(HealthDay News) — Menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, are worse in women reporting caffeine consumption, according to a study published online in Menopause.

Stephanie S. Faubion, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues surveyed 2,507 consecutive women presenting with menopausal concerns (July 25, 2005 to July 25, 2011). Symptom ratings determined by the Menopause Health Questionnaire were compared based on caffeine use.

The researchers found that caffeine use was positively associated with mean vasomotor symptom scores (P=.011). After adjustment for menopause status and cigarette smoking, the finding remained significant (P=.027).

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“Caffeine use is associated with greater vasomotor symptom bother in postmenopausal women,” the researchers wrote.


  1. Faubion SS et al. Menopause. 2014;doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000301.