Posted by: Caroline | 2013/08/10

Why do I get a hot flush when I need to urinate instead of the usual urge to pee?

I am a 54 yr old menopausal female and have recently found that the usual urge to urinate has been replaced by a hot flush, is this normal in women of my age and stage of life? Could this be the start of an infection?

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- 2013/08/12

Hot flushes are, of course common at your age and they can be precipitated by various things - heat , stress, etc. I guess they could be precipitated by wanting to pass urine. An infection is usually associated with burning and frequent urination.

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Posted by: Norma | 2016/08/14

Let's get this reality out of the way first: It's apparent no MD (or nurse) is coming to our rescue in this forum. (Don't see too many naturopaths either and that's fine by me.) I'm reading two different problems here: Does the full bladder cause the sweating/flop sweat or does the hot flash precede / cause the full bladder? In my case, the full bladder seems to cause a flop sweat and up I get, to the bathroom. No more heat and sweating after that. This only happens when I sleep. I also find that if I drink less fluid in the late afternoon and early evening hours, it's not that bad. Like a few astute commenters, I associate this with a phenomenon similar to autonomic dysreflexia in people with spinal cord injuries, in which a person can go dangerously hypertensive with a full bowel or bladder (a seemingly small stimulus, full bladder, triggers an overreaction of the sympathetic nervous system). They are not the exact same thing, but I believe the same concept/mechanisms may be at work. In our (women's) case, it is probably hormone related. As for the urine itself making us hot (because urine is warm), I am not sure. I've read that in cold situations, having a full bladder actually makes us colder as the body sends so much energy to the bladder to keep the urine warm, making the overall body not as warm. And that we actually warm up after peeing - in cold situations. This is just what I've read. (Age: 52, not post menopausal yet, unfortunately. Take no vitamins, no medications, not diagnosed with any chronic diseases apart from well-controlled Celiac.)

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/07/16

Old post I know,but I found this while seeking answers to similar things happening to me. I am a female in my early 30s&my problem is that even if I keep my house like a meat locker while I sleep,I often wake up very sweaty(mostly the back of my neck&head&also on my chest)&needing to pee. The need to pee is usually fine until I get out of my bed&stand up. Once I stand up,I have to move fast. This happens almost every time I sleep,but not much when I am awake,though it still does happen. It's very frustrating to wake up all sweaty&find yourself wanting a shower to get all the sweat off,when you've showered just hours ago+the sweat soaks into the pillow,which is not easy to clean,not to mention the inconvienience of being woken from a sound sleep due to overheating&needing to pee.\: I am still having periods&am not on any medications&do not drink alcohol or coffee&the soda-pop I drink,is caffeine free. Other posters have suggested that maybe our bodies just want the hot pee out,so the body can cool off,but if that's the case,why does'nt this happen to everyone&all of our lives&how can I get THAT darn hot,in 63 degree temperature room? It makes sense,to a degree,but still does'nt seem to fit,at least not for me,personally. To be honest,I'm at the point of I don't care why it happens anymore,I just want a way to make it stop,so I can sleep soundly&comfortably,through the night. If anyone can help with that,I'd be most grateful.

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Posted by: Procrastinateher | 2016/07/09

I found this thread whilst I was trying to look for an answer to the opposite problem: my face burning up After I pee! It is reassuring that my body isn't the only odd one. Some page had something about the bladder voiding nerve being connected/contact with the heart and that's part of the reason why. That sounds about as real as the idea it's a ring finger because it's the only one with a vein yo the heart -_- Thee's also something about the blood rushing to your face when you go from a cold environment to a warm environment (or vice versa because I can't remember). A cooling gel pillow does help alleviate some of the burning when you want to be curled up in bed instead of back and forth at the sink. One cheek is currently loving on mine. I'm not menopausal but I do have PCOS. Sometimes I feel like my body's thermostat is broken with how it does. Eg right now it's 4C (roughly 40F) and despite having a cooling gel mattress and just a summer quilt on the bed with the sheets, I'm still kinda overheating! Good luck to everyone else dealing with this.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/07/09

