Hot flashes in men: Causes, symptoms, and treatment tips

By: Dr. Victor Marchione | Men's Health | Monday, March 20, 2017 - 05:00 AM

Hot flashes in menWhile it is a symptom commonly associated with women, hot flashes may also occur in men and leave them feeling intense sensations of warmth that aren’t caused by immediate surroundings or climate. While women may experience hot flashes during menopause, hot flashes in men can occur for a variety of reasons. Continue reading to learn the causes, symptoms, and treatment for hot flashes in men as well as how they may be prevented.

What causes hot flashes in men?

Hot flashes in women are usually due to a sudden fluctuation in hormones caused by age. However, men do not experience that same sudden drop—rather their testosterone declines at a rate of two percent per year after they turn 30. So, what causes hot flashes in men? Below are some potential reasons men may experience hot flashes.

Androgen deprivation therapy. Androgen deprivation therapy is a method used to treat prostate cancer in which testosterone production is restricted so that it is unable to stimulate the growth of cancer cells.

Lifestyle. Too much stress or mental health issues such as depression and anxiety may cause hot flashes in men, along with a loss of libido, mood swings, and erectile dysfunction.

Medical disorders. Some medical issues may cause men’s testosterone levels to drop and in turn, cause them to experience hot flashes.

What are the symptoms of hot flashes?

The symptoms of a hot flash include a sudden feeling of warmth that is felt most throughout your head and torso. This heat may be accompanied by visible redness and sweating, and flashes most frequently occur at night and last for approximately four minutes. Both male and female patients may also experience anxiety, heart palpitations, and irritability.

How to get rid of hot flashes in men

Hot flashes can be very uncomfortable and disruptive, but there are treatment options available to help men get rid of them. Firstly, it is important to identify and eliminate what may be causing your hot flashes. Keep note of whether certain foods or medications increase the frequency of your hot flashes and work them out of your diet. There are also some herbal remedies that may offer relief. Black cohosh and ginseng have been found to help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes in some studies. Finally, some antidepressants have been found to limit the effect of hot flashes.

Preventing hot flashes in men naturally

To prevent hot flashes in men, there are a number of natural remedies that have proven to be effective. Some natural remedies include taking black cohosh, dong quai, and vitamin E. Regular exercise may also help to increase testosterone levels and prevent hot flashes, especially resistance training. Finally, changing your diet to include healthy fats, whole grains, antioxidants, and lean animal protein can help balance your hormones and reduce your risk of experiencing hot flashes.

Hot flashes may occur in men as well as in women, though their causes may vary. In men, hot flashes may be caused by medical or lifestyle factors or because of the use of androgen deprivation therapy in treating prostate cancer. They may be experienced as a sudden wave of heat over the head and torso and can be accompanied by redness and profuse sweating. There are many natural ways to prevent and treat hot flashes, including herbal remedies and regular exercises, though if you are experiencing them persistently it is important to seek the advice of a doctor.

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