Are Night Sweats a Sign of Menopause?

  • Medical Author:
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I have been having severe night sweats for the past few months. I am 46 years old and am wondering if this is a sign of menopause.

Doctor's response

Many women report that they experience "hot flashes," feelings of extreme warmth concentrated in the head and chest, as they approach menopause. Hot flashes can be accompanied by flushing and sweating. Night sweats, including severe episodes that soak through sheets and bedclothes, can be related to hot flashes and also commonly occur during perimenopause.

However, there are many conditions which can cause night sweats. Talk to your doctor about these episodes and any other symptoms of menopause that you may be experiencing. He or she can help you decide if further testing is necessary to determine the cause of your night sweats.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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"Approach to the patient with night sweats"
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Reviewed on 8/2/2017
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