Hello fellow sufferers, I'd like to comment on the effect of caffeine. I'm 35 and was diagnosed last year with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). When I brought up "the Inferno" before needing to pee, my gyno told me "you're taking birth control so I don't know why you're having hot flashes." Not so helpful. I changed from a low dose pill (Kariva) to the higher dose Kelnor for estrogen/progesterone, and was taking Spironolactone, a diuretic/water-pill, to regulate levels of aldosterone from the adrenal gland above the kidneys. I was on Spironolactone for 9 months with reduction in all of my other symptoms, but the hot flashes before-pee persisted. In my own reading and reasearch for PCOS, I learned about symptoms being aggravated by caffeine, high sugar, and alcohol in the diet. I went cold turkey on all three, and found caffeine to be the perpetrator. I would have 12-24 ounces of coffee daily, for the past 6 years. I went without caffeine for 6 weeks recently, then slowly added it back in, one cup of coffee about once a week. The hot flash pre-pee has returned in the past week, even after returning to the use of Spironolactone and continued use of the estrogen pill. If you are looking for some relief try eliminating caffeine from your diet, coffee, energy drinks and soda/colas are the worst. I have been able to drink tea (black, not green) without the Inferno onset waking me up at night.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/05/26

I'm 66 and get the heated feeling with urge to urinate. It's a mystery to me. Maybe its inflamation in our bodies...No one has been able to figure it out. I was diagnosed with Intercystial Cystitis at age 55. I blame it on that but I have no idea what brings it on except that when it is there, its annoying.

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Posted by: Kerrie | 2016/05/27

I too have many hot flushes day and night. Sometimes I have an urge to pee after a hot flush. I think it's my body's response as a way to further cool down. Urinating hot urine deceases my body temperature and I feel cooler.

Posted by: KayL48 | 2016/05/07

Hi everyone, thank the lord I am not alone in this. I am 67 and have been having hot flushes since 38, hysto at 40, ovaries not removed. But for the last 8-10 years, it has all changed to be a very warm flush, the urge to pee, then the profuse sweating. The night sweats mean not many hours of sleep, it is debilitating. This last week I was on a Jury, and it was very distressing to have a hot flush whilst in court room, or out in the jury room, my anxiety was eased by lovely jurors, women and men, who through humour ease my embarrassment, by fanning me and all discussing how it felt, as the men were all married and we were all in our senior years...I agree Dr do not seem to recognise this as real...... How many of you have a prolapsed bladder as well?.. thanks

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Posted by: William | 2016/05/03

Hi all, well I see mostly women asked about this hot flash. I am a 35 year old man. I have had the same issue for almost 5 years. It's not everytime I have to pee but at least once a day. I will start sweating , my face will look like I just took a shower and towards the end of usually last a minute to 3 I will have to pee. Anyone with any thoughts ! Please !

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/04/27

I am 58 and have finished menopause; however, I break out into a good sweat every time I need to urinate. I had the worst hot flashes and night sweats for years, could never get hormone therapy right. No more hot flashes or night sweat unless I have to pee. Same with my 61 year old sister

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Posted by: Obgyn np | 2016/04/25

This is real ladies. I'm sad that the medical field dismisses this . Even our expert says "I guess this can be precipitated with wanting to pee" !!! Then this comment is not from an expert. Also to the expert. , these women are not talking about UTI symptoms. This is a bona fide menopause symptom that is very distressing. It's uncomfortable and it disturbs sleep. I don't understand why an OB GYN wouldn't have enough experience with patient complaints to know that this is not fictional! Attn :- OB GYNs ,UROLOGISTS, ENDOCRINOLOGISTS , PCPs etc. Do some research and help our suffering pee/flash population get the help they need.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/04/27

Doctors only know a fraction of how our bodies work. Their answer is usually to put us on yet another medication instead of searching out the real cause, which is probably as simple as a diet change, water intake or other easy solution. As soon as the pharmaceutical companies come up with a pill for it, the medical community will then come up with a "syndrome" to explain it.

