Yes, ladies, there is a possibility that your sweaty nights could last until you shuffle off this mortal coil, along with other menopause symptoms such as insomnia, hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
I first became aware of this little known fact (at least by me) when I was regularly transporting my client, 84 years of age, to doctor appointments for injections of estrogen.
From my research on the subject, not a hell of a lot of studies have been done. I only found one by the Mayo Clinic, which didn’t offer much insight. It recommended avoiding caffeine, not smoking and shedding pounds if overweight. The study also suggested that hormone replacement therapy tended to alleviate symptoms.
Dr. Paru David, menopause specialist at the Mayo Clinic, admits that there is an “unmet medical need” for women over 60 who are experiencing this problem and “with increase awareness, clinicians can identify these distressing symptoms,” leading to an improved quality of life.
If you are one of the unlucky women still experiencing hot flashes or other symptoms in your 60s and beyond, do not hesitate to talk about a treatment plan with your doctor. And welcome to the “golden years!”