The mood swings, hot flashes and irritability, which are the most common signs and symptoms of menopause, are all caused by the changes the woman's body goes through during the "change of life" known as menopause.
Menopause Symptoms Relief
A compound in soybeans is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes in menopausal women.
FDA sent letters warning seven pharmacy operations that the claims they make about the safety and effectiveness of their so-called 'bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.'
Being aware of the health risks associated with treating menopausal symptoms might only make it harder for women to decide what to do.
Hormone therapy taken in the first few years after menopause does not appear to affect a woman's memory, but may lead to increased sexual interest.
Switzerland-based Horphag Research's Pycnogenol -- an extract derived from the bark of the pine tree Pinus pinaster -- might ease menopausal symptoms, including fatigue, headaches, vaginal dryness and menstrual problems, according to a study to be published in the upcoming issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reuters Health reports.
For the study, Han-Ming Yang of Ham-Ming Hospital in Taiwan and colleagues randomly assigned 155 women ages 45 to 55 either 100 milligrams of Pycnogenol or a placebo pill twice daily for six months.
Surveys of doctors involved in menopause care have no doubt of confusion lingers for both physicians and patients regarding the results of the WHI study.
Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause are at an increased risk of developing memory problems or dementia and movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Certain naturally occurring edible compounds found in plants - dietary polyphenols - have been shown to have some beneficial effects (on relieving symptoms of menopause) similar to HRT but without the appreciable adverse effects.
Although generations of physicians have prescribed hormones to reduce symptoms of menopause, very little research has focused on the underlying causes of hot flashes.
Many women are choosing dietary supplements for managing symptoms of menopause - especially since serious health concerns have been raised about hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
Secondary analyses of findings from the Women's Health Initiative suggest that women who begin hormone therapy within 10 years of menopause may have less risk of coronary heart disease due to hormone therapy than women farther from menopause.
Menopause has many expected and some surprising effects on women's health, even after the immediate symptoms have subsided.
Even with dummy pill, many common symptoms of menopause disappeared within a year.
Studying the role of estrogen in working memory function in premenopausal women, researchers have documented a significant decrease in working memory among women whose estrogen levels were suppressed by chemicals.
Menopause symptoms are sometimes sought to be treated through alternative therapies, but the evidence to support the use of complementary therapies to relieve menopause symptoms is insufficient.
Common menopause symptoms, the hot flashes, may be linked to chronic sleep problems.
Before opting to use herbal therapies to treat their menopausal symptoms only few women are consulting their doctors.
Many medical experts advise taking combination hormone therapy only for short term relief of the symptoms of menopause.
As they transition to menopause, women with no history of depression may be at an increased risk of new onset depressive symptoms and disorders.
A single dose of depomedroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) more effectively reduces hot flashes than does the antidepressant venlafaxine.