Hot Flashes Often Last 10 Years After Menopause: Study

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Many women continue to have hot flashes for years after menopause, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at 255 older women and found that 80 percent of them had moderate-to-severe hot flashes during menopause, 17 percent had mild hot flashes and 3 percent had no hot flashes.  

Obese white women and black women (whether obese or not) were most likely to have moderate-to-severe hot flashes, while non-obese white women had the lowest risk. Women who had more than a high school education had a 34 percent lower risk of hot flashes, a finding that calls for additional study, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine researchers said.

They also found that moderate-to-severe hot flashes continued for an average of nearly five years after menopause. And more than one-third of women had moderate-to-severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause, according to the study published online this week in the journal Menopause.

Hormone replacement therapy is the primary medical treatment for hot flashes, according to the researchers. Current guidelines recommend that the treatment be used for no longer than five years. But the Penn researchers said there’s a lack of evidence to support the recommended three- to five-year limits on the use of hormone therapy.

They noted that concerns about health issues linked to hormone therapy — such as cancer and cardiovascular problems — make some doctors reluctant to prescribe it, or they stick to the recommended time limits on its use.

“Our findings point to the importance of individualized treatments that take into account each woman’s risks and benefits when selecting hormone or non-hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms,” study author Ellen Freeman, a research professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, said in a university news release.

“While leading non-hormone therapies such as Paxil or Escitalopram may provide some relief of menopausal symptoms for some women, for others, they may not be as effective as hormone-based therapy,” she added.

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62 thoughts on “Hot Flashes Often Last 10 Years After Menopause: Study

  1. Interesting information Paul, thanks.

    Now I’m going to be jovial…

    I would KILL for a hot flash right now! It’s cold as hell here! It would save on wood and natural gas cost. hehe 😀

    1. haha My wife has hot flashes still. she is 66. should be over for her by now, but it isn’t. I keep searching for something that can alleviate it for her. where are you located Deb?

      1. Paul,

        My wife has found blackstrap molasses helps, she likes the plantation brand best. They also make it in organic to which my wife likes it even better…

        Our eldest daughter uses it during her cycle and says it takes any and all symptoms away, she says she would not be without it ever again…

        Sorry if this was too graphic.

        1. How can anything be called organic anymore with all this crap like chem trails and all going on. They just call it organic on the label and change the way it tastes or what ever they do with it. No such thing as organic any more any where in this world, and that is a fact. 🙁

          1. yea Digger. even if you grow it in your back yard. too much enviro meddling by the powers that be. like chemtrails, radiation, gmo drift, and the like. the only thing you can do now is to make sure it is as close to natural as possible.

  2. I’m sorry Paul, I didn’t mean to be crass. I’m in New England, it’s been in the teens to single digits for the last week, but today broke to 40. HA a heat wave! I’m still cold to the bones. It’s probably because the wind could blow me over.

    I hope Mrs Paul’s hot flashes can be alleviated soon, I wish I knew of a cure. If it were me, I’d be jumping into the nearest snowbank. But there has got to be a better way. Seriously, I’m going to do some research. Hot flashes are in my future.

    1. Hey Deb, I didn’t take it as crass. wife does just go outside for a minute, and its gone. we live in west central il. about 18 right now. She also has r.l.s. that’s rough for sometimes.

      1. @ Paul and @ Deb. I have heard that the herbs called Damiana and Black Cohosh helps with them female problem like hot flashe. 😉 . Just something for you guys to check out and maybe do a search .

        1. Hey Digger..thanks. have the cohosh. didn’t work.but don’t have Damiana will study it up though my friend. 🙂

          1. A lot of times herbals need to build up in the system for a while. That is why a lot of people do not think they work. I will think on this and see what I can come up with and will let you know eh 😉 . I really should know this stuff a lot better. Yea I got out of the herbals for a few years ya know, dumb move on my part as I should have kept up with it.

