Hot Flashes Can Last Up To 14 Years, Soul-Crushing Study Says

February 17, 2015 7:31 PM

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Are you thinking of just toughing out hot flashes? The common menopausal symptom that drives many women into the arms of hormone replacement therapy just got a little harder to bear: A study recently published in JAMA found that hot flashes can last up to 14 years, especially if you start having them while you are still peri-menopausal. The median time a woman experiences hot flashes is 7.4 years, so the thought of enduring them for nearly twice as long isn't exactly welcome news.

The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) is a multiracial/multiethnic observational study of the menopausal transition among 3,302 women enrolled at seven locations across the United States. Black and Hispanic women experienced hot flashes for significantly longer periods than white or A...

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