09 May '11, 4am

The hot flashes common during and after menopause may last an average of 10 years or more, a study says

NEW YORK - THE hot flashes that are common during and after menopause may last an average of more than 10 years, more than twice as long as previously assumed, according to a US Study. The research, published in Obstetrics And Gynecology, also found that women who start getting hot flashes before menopause or in the early stages of menopause will have them for longer, on average, than women who don't have their first hot flashes until later. 'Hot flashes are pretty common, they're distressing and bothersome to a fair number of women, and they're starting earlier' than previously thought, said Ellen Freeman, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the study's lead author. Freeman and her colleagues followed a group of about 400 women in their 30s and 40s, starting in 1995. Over the next 13 years, researchers interviewed the women every year or so, asking th...

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