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July 11, 2002
Feminine forever. That was the sizzle that first sold millions of menopausal women on estrogen pills in the 1960s. This fountain of youth in a bottle would keep women from becoming "dull and unattractive," according to one of its early pitchmen, and make them "much more pleasant to live with." Who could resist? What woman would choose to shrivel and sag when she could remain dewy and pert by popping a pill?
Menopausal women may soon be able to alleviate their hot flashes with a body lotion. Research presented Friday in L.A. showed that an estrogen lotion, Estrasorb, reduced hot flashes in 85% of the women who used it. The product's manufacturer, Novavax Inc., has asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve the product for marketing, and it could become available this year.
Women expect menopause; it's the hormonal changes beforehand that blindside them. "I felt like I was living in someone else's body," says Debbie Greenberg, 45, who three years ago began having heavy periods, days-long headaches and "brain fog." "I didn't know what was going on. I had no clue. I wondered if I was cracking up." When her gynecologist identified her symptoms as part of perimenopause, Greenberg says, "it was validation."
May 3, 1999 | BARBARA J. CHUCK
Menopause is a stage of life for all women, with most reaching it in their 50s. In the months or years before this time when menstruation ceases, women may experience hot flashes, night sweats and trouble sleeping; mood swings and fatigue; unpredictable periods; decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. There are, however, ways to alleviate some of these effects, including: * Understanding that you are not alone. Mood swings are common.
May 25, 1997 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
In the pantheon of favorite topics for musicals, love stories loom large, from "Carousel" to "Camelot." And classics redux aren't far behind: "My Fair Lady," "Man of La Mancha," "The Wizard of Oz." But collaborators Barbara Schill and Dave Mackay don't have to worry about plowing worn-out terrain. They're the team behind a new musical revue about menopause. Yes, menopause. "Is It Just Me, or Is It Hot in Here?
November 12, 1996 | From Associated Press
Doctors may have finally found a cure for hot flashes: a healthy dose of tofu. Researchers at the American Heart Assn.'s annual scientific meeting Sunday discussed the growing evidence that soybean protein, commonly found in tofu, may indeed relieve the miseries of menopause. Dr. Gregory L. Burke of Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., outlined a study in which women suffering hot flashes reported significantly less intense symptoms after taking soy protein.
September 11, 1994
I'm tired of reading nothing but Little-Mary-Sunshine responses to your piece "Feminists Face Off in War Over Menopause" (Aug. 9). I had chills, I had hot flashes, I was nuts and I went through the five years without taking estrogen. I have absolutely no regrets. I wasn't sick, just menopausal. So I didn't luck out and have a smooth transition. So what? I'm 68 and I don't have to deal with any of the side effects (one friend who's on estrogen and is 70 still has her periods--I don't)
August 21, 1994
I found Pamela Warrick's article about menopause and estrogen replacement ("Feminists Face Off in War Over Menopause," Aug. 9) both ridiculous and harmful to the many women who are undecided about the safety of estrogen replacement therapy. I grew up believing that "hot flashes" were a figment of a woman's imagination and that as a modern woman I was above such things--that is, until I started experiencing them. Every year tens of thousands of women's lives are made more productive through estrogen therapy.
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