Predicting Hot Flashes
Menopausal symptoms vary widely from woman to woman. Until
now, there has been no reliable way to predict which women will
have symptoms and which will not. A study done by researchers at
the University of Maryland found some possible predictors of
menopausal hot flashes. It seems that smoking and having a family
history of hot flashes are relevant.
Women who had a mother who experienced hot flashes were
about four times as likely to have hot flashes themselves than
women whose mothers did not have hot flashes were.
Also, women who smoked were found to be twice as likely to have
hot flashes as those who did not smoke. Researchers suggest that
smoking may accelerate the loss of estrogen leading to a greater
chance of hot flashes.
Other factors such as marital status, income, education, and
reproductive factors (i.e. age at onset of menopause, pregnancies,
and age of first and last pregnancy) did not show any relation to the
development of hot flashes.