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Range of Vaginal Dryness Products Can Help Postmenopausal Women: Study

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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

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 ...

Hormone Therapy May Ease Depression Linked to Menopause

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

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

-- 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

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

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, ...

Could Hormone Supplements for Menopause Make a Comeback?

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – The door may be opening again for menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats to receive some relief from a source once thought too dangerous to consider, researchers say. Hormone replacement therapy to treat symptoms of menopause does not increase a woman's risk of early death – either overall or specifically from cancer or heart disease, according to ...

Could an Estrogen Patch Boost Women's Sex Lives in Menopause?

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Women in early menopause who feel their sex drive or function is lagging may want to consider help from an estrogen "patch," new research suggests. In the new study, "we show that [supplemental] estrogens can also be beneficial for sexual function," said study lead author Dr. Hugh Taylor of Yale School of Medicine. His group published the findings Aug. 28 in JAMA Internal ...

Women at Risk for Alzheimer's Face Critical 10-Year Window, Study Says

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests. That window seems to occur between ages 65 and 75 – more than 10 years after the start of menopause, say University of Southern California researchers who reviewed 27 ...

Estrogen May Influence Women's Depression Risk

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Women exposed to estrogen for longer periods of time during the reproductive years may have a lower risk of depression, a new study finds. Previous research has suggested that reproductive hormones play a role in depression risk among women, yet hormone fluctuations are something all women experience. So, the study authors tried to figure out how hormones might be linked ...

Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – The earlier a woman begins menopause, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Following almost 4,000 women in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers found that those who went through menopause before age 40 were almost four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women whose menopause was late – at 55 or older. The average age for ...

Many Women Mistaken on 'Side Effects' of Breast Cancer Drug

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – Many women at high risk for breast cancer do not take the drug tamoxifen to prevent the disease, often because they confuse naturally occurring symptoms with side effects from the drug. That's the finding of a new study of nearly 4,000 women tracked for almost five years in the United Kingdom. One U.S. expert in breast cancer care wasn't surprised by the findings. "It ...

Health Tip: Exercise During Menopause

Posted 27 Jun 2017 by

-- When menstruation stops, your body changes in many ways. Exercise is important throughout every stage in your life, and menopause is no different. The American Council on Exercise says exercise after menopause: Helps reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, both of which are more common after menopause. Improves your mood, as well as reduces anxiety and depression. Helps you lose ...

Obese Women May Have More Intense Hot Flashes

Posted 31 May 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – There's another downside for women who carry a lot of excess weight: more intense hot flashes and night sweats during menopause, new research suggests. "This study supports earlier studies that found that women who are heavier tend to have more hot flashes, particularly close to menopause," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause ...

Hormone Therapy Not Advised for Preventing Disease After Menopause

Posted 16 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Using hormone therapy to prevent chronic health issues, such as heart disease and bone loss, in postmenopausal women may do more harm than good, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says. After reviewing current evidence, the task force has issued an updated draft recommendation, reaffirming its final statement issued in 2012. The expert panel advises against ...

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