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1 in 4 Menopausal Women 'Super Hot Flashers'

1 in 4 Menopausal Women 'Super Hot Flashers'

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:23 AM

Hot flashes have long been a defining symptom of menopause. But new research shows that the timing and duration of hot flashes can vary significantly from woman to woman, and that one in four are “super flashers” whose symptoms appear early in life and can can last 15 years or more.

The findings come from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation, a 22-year-old National Institutes of Health study that has been tracking the physical, biological, and psychological health of 3,302 women, The New York Times reports.

The study shows that women appear to fall evenly into four hot-flash categories:
“Early onset” hot flashers, who begin to experience hot flashes long before menopause (five to 10 years before a woman’s last period) but stop around the time of the final menstrual cycle.

“Late onset” hot flashers, who don’t experience their first hot flash until after their final menstrual period.

“Never flashers,” whom the researchers called the “lucky few” who never experience a single hot flash or briefly suffer only a few flashes near the end of the menopausal transition.

And “super flashers,” who experiences flashes early, often, and for many years.

“It explodes our typical myth around hot flashes, that they just last for a few years and everyone follows the same pattern,” said Rebecca Thurston, a psychiatry professor and epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh and study authro.

“We may be able to better help women once we know in what category they are more likely to fall.”

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