New study says woman can have hot flashes for as long as 14 years

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HOUSTON, TX - Contrary to what they might be called, they're not just a flash in the pants! New research reveals some women might be sweating "hot flashes" longer than previously expected. Here's science, yet again proving that getting old sucks!

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says symptoms of menopause like hot flashes and night sweats, once believed to be relatively short-lived, can persist for as long as 14 years. Now, that's a mighty long time to be in the hot seat!

The research tracked nearly 1,500 women of different backgrounds, who reported menopause symptoms between 1996 to 2013. Doctors found those cases of hot flashes and night sweats lasted an average of 7.4 years. Woman who experienced early "global warming" in their southern hemisphere, felt the heat longer. And a few unlucky ladies sat on their own personal furnaces for 14 long (and sweaty) years. Ouch!

So to all the women out there, about to go through the "change," we sincerely wish you a speedy menopause.