How Long Will My Hot Flashes Last?

How Long Will My Hot Flashes Last? An Average of 7.4 years

It is official – hot flashes last MUCH longer than anyone said. (except us, see our 2012 post about hot flashes where we analyzed data from this study.)

New Findings About Hot Flashes From JAMA

A  study from JAMA Internal Medicine, done by researchers Dr Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D. and her colleagues, has just come out with new findings: hot flashes and night sweats last an average of 7.4 years in more than half the women surveyed.

The data analysed came from the Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) study completed in 2013. For seven years, 1,449 women who were experiencing hot flashes were tracked.

A Few of the Interesting New Conclusions

Started Menopause Early?

  • You will experience many more miserable years with hot flashes and night sweats than the average menopausal woman.

Where You Come From – Ancestry Matters

  • If you are of African descent in America, you will go the longest time with symptoms — up to over 10 years. Yikes!
  • Hispanic American? 8.9 years on average.
  • Women of Chinese descent experience very few years with hot flashes – about 4.8 years on average.

If you would like a good synopsis of the results from the SWAN study, the Science Daily does a good job.

Go to the Source

To go to the source and read the original scientific research for this study and other women’s health research findings, click SWAN — a study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years.