Office Visits with Dr. V

Episode 15: A Hot Topic: Hot Flashes -Auma ”Kess” Thongteum, NP

November 19, 2021

In this episode of the Office Visits with Dr. V, we meet Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Auma “Kess” Thongteum. We discuss why women get hot flashes, lifestyle factors that can contribute and ways to reduce the severity of hot flashes in your daily life without medication. 


[00:02:38] Kess Discusses Why Women Get Hot Flashes

[00:05:00] Who is Auma “Kess” Thogterums?

[00:07:54] What Can You Do To Get Rid Of Or Reduce The Severity of Hot Flashes
[00:09:30] Lifestyle Changes That Can Reduce Hot Flashes
[00:13:45] Medications Given To Those Experiencing Hot Flashes
[00:14:35] Women Who Should Not Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy
[00:17:34] Herbs and Non Prescriptive Medications
[00:19:59] Let’s Talk About Soy & Breast Cancer
[00:22:00] Hot Flashes Don’t Always Start at 51
[00:23:45] Follicle Stimulating Hormone Diagnosis of Menopause, Yay or Nay?

What Can We Do To Get Rid of Hot Flashes OR Make Them Less Extreme

The average age a woman goes through menopause is 51. Many women experience what they consider temperature changes such as getting warm and others as extreme as hot flashes and these can happen at a variety of ages, such as their ’30s and even’70s. Before these fluctuations in temperature are labeled as hormonal related due to menopause there are some factors to rule out. One place to begin investigating is how well your thyroid is functioning, then, we look to lifestyle changes and stressors. And, before prescribing medicine we need to determine if there are alternatives such as some lifestyle changes you can implement. Even if you have an estrogen imbalance, there are still things you can do to reduce hot flashes before you even get to prescriptions. Some examples of lifestyle changes is reducing caffeine intake, reduce the amount you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and eat spicy and sugary foods.


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