Women with VMS are feeling the heat

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


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

VMS IN HER WORDS - When you talk to others and suddenly your face turns bright red, all you want is for the ground to open up and swallow you because it is so embarrassing.

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