The Anatomy of the Hot Flash

 

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Hot flashes are no joke when they leave you soaked in sweat and feeling dazed. Technically, hot flashes exaggerate how the body normally cools down: blood vessels dilate, letting more blood reach. Help me understand what is actually going on in my body during a hot flash. It feels like a lot is happening.

Your hypothalamus—the part of your brain responsible for regulating body temperature (along with appetite, sleep cycles and hormones)—detects hormonal shifts and goes on alert, thinking that you’re overheating. Let’s have a look at the series of events that cause a hot flash. Your brain thinks that your body is too hot, even if you are not. The process by which your body cools itself (sweating) is initiated.

Blood vessels dilate to allow your blood to reach the surface of your skin. Your skin temperature rises and you feel hot. Your body gets a sudden, intense surge of warmth; sometimes skin turns red and blotchy. Your skin temperature climbs, beginning at the top third of your body (your face, head and chest). Blood vessels begin to dilate.

Your body struggles to regulate and reduce its temperature and cool off by perspiring. While nobody actually knows the mechanism for a hot flash, we do know that there is an area in the brain called the hypothalamus that regulates body temperature. For whatever reason, during the transition through perimenopause and menopause, the hypothalamus sends signals that cause women to get hot.

Anatomy of a Hot Flash Posted onJanuary 14, 2015December 14, 2016by partner Do your hot flashes make you feel like your body is a five-alarm fire? Hot flashes can be so strong that women have been known to stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open or even stick their head in the freezer!Find out how hot flashes happen, and what’s going on in your brain and body during a hot flash. Here, the anatomy of a hot flash.

Medically Reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD. Last Update. Physiology of hot flashes Hot flashes are the most common symptom of the climacteric, although prevalence estimates are lower in some rural and non-Western areas. The symptoms are characteristic of a heat-dissipation response and consist of sweating on the face, neck, and chest, as well as peripheral vasodilation.

It’s a sudden feeling of heat and sometimes a red, flushed face and sweating. We don’t know exactly what causes them, but they may be related to changes in circulation. Hot flashes start when blood. A hot flash, or vasomotor flush, is when your brain mistakenly thinks your body is overheated and starts a chain reaction to try to cool it down.

This is probably caused by changes in hormone levels as you approach menopause.

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What is a hot flash, anyway?

“The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause” by Susan Mattern
from The Slow Moon Climbs: The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause
by Susan Mattern
Princeton University Press, 2019

The hot flash typically occurs at the time of transition from perimenopause to postmenopause, that is, the climacteric.

“Williams Textbook of Endocrinology” by Henry Kronenberg, Shlomo Melmed, Kenneth S. Polonsky, P. Reed Larsen
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by Henry Kronenberg, Shlomo Melmed, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2007

The actual hot flash begins in the head and neck areas and then passes away, often in waves, over the entire body.

“Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery” by Balaji
from Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
by Balaji
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A temperature increase, coffee, wine, or spicy food can trigger a hot flash.

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by Judith Worell
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The baseline number of hot flashes was the average number of hot flashes/day during the control diet arm.

“Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention” by Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson
from Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention
by Victor R. Preedy, Ronald Ross Watson
Elsevier Science, 2011

The “flash” sensation in a “hot flash” occurs as the body temperature peaks and begins a rapid return to normal.

“Obstetrics and Gynecology at a Glance” by Errol R. Norwitz, John O. Schorge
from Obstetrics and Gynecology at a Glance
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The exact cause of a hot flash is not understood, although it is related to a disturbance of hypothalamic thermoregulation.

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from Andreoli and Carpenter’s Cecil Essentials of Medicine E-Book
by Ivor Benjamin, Robert C. Griggs, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2010

It is believed that the hot flash represents an initial change in central thermoregulation that elicits a number of compensatory mechanisms.

“The Reproductive System at a Glance” by Linda J. Heffner, Danny J. Schust
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• Each hot flash is associated with increase in temperature, increased pulse rate, and increased blood flow into the hands and face.

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Physiologically, the first and core event in a hot flash is a spontaneous increase in cutaneous blood flow that is usually accompanied by an increase in heart rate.

