Mercy Gynecologist Dr. Meghan Lynch Discusses “Hot Flash Triggers”

December 14, 2015
Gynecologic Care at Mercy Baltimore Dr. Lynch

Ask any woman who has experienced hot flashes knows what it's like and they'll tell you they're uncomfortable.

Nearly half of women get hot flashes. While they can't be prevented, there are some things that trigger them.

"It's like someone lights a match and puts it down my throat and it continues to be hot until the match burns out," said Theresa Beverly. "Just waking up at night, sweating in the back of my hair, having to sleep with the ceiling fan on, believe or not."

She has learned there are some things that can bring on the heat, saying: "Cardiovascular exercise. If I exercise, 30 to 40 minutes, after, I'm still on fire."

According to Mercy gynecologist Dr. Meghan Lynch of The Institute for Gynecologic Care, many women have similar complaints and there are other trigger, too.

"There are a lot of triggers. Some of them are hot foods, like hot tea or hot coffee, spicy foods, caffeine itself can trigger a hot flash," Dr. Lynch said. "The blood vessels dilate a little bit and that triggers a temperature change in your body."

Every person is different, so talk with your doctor.

View Mercy gynecologist Dr. Meghan Lynch’s interview regarding “hot flash triggers."

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