The prevalence of hot flash and associated variables among perimenopausal women

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  • Bernadine M. Feldman Ph.D.,

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    • School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 5–140 Unit F, 308 Harvard Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455
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    • Dr. Bernadine M. Feldman is an associate professor in the School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

  • Ann Voda,

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    • Dr. Ann Voda is a professor in the College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Dr. Evangeline Gronseth is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tempe.

  • Evangeline Gronseth

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    • Dr. Evangeline Gronseth is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, University of Arizona, Tempe.


Abstract

A telephone survey of a random sample of 594 perimenopausal women was done to study the prevalence of hot flashes, use of estrogen, age of menopause onset, and, among those subjects experiencing hot flashes, the frequency of occurrence and number of years of hot flashes. The prevalence of hot flashes was 88%. Surgical menopause women had a prevalence rate of 92% and had the highest estrogen utilization rate. The median age of onset for natural menopause women was 49 years. The frequency of occurrence and number of years of hot flash experience was variable across all groups.

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