Women with HIV suffer 'more severe hot flashes' in menopause

Women with HIV typically suffer more severe hot flashes than those without, according to new research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A survey of 33 HIV-infected, perimenopausal women between the ages of 45 and 48 found that hot flashes were taking "a heavier toll" on the quality of their lives compared to respondents without HIV.

"That toll has the potential to undermine an already shaky foundation for their lives, compromising their health, HIV treatment, and ability to abstain from drugs and alcohol," the report's authors suggested.

The HIV-infected women were also found to suffer more sleep problems, anxiety, irritability and depression. Furthermore, they typically reported that hot flashes were interfering with their work, social lives and overall quality of life.

Publishing their findings in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, the team acknowledged that further research would be needed to ascertain why hot flashes are worse in women with HIV.

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