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Progesterone: It’s Benefits in Managing Hot Flashes in Women As a practitioner who works in a women’s health clinic in Toronto, I have seen a great deal of success with using progesterone in the management of hot flashes in women. When we think about menopause or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), what comes to mind is usually estrogen. But as a BHRT consultant in Toronto, I often find that menopausal women forget the important role progesterone plays in their health. Progesterone is a steroid hormone that prepares the uterus for fertilization. But, scientists have also found that progesterone is also beneficial in suppressing hot flashes, a common symptom in menopausal women.


Hot flashes and night sweats, collectively known as vasomotor symptoms, are experienced by women who are in peri-menopause and menopause. These symptoms are fairly common as it has been suggested that among a population of 4000 women aged 49-65, 65% of menopausal women experience hot flashes and night sweats1. These hot flashes and night sweats usually last for a few minutes and are accompanied by a small increase in temperature, warming of the fingertips, and sweating. Vasomotor symptoms are attributed to the withdrawal of estrogen during menopause, which results in a release of norepinephrine, which then causes a heat distribution response and skin response. This explains the small increase in temperature and sweating during episodes of hot flashes2. A study from 2007 showed that progesterone is as effective as oral estrogen in addressing hot flashes in peri menopausal women. Another study showed that oral progesterone taken during bedtime was effective in suppressing hot flushes and night sweats in 133 healthy menopausal women. Even in women who have severe vasomotor symptoms, progesterone provided great improvement of symptoms5. Women on BHRT that use progesterone therapy routine find an improvement in their sleep, mood and decline in their anxiety. It has been suggested that bioidentical progesterone is associated with decreased risk of breast cancer. Progesterone was also found to be safe even for women who have cardiovascular concerns, such as heart disease. Seeking a women’s health clinic or BHRT in Toronto? If you are looking for Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for menopause, PCOS, PMS, infertility or perimenopausal symptoms, contact Arv Buttar (Nurse Practitioner) at info@healthbyarv.com.

Arv Buttar is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Bioidentical Hormone Therapy in Toronto. She sees patients diagnosed with various autoimmune disorders. Her Clinic is located in downtown Toronto. It is easily accessible to the surrounding GTA (Brampton, Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, Etobicoke, North York, Richmond Hill, Milton, Markham, Barrie, Newmarket, Scarborough).


References: 1. Frequency and severity of vasomotor symptoms among peri- and postmenopausal women in the United States. Williams, R., Kalilani, L. and DiBenedetti, D. et al. 2008, Climacteric, Vol. 11, pp. 32-43. 2. Progesterone for treatment of symptomatic menopausal women. Prior, J. 4, 2018, Climacteric, Vol. 21, pp. 358-365. 3. Medroxyprogesterone and conjugated oestrogen are equivalent for hot flushes: a 1-year randomized double-blind trial following premenopausal ovariectomy. J., Prior, et al. Clin Sci, Vol. 112, pp. 517-525. 4. Oral micronized progesterone for vasomotor symptoms in healthy postmenopausal women–a placebo controlled randomized trial. Hitchcock, C. and J., Prior. 2012, Menopause, Vol. 19, pp. 886-893. 5. Progesterone for hot flush and night sweat treatment–effectiveness for severe vasomotor symptoms and lack of withdrawal rebound. Prior, J. and Hitchcock, C. 2012, Gynecol Endocrinol, Vol. 28, pp. 7-11.

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Progesterone: It’s Benefits in Managing Hot Flashes in Women  

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that prepares the uterus for fertilization. But, scientists have also found that progesterone is also bene...

Progesterone: It’s Benefits in Managing Hot Flashes in Women  

Progesterone is a steroid hormone that prepares the uterus for fertilization. But, scientists have also found that progesterone is also bene...

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