Posted by: Wellhellothere | 2016/04/25

Well. I've dealt with this for years. I wake up bursting to go pee, with a burning flash which persists until I pee. I've made it better and worse! For one thing, caffeine irritates the bladder, so back off coffee , colas, etc. when I've had a day of hydrating with water only , my bladder can hold much more and it's a softer smoother full bladder sensation, with a calmer peeing sensation. The hot flash is reduced too. The caffeine is an irritant to our already menopausally thinning bladder wall. Watch the water supply too. It's loaded with purifying agents! . It might be advisable to drink bottled water. There are bladder health remedies out there too, such as pumpkin seed oil and the like. Eat estrogen rich foods. Such as Soy and apples. Wear comfortable all cotton clothing at night. Try and have your last drink of water 4 hours before bedtime.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/05/08

You do not want to eat food full of estrogen. You body can become estrogen dominate and cause cancer growth. Stay away from soy or any other high estrogen foods.

Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/04/27

Interesting. Good advise to try. There has to be a reason. Nutrition and environment could be key players.

Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/03/17

I'm 40 and had a Macroadema removed from my Thyroid gland 2 years ago, I do take a thyroid medication each day, but that is all. Haven't had a period in 1&1/2 years. I have been having the hot flashes with the immediate need to urinate almost EVERY time I pee. I plan to discuss this with my new Endocrinologist soon to determine why.

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Posted by: Doris | 2016/04/06

I was so relieved to find this page and know I am not alone. I have been telling my drs. this for 3 yrs. and just get a strange look. I know I have to pee when I start to sweat and afterwards I even feel weak. It got worse after my hysterectomy. I was going to make an appt. with a urologist to check my kidneys but now I know I am not alone. Think I will have a discussion with my naturopathic dr, she listens and may have a solution.

Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/03/12

Thank you so much for sharing ladies. I had full hysterectomy in 2007, been off HRT for 2 years, and I too have this hot flush when needing to pee. This happened to me right after hysterectomy and I thought maybe the dr did something to my bladder. When I questioned her, (ob/gyn)' she said she never heard Of such a thing. It went away for years and now has been going on for approximately a year. I was wondering if my kidneys were failing too, as I do have spina bifida (mild). This wakes me every two hours on the dot. My husband is even experiencing the flushes, without need to pee. But he is 10 years older than me. This made me think it was hormonal. I am amazed that so many women experience this and Drs. Don't seem to have answer. I have recently lost 20 pounds as well, even had a physical with blood work and I am reported to be healthy. I do drink a lot of water and always have. I am at a loss. I really just want a couple nights of deep sleep with no interruptions, as I have become very b-----y lately. This also causes me to not be in the mood, if you know what I mean. Thank you, now I know I am not crazy. Just need sleep. Lol.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/03/11

I am 45and have had this hot flash instead of the urge to pee when its time to go. It took me a while to make the connection. I had a hysterectomy at 28 yo so I routinely get my levels checked in case of early menopause every 6 months. I am happy to report I am still far from starting menopause by at least ten years. So, why in the world did I all of the sudden start getting hot when I have to pee? This started a few years ago. No high blood pressure. No thyroid problems. No kidney problems. As a matter of fact all my levels for everything are totally normal. Great in fact.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/03/02

I am 62yrs old, came off HRT 10yrs ago only took it for 5yrs. Horrendous hot flushes day and night for the last 10yrs. Now replaced by waking up with a burning hot bottom feeling, after a pee this goes away. I don't get the urge to pee so sometimes don't , which makes the burning bottom carry on all night,waking me up! Dare I say the daytime and evening hot flushes have subsided. So good to hear all the other stories! Great to be a woman - not !

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/01/31

From my experience and research I find that there is a direct correlation between our bladder activity and menopause. Western medical researchers are just beginning see the impact of menopause on our liver function (article 1). Western naturopaths are addressing the correlation (article 2) And Chinese medicine is adjusting as they learn more (Article 3). Each has a thread if consistency. The loss of estrogen has a negative impact on our organs, specifically our liver and kidneys. If your pre-menopausal life was filled with stressors, over work, poor diet, ie.; things that would have negatively affected your organs, then the consensus is that when you reach menopause and your body is depleted of estrogen the further negative impact on our organs is even harsher. In such, the symptoms of menopause will be harsher. Article 2 has good advice has to how to somewhat alleviate symptoms. Minimize intake of toxins, help your body flush existing toxins, minimize stressors (I know, easier said than done for some), regulate exercise and rest. In a nutshell, we need to help our organs deal with the lack of estrogen. For some who's organs were already stressed due to pre-menopausal lifestyle this will be more of a challenge. Lastly, one of the affects of no estrogen is the loss of collagen in our body. Collagen is critical to healthy bladder function (Article 4). Article 1: Article 2: Article 3: Article 4:

