Many Women Report Vasomotor Symptoms in Their 60s
Symptoms more likely in those reporting fair health, history of non-spontaneous menopause
HealthDay News — A substantial proportion of women older than 60 years may experience moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms (msVMS), according to a study published online May 7 in Menopause.
Paru S. David, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and colleagues surveyed 4,956 women presenting for menopause consultation to determine frequency of msVMS in women 60 years of age or older and examined their characteristics to determine factors that may be associated with VMS in older women.
The researchers found that 18 percent of women seeking consultation were 60 years or older. Of these, 41.2 percent reported msVMS bother. A history of non-spontaneous menopause and reporting of fair health (versus good or excellent) were more common in women with msVMS. One in five women (21 percent) reported current use of hormone therapy, and they were less likely to report msVMS compared with those not taking hormone therapy.
"A substantial number of women seen in a specialty menopause clinic were over age 60 years and reported msVMS, highlighting that VMS may be disruptive in women over a decade past the natural age of menopause," the authors write.
One author disclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry.