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Treating Cold Flashes Without HRT

Updated on July 29, 2017

A hot flash is a sudden sensation of heat, usually felt over the face, neck and chest. Your skin may redden too. There will also be a lot of perspiration.

A host of medical conditions can cause hot flashes, however, the most common cause is menopause

The frequency and intensity of hot flashes tends to vary among women and may every hour or every month.

Sometimes, a hot flash is followed by a cold flash. You may break in to an almost uncontrollable chill.

Cold flashes usually come on after an episode of hot flash, and are rather common during the peri-menopausal and menopausal phases.

Why Do You Get Cold Flashes?

  • The chief cause for the occurrence of cold flashes is menopause. The brain controls the body temperature. During the menopausal and peri-menopausal phases, estrogen levels fluctuate significantly. When a sudden dip occurs in the level of estrogen, the temperature control mechanism in the brain gets adversely afflicted. As a result, the brain may decrease or increase the temperature of the body, which, in turn, gives rise to a sudden sensation of cold or heat.
  • Younger women may experience cold flashes as well, probably because of a hormone imbalance during or before menstruation or during pregnancy and after childbirth. Changes in the hormone profile has a pivotal role to play in the occurrence of hot and cold flashes.
  • An injury to the brain is another significant etiological factor. Trauma to the brain can damage the temperature control apparatus and set off cold flashes.
  • Certain disorders, such as, urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, anxiety attacks, pneumonia, are associated with cold flashes too.
  • People who have a medical condition wherein the level of blood sugar fluctuates a lot are known to suffer from cold flashes too.
  • There is a strong association between obesity and cold flashes.
  • Those diagnosed with AIDS also experience cold flashes at night.

Clinical Picture of Cold Flashes

Cold flashes are typified by:

  • An strong cold sensation which is generally led by a hot flash
  • Cold sweats
  • Restlessness
  • Shivering
  • Tiredness
  • Disturbed sleep pattern

Soy and Cayenne Pepper are Effective Home Remedies to Stabilize the Hormone Profile

Natural Remedies

  • Menopausal women are usually recommended hormone replacement therapy by their OB/GYN. Low doses of estrogen are administered and this enables the temperature control mechanism in the body to function as it should. Discuss your options with your health care provider. Regular follow-ups with the doctor are very essential. It is always recommended that you taper your hormone replacement therapy drugs.
  • If you are suffering from anxiety or panic attacks, then your health care provider may prescribe anti-depressants to deal with the problem effectively. Like, HRT, anti-depressant therapy also calls for regular follow ups with your doctor.
  • Modifications in your diet and lifestyle are crucial part of the treatment plan; this will also help manage hot and cold flashes better. You must consume a well-balanced wholesome diet, exercise regularly and ensure you follow optimal stress management.
  • Phyto-estrogens help decrease the intensity and frequency of hot as well as cold flashes. Phyto-estrogens are loaded with isoflavones which battle most symptoms related to menopause. Foods which give you a generous dose of phyto-estrogens are – soy, apples, legumes and nuts.
  • Cayenne pepper is the most widely used natural remedy to tackle cold flashes. it helps bring your body thermometer back to equilibrium. It suffuses you with a warm sensation which quickly allays a cold flash.
  • Acupressure, acupuncture, Yoga, Pranayama, Tai Chi and a multitude of other relaxation techniques also help proffer relief from cold flashes.
  • After you wake up with cold flashes at night, falling asleep again may be a little difficult. Hence, first you need to make yourself comfortable. Have some water. Calm down and breathe slowly. Make sure that you always wear comfortable, loose clothing made of natural fabric, whilst sleeping and keep a blanket handy to get warm.


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