Hot flashes — a defining symptom of menopause — can seriously interrupt your life. A hot flash can occur without warning, creating unpleasant episodes especially if your face flushes, or if you routinely perspire through your clothes. As night sweats, they can wake you from a sound sleep, with your pajamas and sheets soaked through. When you have a hot flash, the temperature regulating area within your brain — in the hypothalamus — is deceived into trying to get rid of extra body heat. The hypothalamus sends cool-down signals telling your blood vessels to dilate, your heart rate to increase, and your sweat glands to open up wide.
Menopause (known as andropause in men) is generally caused by a decrease in hormones, whether testosterone or estrogen, so replenishing these hormones is the primary goal of hormone therapy. Bioidentical hormone pellet therapy is a popular way to insert hormones into the body in as natural a way as possible.