Non-hormonal management of hot flushes.
There is only one effective treatment for hot flushes – oestrogen. The way we use it now is much safer than in years gone by. Hot flushes are called vasomotor symptoms in medical speak. I don’t know why they cannot call a “hot flush” a hot flush. Doctors like to use fancy sounding words to confuse our patients, and to show how clever we are.
Non-hormonal management of vasomotor symptoms.
Obstetrics and Gynaecology, School of Medicine, University of Glasgow , UK.
Abstract Vasomotor symptoms are the most common indication for the prescription of hormone replacement therapy since it is effective in over 80% of cases. In 1995, 37% of American women took hormone replacement therapy, principally for this purpose. However, following the publication of results from the Women’s Health Initiative, as many as half of these women in the US and in the UK and New Zealand discontinued hormone therapy. Discontinuation of estrogen is often accompanied by a return of vasomotor symptoms; however, only a small number (18%) of women report restarting hormone therapy. Alternatives are available, but limited knowledge on etiology and mechanisms of hot flushing represents a major obstacle for the development of new, targeted, non-hormonal treatments, and no current alternatives are as effective as estrogen.