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What You Need to Know About Menopause Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

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A clinical definition of menopause is the end of women’s menstrual cycles due to a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones. In other words, it’s nature’s way of ending a women’s monthly menstrual cycle and her ability to get pregnant.  



Menopause naturally occurs in women between the ages of 49 to 52,  but the age of women experiencing natural menopause can vary widely from 40 to 58 years old. And, it varies by ethnicity.  

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Postmenopause is the time after a woman has been without a menstrual period for 12 months. During this stage, menopausal symptoms typically decrease or stop  completely.  



According to studies, Asian women  experience the

smallest number of symptoms and Black women 

experience the largest number of symptoms compared

with other ethnic groups.[1]

African American women (53%) were more likely than

white American woman (29%) to have experienced 

vasomotor symptoms (VMS) otherwise known as hot

flashes or night sweats.[2]

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1. Im, E-O et al. 2010, Menopausal Symptoms Among Four Major Ethnic Groups in the United States. West J Nurs Res. 32(4):  540–565  
2. Grisso, JA et al. 1999, Racial differences in menopause information and the experience of hot flashes. J Gen Intern  Med. 14(2):98-103
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