—Hot Flashes: Still A Mystery “Researchers develop new treatments without fully understanding this common symptom of menopause” The transition to menopause goes smoothly for some women, but for others it can be hellacious. While coping with the mixed blessings of the end of menstruation and loss of fertility, women may experience a host of symptoms that some jokingly say makes them want to commit murder. The transition—known as perimenopause—usually begins in a woman's 40s, according to the North American Menopause Society. Perimenopause can last six years or more and ends, on average, by age 51. Hot flashes (also called hot flushes) are the most common menopause-related symptom and affect 75% of women in Western societies, notes Robert R.
by Sophie L. Rovner |
November 23, 2009