Sign of caution – or celebration?
What if the menopause was something we thought positively about or were able to discuss openly without fear of derision?
It's something that affects all women – but few companies have menopause-specific health and well-being policies.
Gender is a an important determinant of mental health.
Gender is important in defining susceptibility and exposure to a number of mental health risks. Gender can also explain differences in mental health outcomes.
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.
Researchers at a fertility clinic in Athens appear to have reversed the menopause in a small group of women – but will the science stand up to scrutiny?
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?
A popular theory argues women are unable to have kids late in life in order to care for their grandchildren.
Not looking forward to the hot flushes associated with menopause? Don't worry, science suggests there are actually benefits to it.
Urinary incontinence is often seen as a degrading condition and women can feel too ashamed to seek help.
Women with urinary incontinence are often too embarrassed to seek help from their doctor. But there is more likelihood of a cure for those who receive treatment at an earlier point.
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.
Strength training, as opposed to gentle exercise, may be a better way for women over 50 to improve their muscle strength and kick menopause symptoms.
Strength training is an ideal way for older women to mitigate the symptoms associated with menopause.
Eating soy before menopause may significantly reduce heart problems post-menopause. Researchers at the Wake Forest School…
Menopausal women have been driven towards the false promises of bioidentical hormone therapy.
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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.
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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.
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?
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…
We tend to think that only ovaries produce oestrogen.
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The female sex hormone oestrogen can be produced and released from the brain as well as the ovaries, according to a study…
Way before the birds and the bees.
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…