The Basis of Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms

  • Howard L. Judd


In women the most common and characteristic symptom of the climacteric is an episodic disturbance consisting of sudden flushing and perspiration, referred to as a “hot flush or flash.” It has been observed in 65–76% of women who experience a natural or surgical menopause (Hannan, 1927; Neugarten and Kraines, 1965; Jaszmann et al., 1969; Thompson et al., 1973; McKinlay and Jeffreys, 1974). Of those having flushes, 82% will experience the disturbance for more than 1 year (Jaszmann et al., 1969) and 25–85% will complain of the symptom for more than 5 years (Neugarten and Krains, 1969; Thompson et al., 1973).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard L. Judd
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of MedicineUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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