecology

Stacey A. Anderson, MD

Gynecologist & Aesthetic Specialist located in Martinsburg, WV

Hot flashes may be a common part of menopause and pre-menopause, but they don't have to take over your life. Dr. Stacey Anderson at Anderson Obstetrics & Gynecology in Martinsburg, West Virginia is here to help patients deal with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms in an easy and highly effective way. Treatments such as hormone replacement can allow patients to eliminate most symptoms so they can enjoy their life again. If you’re experiencing hot flashes, call Anderson Obstetrics & Gynecology today or book your appointment online.

Hot Flashes Q & A

by Stacey A. Anderson, MD

What are hot flashes?

Hot flashes are among the most common symptoms of menopause. During a hot flash, the body feels overwhelmed with heat. This can cause extreme sweating, blood vessel dilation leading to reddened skin, and even increased heartbeat.

How long do hot flashes occur for?

It's common for women to experience hot flashes for at least the early portion of menopause. This may last from six months to two years on average, but could last up to a decade in some cases. It can be different for each woman.

What other symptoms tend to occur along with hot flashes?

Hot flashes are just one of the symptoms of menopause. It's quite common for other symptoms to occur at the same time, including:

  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Memory problems
  • Decreased libido

How are hot flashes treated?

While there isn't a permanent cure for hot flashes, there are several ways to achieve relief. As an experienced OB/GYN, Dr. Anderson at Anderson Obstetrics & Gynecology offers all the most helpful treatments.

Many patients find that hormone replacement therapy is a highly effective means of dealing with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.

In some cases, selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) frequently used as antidepressants may be used in the treatment of hot flashes, as well.

Dr. Anderson may also recommend some coping strategies and lifestyle adjustments. These may include wearing layered clothing or maintaining a lower temperature in the home.

What is the average age that menopause starts?

On average, menopause starts at age 51, but it can start far earlier or later. Most women enter a perimenopause (pre-menopause) period at least a couple of years before full blown menopause begins.

During perimenopause, periods will typically be erratic, but won't stop completely. Symptoms like hot flashes may come and go, so you may be symptom free for weeks or even months at a time while in perimenopause.

How often should you see the doctor while in menopause?

While you're in menopause, it's important to make sure that your hot flashes and other symptoms are properly managed. Finding the right dosage of hormones and other medications may take a little time, but it's well worth it once you've reached the optimal dose.

Struggling with hot flashes or other menopause symptoms? Dr. Anderson is ready to help. Make an appointment online or call Anderson Obstetrics & Gynecology anytime.