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What percentage of women experience Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS), also known as hot flashes and night sweats, during the menopausal transition?

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VMS disproportionately affects women of color


In the US, VMS affects a higher percentage of African American and Hispanic women, 46% and 34%, respectively, vs 31% of White women. In addition, African American women and Hispanic women experience symptoms for 2-4 years longer than White women.3,7

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