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Hot Flashes in Men and the Truth Behind Andropause

Updated on June 19, 2010

Many men question if male menopause and hot flashes in men are true or if they are just internet rumors. There is more to it then just a straight yes or no. Men do not experience a phase where certain sex organs discontinue doing what they do leading to infertility yet men do experience reductions in hormone production and even hot flashes.

So it is true that night sweats and hot flashes in men are real. Male hormone loss at middle age is much more gradual than female hormone loss though a word has been made up for male menopause: Andropause.

Andropause commonly starts in a man’s 50’s but can strike in men in their 40's. Usual side effects are insomnia, night sweats and hot flashes. Men will get andropause naturally or after androgen suppression therapy to relieve prostate cancer.



Avoiding Hot Flashes in the First Place

Testosterone levels also begin declining with age and this change in hormones affects the hypothalamus in the brain. It tricks that part of the brain into believing you aren't hot enough so it tells your blood vessels to enlarge, making you blush and get covered in sweat. In addition, men who have had a testicle removed caused by prostate cancer have a 75% possibility of experiencing hot flashes because of the decline in testosterone.

Exercise and diet are some of the optimal ways to keep the side effects of andropause away. Steer clear of caffeine, alcohol, red wine, foods with MSG and spicy food. A multi vitamin will help insure you are receiving 100% of the nutrients you require each day. Don’t smoke as this raises your possibility of experiencing a hot flash and wear loose fitting cotton garments so that you can deal with sweat better.

Keeping Night Sweats at Bay

You can lessen a hot flash in action by applying a cold moist washcloth on your heels and forehead; applying cold to these two areas right away helps cool the rest of the body. As soon as you feel a hot flash looming, have a cold glass of water. This will cool you down immediately and will make the after affects of the hot flash less extreme.

Many hot flashes strike at night so taking steps before you get into bed is very significant. Cool off where you sleep immediately before you crawl into bed and maintain a cool temperature all night by cracking open a window or taking over the air conditioning. To take full advantage of central air conditioning’s coolness factor, at night cover up vents in other parts of the house so that the cold air is forced into your bedroom.

Possible Remedies from your Doctor

Review all of the medications you are on with a health care provider; a doctor may be able to figure out if any of your medicines are contributing to hot flashes. A fairly ordinary treatment for hot flashes in men is to use the same hormone replacement therapy that women get for menopause symptoms.

Hot flashes in men can be an uncomfortable part of old age or a side effect from prostate cancer care. There can be numerous straightforward adjustments to your daily activities you can employ to minimize these hot flashes and even remedies from a general practitioner that can help if home strategies did not work.

You can learn additional research regarding hot flashes in men and how to block them.

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