Hot Flushes & Night Sweats FAQs

  • Every women’s experience of hot flushes is different, and the time you will be affected varies. An individual hot flush typically lasts several minutes, though they will often differ in terms of length and severity. Regular hot flushes can occur for any length of time between a few months and several years.
  • Hot flushes are thought to be caused by the hormonal changes that take place during menopause. The body is not as good at regulating temperature during this time, and so you feel too hot or too cold as a result.
  • Adjusting your diet is a good way to combat hot flushes. Reducing your intake of caffeine, hot drinks and spicy food can help with managing your hot flushes. Alcohol and smoking cigarettes are also thought to trigger hot flushes, so watching your intake is another useful method of limiting their frequency.
  • Hot flushes are most commonly a symptom of menopause or perimenopause (the period before menopause), but they can also signal other conditions as well. Food and drink such as spicy food and caffeine can cause hot flushes, as can very stressful periods of you life. They can also be caused by thyroid problems or tumours, so if you are experiencing them regularly and don’t believe it to be a result of perimenopause, menopause or your diet then it is important to talk with your doctor about it.