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    Hot flushes for 17 years after a hysterectomy. Will this ever stop?

    I am 60 and had a total abdominal hysterectomy with one ovary remaining 17 years ago. I went into immediate menopause and am still suffering these dreadful hot flushes. Is it possible they are with me for the rest of my life, surely this is very unusual.
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    Dr Kevin Lee

    Endocrinologist, Nuclear Medicine Physician

    Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nuclear Medicine. I am on Twitter @dr_kevinlee. I am on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinleefracp/ I help patients with obesity, diabetes, thyroid, … View Profile

    It is known that some women have persistent flushing based on self-questionnaires many years after post-menopause, with one study recording ~11% of women 10-19 years after menopause complaining of hot flushes (1).

    It is strongly recommended that you see a GP who can also assess for other potentially serious medical conditions that may manifest as hot flushing. 

     

    Regards,

    Dr Kevin Lee

    http://www.banyoclinic.com.au/dr-kevin-lee-endocrinologist/

    http://www.facebook.com/kevinleeFRACP

     

    1. Huang AJ, Grady D, Jacoby VL, Blackwell TL, Bauer DC, Sawaya GF. Persistent Hot Flushes in Older Postmenopausal Women.Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(8):840-846. doi:10.1001/archinte.168.8.840.

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