          2. yea Digger. when we do natural or herbal we do one to three month or so before we discontinue. thanks. yea wish you were still up on herbals.

    2. LOL DEB (@7:17 pm)
      However, they are NOT fun. Mine started young @ 43 (and I’m white, 5’8″, 125-130 lbs.) I refused to take Hormones as my Mother’s (+ Aunt’s) breast cancer (found when she was 80 and had been taking Hormones for decades) was from too much Estrogen. I had a breast cancer scare/biopsy and was warned by my “Breast Cancer Specialists” NOT to take (or even eat foods high in) Estrogen due to family history and susceptibility. After a couple of years of suffering and being pressed by my Gyno. to take Hormones, a Nurse told me to take an all natural, over the counter product called “Soy Balance”. I was worried because soy is high in Estrogen and I was warned to not even drink soy milk (only thing my Mother drank). However, I was in such HELL, I decided to give it a shot. After a couple of weeks, it worked like a charm. Took it for about a year. No more Hot Flashes. 🙂

        1. How long did she take it? I expected overnight results but, it sure didn’t work that way. However, all of our bodies are different. Different things and dosages work for different people. Sure hope y’all find something. I Know it ain’t fun (in more ways than just Hot Flashes).

      1. Angel, I haven’t had the luxury of going through this yet. I’m almost there, and with family history, closer than I’d like. I’m 47 and I remember my mom going through it around 52 years. I know it’s coming, obvious signs abound.

        I will keep your advice close. Good to know there are ways around an uncomfortable situation. Thanks!

        1. Maybe it might help you (in the future), maybe not. All of our bodies are different.
          Thought it would hit me at about 52, as that’s the age it hit my Mom. Oh well. One thing I can tell you is, I Ain’t a luxury (except for no longer having Cramps. LOL). More “female” details about the joys of menopause wouldn’t be suitable for all the guys in the Trenches. (TMI 😉 )
          You’ll be OK. It’s just part of life that we All go through (“better than the alternative”).

      2. Soy milk is good for those female problems I have heard. Good advice there Angel. I should have known that with my back ground in that herbal/alternative kind of stuff. Getting old and too many head injuries I guess eh Angel LOL 😆

  3. Well Paul, tell her I wish her the best. I do feel for her. 18 degrees would definitely cool her off. RLS as in Restless leg syndrome? Awww that’s awful. I hope she is okay, and I will keep her in my prayers.

    1. She handles it well Deb. She’s a trooper. has to be to put up with me. 🙂 However prayers are always welcome. How is your job search going?

      1. Well, Paul the job search has been awful. But I have an interview on Monday cleaning other peoples houses. YAY

        I actually don’t mind, because I can be a clean freak, so it’s up my alley. And the money isn’t too bad. At least they are still interviewing American’s and not just Mexican’s that can’t read a cleaning label. LOL

          1. Are you kidding! They are everywhere! LOL Is there anywhere in Ameika that we can catch a break.

      1. Too Much Information is what I think it means Paul 😉 , I hate them letters/abreviations like that too Paul… I would have thought it would have meant Too Much Instruction or something like that ya know. 😆 Yea Paul, too many abreviations for me too now days. I know you know what I mean I am sure buddy. 🙂

  4. Did a man write this? I’m a non-obese white woman, went past high school and have went through hell with hot flashes. Never mind freezing to the bone sometimes after!

    “Obese white women and black women (whether obese or not) were most likely to have moderate-to-severe hot flashes, while non-obese white women had the lowest risk. Women who had more than a high school education had a 34 percent lower risk of hot flashes, a finding that calls for additional study, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine researchers said.”

    What about perimenopause and hot flashes? Goodness… some go easily for 20yrs. with this issue. Refuse to take hormones, guess nature will take this ugly course. Poo…

  5. try taking iodine — Iodoral. I take a 50mg tablet each am, but one may want start with the 12mg tablets (which can even be broken in half, for 6mg). There is also Lugol’s potassium iodide, 5% or 10% strength, a few drops in juice to start. Women are often low in iodine compared to men, esp. since bread is commercially made (since the early 70s) with bromated flour instead of the iodide dough conditioner that used to be used. Helps with my pms – don’t know about hot flashes yet, but that should be right around the corner for me.
    p.s. To my way of thinking, anything more common in folks with dark skin points to vit d deficiency, for what it’s worth.

