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More Women Using Pot to Ease Menopause Symptoms, Study Finds

A growing number of women are turning to marijuana to ease menopause symptoms, but one study author says we still don’t know if it’s actually helping or hurting.

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Could Sauna Time Help Curb Weight Gain During Menopause?

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2024 (HealthDay News) — A 30-minute sauna or warm bubble bath every day might help women of a certain age fend off unwanted weight gain.

That's the promising takeaway from a study in mice that shows the potential of heat treatments in postmenopausal women. 

Researchers found that older female mice who received a half-hour-long whole-body heat treatment gain...

Acupuncture Can Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture can help breast cancer patients deal with the hot flashes that often accompany hormone therapy, a new clinical trial says.

Nearly 2 in 3 women who got acupuncture during hormone therapy reported fewer and less intense hot flashes, results show.

Hormone therapy blocks...

Very Early Menopause Could Raise Odds for Breast, Ovarian Cancers

Menopause before the age of 40 could raise a woman's long-term risk for breast or ovarian cancers, new research suggests.

Besides that, "there is also higher risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer in relatives of these women" noted study author Dr. Corrine Welt. She's chief of endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes...

Could Tough Workouts Trigger a Hot Flash?

While going through menopause, many women who gain weight head to the gym for intense workouts, but new research suggests that too much exercise may help trigger another side effect: hot flashes.

In a report published May 29 in the journal

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  • Major Women's Health Study Supports Hormone Replacement Therapy in Early Menopause

    Hormone replacement therapy can safely ease middle-aged women's symptoms during early menopause, data from a major women's health study show.

    Women younger than 60 can use hormone replacement to treat symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats without significantly increasing their risk of

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  • Years Prior to Menopause Are Danger Zone for Depression

    Women approaching menopause appear to be at higher risk of depression, a new review indicates.

    Women in the transition period prior to menopause are 40% more likely to experience depression than premenopausal women, according to pooled data from seven studies involving ...

    Women's Heart Risks Rise Sharply After Menopause

    Menopause may cause a big shift in plaque buildup in women's arteries, quickly bringing their heart risk to levels that equal men's, a new study finds.

    “After menopause, women have much less estrogen and shift to a more testosterone-heavy profile,” explained study lead author Dr. Ella Ishaaya. “This affec...

    Hormonal Meds for Birth Control, Menopause Linked to Brain Tumors

    The contraceptive injection Depo-Provera and two drugs used for menopause relief could be linked to a heightened risk for brain tumors in some women, a new study warns.

    Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) increased the risk of intracranial meningioma 5.6-fold if used for longer than a year, researchers report in the BMJ<...

    Female Whales Undergo Menopause, and Scientists Now Know Why

    Why humans, five whale species and some chimpanzees are the only known mammals to go through menopause has long been a mystery.

    Now, researchers at the University of Exeter in the U.K. think they've found the answer: It's all about survival of the species.

    It turns out that females of five toothed-whale species that experience menopause -- short-finned pilot whales, false killer wha...

    Early Menopause Can Mean Earlier Retirements for Women

    Early menopause influences how working women feel about their ability to do a good job. 

    That's the key takeaway from a study of more than 2,600 Finnish women recently published online in the journal Menopause, a publication of the Menopause Society...

    Some Women Escape the Mental Health Effects of Menopause: Study

    Menopause is thought to trigger mood changes among women, with changes in female hormone levels contributing to anxiety, depression and stress.

    However, a new study says some women are at more risk than others for menopause-linked mental health issues, and many escape them altogether.

    There's no evidence that menopause causes a universal rise in risk for mental health conditions lik...

    Try Mindfulness, Talk Therapy to Ease Mood, Memory Issues of Menopause

    Mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy can help ease the mood and sleep problems associated with menopause, a new review says.

    Women experienced statistically significant improvements in anxiety and depression following mindfulness therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, according to an analysis of 30 studies involving more than 3,500 women going through menopause in 14...

    Hormone Replacement Therapy Could Ease Depression Around Menopause

    Hormone replacement therapy might help women avoid depression as they go through menopause, a new study finds.

