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March 4, 2015
Menopause and Hot Flashes

Defined as the cessation of menses for 12 consecutive months, menopause impacts 25 million women worldwide each year with an estimated 1.2 billion women to be postmenopausal by the year 2030! While menopause is an expected time of life and many women rejoice over the cessation of menses, the neuroendocrine fluctuations that accompany this transition are associated with additional concerns ranging in severity from merely annoying to severe, potentially disrupting quality of life. While women may report weight gain, brain fog, fatigue, mood disturbances and more during their menopausal transition, hot flashes may be the most common associated concern, with 75% of women experiencing hot flashes at some point during the menopausal transition. Unfortunately, recent research demonstrates that vasomotor symptoms (VMS) such as hot flashes may not be short lived during these years with hot flashes lasting anywhere from 6 months to 14 years with an average duration at 7.4 years. Women who are pre or peri-menopausal at the onset of VMS experience the longest duration with a median duration of almost 12 years. In addition, this group experiences the longest persistence of VMS postmenopausally with a median of 9.4 years. Women who are postmenopausal at the onset of VMS may be considered the “lucky” ones as, this group is associated with the shortest duration of VMS, demonstrating an average of 3.4 years. African American women report the longest duration of VMS, with a median of over 10 years. While studies conclude that health care professionals should counsel women to expect frequent VMS may last more than 7 years, practical approaches, assessments and treatment plans are available.

While hot flashes and night sweats may be commonly associated with estrogen deficiency, progesterone insufficiency, or estrogen dominance, may be contributory or even causative. In addition neurotransmitter imbalances, particularly serotonin, play a role. Hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances are different in every woman, unique to her physiology, menopausal status, age and lifestyle. Assessing hormone and neurotransmitter imbalances is accurately and simply done with Labrix’ Neurohormone Complete and Complete Plus panels and may be essential to swiftly developing a successful treatment approach and restoring quality of life.

Join us at one of our upcoming Labrix Core trainings for a deeper look into assessing and addressing neuroendocrine imbalances affecting women in the menopausal years and more. Labrix staff physicians and special guests will present 7 hours of training in a small class setting in Atlanta, Chicago and Portland. Hurry, registration for Atlanta is filling up fast and ends next week. Click here to register for Atlanta Core or Chicago Core Today!

  • The North American Menopause Society. http://www.menopause.org/for-women/sexual-health-menopause-online/causes-of-sexual-problems/hot-flashes. Accessibility verified 2/16/15.
  • Avis, PhD et al. Duration of Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms Over the Menopause Transition. Jama Intern Med. Feb 16, 2015 (Epub ahead of print).

Join us in Atlanta!

Labrix will be in Atlanta March 14th for a one-day Core Training seminar. Labrix staff physician Sara Wood provides details on what you will learn at the upcoming event. Click the video to see this special invitation from Dr. Wood.

Core Training
Atlanta, GA
March 14, 2015

Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Atlanta Core Training today.

Core Training
Chicago, IL
May 16, 2015

Can't make it to Atlanta? Labrix staff physicians will be in Chicago on May 16 to present Core Training. Registration is $150 and upon completing this one day training, you will receive a $100 credit on your testing account. Register for Chicago Core Training today.

Core Training
Portland, OR
August 1, 2015

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
April 23-26, 2015

Labrix' co-founder Dr. Lommen will be speaking at the ACA Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. on April 24, 2015. Dr. Erin Lommen, ND will be speaking about "Menopause and Missing More than Periods"

Portland, OR
April 25, 2015

Dr. Erin Lommen will be also be speaking at the Institute of Women's Health & Integrative Medicine conference in Portland, OR. on April 25, 2015. Labrix will exhibit at the conference April 24 and 25.

St. Louis, MO
April 23-26, 2015

Come visit our booth at the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture in St. Louis, MO. April 23-26, 2015.

Hollywood, FL
May 7-9, 2015

Labrix will also be exhibiting at A4M in Hollywood, FL. May 7-9 2015.