    1. Hey Dot we are both light skinned. Have been giving her nascent iodine 4 drops in a.m. ,and trying to get her to do the same in the evening. she has been taking it for about a month. so far no favorable results. I use it topically for small patch of eczema. seems to be helping that. Thanks my dear for your input. 🙂

  6. Everyone seems to have missed something very important in this article, but that’s because it wasn’t there.

    The study failed to consider whether or not the women were married, or single, and this is important because rather than having a physiological source, the continued hot flashes could easily be a conditioned response caused by how those hot flashes affect the husband’s behavior.

    For instance: if hubby becomes suddenly sympathetic and affectionate when his wife suffers from a hot flash, the hot flash is thus rewarded, and can be expected to continue, just as Pavlov’s dogs salivated at the sound of the bell that signaled dinner was about to be served.

    I can’t believe that the people doing this study neglected that possibility, but of course, their goal is to sell pills, so it’s very possible that it was intentionally neglected. You can’t get good science these days. All of the money is invested in evil.

  7. Black Cohosh works, but only for so long. I am 61 and still have an occasional hot flash (menopause since about 50). That’s not my problem: headaches are my problem! And they are almost always connected to time slots that went with my monthies: have moderate to severe headaches roughly every two weeks, exacerbated by weather changes (thank you, chemtrails!) and phases of the moon.

    For all the women on here: you might not know that FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) from the putuitary (I think), which stimulates the follicles in the ovaries to release “eggs” (which are no longer viable if you are in menopause), will be released at a certain time of the month for the rest of your life, regardless of how old you are. Believe it or not at my age I can STILL feel the pangs of “egg release” from one or the other ovary every month! In other words, I will be getting headaches from this until the day I die…could it be because my sex drive is still so strong? 😉

  8. Soy Pellets injected under the skin is what worked for my sister.
    The pellets are tiny, painless natural hormones tailored made
    for the individual. Long term, slow release and continuous release.
    She has been using them for about six months with no side effects
    or negative reactions.

  9. Greetings to you all from England….I tried a number of different things but Sage tablets worked best. You can also make sage tea (with sage from the garden) but it tastes horrible.
    Still having hot flushes after 12 years. Blurrgh

  10. The only help I can possibly offer on this subject is to try MSM. One of the conditions it purports to alleviate is PMS. The following is taken from the pamphlet I have from years ago –

    “P.M.S.:MSM helps the glands maintain a normal level of production. The normal level of enzymes, acids, and hormones allows the body to go in and out of the cycles smoothly, eliminating the cramps, headaches, and nausea that come with the monthly cycle.”

    Naturally, I can’t personally vouch for the veracity of this particular claim about MSM, for obvious reasons, but I will say this about it – it is hands down THE best health product I’ve ever come across.

    And if I would quit being so lazy, I would finish the article that I already have half written about it.

          1. Hey Dot, I’ve been buying the same brand since I started taking it back in ’98. They’re the original (under a different name now) manufacturers and distributors in the U.S., and their product is 100% pure MSM.

            I also buy my multi-vitamins and coral calcium/magnesium from them, and take enough (cc/m) to flush the aluminum from the chemtrails out of my system.

            It’s American Wellness Co., and it’s based here in Torrance, CA. Unfortunately, he currently doesn’t have a website, only a ph. #. He’s working on putting one together.

          2. As an added bonus, I haven’t been bitten by a flea or a mosquito since I started taking it. They really hate that stuff. 🙂

          3. Hey Dot, nowfoods has some very good quality product line. Have been using from them for years. i order mine from a dealer in Phoenix AZ.

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