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Is smoking linked to hot flashes?

Charla Simon
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

On average smokers experience menopause 2-3 years earlier than non-smokers. The majority of women entering menopause experience some hot flashes (although these are not always severe).

While smoking does not cause hot flashes directly, the nicotine alters metabolism of estrogen and progesterone and smokers have a slightly earlier menopause (which for many women means an earlier onset of hot flashes).


 

The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) found that women smokers tend to have more hot flashes than nonsmokers. The more the women smoked, the more intense their flashes. Cutting down or quitting smoking can go a long way toward calming flash severity and frequency. Ask your health care professional for guidance.

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause

FROM THE EDITORS OF THE CLASSIC "BIBLE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH," A TRUSTWORTHY, UP-TO-DATE GUIDE TO HELP EVERY WOMAN NAVIGATE THE MENOPAUSE TRANSITION For decades, millions of women have relied on Our...
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Yes, smoking has been shown to increase hot flashes during menopause. Smoking can also initiate early menopause. If you stop smoking, you will eliminate this added menopausal risk and the risk of other serious illnesses.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Smoking is associated with increased hot flashes. If you quit, you will cut your cancer risk and improve your lung function. You can also cool off by kicking that cigarette habit.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com

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