Hot flushes and night sweats are the most common symptom of a female reproductive milestone known as the menopause.
The root of the black cohosh plant has a long history of use in Europe and became popular around the world after receiving German approval as a non-prescription drug for hot flushes in 2000.
Doctors and patients should appreciate the many roles estrogens play in the body.
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Estrogens also have many positive effects on mental health, cognitive function, libido and protection of the brain, possibly even slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Some women breeze through perimenopause and never have a symptom, whereas others have a horrid time.
Every woman who reaches midlife will experience menopause when her ovaries eventually run out of eggs. So what's happening with her hormones?
Studies show Chinese women view advanced age as a positive time of wisdom and maturity.
Three out of four women going through menopause suffer hot flushes, and suffer they do. But research shows the way society views ageing and menopause can reduce the severity of symptoms.
It’s not for doctors, researchers or other commentators to decide whether the risks of menopausal hormone therapy outweigh the benefits for individual women.
The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doubles the risk of breast cancer in menopausal women. But that doesn't mean it has no place in alleviating moderate to severe symptoms of menopause.
Mixed messages about HRT.
There are pros and cons to HRT. Whether or not to use it comes down to personal choice.
Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy.
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