Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last? explains some menopause symptoms can make us hot or bothered, for longer than we think.

Menopause

How long do menopause symptoms last?

Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?In How Long Does Menopause Last? | Ask Dr Jean the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) endocrinologist (hormone specialist) answers:

Question

“How long does menopause last? Obviously the answer may differ between individual women, but in general how many years after the last period should a woman expect symptoms associated with menopause will continue? Thanks, Lyn.”

Answer

“Menopause is actually the final menstrual period, resulting from reaching the end of the ovaries’ egg supply. Whilst this is a single event, the symptoms associated with menopause can start to occur even 10 years before menopause, in ‘perimenopause’, and can persist many years after menopause in some women”.

Hot Flushes/Flashes

How long do hot flushes/flashes last?

In How Long Does Menopause Last? | Ask Dr Jean the JH endocrinologist explains:

Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?

“A recent Melbourne study of over 2000 women reported that moderate to severe flushes were still experienced by 15.1% of women from age 55 to 59 years, and in 6.5% of women aged 60-65 years”.

In Women’s Wellness Hot Flashes and Night Sweats Happen After Menopause [+ Video Courtesy: Mayo Clinic News Network] the (United States) Mayo Clinic elaborate on:

“The study, conducted by researchers at Mayo Clinic gathered data from nearly 5,000 women. When asked whether they experienced any symptoms commonly associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms), a significant percentage reported having them well into their 60s, 70s and 80s”.

Vaginal Symptoms

How long does vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy or the genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) last?

Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?On page one in Vaginal Dryness the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“Unlike hot flashes, which generally improve with time, vaginal symptoms typically worsen with time because of aging and a prolonged lack of estrogen”.

Hormone Therapy

For hot flushes/flashes and night sweats, how long do the benefits more likely to outweigh risks of hormone therapy (HT), hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or menopausal hormone therapy (MHT)?

Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?On page two in the Revised Global Consensus Statement on Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Section A: Benefit/Risk Profile of MHT – endorsed by seven menopause-related organizations – published online 20 June 2016, the authors elaborate on:

  • “MHT, including tibolone and the combination of conjugated equine estrogens and bazedoxifene (CE/BZA), is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause at any age, but benefits are more likely to outweigh risks if initiated for symptomatic women before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause”.

What are vasomotor symptoms?

The International Menopause Society explain:

“Hot flushes and night sweats are also referred to as Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS)”.

Menopause FAQs

Where may I find more menopause FAQs?

Menopause FAQs: How Long Do Menopause Symptoms Last?In Menopause FAQs: Expert Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause you may find Menopause FAQS: Menopause Symptoms where the NAMS explain:

“Women going through the menopause transition often experience one or more menopause-related symptoms. You want to make sure that your symptoms are normally caused by menopause or may be signs of something else, such as a thyroid disorder, depression, a side effect of medication, or just normal aging. Get the straight story on your symptoms from our expert advisors and put your mind at ease”.

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Last Updated: 17 June 2019 – Last Revised: 17 June 2019
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