Many women find hot flashes to be so bothersome that they consider hormone replacement therapy for relief. This common menopausal symptom affects roughly half to three-quarters of women around the average time of menopause at age 51, which can happen as early as 40 or as late as 55. To complicate matters even further, hot flashes can occur three years prior to complete loss of menstruation, and they can also last up to a decade after menopause. According to recent research of a diverse group of nearly 1,500 women experiencing frequent hot flashes, the median length of time that they felt the heat was 7.4 years. However, half the women experienced hot flashes for up to 14 years.

Lifestyle changes that can reduce hot flashes include regular exercise, weight reduction, avoiding spicy foods and caffeine, and staying hydrated. Talk to your provider about the best way to manage your hot flash symptoms. At LADIES FIRST OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY OF DOTHAN, we take pride in providing compassionate, patient-centered, state-of-the-art women’s health care. We offer a complete range of services to help guide you through every phase of life. New and established patients are always welcome at our offices located in Dothan, Ozark, & Enterprise. Please call (334) 671-9445 to schedule an appointment. “Excellence in Caring For Women”

P.S. According to the study mentioned above, the women who experienced hot flashes earliest were also the ones most likely to experience them the longest (up to 14 years).