The most common debilitating symptoms of menopause (night sweats and hot flashes) can last for 7 years after entering menopause.
Of course the severity and length of time of menopause symptoms still varies from woman to woman, but the average length of these vasomotor symptoms, or VMS, is about 7 years.
A large scale study was published in the February 2014 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine that revealed 7 more facts you need to know about menopause:
- Nearly 80% of all women will experience VMS to some degree while going through menopause.
- The average duration of VMS symptoms across all ethnicities and age onset was 7.4 years.
- Women who started getting the typical symptoms of VMS ( hot flashes and night sweats) during pre-menopause, suffered with VMS for 10 years on average after their final menstrual period.
- On the other hand, women who did not experience VMS symptoms until after their last menstrual cycle, had the shortest duration of symptoms, with only 3-4 years on average.
- Ethnically speaking, African-American women experienced the longest duration of VMS symptoms lasting up to 10 years on average regardless of onset.
- Ethnically speaking the shortest duration of VMS was experienced by Japanese and Chinese women, both at about 5 years on average.
- Overall, the longest duration of VMS occurred in in women who were younger at the onset menopause, were less educated, and had high levels of stress, depression, or anxiety.
Menopause & Hormone Replacement Therapy
The “eighth” fact you need to know about menopause is that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is still the most effective way we have to deal with VMS and the other debilitating symptoms of menopause including, mood swings, vaginal dryness and foggy thinking.
Despite early flawed reports, current thinking is that for most women, HRT does not increase the risk of breast cancer or heart disease. Bioidentical HRT reduces or eliminates most if not all of the symptoms of menopause, and can also return a sense of balance, and an overall improvement in quality of life to women before, during, and after menopause.
Today we like to use the term “hormone optimization” as opposed to the older term hormone replacement or HRT, because current treatment methods are designed to be very individualized, and provide the optimum balance of hormones for your particular needs and lifestyle.
Hormone optimization can be delivered a number of ways, either by skin patch, oral medications, creams, gels or pellets. Again, your hormone replacement therapy will be tailored to your individual needs.
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