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Vasomotor Symptoms in Older Women

Menopause; ePub 2018 May 7; David, et al

A large number of women seen in a specialty menopause clinic were aged >60 years and reported moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms (msVMS), a recent study found. The cross-sectional survey was completed between January 1, 2006, and October 7, 2014. Women with and without msVMS were evaluated by menopause type, self-rated health, current tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol use, as well as pertinent medication use. Associations between participant characteristics and msVMS were evaluated using logistic regression and a multivariable model with age as a covariate. Interactions between participant characteristics and age were also assessed. Researchers found:

  • Of 4,956 women presenting for menopause consultation, 921 (18%) were aged >60 years; 379 (41.2%) reported msVMS bother.
  • Women with msVMS were more likely to have a history of nonspontaneous menopause and report their health as fair, vs good or excellent.
  • Women reporting current use of hormone therapy (21%) were less likely to report msVMS compared with those not taking hormone therapy.


David PS, Kling JM, Vegunta S, et al. Vasomotor symptoms in women over 60: Results from the data registry on experiences of aging, menopause, and sexuality (DREAMS). [Published online ahead of print May 7, 2018]. Menopause. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000001126.