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2016/01/29

Although I don't suffer with the pee problem when I flush, can anyone answer this....? After sitting still for a while (ie watching TV) and then move (sometimes just the slightest movement)- I get a horrendous flush. This occurs many times a day and even happens when I wake first thing in the morning and then just move. I am 58 and menopausal since 52 but this problem appears to have only been this bad since taking HRT (only 10 micrograms Estradiol.... a week!) for a year. Any ideas?

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Posted by: OMG! Im not alone! | 2016/01/13

Im 53 post menopausal. Since 2006 this has been happening to me. I thought I was the only one. Not that Im happy anyone else suffers from this, but boy am I glad to know Im not alone. The more I think about it, the more I believe its related to hormones. I hate this tho!

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Posted by: James | 2016/01/09

I have prostate cancer and part of the treatment is hormone suppressants which stop testosterone production - a side effect of which is hot flashes very similar apparently to what ladies experience in menopause. I too experience an urgent need to pee when a hot flash starts, along with sweating and sometimes shortness of breath and thirst for a cold drink. It occurs to me that the need to pee may be a reflex reaction that the body uses to dump a load of heat. If you pee, core-temp urine leaves the body and allows cooling to occur more quickly. Combined with evaporation from the sweating, increased breathing rate (panting to cool down anyone?) and the urge to drink cold water - these are all ways to quickly cool core temperature. Simple as that.

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Posted by: Renee | 2016/01/19

Everything you've described is exactly my experience. My thyroid was removed 4 years ago and I often wondered if this strange sensation with the urge to urinate along with a hot flash was related to hormones. My breathing is heavy and I always gulp down something cold after going to the bathroom first. I awaken at least twice to these sensations. It's awful and I hate it. I explained it to my endocrinologist who totally dismissed it and told me I was waking up because of a hot flash and coincidentally had to urinate. Well, I knew that was not the case and realized it was useless trying to explain further. I too thought I must be the only one, especially if my doctor wasn't familiar with it. I am so happy to hear there are others who have this experience though it isn't something I would want others to suffer with. The combination of sensations is such an irritating disruption. I'd love to hear more and if anyone has found a doctor who takes this seriously.

Posted by: Heather | 2015/11/17

I'm 45 and perimenopausal for about a year now. I am SO glad to see other women noticing a connection between urge to urinate and hot flashes! Actually if I wake up during the night I know not to ignore the sensation to get up and go to the bathroom, or the hot flash will be horrible and not let up until I GO. If I get up right away and just go do it, I can minimize the hot flash and get right back to sleep quickly. I also ready that fat cells produce supplemental estrogen, and recently I gained 10 lbs.. the hot flashes stopped and menstruated again.. but now that I'm watching my diet better and dropped a few pounds, the hot flashes are back, lol. Just cannot win!

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/10/19

I'm not weird, dying or have an over active imagination!! Hooray!! I'm almost 79 years old and have been having night time hot flashes/sweats with definite need to urinate. Started about 2 years or so ago. Doctors don't seem to know (or) care about it. If enough of them would have it we'd see some action about it. My pharmacist daughter-in-law told me this is common with a lot of women. I believe it now after reading these comments. My Dr. did tell me hot flashes can happen the rest of our lives. Aren't we lucky? LOL

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Posted by: VeeMei | 2015/10/02

ladies--I am 83 years old. Hysterectomy at age 26 (cervical cance) never has hot flashes. Until now that is. I am recovering from Vegas Ramas fracture and shattered wrist of dominate hand five weeks out now. I have developed drenching to light sweating hot flushes at onset of urination every 1 1/2 - 2 hours day and night. Need fan to keep dry and feel faint. Doctors completely ignore me and don't comment. Also developed urinary tract infection & had IV infused antibiotic followed by 10 day regimen of oral antibiotics . Never had HRT because of my heart. Sweating is less now (end of antibiotics) but frequency with hot flushes and shivers still persist. Every 2 hours or less with no bladder control. Any suggestive help out there!

