Every woman wants to know how long menopause will last. In years past, it was previously thought that menopause lasted six months to two years. In research recently released by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), menopause can now last 7.4 years or longer. Hispanic and African-American women may experience symptoms longer than their Caucasian or Asian counterparts.
Symptoms can range from moderate to severe and women experience hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain and insomnia. It is also thought that women may experience these symptoms at an earlier age because girls start to have their menstrual cycles between 8-10 years of age.
The length of time a woman may have symptoms may be related to when they first started to have symptoms. If a woman started to have symptoms while cycles were regular or irregular, than symptoms may run an average of 11 years. If symptoms were experienced after menstrual cycles had ceased, a woman may have symptoms 3.4 years, on average (Ostrow, 2015).
Ethnically, woman may experience symptoms as follows:
- African American – 10.1 years
- Hispanic – 8.9 years
- Non-Hispanic/Caucasian – 6.5 years
- Chinese – 5.4 years
- Japanese – 4.8 years
- Dress in layers
- Turn down the thermostat at night
- Drink plenty of water and reduce hot/warm drinks
- Avoid spicy foods
- Stop smoking
- Use herbal supplements such as black cohosh, dong quai, chaste tree (vitex), or evening primrose. They help with stabilizing hormones, irritation and insomnia.
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Ostrow, N. (2015). Bloomberg Business, “Hot flashes, night sweats can plague women seven years or longer”. Retrieved February 18, 2015, from: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-16/hot-flashes-night-sweats-can-plague-women-seven-years-or-longer?cmpid=yhoo