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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

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    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. 



    Dr Kevin Lee


    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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