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Hot Flashes

Let's make sure that the timing of your hot flashes is also typical.

The average age for menopause is 51. Hot flashes can begin as early as five years before the last menstrual period, so they can precede other symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes usually occur repeatedly for a time between six months and a few years. However, they can continue to occur without a clear end for some women. Some women have only a few episodes a year, while others have as many as 20 episodes a day.

Hot flashes can also begin when a woman has both ovaries surgically removed, when a woman stops taking estrogen hormone, or during treatment with some medicines for breast cancer.

Are your hot flashes expected, considering their timing?

Yes, my hot flashes are occurring at a predictable time.

No, this would be an unexpected time for me to have hot flashes.

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