Hot Flashes

Let’s talk about hot flashes and treatment options

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Over 75 percent of women will experience hot flashes at some point in their lives, making it the most common menopause-related symptom. From waking up in pools of sweat to wanting to jump into a tub of ice—the effects of hot flashes can be unsettling and cause major agitation in life. While the frequency and severity are different for each woman, hot flashes leave many women searching high and low for relief.

While medical experts haven’t determined what causes hot flashes, they believe it’s the result of the fluctuations in estrogen levels. Hot flashes can feel like extreme heat starting in your core and then rising towards your head. Some women feel a rapid heartbeat and anxiety at the same time or have night sweats that leave them tossing and turning. These episodes usually last seconds to minutes but we know they can really feel like hours. While these changes are biological and natural, they can feel isolating and embarrassing. It’s important to remember you’re not alone and treatments for hot flashes are available.

Rory-affiliated physicians can prescribe, if appropriate, two different non-hormonal (no estrogen or progesterone) prescription medications that have been shown to help reduce the frequency and severity of hot flashes. If you’re looking to try a natural remedy, we also offer a vitamin E + black cohosh option that studies show are effective in reducing hot flash symptoms. Learn more about treatment options for hot flashes available through Rory and find the right plan for you.

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Dr. Schwartz, Rory Medical Advisor

What are hot, sweaty, and sometimes embarrassing? Dr. Schwartz will explain in a flash.

Our treatment offerings

From night sweats to flushed faces—over seventy-five percent of women will experience hot flashes in their lives.

How Rory works

We’re here every step of the way.

  1. The Visit

    You’ll start the online visit by answering questions about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle.

  2. The Plan

    Your doctor will then review your information (prescription only) and determine if treatment is appropriate for you.

  3. The Arrival

    We’ll deliver your medication quickly and discreetly, so you can get to know your treatment in the comfort of your own home.

Meet our doctors

Rory is backed by doctors who get it

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD - Rory Clinical Director

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD

Rory Clinical Director

Dr. Melynda Barnes, MD is double board-certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology. Dr. Barnes is passionate about addressing the unique challenges and joys of women’s health. Dr. Barnes joined Rory to lead the clinical team, build the medical advisory board, and recruit the physicians that treat our members.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA - Gynecologic surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA

Gynecologic surgeon at Baylor University Medical Center

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist, women’s health expert and former Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently an attending physician at Baylor University Medical Center and a frequent guest expert on The Today show, Dr. Oz, CBS News and Fox News. 

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD - Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

Dr. Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Acclaimed Author and Psychologist

Dr. Schwartz is an acclaimed author, researcher, television personality and relationship expert. She is a tenured Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle and the relationship expert on the hit show Married at First Sight. Schwartz’ accolades include writing 25 books on the subjects of love, sexuality, and commitment.