How Long Do Hot Flashes Last after Menopause?
Understanding how long hot flashes and night sweats might last during menopause can help women figure out how to cope with their symptoms.
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As women age, they are embarking on a steady march towards menopause. This is the big ‘Change of Life’ that most have at least heard of and which will involve a wide range of different symptoms and side effects. Of all the different menopause symptoms, hot flashes are the most common. They’ll affect around 85 percent of all women who go through menopause and will range in severity from mild to incredibly intense. When they happen at night, they’re referred to as night sweats. These can cause incredible stress since they’ll not only be uncomfortable, but can seriously interrupt sleeping patterns and cause insomnia.
While there are numerous options for controlling these night sweats, taking the time to understand just how long hot flashes and night sweats last is important as well. Figuring out how long individual hot flashes can last is the first step, and then understanding how long you can expect to endure occasional hot flashes is next.
Individual hot flashes and night sweats affect everyone differently. In most cases, they will appear and vanish quickly and usually last no more than a few seconds. But in other cases, they can be much more prolonged. In fact, some women have hot flashes that last as long as ten minutes without any relief. This is even worse when the hot flash is so intense that it is hard to cope with.
As for how long one can expect to endure hot flashes, this also varies. First, it’s important to understand that hot flashes occur most commonly during perimenopause – the period of time leading up to menopause, which is medically defined as the date of a woman’s last period. On average, the age that menopause is reached is around 52. For most women, hot flashes last around two to five years from the beginning of perimenopause up to a few years after menopause itself is reached. However, around half of all women who experience hot flashes actually end up suffering from them for more than five years after menopause.
In severe cases, around 15 percent of women studied report suffering from hot flashes for as long as fifteen years after they have reached menopause. While the frequency of their occurrence and their severity are often lessened, this isn’t always the case and in many instances women will feel like they’re cursed to deal with these problems.
There are options, however. Controlling hot flashes and night sweats with things like hormone replacement therapy can help, but many women find that simply avoiding triggers like tight clothing or spicy foods has a big impact on their ability to reduce hot flashes as well. Looking into natural options is a good idea.
Hot flashes are a major part of menopause, and the fact is that you may end up dealing with them for some time before relief finally comes. Taking the time to prepare yourself and learn more about them may help you find the relief that you need.