The menopausal state most commonly produces vasomotor instability and genital organ atrophy. Vasomotor symptoms affect 70 percent of postmenopausal women but only about 30 percent seek medical assistance. For 25 percent of menopausal women, these symptoms may persist for > 5 years and may be lifelong in others. Vasomotor instability is more commonly termed "hot flushes" or "hot flashes." The frequency, severity, or diurnal variation with which hot flushes occur can result in significant disruptions of sleep and daytime function. Menopausal symptoms are the most common side effect associated with the use of adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, with approximately two-
thirds of women experiencing symptoms classified as moderate to severe.24 This effect may be compounded by tamoxifen therapy, which also leads to vasomotor instability.
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