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Posted by: hotinarkansas | 2015/10/02

I am 61yrs. 5 yrs ago had lumpectomy to remove cancer. I was put on aromasin which is hormone blocking meds to stop any should be cancerous cells left in my body. That drug damaged my thyroid. However, after years of experiencing hotflashes when i have to go pee became excessive and worrisome. I am on the right track I feel now. And, believe these hotflashes and urgent need to go urinate are tied to aldosterone- sodium dumping. All tied to adrenals and body is dumping sodium when this happens. I am currently seeking answers because I know i dump sodium quickly even within an hr after having a pee hotflashes. I have started taking a few grains of hymalayian salt and I a matter of seconds my hot flashes stop. Now, I dont know about treating myself in this manner but I can tell you one thing it's been working and I feel great most of the time. I also take thyroid ndt Armour med daily. If you try this salt make sure it is natural not table salt. It must be natural with all the trace minerals. I bought my salt at health food store pink hymalayian salt. Good luck

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/08/22

I have been menopausal from age 49 (am now 55). I am so relieved to read here that others too have an urgent need to urinate prior to a hot flash arriving. None of the books on menopause mention anything about this and in the beginning I thought there was something wrong with me. For me it acts like an early warning system as I know I am about to have a hot flash. I also need to drink cold water at the same time, it is exhasting having 3 things going on simultaneously and it also wakes me up during the night. It even happens when my bladder is empty, I get an insatisiable urge to urinate and then the flash comes.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/12/03

Your symptoms are exactly like mine except need to urinate as soon as the flash starts and I have yo have ice cold water and guzzle it down. Been this way for 7 years now since I was 44- Thank you for putting my mind to rest about ok.

Posted by: KayLe | 2015/07/29

Thank you ladies, I thought I was the only one going through this. Dr just gave me oestrogen pessary's, said they stick to wall of Uterus, I would like to know how, I have had a Hysto 26 years ago, still have ovaries though. Anyway I get Flushes after I pee and feel sick, can be anytime, at night is shocking. I am 66 started at 38 years old. My hands go red sometimes too face as well... I thought I had a tumour or cancer Kidney's, going insane, too stressed out etc.... Agree with all whoo say thee is not enough research into this and most Dr's treat us with a " just go home and get on with things" like not only are we oestrogen deficient, but also mentally deficient .

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/07/04

The need to urinate is your bodies way of trying to cool you down.

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Posted by: The heat is on | 2015/08/16

Logical, thank you, except recently I've noticed I also get a hot flash when I need to defacate. I was just wondering if body temperature is related to the digestive functions and we're only able to notice it now that estrogen is not there to suppress the activity inthe heat center (hypothalamus?)?

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/06/28

I had the same thing, tried Progesterone Cream, and any number of the remedies without success. II did some research and found Pregnenolone. Bought some from Amazon not expecting it to work and was amazed. Within a few days the flushes had decreased both in intensity and frequency as had the need to urinate. A month on I am able to get through the night getting up once, or twice at the most instead of the 5 or 6 times I was and the flushes before during and after are almost a thing of the past, occasionally I have a minor increase in heat but nothing like the drenching sweats I was experiencing. It works for me, it may not work for you, but I suggest you do some research.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/06/22

I'm 62 and have just come off HRT. Having similar problems to you all and feeling so tired with having to get up so many times. Wondered if relationship between need to pee and hot flush is because urine is very high in oestrogen - perhaps its because of a build up and then sudden relaese of this hormone that triggers off the flush? But what to do? Really think some research needs to be done as so many women go through this for years and if my current mood is anything to go by, can't function properly during day because of lack of sleep.

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Posted by: Lindsey | 2015/05/14

I am 58 and started the menopause at 45. A few years ago the hot flushes seemed to subside a little but they have been back with a vengeance the last year or so. I have a weak bladder and have a hot flush when I need to pee. I've been thinking about seeing my doctor but having read all your comments I may just try a homeopath. It is so debilitating and I really don't think there is enough help for us ladies!

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/05/08

I' seem to be just the opposite of all of you. I wake up to go pee ,return to bed and bad hot flash. Don't understand it because went through menopause 25 yrs ago. This just started 6mos. ago. Never have flash any other time.

