Menopause Symptoms Relief
There are millions of women going through menopause who might not know exactly what is going on with their bodies and how it will affect different parts of their lives. In fact, many women, including my patients, only think of hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings when they begin menopause, and their experience with menopause symptoms can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on every aspect of women's lives.
Taking hormones or not? Many women who experience the first symptoms of menopause are faced with this question. There is no doubt that hormones help relieve menopause symptoms, but recent studies have highlighted the potential risks that come with hormone therapy (HT).
Women and young girls who experience delays in diagnosing a premature, menopause-like condition face increased risk of low bone density, according to new research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health. A delay in diagnosing the condition, called primary ovarian insufficiency, may make women more susceptible to osteoporosis and fractures later in life, the researchers concluded.
The largest study of its kind to date shows that women may not be able to learn as well shortly before menopause, compared with other stages in their lives. The research was published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Over four years, the researchers studied 2,362 women who were between the ages of 42 and 52 and had had at least one menstrual period in the three months before the study started.
The Know My Bones Council today announced results from a national Harris Interactive survey, which found that one-out-of-five women with postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO) are retiring later than anticipated and nearly half (48 percent) blame the current economy. Despite the need to work longer, half of the women with PMO are fearful that the disease will limit their ability to work.
UCLA researchers and colleagues analyzed data for 2,213 women between the ages of 42 and 52 who participated in the bone sub-study of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation to determine whether women with vasomotor symptoms (VMS) — which include hot flashes and night sweats — had lower bone mineral density.
The researchers found that postmenopausal women with VMS had lower lumbar and total hip bone mineral density than those without VMS. Premenopausal women and early perimenopausal women who had VMS were found to have lower femoral neck bone mineral density than those without VMS.
A comprehensive plan to help health care professionals diagnose and treat primary ovarian insufficiency—a menopause-like condition affecting girls and young women that may occur years before normal menopause is expected—has been developed by a scientist at the National Institutes of Health.
Lawrence Nelson, M.D., head of NIH's Integrative and Reproductive Medicine Unit, provided recommendations based on the research he has conducted at the NIH. His recommendations are published in the Clinical Practice feature of the February 5 New England Journal of Medicine.
Several studies had previously suggested that regular physical exercise reduces the breast cancer risk of women. However, it had been unknown just how much exercise women should take in which period in life in order to benefit from this protective effect. Moreover, little was known about which particular type of breast cancer is influenced by physical activity.
Women in, or past, menopause who use specially compounded "bioidentical" hormones to treat menopause-related symptoms, such as hot flushes, often don't get adequate information from compounding pharmacists about the drugs' risks and realistic potential for benefit. That's one of the concerns about these medications addressed by menopause expert JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, in "'Bioidentical' hormones: What you (and your patient) need to know," in the January issue of OBG Management.
For many women, including the growing number who choose later-in-life pregnancy, predicting their biological clock's relation to the timing of their menopause and infertility is critically important.
Now, investigators from the University of Michigan have provided new information about hormonal biomarkers that can address the beginning of the menopause transition.
Women troubled by hot flashes and night sweats during the years around menopause want safe, effective treatment options. The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is part of a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative to conduct clinical trials of promising treatments for the most common symptoms of the menopausal transition.
From the end of the 1970s to the late 1990s there was a significant reduction in the incidence of hip and distal forearm fractures among Oslo women in the early phase after menopause. Part of this decline can be explained by the large increase in the use of hormone replacement therapy after menopause in the same period, a new study shows.
The study is a collaboration between the University of Oslo, Aker University Hospital and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
Half of reduction in fractures may be due to hormone replacement therapy
Women troubled by hot flashes and night sweats during the years around menopause want safe, effective treatment options. A new research initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will establish a multisite research network to conduct clinical trials of promising treatments for the most common symptoms of the menopausal transition.
As testosterone progressively dominates the hormonal milieu during the menopausal transition, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome increases according to a new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The study suggests this may be a pathway by which cardiovascular disease increases during menopause.
As testosterone progressively dominates the hormonal milieu during the menopausal transition, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome increases, according to a new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The study suggests this may be a pathway by which cardiovascular disease increases during menopause. The study is published in the July 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
For premenopausal women, the decision of whether to undergo a hysterectomy - removal of the uterus - is a challenging one. To make things more complex, added pressure to decide whether to remove the ovaries can arise — a decision that researchers say relies more on the preferences of the woman or her surgeon than on evidence-based medicine.
Prophylactic oophorectomy is the medical term for removal of healthy ovaries to prevent the potential risk of developing ovarian cancer later in life.
Postmenopausal women who regularly sleep more than nine hours a night may have an increased risk of ischemic stroke, researchers reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Compared to women sleeping seven hours, the risk of ischemic stroke was 60-70 percent higher for those sleeping nine hours or more, said lead author Jiu-Chiuan Chen, M.D., Sc.D., assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health in Chapel Hill.
Women in menopause use hormone replacement therapy to relieve symptoms of menopause. While HRT is given in skin patches and orally the BMJ research shows that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) given in skin patches may cause fewer blood clots than HRT given orally.
Tao Formulations announces the official launch of Tao Harmony - Menopause Relief Formula. This revolutionary product is the culmination of years of research to develop a safe, all-natural, non-hormonal (estrogen-free) alternative for relieving menopausal symptoms.
Medical specialists from around the country will gather this week to discuss the latest research in obstetrics and gynecology, and menopause and estrogen therapy will be among the information presented.
Are you one of the millions of women who've been prescribed Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs to treat the symptoms of menopause?
Women taking hormone replacement therapy to ease menopause symptoms remain at risk of developing cancer even after they stop the treatment.
Women who take hormone replacement therapy to ease menopause symptoms have abnormal mammogram results.
Hot flashes may be getting an unfair rap for disrupting women's sleep at midlife.