    Women treated with hormone therapy at a menopause clinic in Ontario, Canada, experienced a reduction in their symptoms of depression, researchers report Feb. 21 in the journal

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  • Treating Vaginal Dryness Around and After Menopause

    Postmenopausal or peri-menopausal women are often hampered by vaginal dryness, which can put the brakes on a healthy sex life.

    It doesn't have to stay that way, experts advised. Numerous products are available to help maintain vaginal lubrication.

    "After and around the time of menopause, your body makes less estrogen," Dr. Cy...

    Combo of Hot Flashes, Migraine Sends Heart Risks Sky High

    As if painful migraines, hot flashes and night sweats weren't bad enough, many women in menopause are facing a significantly bigger threat.

    New research suggests that women with both migraines and vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) are significantly more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke.

    "There is a critical need to further refine existing cardiovascul...

    How Art Therapy Can Ease the Transition Through Menopause

    Art therapy has the potential to help women deal with menopause, a new study reports.

    Creative arts therapies combined with nutrition education significantly improved quality of life, stress, anxiety and body image in a group of overweight women who had entered menopause, researchers said.

    All participants also experienced decreases in body mass index and blood pressure.


    Hormonal Changes May Help Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis in Women

    Women are four to five times more likely than men to develop early-onset rheumatoid arthritis, and a few hormonal factors could be why, new research suggests.

    Entering menopause early (before age 45), taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and having four or more kids are all related to heightened odds for developing rheumatoid arthritis, the study found.

    Rheumatoid arthritis is ...

    Timing of Menopause Could Affect a Woman's Muscle Loss

    Women who enter menopause early could be at increased risk of muscle loss in their senior years, a new study suggests.

    Conversely, the more extended a woman's reproductive period, the lower the risk of declining muscle mass as measured by handgrip strength.

    "This study showed that a longer reproductive period and later age at menopause were linked to a lower risk of low handgrip str...

    'Couch Potato' Lifestyle Could Raise Women's Odds for Fibroids

    Women in a Chinese study who sat for more than six hours each day faced substantially higher odds of developing uterine fibroids before menopause, a new study has found.

    Overall, more sedentary women had double the risk of developing the often painful and harmful uterine growths prior to menopause, say a team led by

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  • Managing Your Heart Health Through Menopause

    Women can help protect their heart health as they go through menopause.

    The American Heart Association (AHA) offers some tips for protecting that most critical organ while hormone levels and body composition change.

    “More women in the U.S. are living longer, and a significant portion of them will spend up to 40% of their lives postmenopausal,” said

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  • Female Chimps May Experience Menopause, Too

    New research finds the first proof that wild female chimpanzees experience menopause, similar to humans.

    The study was part of two decades of research in the Ngogo community of wild chimpanzees in western Uganda's Kibale National Park.

    “In societies around the world, women past their childbearing years play important roles, both economically and as wise advisers and caregivers,”...

    Menopause Bring New Risks for Women's Heart Health

    The risk of having heart disease grows as a woman ages, so women need to be familiar with their heart disease risk factors, the American Heart Association (AHA) says.

    Menopause factors into this risk in several different ways, with age, estrogen, symptoms and other body changes also playing a role.

    Women who reach menopause at younger ages -- before 45 -- have a significantly higher...

    Estrogen Could Be Key to Women's Brain Health

    Being exposed to more estrogen throughout life -- or a longer reproductive life span -- may be good for the brain, according to new research that found a lower risk of cerebral small vessel disease in women who had more cumulative exposure.

    Cerebral small vessel disease happens from damage to small blood vessels in the brain. It can increase the risk of thinking impairments and dementia....

    Timing of Hot Flashes Could Give Clues to Alzheimer's Risk

    Hot flashes and night sweats top the list of bothersome symptoms for women going through menopause.

    Now, a new study suggests that hot flashes, especially during sleep, may be more than a nuisance: They may foreshadow Alzheimer's disease.

    And the more hot flashes a woman experiences during sleep, the greater her risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of ...

    More Women Using Cannabis to Help Ease Menopause Symptoms

    Women over 50 are turning to weed in droves, and menopause symptoms may be one big reason why, new research suggests

    These women may not necessarily be getting the results they're looking for, however. That's according to menopause experts who say it's not clear from limited research whether the drug helps ease symptoms or exacerbates them.

    “People are desperate. They want to slee...