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Posted by: Di | 2015/05/05

Fortunately I don't have to go in the night as often as you but it definitely varies - sometimes the hot flush comes first sometimes afterwards. There must be something out there to help us all. It is obviously very common.

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Posted by: Tammy | 2015/05/04

I am 47 and I also been experiencing having to pee/hot flash during the night.after getting to the bathroom.Hot flash goes away..I noticed a lot of us are over the age of 45.surely a female doctor has had this to happened to her,some where around. I have had 4 doctors to tell me they hadn't heard of this and just not check into it.2 of them was females..I have been worried as well about kidney disease. My father died from kidney disease. So plz if anyone finds out what is causing this..let us know.Tx for the comments on here.I thought I was the only one..

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Posted by: Debbie | 2015/04/10

I've been doing a lot of research. I found that the itching is caused by the hypothalamus thermo regulatory center freaking out over lack of estrogen and it takes time for it to calm down. Also that neurons send impulses to blood vessels in the skin, sweat and endocrine glands, and the muscles. Affecting the muscles just may be all of our answers as to why we have to pee at that time. Hopes this helps every one with a little more information.

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Posted by: Debbie | 2015/04/09

I went through menopause at age 45 and am now almost 63. I too have to pee with a hot flash but my hot flash comes after I go and it is only at night that I notice a hot flash. I only do this when I am off the HRT. I am weaning myself off of it with taking it every three days now. I have to go more often now in the day too and have a hard time holding it, but I don't notice a hot flash then.That could also be tied to cutting back on the HRT now that I think of it. I also noticed some one said they have been itching ever since they went off of HRT. My bottom lip has been itching like crazy since the very beginning of last October and I have been trying every which way to find out what is causing it. When I read that post I went back and looked at my calendar and saw that end of September was when I cut back on the HRT. This could be my answer. Any one else having problems like this too?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/03/12

My sister and I are both in our mid 50's and both of us have the same hot flash symptom when we need to urinate....My mom developed pain in her hands when she urinates last year at 78, but it isn't all of the time....My nephew broke his neck (C5) 7 years ago, so he knows that he has to pee because he gets a hot flash...the doctors told him that it is a dysreflexic action...I wonder if that is also something similar in our situations? I don't take anything, and don't really want to take anything, but I am very curious.....besides, if I am going to have these hot flashes....why aren't they burning any calories?!?!?!? lol

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Posted by: Anonymous2 | 2015/06/29

I also thought that if we had to have hot flashes, at least we should be burning the calories!!! Not fair!

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/02/24

I have noticed a connection between having to pee and getting a hot flashes..I am 54yrs old..I noticed a lot of you are around the same age and dealing with the same annoying problem..I deal with this problem during the day, and I wake up several times during the night sweating and having to pee..I haven't addressed this problem with my doctor as of yet..after reading these comments it doesn't appear to be an answer for this?..I wonder if there is some sort of an acidic imbalance? Idk?..and people wonder why we get irritable!?!..If it's not one thing it's another!!!

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Posted by: Debbie | 2015/04/09

I went through menopause at age 45 and am now almost 63. I have had hot flashes ever since unless I am on HRT. I am now weaning myself off of it. Started doing that in September. I too have to pee at night when I hot flash but my hot flash comes after I pee. I only do this when I am not taking HRT so I connected the two quite a while back, and now that I take it every other day to wean off I am having to pee again but only at night time. I saw that some one said they have been itching since they went off HRT. I have been going crazy trying to figure out why my bottom lip is itching all the time now. When I saw some ones post about itching I immediately went to my calender and saw that was when I starting taking the HRT every other day. This could be my answer. Any one else having this problem too?

Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/02/22

I just look at it like - going pee stops the hot flash - so I'm thankful I can get immediate relief

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/02/14

I also have the hot flashes when I need to urinate, but only at night. I assume it's because it's only when I'm sleeping that my bladder gets really full, since when I'm awake, I'll go before it gets really full. Usually happens 2 or 3 times a night. As soon as I relieve the pressure on my bladder, the flash ends. I can't complain too much, because this is the only time I have hot flashes and they last only as long as it takes for me to get from the bed to the bathroom. I've noticed I also get them if I wake up needing to move bowels or pass wind (sorry ladies, menopause is NOT for the faint-of-heart!) It's an odd symptom, but I haven't worried much about it, since I've always had some weird things associated with the vagus nerve (pee shivers, nasal congestion whenever moving bowels, etc.). I just assumed that this is another vagus nerve trigger, which sounds like a reasonable theory. Whether that's the cause or it's something else, the one thing I am sure of is that it's not a sign of kidney failure, so those of you that are worried about that, please stop worrying.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/02/12

I too have been dealing with hot flashes for 30 years and my Mother had them until she died at 97. The flushing with urination is relatively new. A naturopathic, doctor told me it is probably the body trying to rid itself of toxins which makes some sense. I find that it is better if I drink lots of water, particularly before bed. And I have had a great reduction in night sweats after starting to take probiotics and prebiotics a couple of months ago and staying hydrated.

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Posted by: npeace | 2015/02/05

I am absolutely shocked that so many of us are experiencing the same thing. I honestly thought that my kidneys were actually failing. It's a very uncomfortable feeling having to urinate everytime I have flushes. I am 52 and have been dealing with this issue since age 31. My doctor also raised her eyebrows and said, "mmmmmmmm?" Somebody please.......HHHHEEEELLLLPPPP!!!

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Posted by: Chrys | 2015/01/12

I am 53 and also have this all night. It seems to be worse at night. My hands feel like they are on fire and the urge to urinate is awful along with terrible sweating right after the urge. I just woke up and was complaining to my husband about it. Here I am at his advise. I too have wondered if my kidneys were failing. I am type 2 diabetic and taking related medication and am also taking Nexium. Dr. just looked at me strange when I asked and gave me medication for sleep and anxiety. Thinking of visiting a Urologist. If I do I'll post an answer if I get one. I at least know that there are a lot of us out there.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2015/01/07

Good to know I'm not the only one. I am 55 and have had this problem s once Mt hysterectomy in 2002. I hate it and I can't find anyone who can explain this

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Posted by: leorising | 2014/12/05

I'll jump on the bandwagon. I am 55 yrs old and have been menopausal for one year. I notice that when I have a hot flash, I also need to pee. So ridiculous. Nice to know I'm not alone! And funny that the docs don't have the faintest idea what causes it. I wonder if there isn't a receptor or trigger for hot flashes that is activated when the distended bladder stretches across it. All this hardware is in the same neighborhood, after all. Doctors take note! Figure this one out, would you? It's an interesting question, if nothing else.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/10/13

Ladies. Talk with a Naturopathic physician. There are several different kinds and from my experience, they can help and have more answers to treat the body naturally for this and many other conditions. This is a common condition/imbalance proven here by the number of comments on this site, and as noted in by many, western medicine doctors haven't heard of it???? If they tell you that, I would suggest you find a new doctor.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/10/07

I am 63 and and have been dealing with this for the past 20 years. It started a year after I had my last child at age 39. My doctor told me that menopause only lasts a year or two. He was so wrong. If this is part of menopause it is Hell. I am always looking for a washroom, where ever I you go. Because I know I'm are going to need it soon. Winter is the, just going out to get in the car, can cause a hot flash and the urge to go, even though I just went before going out the door.

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Posted by: lovetodance | 2014/10/07

I too have the same thing all night long, I have to go urinate ever two hours and if I try to sleep through it no go. I have a horrible hot flash before and after I urinate. Again every two hours clock work.... I need so sleep. Even if I take something to help me sleep it is every two hours and hot flashes before and after. Help please.

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Posted by: Neicey | 2014/09/16

Ladies, I am peri-menopausal and have noticed the flushing related to need to urinate. As a teacher, I cannot just go at any time. My daughter pointed out that having to wait would cause minor stress and this might be causing a slight increase in blood pressure which then leads to flushing. Makes perfect sense.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/09/09

Doctors are trained not to look beyond the conventional research, pharmaceutical remedies, and surgery. The whole profession has forgotten that we are natural biological entities and natural remedies are much more effective. We are all different and we know our own bodies best. The pee/hot flash connection makes sense if we consider that needing to pee is a stressor/stress relief, and hot flushes are somehow connected to stress, anxiety and panic attacks. For what it's worth, my solution is a sugar-free organic diet. Takes about 6 months to notice improvements, but natural remedies are not like pill popping quick fixes,

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/08/30

I am so glad I read these posts as I thought there was something really wrong with me. I get my worst flushes as night and always have to get up to urinate with them - the two are always linked. Does anyone know of any studies being made on this?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/08/17

Looks like a lot of have this problem, but what is it we have??

