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Fertil Steril. 1996 Jun;65(6):1141-44.

Core body temperature during menopausal hot flushes.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To measure core body temperature by ingested radiotelemetry pill and rectal temperature during menopausal hot flushes under controlled laboratory conditions.

DESIGN:

Patients were recorded during sleep using both methods in a sound-proofed, temperature and humidity-controlled laboratory room.

SETTING:

University medical center.

PATIENTS:

Eight postmenopausal women who were amenorrheic for > or = 1 year and reported frequent hot flushes.

RESULTS:

Thirty-seven hot flushes were detected by criterion increases in sternal skin conductance level. Significant increases in telemetered but not rectal temperature occurred before 24 of the hot flushes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Core body temperature elevations precede a majority of menopausal hot flushes and serve as one trigger of this heat-loss phenomenon.

PMID:
8641487
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