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Diseases & Conditions > Menopause

Community Question of the Week

It's been over a year now since my last period. When do the hot flashes stop? -Tina
Hi Tina, hot flashes might not stop for over 4 years. About 80% of women have at least one symptom of menopause which affects their quality of life, so you are not alone. The foundation of treatment is a healthy lifestyle including adequate water, sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, and staying away from sugar. Hormone medication can be very safe, and to best understand your options, I recommend you find a local certified menopause practitioner at

Diana Bitner, MD, NCMP

Diana Bitner specializes in gynecology, menopause medicine, sexual health, and cancer survivorship. She is a certified menopause practitioner by the North American Menopause Society, and was named the Menopause Practitioner of the Year, 2015. Dr. Bitner has completed training with the International Society of the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) and is Board Certified in OB/GYn. She is Medical Director of Midlife, Menopause & Sexual Health at Spectrum Health, an assistant professor at MSU College of Human Medicine, and CMO at true. Women’s Health. Her mission is that all women know their evidence-based options for healthy aging and empowering women to age as they desire without preventible illness.