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/07/23

I'm so glad as I was beginning to think it was just me!! I'm 54 and came off HRT 5 months ago. Since then my hot flushes have gradually got worse and more severe and almost every time are accompanied with the need to pee!!! I am also suffering from severe itching and my nerve endings feel like they're in overdrive!!!! Wonder how long till all this subsides!!!!

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Posted by: Pat | 2014/07/08

I am 64 and started having hot flushes after coming off HRT (about 2 years ago). silly me thought I would have missed them going on HRT but no! they came back with a vengeance. When I mentioned to my doctor about having a hot flush when I needed to pee he looked at me strangely and said "oh I have never heard of that before". it is so nice to know I am not going mad and I am not the only one having these symptoms. Oh dear here we go again, sorry girls have to rush!!!

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/07/01

I had a hysterectomy almost exactly one year ago. I have low body temp and it gets lower when I have a hot flash. (96-97 degrees) I get hot flashes when I need to urinate, as well. I realize now that I was having hot flashes way before my surgery.

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Posted by: Teresa | 2014/06/30

I am 40 yrs old. I had a comolete hysterectomy 14 yrs ago due to endometriosis. This surgery put me directly into surgically induced menopause. My docyor said I would deal with these symptoms until my body is ready to go through the real thing. I have this hot flash/urniation connection as well. It's pretty embarassing that my boys can tell I need to go to the bathroom by seeing me have a hotflash. (My oldest son made the connection before I did.) I assumed my bladder had fallen/tilted. My docyor doesn't have an answer either. My guess is we'll continue to deal with this embarassment until a doctor, who cares to find out, experiences it herself. In no way am I trying to be sexist. I'm just being honest. Fourteen years, numerous doctors, and still no answers except,"Hmm, that's odd." I found something on my own that helps. The Women's One A Day menopausal daily vitamins.

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Posted by: jackie | 2016/03/25

hy I had a total hysterectomy in2008, I wake every night with the flushes just to use the bathroom then cant sleep again, could you tell me what you use that has helped you please I'm 49 yrs old. many thanks......

Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/06/17

I often have a hot flash if I delay peeing when I feel the need. I am diabetic and wonder if this is part of the problem. My mother had menopause related hot flashes until she died at the age of 84!

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/06/05

I am also 54 and have exactly the same problem. This is not the exception, but is every time. Hot flush and then I need to urinate very quickly afterwards. My doctor also has no idea. What are we to do ladies?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/05/08

I also find myself having hot flushes or flashes before I even know I have to urinate and when I do know I have to go as in AM I get them afterward. I have no other symptoms, take no medications except nexium for acid reflux. I am post menopausal age 63, Hot flashes due to menopause have subsided ... this has only started in the last 4 years..I have told my doctor she has never heard of it. I am hoping this is not a sign of kidney failure..I am other wise very healthy .no high choles, no high blood pressure blood work so good my Dr only sees me once a year. Anyone have any suggestions or answers?

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/05/07

I too have to pee when I have a hot flash or have a hot flash when I pee. And I pee 4 to 7 times during the night when I am trying to sleep. I am 54. No wonder I am so grouchy & mean...not getting much sleep. In my 2nd year of the horrible hot flashes.

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Posted by: esther | 2014/05/08

I also find myself having hot flushes or flashes before I even know I have to urinate and when I do know I have to go as in AM I get them afterward. I have no other symptoms, take no medications except nexium for acid reflux. I am post menopausal age 63, Hot flashes due to menopause have subsided ... this has only started in the last 4 years..I have told my doctor she has never heard of it. I am hoping this is not a sign of kidney failure..I am other wise very healthy .no high choles, no high blood pressure blood work so good my Dr only sees me once a year. Anyone have any suggestions or answers?

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