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Post-Menopausal? Give Exercise a Try

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – After menopause, moderate exercise can help women manage hot flashes, become more fit and feel better, a new study suggests. Researchers found that a 20-week exercise program helped women boost their fitness levels, lose a little weight and give higher ratings to their physical and mental well-being. That included a reduction in hot flashes and night sweats – two of the most bothersome symptoms of menopause. Researchers led by Debora Godoy-Izquierdo, of the University of Grenada in Spain, reported the findings online Feb. 15 in the journal Menopause. The study offers good news to women who want alternatives to hormones for managing menopause symptoms, according to Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. Hot flashes and night sweats are the most common reasons that women seek treatment for menopause symptoms, said ... Read more

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HRT Won't Lower Women's Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Women who use hormone therapy after menopause may not have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, a new study suggests. However, there was some evidence that long-term use – over a decade – might be tied to a lower risk of the memory-robbing brain disease. But the results were far from definitive, the researchers added. The study is the latest to delve into the question of whether menopausal hormone therapy can benefit women's brains. Research so far has yielded conflicting findings. On one hand, a number of trials have found no brain benefits for women using hormone therapy, said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society. On the other hand, small trials have found that when hormone therapy is given after surgical menopause, women can see "cognitive benefits," said Pinkerton, who was not involved in the new study. On ... Read more

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Better Sleep Could Mean Better Sex for Older Women

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – A more satisfying sex life may be only a good night's sleep away for women over 50, new research finds. Researchers led by Dr. Juliana Kling of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., tracked data from nearly 94,000 women aged 50 to 79. The investigators found that 31 percent had insomnia, and a little more than half (56 percent) said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their sex life. But too little sleep – fewer than seven to eight hours a night – was linked with a lower likelihood of sexual satisfaction, the findings showed. "This is a very important study since it examines a question which has tremendous potential impact on women's lives," said Dr. Jill Rabin, who reviewed the findings. She's co-chief of the Women's Health Program at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Age played a key role in outcomes. For example, the study found that older ... Read more

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Fat Near the Heart a Hazard for Postmenopausal Women

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – When a certain type of fat collects around the heart, it may be a sign of developing heart disease in postmenopausal women, a new study suggests. As estrogen levels fall during menopause, deposits of "paracardial" fat increase, the researchers found. This may cause more calcium build-up in the heart's arteries, an early sign of heart disease. Paracardial fat sits in pockets around the heart. These pockets lie between the heart and another type of fat that covers the heart called epicardial fat, the study authors explained. Epicardial fat provides energy to the heart, but paracardial fat has no known beneficial function, the researchers said. "We are showing for the first time that paracardial fat is associated with greater risk of calcification [calcium build-up] in postmenopausal women, more than in premenopausal women," said lead researcher Samar El Khoudary. ... Read more

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Premature or Early Menopause More Likely in Women Without Kids: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – The risk of premature or early menopause is higher among women who began having menstrual periods at a young age and did not have children, a new report contends. Premature menopause is when periods naturally stop before the age of 40. Early menopause is when periods naturally stop when a woman is between 40 and 44 years old, the study authors said. The new research included more than 51,000 women in Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Women who started their menstrual periods at age 11 or younger were 80 percent more likely to have premature menopause than those who started their periods between ages 12 and 13. Women who began menstruating at 11 or younger were also 30 percent more likely to have early menopause, the study authors said. Those who had never been pregnant or never had children had a twofold increased risk of premature ... Read more

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Another Menopause Side Effect: Shortness of Breath?

Posted 13 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 13, 2016 – As if hot flashes and night sweats weren't enough, a new study suggests that a woman's lung function seems to decline during menopause. As their periods stop, women could find themselves becoming short of breath, said study author Kai Triebner, a graduate student in epidemiology at the University of Bergen in Norway. "Women are living longer and, therefore, many years beyond menopause," Triebner said. "Our study highlights the importance of maintaining respiratory health long after the menopausal transition." The researchers found two aspects of lung function in particular that declined in menopausal and postmenopausal women. These functions were: forced vital capacity – a measurement of lung size; and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) – a measurement of how much air a person can forcefully blow out in one second. The reductions in performance, ... Read more

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FDA Approves Intrarosa (prasterone) for Postmenopausal Women Experiencing Dyspareunia

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

November 17, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Intrarosa (prasterone) to treat women experiencing moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), due to menopause. Intrarosa is the first FDA approved product containing the active ingredient prasterone, which is also known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). During menopause, levels of estrogen decline in vaginal tissues, which may cause a condition known as VVA, leading to symptoms such as pain during sexual intercourse. “Pain during sexual intercourse is one of the most frequent symptoms of VVA reported by postmenopausal women,” said Audrey Gassman, M.D., deputy director of the Division of Bone, Reproductive, and Urologic Products (DBRUP) in the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “Intrarosa provide ... Read more

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Intarosa Approved for Post-Menopausal Pain During Sex

