Doctors warn women that hot flashes and night sweats can last longer than they previously thought.
Researchers find that women experiencing menopause can suffer from symptoms for up to 14 years. A large study conducted found that women continue to experience uncomfortable hot flashes and night sweats long after they previously thought that the menopause stage was completed. Being one of the few studies undertaken to understand how the symptoms of menopause can affect women in real life, the results it portrays doesn’t look very appealing. US experts say that more research needs to be done on finding new ways to help menopausal women ease their discomfort and live a pleasant life. Hormone therapy (HRT) is currently used to treat menopausal symptoms but it is recommended for no more than 5 years. Small doses of HRT reduces the possibility of conditions like osteoporosis, cancer and heart diseases. However, it might increase the chances of breast and ovarian cancer when used for a long term.
The study comprised of 1,449 menopausal women and included four ethnic groups. The average time that menopausal symptoms lasted was for 7.4 years. A half of the women overcame the symptoms before the average 7.4 years while the other half endured the symptoms for at least 14 years. African-American and Hispanic women bore longer symptoms than Asian or white women.
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