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Migraines May Worsen During Menopause

Posted 24 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 – New research confirms what women with migraine headaches have told their doctors for years: migraine attacks seem to get worse in the years before and during menopause. "In women who have migraine, headaches increase by 50 to 60 percent when they go through the perimenopause and menopausal time periods," said Dr. Vincent Martin, professor of medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati. The new finding, Martin said, "basically confirms what women have been telling us physicians for decades. We finally have some evidence." The perimenopausal period is the time when the body is transitioning to menopause – when monthly periods end. Perimenopause can last several years, and is often marked by irregular periods, hot flashes and sleep problems. Perimenopause can begin in the 40s, and menopause occurs, on average, ... Read more

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Antidepressant Eases Menopause-Related Symptoms, Study Finds

Posted 28 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 – Estrogen therapy and the non-hormonal drug venlafaxine (Effexor) are nearly equally effective in reducing menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats, according to a new study. "Our new findings provide critical data for physicians and women making treatment decisions for hot flashes/night sweats. Our data show that first-line hormonal and non-hormonal pharmacological treatments are well-tolerated and effective options for alleviating symptoms," the study's lead author Dr. Hadine Joffe, director of the Women's Hormone and Aging Research Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, said in a hospital news release. "Hot flashes and night sweats ... affect up to 80 percent of women in midlife and are the primary menopause-related symptoms leading menopausal women to seek medical attention," Joffe noted. Estrogen therapy is considered the "gold standard" treatment ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Heart Failure Risk in Swedish Study

Posted 14 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 – Early menopause may increase a woman's risk for heart failure later in life, especially if she is a smoker, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 22,000 older women in Sweden. Those who experienced early menopause (ages 40 to 45) were 40 percent more likely to suffer heart failure than those who went through menopause in the normal age range of 50 to 54, the investigators found. For every one-year increase in the age a woman began menopause, there was a 2 percent lower risk of heart failure, according to the study in the May 14 online edition of the journal Menopause, which is published by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). The risk of heart failure was highest in current or former smokers who had early menopause, the researchers found. Current or former smokers who went through menopause only somewhat early – ages 46 to 49 ... Read more

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Premature Menopause May Affect Women's Brains

Posted 9 May 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 – Premature menopause may increase a woman's risk of mental decline later in life, according to a new study. Compared to those who began menopause after age 50, women with premature menopause were 40 percent more likely to do poorly on verbal and visual memory tests, the study found. They also had a 35 percent higher risk of decline in psychomotor speed (coordination between the brain and the muscles that brings about movement) and overall mental function. Menopause typically occurs at about age 50, but can begin between ages 41 and 45 (early menopause) or at or around age 40 (premature menopause). Early and premature menopause can occur naturally or be caused by surgical removal of the ovaries. Of the more than 4,800 women in the study, nearly 8 percent had premature menopause. All of the participants underwent mental skills tests at the start of the study and ... Read more

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Bleeding Irregularities Common in Menopause, Study Finds

Posted 16 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 – Extended and heavy menstrual bleeding during menopause is common, according to a new study. "For most women in their 30s, menstrual periods are highly predictable. With the onset of the menopausal transition in their 40s, women's menstrual periods can change dramatically," study author Sioban Harlow, a University of Michigan professor of epidemiology, said in a university news release. "These dramatic changes can be disconcerting, and often provoke questions about whether something is wrong," she added. The findings should reassure women who worry about what is and isn't normal, she said. When a woman's ovaries stop producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone, she enters menopause. This life stage can last anywhere from two to 10 years, the researchers said. Menopause usually occurs after age 45. "Women need more descriptive information about the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Weight Gain During Menopause

Posted 2 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Menopausal women are more prone to weight gain, particularly in the abdominal area, due to the many hormonal changes they face. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers this advice to help avoid weight gain during menopause: Stay active and get plenty of regular physical activity. Incorporate both aerobic and strength training exercises into your routine. Cut back on calories by about 200 per day. Focus on eating nutritious foods, including bananas, blueberries, dark leafy greens, soy, salmon, whole grains, yogurt and plenty of water. Limit alcohol and salt. Maintain a positive, healthy attitude. Read more

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Experts Lay Out Options for Menopause Symptoms

Posted 23 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 23, 2013 – Women bothered by hot flashes or other effects of menopause have a number of treatment options – hormonal or not, according to updated guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. It's estimated that anywhere from 50 percent to 82 percent of women going through menopause have hot flashes – sudden feelings of extreme heat in the upper body – and night sweats. For many, the symptoms are frequent and severe enough to cause sleep problems and disrupt their daily lives. And the duration of the misery can last from a couple years to more than a decade, says the college, the nation's leading group of ob/gyns. "Menopausal symptoms are common, and can be very bothersome to women," said Dr. Clarisa Gracia, who helped write the new guidelines. "Women should know that effective treatments are available to address these symptoms." The ... Read more

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Estrogen Won't Make Women Sharper After Menopause, Study Finds

