Hot flashes years after menopause? It could be something completely unrelated….

It’s been years since you went through menopause but for some reason, you keep having hot flashes. You feel a wave

It’s been years since you went through menopause but for some reason, you keep having hot flashes. You feel a wave of hotness flow over you. Your palms are sweaty and your heart is racing…

Contrary to what you might think, these flashes can actually be confused for another issue. That’s right: hot flashes are actually a big symptom, for men and women of all ages, of anxiety.

You may not have stopped and thought about it before but hot flashes during menopause can be exacerbated by high anxiety levels.

Anxiety isn’t just a feeling of worry, it’s the activation of your fight or flight system – the system that tells you when you need be fearful for your life. When your fight/flight system overacts to everyday situations, this may mean you’re struggling with anxiety.

Hot and cold flashes can cause distress but it can be easy to palm them off as the aftermath of menopause.

According to a report in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society anxiety levels play a significant part in a woman’s occurrence of hot flashes, and women who described themselves as “somewhat anxious” as a result of life stresses encountered 3 times more hot flashes in comparison to women who happen to be inside “normal” anxiety spectrum. The women with “higher” anxiety ratings experienced 5 times as many hot flashes.

So, what can you do about your hot and cold flashes?

Firstly, see your doctor. They will be able to establish if you do indeed have anxiety.

Next, try one of these 6 things:

  • Take off some clothing – Even though your hot flashes are occurring in your body, you can get more comfortable by wearing light clothing or taking off layers.
  • Control your thoughts – Hot flashes can be fuelled by straying thoughts. If you’re obsessing over something that triggers a hot flashes, find a way to distract yourself.
  • Relax – Relaxation strategies can help to channel out your anxiety. If you feel a hot flash coming on, take a deep breath and focus on your breathing.
  • Drink water slowly – Drinking water may not stop the hot flashes, but it will make you feel better when it’s over. Sweating can take a lot of hydration out of your body, and may also help to soothe you.
  • Try herbal supplements – Passionflower and kava are known herbal remedies for anxiety and help to calm the nervous system. If nothing else, they can trick your mind into believing you are healing yourself.
  • Get treatment – It’s always advised to see your doctor if something is not right. The only surefire way to beat anxiety is to see your doctor and/or psychologist.

At the end of the day, no one should go through hot flashes and discomfort whether it is during or after menopause. You should take any unusual symptoms seriously and be checked out so you can feel great and get on with life.

Share your thoughts below.

  1. 63 now menopause began when i was breastfeeding my son at 42. Still having hot flushes 😥 don’t think I have anxiety though

  2. News Flash for SOS: In Australia, women have hot FLUSHES. Women in the US have hot FLASHES!!

  3. I was told by my GP that a certain percentage of woman suffer hot flushes well into their 70’s. I still get them at 66 and it’s nothing to do with stress as I’m semi retired and have a great life compared to how it use to be years ago. Just get bouts for a week or 3 then ok for a couple of months. Learned to live with it

  4. I was 41 yes old when I went through menopause, I went on HRT for 12 months and the scare about cancer came so they took me off it . But I was fine all symptoms were gone

    • Same with me Libbi, about the same age & I went on HRT, my doctor told me short term use was no problem, problems arise from long term use,I stayed on for 2yrs until I was over the worst of it, best decision I made, my doctor also told me short term use can also be beneficial for heart health during menopause👍

    • I had my ovaries removed and still get hot flushes -at 72- three “tibolone ” tablets a week -it’s a hormone replace meant tablet -the 3 tablets keep it under control ( you can take seven a week )

  5. Buy soy beans preferably frozen n take handful putvin warm water n depod n eat..good for hot flushes n womens health n well being..”one who knows”

  6. I am certainly not stressed and I get them occasionally. I am very heat sensitive, feel so much better when its cold.

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