Hot flashes are among the most prevalent symptoms of menopause.
they occur in about 75% of naturally postmenopausal women and in more than 90% of women who have undergone hysterectomy.
But a new study finds many women leave the condition untreated, which leads to extra outpatient visits and costs.
Yale University researchers used health insurance claims to compare more than 250,000 menopausal women experiencing hot flashes with more than 250,000 women without.
Over the course of a year they found the women with untreated hot flashes scheduling more than a million extra outpatient visits, which resulted in a cost of almost 370 million dollars because of medical bills and lost work.
Researchers say it may be related to the fact that women experiencing hot flashes typically experience other signs and symptoms of menopause at the same time.
they include: disturbed sleep, depression, irritability and difficulty concentrating.
Researchers contend many women fore-go the use of hormone therapy and elect to navigate work, while experiencing untreated or inadequately treated hot flashes.
They suggest doctors discuss hot flashes and their effects on daily function at each annual physical.
Complete findings for the study can be found online in the journal “Menopause.”