    Early-Life Removal of Ovaries Could Bring Faster Aging

    Premenopausal women who have surgery to remove the ovaries (oophorectomy) and fallopian tubes may face chronic medical conditions and a decline in physical functioning, new research warns.

    “The study is important because it emphasizes information that we already know, and that is that …premenopausal bilateral oophorectomy [PBO] is not good for women's health, and it's associated with ...

    More Stress, Higher Odds for A-Fib in Women After Menopause

    Postmenopausal women who are stressed, depressed or have trouble sleeping may face an increased risk of a common heart rhythm disorder, new research suggests.

    The study, of nearly 84,000 women over the age of 50, found that certain psychological factors were linked to the risk of developing atrial fibrillation, or a-fib -- a heart arrhythmia that can cause serious problems over time.


    Hormone Replacement Therapy May Raise a Woman's Risk for Chronic Reflux

    Some women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to combat the hot flashes and night sweats that accompany menopause, but a new study review suggests hormone therapy may increase a woman's risk for developing heartburn.

    Women who take or have ever taken hormones are at greater risk for developing gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, which is marked by heartburn, difficulty swallowing...

    Hormone Replacement Therapy Might Raise Women's Risk for Dementia

    THURSDAY, June 29, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women taking hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms of menopause might face an increased risk of dementia later in life, a new study indicates.

    Women who received estrogen-progestin therapy had a 24% increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease, compared to those who never took hormone therapy, researchers report.


    Menopause & Your Diet: Foods to Choose and Avoid

    Menopause, a natural stage in a woman's life, brings a host of changes and challenges. One aspect that is crucial to consider is nutrition.

    Eating the right foods and avoiding others can help you navigate this change with vitality and optimal health.

    This article will discuss the key foods to eat and those to avoid so you can thrive during menopause and beyond.

    Diet an...

    When Menopause Comes Early: Symptoms & Treatment

    While women generally understand that at a certain age they will go through “the change,” officially known as menopause, some women find themselves dealing with it much earlier than expected.

    Early and premature menopause affect up to 5% of women. What is early menopause? Is it the same as premature menopause, or is there a difference? Why do some women reach menopause so early? How ...

    Hot Flashes & What to Do About Them

    Hot flashes are a common -- and uncomfortable -- symptom of menopause.

    More than 80% of menopausal women experience sudden, often debilitating bursts of heat that last several minutes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They are the most common symptom of menopause that women note.


    When Does Menopause Start? What to Expect at Any Age

    Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life. If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms, you may wonder at what age does menopause start.

    Typically, it occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. This article will tell you what you need to know about early and premature menopause.


    The Most Common Menopause Medications, Explained

    Menopause can usher in an array of bothersome symptoms, and finding effective relief becomes a priority for many women. The good news: Medications can help manage these symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

    Read on to learn about the most common menopause medications, how they work and their common side effects. Understanding your options during this transitional phase of lif...

    Your Sex Life Doesn't Have to Suffer During Menopause

    Let's talk about menopause and its impact on your sex life. We all know that this phase of life can bring about some changes, like a lower sex drive and vaginal dryness. But here's the thing: you don't have to suffer through it. In this article, we will break down how menopause affects your sexual experiences, share some medications and self-care tips that can make a real difference, and give y...

    Treating Menopause Symptoms: Medications, Lifestyle & Self-Care

    Navigating the changes and discomforts of menopause can be a frustrating experience for many women. Daily life can be significantly affected by symptoms ranging from hot flashes and mood swings to sleep disturbances and vaginal dryness.

    Treating those symptoms may require a mix of approaches, including medication, lifestyle adjustments and self-care strategies. This article will explore t...

    The Most Common Menopause Symptoms You Should Know

    Menopause, a natural stage of a woman's life marking the end of menstruation, can bring many physical and emotional changes that may leave her feeling bewildered and alone. Hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings can disrupt her daily routine and affect her overall well-being.

    Sound familiar? Think you might be starting menopause? Here's how to identify the most common menopause symptom...

    Could a Nitroglycerin Patch Ease Hot Flashes?

    A new study on using nitroglycerin patches to help women with frequent hot flashes caused by menopause has delivered mixed results.

