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Health Tip: Manage Hot Flashes

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Hot flashes are a common symptom for menopausal women. The earlier in life hot flashes begin, the longer they may last, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. The agency suggests how to manage hot flashes: Dress in layers, which can be removed when hot flashes begin. Carry a portable fan. Avoid alcohol, spicy foods and caffeine, which can worsen menopausal symptoms. If you smoke, quit. ...

Don't Believe the Hype on 'Vaginal Rejuvenation,' FDA Says

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Despite their growing popularity, there's no evidence that so-called "vaginal rejuvenation" procedures are either safe or effective, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The procedures, which use lasers and other energy-based devices to remove or reshape vaginal tissue, claim to treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual ...

What Foods Can Hasten, or Delay, Menopause?

Posted 1 May 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30, 2018 – What women eat might determine when they enter menopause, new research suggests. After tracking more than 35,000 British women for four years, investigators found that menopause tended to start earlier among those whose diets were heavy in refined carbs. In contrast, menopause tended to begin later among those who consumed a lot of fish and legumes. "In particular, a ...

Could Earlier Menopause Mean Poorer Memory in Senior Years?

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – Women who are older when they enter menopause may have a slight advantage when it comes to keeping key memory skills as they age, British researchers report. The study was decades long and tracked outcomes for more than 1,300 women. The research showed that a woman entering menopause 10 years later than her peers was able to recall one extra word on a 15-word test for ...

As Menopause Symptoms Get Worse, Heart May Pay a Price

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 11, 2018 – There could be a link between the severity of a woman's menopausal symptoms and her risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. While the research couldn't prove cause-and-effect, it's "yet another important study which highlights gender-specific risk factors for heart disease," said Dr. Rachel Bond. She directs women's heart health at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York ...

Range of Vaginal Dryness Products Can Help Postmenopausal Women: Study

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – For many women in or past menopause, vaginal dryness is a recurring symptom. But a new report finds that several treatments work equally well – regardless of their price tag. "The fact that all three treatments [tested] – vaginal estradiol tablets, a vaginal moisturizer and the lubricating gel we used as a placebo – were able to reduce symptoms is great news for ...

Tackling Menopausal Sleep Problems From Other Angles

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Menopause can bring on a host of complaints, including sleep disruptions. Now, researchers say that hot flashes and depression are strongly tied to sleep woes. Treating those two problems may help improve sleep for menopausal women, the new study findings suggest. "Poor sleep is one of the major issues that menopausal women seek treatment for from their doctors," said ...

Skipping the Gym, Ladies? Try the Stairs

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 – Older women don't have to hit the gym to stay healthy, because a stair-climbing workout appears to do the trick, researchers report. Finding the right type of exercise can be difficult for postmenopausal women, according to the North American Menopause Society. For example, high-intensity resistance training reduces age-related muscle loss, but can increase blood ...

Menopause May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

Posted 5 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Menopause may speed physical decline in women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a new study suggests. While rheumatoid arthritis rates in women are three times higher than in men, and women with RA have more severe physical decline and disability, sex-based differences in RA are poorly understood, the researchers said. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that ...

Hormone Therapy May Ease Depression Linked to Menopause

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – A year of hormone therapy cut the risk of depression symptoms in women going through menopause and early postmenopause, new research shows. "Thirty-two percent of women randomized to treatment with a placebo experienced clinically significant depressive symptoms. But for women randomized to hormone therapy, the risk was cut nearly in half, to 17 percent," said ...

Health Tip: Identify Menopause

Posted 27 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- All women go through menopause, when the menstrual periods stop and the child-bearing years end. Symptoms may emerge all at once, or may be mild at first and progress over time. The U.S. Office on Women's Health says symptoms of menopause include: No menstrual period for 12 consecutive months. Hot flashes. Trouble sleeping. Mood swings and irritability. Vaginal dryness. Loss of interest in ...

Postmenopausal Women Should Still Steer Clear of HRT: Task Force

Posted 12 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 – Yet again, the nation's leading authority on preventive medicine says postmenopausal women should avoid hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is standing by its original recommendation that women who have already gone through menopause should avoid using female hormones to guard against osteoporosis or diabetes, said task force ...

Bad Hot Flashes, Sleep Apnea Often Go Together

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 1, 2017 – As if severe hot flashes alone weren't enough of a problem for menopausal women, a new study finds these symptoms may also be tied to a greater risk for sleep apnea and related heart issues. The study included nearly 1,700 middle-aged women, about 25 percent of whom were at intermediate or high risk for obstructive sleep apnea – for instance, they generally were older, ...

Hormone Therapy May Be OK for Women With Migraines

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Women who suffer from migraines may be able to safely use hormone therapy to treat menopause symptoms, a new study suggests. The study of 85,000 U.S. women found no evidence that hormone therapy carried a particular risk of heart attack or stroke among those with a history of migraine headaches. That possibility has been a concern, mainly based on studies of younger ...

Talk Therapy May Help Menopause Woes

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 – Talk therapy may help relieve menopause-related sleep problems and depression, a new study suggests. Insomnia – an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep – and depression are common in menopausal women. "Given the high prevalence rates of insomnia and depressive symptoms in midlife women, we felt there was a need for more research to be done on the effectiveness of ...

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