CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta, explains the difference between the male and female brain.
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Women's brains and men's brains are slightly different. Women and men are different, do you know that? Dr. Travis Stork: Well, you know what, someone told me that once, I am still trying to figure it out. Dr. Lisa, is it true, that men and women are different? Dr Lisa Masterson: It is so true, yeah. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Travis and I are walking with great trepidation here. Dr. Jim Sears: I'll hold her back. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: There are all sorts of things that obviously woman experience in menopause, and again, we've got Lisa sitting here who knows this better than anybody, but the idea that hot flashes, for example, are actually against something that's happening in the brain. You have a temperature gauge so to speak, a thermostat in the brain, and sometimes it can get set, reset, offset by changes in hormones for example in the body so that could in part explain what is happening in someone who is going to through a hot flash. But estrogen levels change obviously, very widely and that kind of -- Dr. Lisa Masterson: And those things like the hot flashes and things like that they can cause motions. A lot of times during menopause it serves like a PMS all over again as things are changing. And it's obviously -- a lot of times it's hormonal as far as the PMS but you're absolutely right as far as the thermostat change with hot flashes, and those can be very little in some people or some women can be devastated by them and not be able to sleep or work or function and then that's where hormone replacement comes in.