A study conducted by gathering data from nearly 5,000 women revealed that women in their 60s, 70s and 80s were still experiencing symptoms commonly associated with menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats (vasomotor symptoms). The study was carried out by Mayo Clinic researchers and published this month in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
"The number of women in the study who both reported and sought care for symptom management shines a light on what may be an unmet medical need for women over age 60," says Paru David, M.D., menopause specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, who is a study author. "With increased awareness, clinicians can identify these distressing symptoms and review treatment options with women, which can lead to improved quality of life."
Those who experienced surgical menopause or induced menopause were also more likely to report vasomotor symptoms beyond 60. Caffeine appeared to increase the likelihood of vasomotor symptoms in women older than 70.
"Women in their 60s, 70s and 80s who are still experiencing menopause symptoms should talk with their doctors to find a treatment plan - and relief - that can improve their quality of life," says Juliana Kling, M.D., a menopause specialist at Mayo Clinic Arizona, who is a co-author.