Posted 25 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 25 – Low levels of the hormone estrogen are not to blame for mood swings and poor memory after menopause, a new study suggests. Based on this finding, the researchers believe there's no reason to use hormone replacement therapy to boost mental well-being after periods stop. "These study findings provide further evidence that a woman's decision about hormone therapy use during early postmenopause should be made independently of considerations about thinking abilities," said lead researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, a professor of neurology and neurological science at Stanford University in California. However, while estrogen wasn't tied to any mental benefits, the study found that another hormone – progesterone – might affect thinking ability in younger women. But this could be a chance finding and merits further investigation, according to the report, published online Nov. ... Read more

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FDA Approves Brisdelle - First Non-Hormonal Treatment for Hot Flashes Associated with Menopause

Posted 30 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

June 28, 2013 --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Brisdelle (paroxetine) to treat moderate to severe hot flashes (vasomotor symptoms) associated with menopause. Brisdelle, which contains the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor paroxetine mesylate, is currently the only non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes approved by the FDA. There are a variety of FDA-approved treatments for hot flashes, but all contain either estrogen alone or estrogen plus a progestin. Hot flashes associated with menopause occur in up to 75 percent of women and can persist for up to five years, or even longer in some women. Hot flashes are not life-threatening, but the symptoms can be very bothersome, causing discomfort, embarrassment and disruption of sleep. “There are a significant number of women who suffer from hot flashes associated with menopause and who cannot or do not want to u ... Read more

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Is Menopause Overlooked in U.S. Medical Schools?

Posted 17 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 17 – Too few obstetrics-gynecology residents in the United States receive formal training about menopause, which could lead to care issues for the rapidly growing number of older American women, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 510 ob/gyn residents and found that fewer than one in five had received formal training in menopause medicine, even though seven in 10 would like to receive it. Forty percent to 60 percent of fourth-year residents – those soon to complete their training – said they need to improve their knowledge about menopause. Some ob/gyn residency programs don't offer any formal curriculum or clinical experience focused on women's pre- and post-menopausal health, according to the study, published online recently in the journal Menopause. "It's clear from the results that the residents who responded admit that their knowledge and clinical management ... Read more

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Health Tip: Manage Menopause

Posted 13 May 2013 by Drugs.com

-- The onset of menopause brings many physical and emotional changes, and common symptoms from hot flashes to weight gain. Womenshealth.gov offers these recommendations to help minimize menopausal symptoms: Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, making an effort to limit caffeine and alcohol. Quit smoking. Get plenty of regular exercise to help strengthen bones, lose weight, boost mood and help you sleep. Practice regular stress management techniques, such as yoga or meditation. Lose any excess weight. Read more

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Survey Tallies Menopause Symptoms' Toll

Posted 1 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 1 – Women who suffer severe hot flashes during menopause may be less productive on the job and have a lower quality of life, a new study suggests. The study, by researchers from the drug maker Pfizer, Inc., is based on a survey of nearly 3,300 U.S. women aged 40 to 75. Overall, women who reported severe hot flashes and night sweats had a dimmer view of their well-being. They also were more likely than women with milder symptoms to say the problem hindered them at work. The cost of that lost work productivity averaged more than $6,500 over a year, the researchers estimated. On top of that, they said, women with severe hot flashes spent more on doctor visits – averaging almost $1,000 in menopause-related appointments. Pfizer researcher Jennifer Whiteley and her colleagues reported the results online Feb. 11 in the journal Menopause. It's not surprising that women with ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Gene May Be Tied to Early Menopause

Posted 29 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 29 – Women with the BRCA gene, who are already at greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer, may also be at increased risk for early menopause, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found a harmful mutation in the BRCA gene may give women fewer childbearing years and may also increase their risk of infertility. And heavy smokers who carry the mutation may go through menopause even earlier than non-smoking women with the mutation. The researchers suggested that women with the BRCA mutation consider having children at a younger age. They noted that doctors should encourage their patients who carry this mutation to get fertility counseling in addition to their other medical treatments. "Our findings show that mutation of these genes has been linked to early menopause, which may lead to a higher incidence of infertility," study ... Read more

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Menopause Can Bring Lapses in Memory, Thinking, Study Finds

Posted 7 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 7 – Women going through menopause sometimes feel they are off their mental game, forgetting phone numbers and passwords, or struggling to find a particular word. It can be frustrating, disconcerting and worrisome, but a small new study helps to explain the struggle. Researchers found that women in the first year after menopause perform slightly worse on certain mental tests than do those who are approaching their post-reproductive years. "This study shows, as have others, that there are cognitive [mental] declines that are real, statistically significant and clinically significant," said study author Miriam Weber, an assistant professor in the department of neurology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. "These are subtle declines in performance, so women aren't becoming globally impaired and unable to function. But you notice it on a daily basis." The study is ... Read more

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Hypnosis May Ease Hot Flashes in Postmenopausal Women

Posted 1 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 – Hypnosis may help reduce hot flashes in postmenopausal women, cutting down their frequency as much as 74 percent, researchers say. Hot flashes affect about 80 percent of women as they go through menopause. The sudden rush of heat can be followed by chills and can reduce quality of life. Researcher Gary Elkins, director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, assigned 187 women who had at least seven hot flashes daily to either five weekly sessions of clinical hypnosis with at-home practice or a comparison treatment called structured attention. Women self-reported their hot flashes for 12 weeks, and the researchers also measured hot flash frequency by a skin conductance monitor. "Our results indicated both a reduction in perceived hot flashes and physiologically verified reduction in hot flashes over three months," Elkins ... Read more

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