Posted 17 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – Intarosa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat women who have moderate-to-severe pain during sexual intercourse caused by post-menopausal vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). As the FDA explained, during menopause estrogen levels can decline in vaginal tissues, leading to VVA. The product, contained in a once-daily insert, is the first approved to include the active ingredient prasterone, also known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), the agency said Thursday in a news release. The product's effectiveness was established in two 12-week clinical trials involving 406 post-menopausal women, aged 40 to 80. The most common adverse reactions included vaginal discharge and abnormal Pap smear, a test used to detect cervical cancer. DHEA is contained in some dietary supplements, although the FDA said it hasn't evaluated the safety and ... Read more

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Sexual Pain for Women With Cancer Should Not Be Overlooked: Report

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – Painful sex is common, though often treatable, in women with cancer, yet doctors often overlook it, researchers say. "Sexual pain is often written off as 'in people's heads,' but it is more often a result of physical issues that can be helped," said Dr. Vanessa Kennedy, an assistant professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of California, Davis, Health System. "It is important to be able to have the conversation comfortably and to know how to address the common issues that are often predictable, depending on a patient's treatment course," she said in a university news release. In their review paper, Kennedy and co-author Dr. Deborah Coady, from NYU Langone Medical Center, outlined several causes of painful sex in women with cancer, and listed treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. A low estrogen level is most often to ... Read more

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Memory Can Fade After Menopause

Posted 9 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9, 2016 – Middle-aged women can remember more than men their own age, but new research suggests that memory may fade as estrogen levels drop during menopause. Memory loss is a common age-related complaint, affecting up to 75 percent of older people, the study's authors explained. The researchers noted that many women going through menopause report being more forgetful, though they still outperform men on memory tests. "Brain fog and complaints of memory issues should be taken seriously," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). "This study and others have shown that these complaints are associated with memory deficits," she said in a society news release. The study by Harvard Medical School researchers was led by Jill Goldstein, a professor of psychiatry and medicine. It included 212 men and women, between 45 and 55 ... Read more

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Menopause and a Decline in Intimacy

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Women might say "not tonight, dear" a lot more often in the year and a half before their final period, a new study finds. Sexual decline typically starts 20 months before a woman's final period and continues for several years after menstruation ends, the study authors reported. The researchers analyzed data from nearly 1,400 U.S. women at midlife, and also found that menopause-related declines in sexual function can vary according to race and ethnicity. A diminishing sex life is a serious issue, the researchers said, noting three-quarters of study participants said sex was moderately to extremely important to them. "This study highlights the need for health-care providers to have open conversations with their patients about their sexual issues, because there are many options for women to help maintain or improve their sexual lives as they transition to and ... Read more

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For Many Women, Sex Gets Better at Midlife

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Here's good news for middle-aged women who fear their sexual satisfaction is destined to decline: Aging can provide benefits that might make lovemaking even more enjoyable, a small study suggests. Interviews with more than three dozen women ages 45 to 60 revealed that some were more satisfied with sex at midlife even though they had it less often. These women "felt more confident and more comfortable in their own skin as they got older, and this allowed them to feel more free in the bedroom," said study lead author Dr. Holly Thomas. "They had a better knowledge and understanding of their own bodies as they got older. And they felt more comfortable and empowered to communicate their sexual needs to their partner than when they were younger," said Thomas, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Other research has examined the rates of ... Read more

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Early Menopause Linked to Higher Heart Disease, Death Risks

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – Women who enter menopause early may be at greater risk for heart disease and premature death, a new analysis suggests. To reach this conclusion, the Dutch researchers reviewed 32 studies involving more than 300,000 women. The investigators compared women who were younger than 45 at the start of menopause with those who were aged 45 and older when it began. Overall, heart disease risk appeared to be 50 percent greater for the women who were under 45 when menopause began. Early menopause also appeared to boost the risk of cardiovascular death and death from all causes. But, it showed no association with stroke risk, the study authors said. However, the study only uncovered an association – not a cause-and-effect connection – between early menopause and heart and death risk. The study findings were published Sept. 14 online in JAMA Cardiology. "These findings ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors Rise Before Menopause

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 – Heart disease risk factors – such as abnormal cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – appear to increase before a woman goes through menopause, not after, new research finds. "These risk factors related to heart disease and stroke appear to worsen rapidly in the years leading up to menopause, and during the postmenopausal period they progress less rapidly," said Dr. Mark DeBoer, the study's senior author. He's an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virginia. In the past, he said, experts believed that a rapid increase in heart disease and stroke risk factors took place in women after menopause. They thought this was when women "catch up" to men's risk. However, the new research finds the rapid increase in risk factors starts well before the last menstrual period. The real danger zone, DeBoer's team concluded, was before ... Read more

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Menopause: Not All Hot Flashes Are Created Equal

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – The hot flashes and night sweats of menopause don't play out the same for all women, new research shows. Almost 80 percent of women do get hot flashes, night sweats or both during menopause, the researchers found. But the timing of these symptoms and how long they last appear to vary a great deal, with factors such as body weight, race, education and dietary habits tending to predict the patterns. "We used to think these symptoms lasted from three to five years, right around the time of the final menstrual period," said senior study author Rebecca Thurston. She is director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. "We now know that these symptoms persist for far longer – typically seven to 10 years – and occur at different times for different women," she added. Thurston's team followed nearly 1,500 women as they transitioned ... Read more

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