Hot Flashes: Still A Mystery | November 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 47 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 47 | pp. 33-35
Issue Date: November 23, 2009

Hot Flashes: Still A Mystery

Researchers develop new treatments without fully understanding this common symptom of menopause
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Hot Flashes, Menopause, Estrogen, Antidepressants

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, . . .

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