The Link Between Anxiety and Hot Flashes During Menopause
Menopause is a time of change, but it doesn't have to be driven by fear.
Take control by asking questions and being open to discussing your menopause symptoms so you become educated and do what you can to make the most of your life.
The answer might actually be yes.
Wondering how? We're glad you asked. Here's how hot flashes and anxiety are linked during menopause.
According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, there is a strong association between menopausal hot flashes and anxiety.
In a 6 year-long study, over 400 women were assessed yearly for their reproductive hormones as well as other physical, emotional, and behavioral factors.
At the end of the study, the researchers concluded that anxiety scores were significantly associated with the occurrence of hot flashes. Women with moderate anxiety were almost three times more likely to report hot flashes and women with high anxiety were almost five times more likely to report hot flashes.
While it's still clear that more study needs to be done on the link between anxiety and hot flashes, it's possible that this means that you can reduce menopausal hot flashes if you can better manage your anxiety.
While there are several ways to cope with your anxiety, such as eating healthy, exercise, and learning what triggers your anxiety, please speak with your doctor before proceeding further.