A recent research has found out that women are likely to experience menopause symptoms for a median period of as much as 7.2 years. Previously, it was believed that the traits following menopause last for a much shorter time than what has been discovered now. JAMA Internal Medicine has published the findings of the study that contradicts the earlier beliefs of doctors. The study claims that these effects can last from 7 to 14 years.

According to a report by the Time, approximately 80% of women experience menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS). These post-menopause traits cause hot flashes and night sweats in women. The results, obtained from as many as 1,500 women from across the world, show that women on an average have VMS for around seven years. It was found that he women in Japan experience these symptoms for the least time period of about 4.8 years. On the other hand, African-American women are known to suffer from the effects the longest, for almost 10.1 years.

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Other findings from the study claim that women who started experiences the symptoms earlier, tend to continue to get hot flashes and night sweats for the longest times. The same was observed in less educated, as well as women having higher stress levels. To the surprise of doctors, the study also commented that the findings contradict the beliefs that the symptoms affect women’s health and quality of life minimally. Unfortunately, the study also claims that VMS cannot be addressed easily by short-term approaches, as was believed until now.

The data was shared by the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN). It is an observational research that involved recording the experiences of middle-aged women who have already achieved their menopause. The research data was based on over 3,300 women from seven U.S. locations and spanned across 1996 through 2013.

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