|Title||In response to the paper RE: Duration of Menopause|
|Date||20 February 2015|
|Full Story||While it has been known for some time that the severity and duration of menopausal symptoms varies hugely and that the consequences of menopausal estrogen deficiency are unique to each woman, this report highlights the fact that the average duration of symptoms may well be longer than previously described. Therefore, when considering treatments for menopausal symptoms, there should be no arbitrary limits, the type and duration of treatment should be individualised.
Regarding the use of HRT, women can choose to take this for as long or as little a time as they feel the benefits outweigh the risks. When used appropriately, the benefits outweigh the risks for the majority of women up to the age of 60, and for many beyond that age, particularly for those who continue to have symptoms. The duration of symptoms cannot be predicted and hence neither can the duration for which treatment is required.
In response to:
It was reported in the press that "Menopause symptoms like hot flushes can last 14 years".
See the story here: telegraph.co.uk
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