    The benefits of wearing these patches — long used as chest pain medication — were modest. They also were short-lived, with any benefits appearing to wear off over time, according to researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).


    One Form of Menopause Hormone Therapy Might Raise Blood Pressure

    Women who use estrogen to ease menopause symptoms may see their blood pressure rise — but the way they take the hormone may determine that, a large new study suggests.

    The study, of over 100,000 menopausal women on estrogen therapy, found that pills seemed to have a greater effect on blood pressure than estrogen delivered via skin patch, gel or vaginal preparation.

    Experts stresse...

    FDA Approves First Nonhormonal Drug to Ease Menopause Hot Flashes

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the first nonhormonal medication aimed at easing menopause hot flashes.

    The new pill, called Veozah (fezolinetant), is from a class of drugs called neurokinin 3 (NK3) receptor antagonists. It targets a specific brain neuron that's thought to be set off balance as estrogen levels naturally decline during menopause.

    "It works b...

    Billions Spent on Easing Menopause Symptoms, Study Finds

    Menopause symptoms are costly business, with billions spent on treating hot flashes, night sweats and lost sleep, a new study finds.

    The research, published Wednesday in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that women living with these symptoms nee...

    Timing of Menopause Could Influence a Woman's Risk for Alzheimer's

    TUESDAY, April 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women are known to be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men, and now a new brain scan study suggests the timing of both menopause and hormone replacement therapy use may play a role in this increased risk.

    “Female sex, earlier age-at-menopause and delayed use of hormone therapy were all associated with higher levels of...

    AHA News: The Connection Between Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease Risks

    Hot flashes and night sweats -- they are the hallmark symptoms of menopause.

    But there's something else happening to women entering their late 40s and early 50s that they can't see or feel and may not even know about: Their cardiovascular disease risks are rising.

    "As women transition through menopause, they experience a lot of changes," said Samar El Khoudary, a professor of epidem...

    Treating Menopausal Symptoms: An Expert Describes Pros, Cons

    For women experiencing menopause symptoms with no sign of relief in sight, it doesn't have to be this way.

    An expert in women's health offers some suggestions for helping control symptoms during this time of life when menstrual cycles end.

    "We sometimes hear the question, 'Do I need to treat hot flashes or night sweats?' and the answer for many may be, 'yes.' Because hot flashes and...

    Why Midlife Can Bring Risk of New Eating Disorders

    Most people think of eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia as afflictions of teenagers, but a new study finds that older women are also vulnerable to developing them, especially around menopause.

    The main driver of eating disorders in older women? Body dissatisfaction, the researchers found.

    When researchers looked at eating disorder symptoms among 36 women aged 45 to 61...

    Menopause Symptoms Can Arise Well Before Menopause: Study

    Mood swings. Hot flashes. Night sweats. Bad sleep. These are all debilitating symptoms of menopause, but now new research suggests they can start long before a woman stops having periods.

    “Women in the late-reproductive stage who are menstruating regularly but noting changes in cycle length or duration may experience many symptoms typically associated with the menopausal transition,” ...

    Sleep Key to Good Mental Health for Older Women

    Older women who don't stick to a set sleep and wake schedule may be more likely to struggle with feelings of depression and anxiety — even if they get a normal amount of zzzs.

    What's more, a postmenopausal woman who goes to bed very early and wakes up very early (an “early bird”) or goes to bed late and wakes up later (a “night owl”) is 70% more likely to experience significant ...

    Mood Swings, Memory Troubles: Minding the Mental Toll of Menopause

    Menopause and the years before it may make you feel like you're losing your mind.

    Some of those feelings are changes that occur naturally in this stage of life, but other factors contribute, too, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), which offered tips to achieve some peace.

    Changes in hormones are...

    Hormonal Therapy Won't Prevent Chronic Ills After Menopause: Expert Panel

    Experts are once again advising doctors and women against using menopausal hormone therapy to ward off chronic diseases -- 20 years after a landmark trial dashed those hopes.

    In updated recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is reiterating its past advice on men...

    Night Sweats May Be Even Tougher Than Hot Flashes on Women

    It's not anyone's idea of a fun choice, but researchers recently asked 200 women which part of menopause is worse for them -- hot flashes or night sweats?

    Both can significantly affect a woman's quality of life, but

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