Which conditions may mimic the vasomotor symptoms of menopause?

Updated: Oct 16, 2018
  • Author: Janice L Bacon, MD; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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Other conditions may mimic the vasomotor symptoms of menopause but may be identified through clinical and laboratory evaluation. [112]

These include:

Excess thyroid hormone or medullary thyroid cancer

Carcinoid syndrome


Anxiety disorders

Mast cell disorders (usually with gastrointestinal symptoms)

Chronic opioid use or withdrawal

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Calcium channel blockers

Diet- alcohol, spicy foods, monosodium glutamate, sulfites

Medications that block estrogen synthesis or action

Chronic infection

Menopause is also the time when the incidence and prevalence of other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, thromboembolic disease, breast cancer, and osteoporosis, substantially increase. The effect of these conditions becomes important because women live long after menopause, and hormone status directly impacts disease progression and manifestation.

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