A hot flush is a sudden feeling of being very hot, which does not result from your physical surroundings.
Tell-tale signs of a hot flush include sweating for no reason, your skin turning red, and sweating profusely.These sensations are usually felt most strongly in the head and groin regions.1
Common amongst menopausal women, it is less well known that men can also experience hot flushes. So are the symptoms similar in men? And what can they do to relieve them? We take a closer look.
Yes. Hot flushes, or hot flashes, do occur in men.
Hot flushes are usually experienced by women, especially when going through menopause.It is rarer for men to experience this condition, but when it does occur it can coincide with symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, mood swings, and loss of libido.2
Male hot flashes (also called hot flushes in men) are usually short-lived, and a male hot flush will usually last under five minutes.
“Male menopause” (also known as “andropause”) is a commonly used term for a collection of symptoms developed by some men in their late 40s or early 50s.Some men (although not all) experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, loss of sex drive, and erectile dysfunction.3
Experiences such as these can really impact overall wellbeing and sense of self, so it is important to recognise male menopause symptoms and attempt to resolve them.
However, it is worth noting that calling such a syndrome “menopause for men” can be a little misleading, as it suggests that symptoms are related to hormonal changes in the body, as they are for women.
But this is not the case, and researchers are not yet sure exactly why male menopause occurs in some men.If you would like to read more about male menopause, take a look at our articles on What are the symptoms of the male menopause? and What is male menopause?
Hypogonadism is a condition where the testes produce an abnormally low quantity of hormones. If hot flashes are a new symptom, it could be a result of the development of this disease later in life, which sometimes happens in men who are obese, or who have type 2 diabetes.
This condition can be diagnosed by a doctor, but it is worth noting that it is a very unusual disease that is rarely the cause of male hot flashes.
However, if you are experiencing male hot flashes but do not have an unusual testosterone level, the underlying causes may not be medical.
Some attribute hot flashes in men to stress, depression and anxiety, and it is certainly the case that hot flashes can make these problems even worse.
If you are not sure what the cause might be, it is worth arranging a visit to see your GP to discuss your symptoms.
There are some things you can do to prevent how often you experience a male hot flash.
If you are experiencing male hot flashes and fatigue, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.
Last updated: 11 February 2021
Author: Bhupesh Panchal, Regulatory Affairs
Bhupesh started his career as a clinical toxicologist for Public Health England, advising healthcare professionals all around the country on how to manage clinical cases of adverse exposure to supplements, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, industrial chemicals and agricultural products. After 7 years in this role and a further year working as a drug safety officer in the pharmaceutical industry, Bhupesh joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.Bhupesh specialises in vitamins & minerals nutrition, health benefits & safety of botanicals and traditional herbal medicines. View Bhupesh's LinkedIn profile. In his spare time, Bhupesh likes to cycle and has been learning to speak Korean for several years.