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When Hot Flashes Aren't Treated, It Costs the Economy Millions of Dollars

 
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Sarrel believes the health and economic issues resulting from untreated hot flashes can be associated with a 2002 Women’s Health Initiative study that said hormone therapy, a treatment option for hot flashes, was linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. The study triggered a fear among women, and today fewer than 10 percent of women with hot flashes are being treated, Sarrel said.

“What happens with hot flashes at the peak of a woman’s career is a simple biological change if you know how to deal with it,” Sarrel said. “No one is paying attention, but we need to pay attention. It places a burden on our health care system.”

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“For Women in Midlife, Career Gains Slip Away.” New York Times. Accessed August 29, 2014. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/business/women-leave-their-careers-in-....

“Incremental direct and indirect costs of untreated vasomotor symptoms.” Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. Accessed August 28, 2014. http://journals.lww.com/menopausejournal/Abstract/publishahead/Increment....

Sarrel, Philip. Personal interview. August 25, 2014.

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Anonymous

Hi
That's so right but,
What is the treatment of hot flashes then?

September 5, 2014 - 4:34am
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Anonymous

That is why I love my Goodnighties sleepwear!! I was having them so badly and tossing and turning all night and I still have them but they wick away moisture from my body so I can sleep better than all the others I have worn.

September 4, 2014 - 2:48pm
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Fantastic article!! People need to pay attention to this. Particularly, doctors as well as women and COMPANY'S who are paying insurance as it's on the rise and yet women aren't being taken care of. Their hot flashes are getting in the way and no one seems to care. When are we going to start paying attention to what women need so they can feel better and be even more productive!!! MKRAugust 30, 2014 - 5:23pm
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