You are still hot but now it just comes in flashes

Hi #GYNEGIRLS!

Let’s chat about an oldie but goodie – HOT FLASHES!

75% of you will experience some sort of hot flashes in life. BUMMER! A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat that may be followed by redness and flushing in your face AND sweating which is all caused by a decrease in your female hormone called ESTROGEN. That’s the hormone that comes from your ovaries and it’s also the hormone that makes you beautiful- curvy full hips, thick long hair or short if you cut it off- it’s your prerogative, and pretty glowing skin. And by the way-Estrogen also protects your bones, brain, and heart.

When hot flashes first happen, you ladies get anxious because you think MENOPAUSE is around the corner.

Sad face…Sometimes it is. I know what SOME of you are thinking…OMG I AM GETTING OLD! Don’t sweat this! No pun intended. LOL. You are more “seasoned” now. Sidebar-You know what menopause means right? Auntie Flow is not coming anymore. Ladies in order for you to be in menopause, you can’t have a period for at least 1 FULL year.

Ladies- you are at RISK of having more extreme hot flashes if you smoke- so stop it, “fluffy”- diet now, if you don’t exercise so get a gym membership, or if you are African American-you can’t change that. Hot flashes can cause you to not sleep well because they can wake you up which over time will lead to memory problems, anxiety, and depression. You need to fix this problem, especially if it’s causing a disruption in your daily life. Stop being so stubborn!

In the office, I always check your thyroid gland during the exam and also by ordering a blood test; sometimes, if it’s overactive, hot flashes can occur.

See…So hot flashes don’t always mean you are getting OLD. LOL!

You should try non-hormones first only after you have changed your lifestyle-watch your diet, exercise, and no more nicotine. Flaxseed- I love this, Effexor (if you are not on tamoxifen for breast cancer), and Gabapentin are a few options. Talk to your doctor! Keep cool- open the window, start the AC, get a fan, AND sip cold water. Avoid hot and spicy foods, caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, or soda), and booze (alcohol). Relax- learn to meditate or try yoga- not hot yoga of course. LOL! And don’t smoke cigs. Try acupuncture! Even hypnosis may help. You will get through this just like everything else in life. You have made it this far! You are fierce because you are one of Dr. Drai’s Gyne Girls. By the way, hot flashes generally don’t last past 5 YEARS! I know that’s still a long time.

Remember Gyne Girls, you are still HOT, but now it just comes in FLASHES! Until next time!

OTHER POSTS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT…

drdrai

Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

3

 likes / One comment
Share this post:
  • Andrea Robinson

    Another fact I have never heard before! Estrogen protects the bones, brain and heart? Whenever I read one of your posts, I have to start Googling right away! 🙂

    I’m way past menopause, and I have to tell all the other #Gynegirls! out there, you are going to love the freedom you experience after Aunt Flow finally splits and takes all her quirky side-effects with her.

    I used to work in an office with a girlfriend about my age, and once in awhile, I would turn to her and ask, “Is it hot in here, or is it just me?” And she would say, “I don’t know, I might be having a hot flash!” and we would both crack up! Our boss finally went around the office and put thermometers on quite a few walls, considering that the office temp fluctuated quite a bit anyway and we were untrustworthy monitors of the temperature.

    Trust me, once in awhile you are probably going to have to go outside and stand in the wind. At times, you might think that your cheeks are either going to catch on fire or just stay permanently red. But, it’s worth it.

    Here’s a trick that I didn’t know at the time, but would have saved me a lot of grief if I had. It’s called, “RELAX!” If I had known this, I think that the flashes would have moved through quite a bit quicker.

    You’re in the middle of a hot flash and may or may not have already gotten up to go outside. Close your eyes for a second, and listen to your breathing. Relax your breathing if you feel any tension in your upper lungs, neck, or shoulders. Imagine a place you would love to be … a cool island, a snow-covered mountain, a room filled with people whom you truly love, whatever. When you feel more relaxed, congratulate yourself on doing a great job and take pride in handling life’s changes with grace. That’s what it’s all about.

    And follow Dr. Drai’s ideas, because they really can help. This is the time for self-care and self-appreciation.

    🙂

Archives

> <
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec