Menopause

New data released on hormone replacement therapy

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Based on the best available evidence, “Estrogen and progestogen use in postmenopausal women: 2010 position statement of The North American Menopause Society” has just been released. Each section of the previous paper was reviewed by an Advisory Panel of seventeen clinicians and researchers expert in this area of women’s health using new studies and findings. more »

Menopause Myth #7–I will be unattractive and undesirable

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It doesn’t have to be that way! We have been conditioned to think that we are “dried up and over the hill” when menopause comes to us. Maybe it used to be that way, but not anymore. Thanks to all the baby boomers, a greater number of women will be making the transition to menopause more »

Menopause myth #6: My bones will be brittle

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Exercise is one of the best ways to improve the bone-strengthening situation after taking a good calcium supplement. Exercise puts stress on your bones, which is good. Stress forces the bone tissue to absorb calcium and promotes remodeling, so it gets stronger. Exercise also stimulates the muscles around the bone so that the muscles get more »

Women over 50 and cortisol

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What is cortisol anyway? Cortisol is a catabolic hormone, a glucocorticoid, a steroidal hormone that is produced in the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands. The adrenal cortex releases cortisol during stress. This is a good thing in a flight or fight situation, when we are running from a lion or a tiger or hunting more »

Menopause and weight gain

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In my never-ending quest to defy the effects of menopause, I have continued doing research on “fitness over 50,” and have stumbled upon some interesting facts that help explain just why, for so many of us, aging equals weight gain. And why, in spite of living practically the same life I’ve led for years, my more »

Shmirshky–you gotta read this!

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Got a vagina? Know someone who does? Chances are you have a wife, girlfriend, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, daughter, friend, mentor, coworker or boss who has one. Whether you’re a forty-five-year-old woman in perimenopause or an eighteen-year-old guy who thinks his mom is in need of an exorcism, Shmirshky is for you. So begins the more »

Menopause Myth #5: You will gain a lot of weight with menopause

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Achieving or maintaining a healthy weight tremendously affects your overall health. The weight gain is commonly seen in people who reach “middle age” of both sexes. The term “middle aged spread” came about decades ago to describe the tendency of the over- forty body to take on excess weight. Not everyone gains weight during perimenopause more »

Menopause Myth #4: Most women get really depressed during menopause

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Studies have shown that younger women in their “procreation” years have more depression than those going through menopause. The study also showed that as women passed through the menopausal transition, negative moods actually became less frequent. However, women around the menopausal age may have more stresses put upon them than ever before. They may have more »

Motivated to minimize Menopot

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Finally, a word to describe that oh-so-frustrating flab around my middle. Dr. Pam Peeke, a physician trained in nutrition who has worked with hundreds of overweight women, calls it “Menopot,” for menopause potbelly. What a great word! And how comforting to know that this curse is experienced by so many women that it has its more »

Menopause myth #3: Age 30-40 is too young to be menopausal

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The most common ages of women beginning menopause is between forty-five and fifty-five years old. The average age is fifty-one years old. Women can even be younger and start the process of “change” but it is not as common. But it is considered “normal” for this particular woman at that time. The timing varies from more »

Menopause Myth #2: You lose the desire to have sex

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  The end of fertility does not mean it is the end of sexuality. Some women hit their sexual stride in their forties and fifties and actually find having sex more enjoyable after menopause. They even feel sexier than ever. You and your partner may have more time to spend with each other instead of more »

Herbal cures for hot flashes?

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I’ve been looking for some good information on using herbal supplements to treat the symptoms of menopause. I finally found two real, honest-to-goodness clinical studies that yielded some pretty good results. Not the “miracle” I was looking for, but definitely good to know. The two studies were conducted by the University of Illinois  and Northwestern more »