Night sweats are a common symptom experienced by women during menopause AND perimenopause. They involve episodes of excessive sweating during sleep, leading to damp bedding and disrupted sleep patterns.

Approximately 75-85% of women going through menopause AND perimenopause experience night sweats. It is considered one of the hallmark symptoms of this transitional phase.

The most effective treatments for night sweats include hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen or combined estrogen-progestin therapy. Non-hormonal options like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as fluoxetine, and certain blood pressure medications, like clonidine, may also provide relief.

On average, around 70-80% of women report a reduction in night sweats symptoms after two months of starting menopause treatment, whether through hormone replacement therapy or other prescribed medications.

Sources:
Santoro, N., Epperson, C. N., & Mathews, S. B. (2015). Menopausal Symptoms and Their Management. Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, 44(3), 497–515. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2015.05.001

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2014). Practice Bulletin No. 141: Management of Menopausal Symptoms. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 123(1), 202–216. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000441353.20675.9d

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