A new study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic suggests symptoms of menopause – night sweats and hot flashes, for example – affect a significant percentage of women into their 60s, 70s, and 80s, not just during midlife. Results of the study were published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
The study involved about 5,000 women. According to the researchers, those over 60 who reported moderate or severe hot flashes were more likely to be married or in a committed relationship, less likely to report their health as “excellent,” and more likely to have experienced induced menopause. In women over 70, caffeine consumption was linked to hot flashes. As expected, women using hormone therapy (HRT) were less likely to report moderate or severe hot flashes and night sweats.
Older women who are still experiencing symptoms of menopause should talk to their health care provider, according to study co-author and menopause specialist at Mayo Clinic Arizona, Juliana Kling, M.D.