Are you dealing with hot flashes? Do you find yourself wondering, “How much longer will these hot flashes continue?”
It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked. Hot flashes can be uncomfortable, embarrassing at work, wake you up at night and a whole lot more. With less women using estrogen do to fear about possible risks, the number of women with hot flashes are on the rise.
A study published in the July 2015 issue of the journal Menopause asked 2,020 Australian women aged 40 to 65 about their hot flashes and their quality of life. The study found that 2.8% of premature menopause women, 28.5% of postmenopausal women younger than 55 years, 15.1% of women aged 55 to 59 years, and 6.9% of women ages 60 to 65 years had moderate to severe hot flashes. 5.9% of women used hormone therapy (HT) and 0.7% used nonhormonal medication.
This study shows that many women continue to have hot flashes, even until age 65 and likely beyond. It also shows that many women are not being treated for their hot flashes. In my new book called The Estrogen Window published by Rodale in April 2016, you can discover the latest information on HT and how to take it safely to maximize its benefits and lower its risks. If you know about your estrogen window, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that taking estrogen is safer than not taking it!