What Can Cause Hot Flashes in Men?

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Male hot flashes by definition are the same as female hot flashes; A hot flash is an abrupt and intense sensation of heat affecting the face, neck, and upper body, resulting in a cold, clammy sweat and discomfort. In regards to frequency, male hot flashes often occur six to ten times throughout the day and last anywhere between a couple of minutes to an hour. The feeling can cause anxiety, a quickened heart rate, irritability, and nausea.

Symptoms

  • Hot flashes
  • Absent periods
  • Mood swings
  • Feeling irritable
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Painful intercourse
  • Weight gain, 

The Cause: Hot Flashes

While it is true that hot flashes are more common in women, hot flashes in men are not unusual. Women who experience abrupt menopause when their ovaries are surgically removed often suffer severe hot flashes that start right after surgery and typically last longer than those in women who undergo natural menopause. Male hot flashes are caused by a severe testosterone deficiency that can occur in andropause (male menopause) and in androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer.

Hot flashes occur because the low levels of testosterone confuse the hypothalamus (the thermal control center of the brain) into believing that the body is overheated. As a result, the hypothalamus sends signals to widen blood vessels in the skin in order to force this fictional excess heat out of the body. Male menopause hot flashes represent your body’s attempt to keep cool and not overheat.

Since testosterone can stimulate prostate cancer growth, a key treatment for the disease is androgen deprivation therapy. The therapy effectively places a man into andropause. It nearly 80 percent of the time results in male menopause hot flashes.

How to Get Rid of Hot Flashes in Men

What your doctor does to treat hot flashes will depend on the central cause of the problem. If you’re taking a medication that is causing the hot flashes to occur, inform your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing.

If you’re experiencing hot flashes and you’re not taking a medication that could be causing your hot flashes, talk to your doctor. Your doctor will need to test your testosterone levels and diagnose the cause of the problem.

Treatment for male hot flashes options include:

Sometimes making a simple lifestyle change can improve testosterone levels in the body. Your doctor can help you identify whether your lifestyle could be the result of your hot flashes.

Exercise: Getting regular exercise can help you control your weight and regulate hormones.

Good nutrition: Your doctor may recommend eating more foods known to boost testosterone production, including beef, oysters, tuna and beans.

Take a vitamin D supplement: Nearly half the population is deficient in vitamin D, which in turn can lead to low testosterone.

Natural Remedies

  • Avoid triggers such as alcohol, stress, spicy food, caffeine, and hot beverages.
  • Dress in layers that are easy to remove when you get hot.
  • Practice yoga or relaxation techniques

Although available treatments may not eliminate all hot flashes, they can offer enough symptom relief to make a big difference in many women’s quality of life and interest in sex. These treatments include lifestyle changes, nonprescription remedies, hormone therapy, and nonhormonal prescription drugs.

Hormones are administered to people via pill, pellet, topical ointment, or injection. Your doctor can help you decide what kind of hormone replacement is right for you.

If you find that you’re regularly struggling with hot flashes, it’s important to check in with a doctor to try to figure out what’s going on. If lack of estrogen is the cause, your doctor will likely prescribe something to help increase the levels of the hormone in your body.

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