- Question from Cheryl: So how long does natural menopause last? I started 15 years ago and went on HRT. Now that I have breast cancer, I have stopped taking the HRT, and I'm back to having night sweats. Does it ever end?
- Answers - Mindy Goldman, M.D. The good answer for most women is yes, but about 15 percent of women may persist in having hot flashes throughout their menopausal years. For most women, however, the intensity and the frequency of the hot flashes get less with time. There is data that says hot flashes are brought on by things like stress, alcohol, spicy foods, and changes in temperature — particularly going to a warm environment. Sometimes women can make lifestyle adjustments to help decrease the intensity of the hot flashes.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. That's another reason for "anger management" or anything else in your life that makes you "hot and bothered." One of the difficult challenges of breast cancer is having to confront so many different issues at one time. For sure, your emotional life has a significant impact on how you experience this whole process and these kinds of symptoms.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Managing Menopausal Symptoms Part 2 featured Mindy Goldman, M.D. and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how to manage menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, loss of libido, and more.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in July 2004.
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