Hot flashes may last up to 14 years for menopausal women

February 17, 2015 1:16 PM

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Hot flashes may last up to 14 years for menopausal women

No woman looks forward to menopause, especially the accompanying hot flashes. Which is why a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine may not bring relief to those hoping for a quick demise to the excessively warm, sweaty stage: A 17-year review of 1,449 women from a variety of ethnic, racial, and geographic groups (said to be the largest such study to date) found that hot flashes can last up to 14 years for some women—and that the earlier they start, the longer they may last, the New York Times reports.

"If you don't have hot flashes until you’ve stopped menses, then you won't have them as long," study co-author Dr. Nancy Avis tells the Times.

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