“Medical Neurobiology” by Peggy Mason, PhD
from Medical Neurobiology
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  • Thanks for this info….its straight to the point….many times I see these videos about hot flashes it takes ages to get to the point…. blessings…..this too will pass….IN JESUS NAME

  • OR YOUR like me where I was plunged into it abrutly because all my female parts turned into horrific month long painful tumors….. i started having issues a good year before i lost it all… and i was not told anything i was not told any information i had no idea how aweful menopause does… the hot flashes mod swings the horrid episodes you think your part of the exocist… they dont tell you how long it lasts for years and its even worse for people who are not done with it naturally like i dunno 35… they can last for a few seconds where your on fire then your freezing… but it can also last hours for me…. the hot flashes are the most infuriating and god does it disrupt sleep it comes in cycles.. i have no way to treat it… im just now full blown into it in the first few years… and when i asked for help for sleep i was given terrible anti depressants for off label use traznadone and a god dang anti psychothic!!!!!!!!!! called seroquel!!!!!!!!!! what the mcfuck the beer I drink is better than the horrific side effects the other one has… its also off label which means its not meant for that…. as for sex.. sigh.. i want it so bad i have times where i want to but i get utis or yeast infection and if i try to have my jonsin fun it hurts like heck… it sucks so muuuuuuuuuch.. meh have viagra.. its easy for them… but women… this… sucks… its why im single… lol good luck finding a man that can handle this powder keg… i have have had all of this… this… is the first time i found a true video that explains it.. when i first had menopause i didnt know what was wrong with me……this.. explains everything.. i wish i had found you a few years ago!!!

  • I’m going on 24 years of hot flashes and her description doesn’t even touch how miserable these things can be. The biggest help comes from bio identical hrt with small doses of testosterone and SSRI’s. Sweets and high carb meals make them especially severe and more frequent.������

  • I am lost. I don’t have anymore sex drive. And dryer Vaginal.please tell me what I can do. Fix it i have all of it. And I am losing my boyfriend. We have not had anymore sexual

  • Stop believing that there is no cure or solution to Herpes virus. Of course there is a permanent cure for Herpes virus. I just got rid of my HSV 1 & 2 completely and permanently within just 7 days after following some certain protocols. The protocols I took were superb and fast. I’m super excited right now all thanks to Dr Aloha’s Herbal Remedy. You can reach Dr Aloha via his email: [email protected] gmail.com or Call/Text +1(202)871-3222

  • Stop believing that there is no cure or solution to Herpes virus. Of course there is a permanent cure for Herpes virus. I just got rid of my HSV 1 & 2 completely and permanently within just 7 days after following some certain protocols. The protocols I took were superb and fast. I’m super excited right now all thanks to Dr Aloha’s Herbal Remedy. You can reach Dr Aloha via his email: [email protected] gmail.com or Call +1(202)871-3222

  • True but It’s also to do with magnesium deficiencies as well as other things, google Dr Carolyn Dean, on one of her you tubes she talks about magnesium and hot flushes as she had problems with hot flushes. As soon as I started using her products the hot flushes disappeared and I also used these natural patches which has helped me with lots of other health problems as well, phew no more horrible hot flushes.
    https://lifewave.com/1050897

  • To any women out there suffering from hot flashes and night sweats due to perimenopause:

    Try “OMAD” (which means “one meal a day”) and eliminating caffeine and alcohol! It really does wonders. It took me about a week and now I have zero issues with hot flashes etc, it’s all GONE.

    OMAD works for me (and I’m currently experimenting with TMAD, which means “two meals a day”), maybe it can help you too.

    In my own experience fasting is amazing and incredibly beneficial.

    But I recommend you do some research on it yourself before you try so you know what to expect and what happens in your body etc.

    I’m not an expert and I don’t have any medical background, I’m just sharing what has worked for me so you have to do your own experimenting and research to find out what works for you.

    And if it works for you too, consider ‘liking’ this comment or leave a comment on it so that other women can be inspired by your experiences as well! ��

  • I call them “heart flashes”……. tachycardia waking me in the middle of the night. what fun 😉 Had heart checked…everything ok.

  • Dr. Virginia San Miguel & Megan Bird have a very bad case of hormonal imbalance, yet teaching people about hormonal imbalance?
    They know the theory very well, alright, that’s about it

  • Hot flashes!!!!!!!!! Kills me ������I’m a front line health care worker and as soon as I put on my PPE here comes my deadly hot flashes!!! I feel like that I’m inside an oven. All night long me and my husband has the debate. I turn on the AC and the fan but I’m still sweating and my husband is freezing �� I’m having my private summer all day long. So I started consuming flax seeds and hope it’s going to work for me. So ladies good luck! Let’s face this crisis ��