Hot flashes are feelings of intense heat that often affect women during menopause. But men can also experience hot flashes from hormonal changes, lifestyle causes, and some medical reasons.
A hot flash is a feeling of intense heat that isn’t triggered by your immediate surroundings. It often appears suddenly.
Hot flashes are commonly linked to women undergoing menopause. However, men can also experience this condition.
Sex and gender exist on spectrums. We use the term “women” and “men” in this article to refer to sex assigned at birth and reflect terms historically used to gender people.
Women experience hot flashes from a sudden fluctuation in hormones as they age. On the other hand, men don’t experience a natural sharp decline in testosterone.
In fact, men experience a less than 2 percent drop in testosterone every year after 30. This is a healthy and steady decline.
Androgen deprivation therapy
Hot flashes in men are most likely to occur as a result of a prostate cancer treatment called androgen deprivation therapy. This treatment works by restricting the production of testosterone so that it can’t stimulate cancer cell growth.
It’s estimated that as many as 80 percent of men who undergo this form of therapy have hot flashes.
Hot flashes in men sometimes coincide with other symptoms like:
These symptoms may be the result of stress, depression, or anxiety. More research is needed to fully understand how these symptoms correlate to hot flashes.
- a sensation of warmth that comes on suddenly
- heavy sweating
- reddening of the skin
While the triggers of hormone decreases differ for men and women, the symptoms of hot flashes are identical in both sexes.
The sensation of warmth and flushing is felt most intensely in the head and trunk areas. Heavy sweating and a reddening of the skin may accompany these symptoms.
Such symptoms may pass quickly, averaging about 4 minutes, and end in a cold sweat. Some men and women will experience these symptoms infrequently, while others may experience them up to 10 times a day.
Most men stop having flashes after about 7 months of finishing their androgen deprivation treatment, according to a
Improving your diet, sleep patterns, and overall fitness may help reduce discomfort during hot flashes.
It’s important to note that testosterone replacement therapy is not recommended for men with a history of prostate cancer since it may stimulate cancer cells. Talk with your doctor before taking any off-label medications.
You can help prevent hot flashes by avoiding common triggers, such as:
- spicy food
- warm room temperatures
- tight or heavy clothing