Practitioner Course

The Origin of Hot Flushes with Jerilynn Prior

Discover the true cause of hot flushes! 

Online Course
1 lesson


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


1 hour total


Jerilynn Prior

About this course

The presentation of hot flushes in a patient intrigue the majority of practitioners. The general understanding is that hot flushes and night sweats are caused by low oestrogen. This is why they are associated with menopause, which begins a year after the final menstrual flow. However, vasomotor symptoms - the collective term for sudden feelings of heat followed by sweating - are experienced by the majority of midlife Western women, although only about 10% of them find them problematic and disruptive.

Vasomotor symptoms can also occur in perimenopausal women who are still menstruating and, therefore, may not have low oestrogen levels. Although oestrogen treatment is effective, there is often a spike in vasomotor symptoms when a woman stops oestrogen therapy. Placebo responses are significant, and stress is also a crucial factor in vasomotor symptoms. During this presentation, we will also explore the efficacy of progesterone in vasomotor symptom therapy. Join us to learn more about this important topic.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

We will discuss

  • Brain-hormone relationships with vasomotor symptoms
  • The life cycle patterns of vasomotor symptoms
  • Complex relationships with stress hormones
  • The effectiveness of placebo for vasomotor symptoms
  • Treatment choices
  • Adverse effects and withdrawal of E2 & P4

What's in this course

Your Presenter


Jerilynn C. Prior is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing oestrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health. She is the founder and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). 

Dr. Prior has studied women’s menstrual cycles, perimenopause, menopause and the causes for and treatment of osteoporosis. She has shown that regular cycles (with enough oestrogen) commonly do not produce sufficient progesterone (anovulation or short luteal phases). She first discovered and has since proven by meta-analysis that more versus fewer ovulatory disturbances within regular cycles are related to significant spinal bone loss in healthy women ages 20-45.

Dr. Prior is internationally known for her cumulative studies that now support progesterone as causing women’s increased bone formation through progesterone-specific osteoblast receptors. She has documented that oestrogen levels, besides being unpredictable, are significantly higher than normal in perimenopause, the 3-10 years of changes before menopause.

She is widely sought as a speaker for professional and lay audiences and is the author of the award-winning book Oestrogen’s Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause, a fiction book designed to inform and empower perimenopausal women. Dr. Prior along with Susan Baxter PhD, sociologist/medical journalist, is author of The Oestrogen Errors – Why Progesterone Is Better for Women’s Health (2009). This book aims to inform women of the decades of presumption and prejudice behind estrogen-centric women’s health dogma. She has authored scientific papers numbering over 270 and holds 6 patents.

She is an Honourary Alumna of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and was awarded its Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award (2002). She has numerous other honours including the Ann Voda Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and the Knowledge Translation in Women’s Health Research Award from the BC Women’s Health Research Institute in 2017.