Like many other conditions certain groups of women have different menopausal experiences. I am talking years! If you start with menopause symptoms (sx. nite sweats, hot flashes) before actual menopause your sx will last longer. If sx start post menopause, they will be short lived (@3.1 yrs.). Japanese women have a shorter duration versus African Americans whose sx can last 10 years post menopause.
Antidotal findings correlate alcohol use with increase of sx. Should you have lifestyle disruption seek medical help including looking for natural antidotes.