Hot flashes or flushes as they are also known are often associated solely with women in menopause. But men can also suffer from them. Harvard medical School argues that although fewer men experience this condition than women some men find it as difficult to deal with as their counterparts.
Around 70% of women experience hot flashes as part of menopause as their estrogen levels decrease. Although men don’t experience a sharp decrease in their testosterone as they age it is common in men that have received treatment for prostate cancer. Harvard Medical School estimate that as many as 80% of men who are treated with androgen deprivation – reducing testosterone may experience hot flashes.
Hot flashes can come on suddenly, heavy sweating and reddening of the skin are common symptoms with the ‘heat’ of the flash being most commonly concentrated in the head and trunk. It can be distressing for both men and women but there is hope. Research has shown that hypnotic relaxation can be effective for both men and women.
This new research by Baylor university follows on from Elkins who conducted extensive research using hypnotic relaxation therapy with postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors. The therapy was effective in providing a marked decrease in hot flashes. It reduced hot flashes by as much as 80 percent, and research findings also show it also improved participants’ quality of life and lessened anxiety and depression.
One participant said that the therapy ‘eliminated the flashes, calmed me down…The self -hypnosis was empowering’
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The full article can be read here: Science Daily.