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Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy. Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy. Lisa F. Young/Shutterstock

‘Natural’ hormone therapy no panacea for menopause symptoms

Natural or bioidentical hormones are plant-derived products closely resembling the oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone produced in the body. The hormones are made up (compounded) in pharmacies to…
Less ‘Vocation, Vocation, Vocation’ according to one lifestyle expert. Less ‘Vocation, Vocation, Vocation’ according to one lifestyle expert. Woman by Shutterstock

Hard Evidence: does fertility really ‘drop off a cliff’ at 35?

Everyone’s favourite property expert and house hunter extraordinaire, Kirstie Allsopp, raised some eyebrows when she recently suggested that women’s fertility “falls off a cliff” when they hit 35. Her…
Hormones are one of many factors that can trigger or perpetuate mental ill health. Hormones are one of many factors that can trigger or perpetuate mental ill health. Sascha Kohlmann/Flickr

There’s no ‘rushing women’s syndrome’ but hormones affect mental health

Political controversies often use the suffix “gate“ to embellish their significance. In pop psychology, the equivalent is the made-up “syndrome”, which involves a combination of symptoms and circumstances…
What really works to alleviate hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause? What really works to alleviate hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause? splityarn/Flickr

Trick or treat? Alternative therapies for menopause

During menopause, estrogen levels drop, leading to a number of unpleasant symptoms. The transition to menopause can significantly affect women’s quality of life, with many willing to try anything to alleviate…
Way before the birds and the bees. Way before the birds and the bees. Jpogi

New fertility treatment brings hope, but not for all

It’s Nobel season and who could forget IVF pioneer Sir Robert Edwards who won the accolade for medicine in 2010? More than ever before, reproductive medicine is throwing up new treatments and answers to…
The males of one of our closer cousins in the animal kingdom, chimpanzees prefer to mate with older females. The males of one of our closer cousins in the animal kingdom, chimpanzees prefer to mate with older females. CBS Television via Wikimedia Commons

Male desire for young women doesn’t drive menopause

Research claiming that men are to blame for menopause has gone viral in the popular media in the past week. But does the theoretical model’s fundamental assumption – that men prefer young women – stack…
One suggestion is that menopause enables women to provide for their grandchildren. One suggestion is that menopause enables women to provide for their grandchildren. Image from shutterstock.com

Explainer: why do women go through menopause?

Menstruation is a reproductive quirk that humans share with only a few other mammals. But even stranger is the fact that women stop menstruating when they have a whole third of their lives left to live…
The 2003 Million Women Study did not prove a link between hormone therapy and cancer. The 2003 Million Women Study did not prove a link between hormone therapy and cancer. ryanlintelman

Hormone replacement therapy and cancer? Let’s get the facts straight

The authors of the 2003 Million Women Study were wrong to conclude their investigation proved that hormone replacement therapy caused cancer, according to a series of articles published this week in the…

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