DEAR DOCTOR K: Recently you wrote about a patient who was still having hot flashes in her early 70s, long after menopause. I'm in my 60s, and I still have them. How long might they last?
DEAR READER: Following the publication of that column, I got many letters with questions like yours. These letters also described what it is like to suffer from hot flashes. One reader recalled driving with her parents on a bitter cold winter night. Suddenly, her mother had a hot flash. It was so bad that she "turned the heater off, opened the car windows and stuck her head out the window. My father asked her what the heck she was doing."