January 27, 2003 |
Women who suffer from depression at some point in their lives are twice as likely to have an early perimenopause as those with no history of the mood disorder, researchers have found. The report, from the ongoing Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles, also said that women on antidepressants were three times more likely to go into perimenopause early. Perimenopause usually occurs in a woman's 40s and lasts for two to four years.
October 2, 1997 |
U.S. women have a more positive attitude toward menopause than previously thought, according to a nationwide survey. "More and more American women are saying they don't regard menopause as such a big deal," said Dr. Wulf Utian, head of the North American Menopause Society, which commissioned the Gallup survey. The poll of 750 women from ages 45 to 60 showed that slightly more than half, or 52%, viewed menopause as the beginning of a new and fulfilling stage of life.
November 12, 1996 |
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.
July 7, 2004 |
Soy protein, which has been recommended to menopausal women as a substitute for hormone replacement therapy, did not fend off symptoms such as bone loss in a study of Dutch women released Tuesday. Naturally occurring compounds called isoflavones found in soybeans are thought to mimic estrogen compounds in hormone replacement therapy. Some women want to avoid hormone therapy because recent studies have shown long-term use can raise the risk of stroke, dementia and some forms of cancer.
October 27, 1997 |
I am a woman of a certain age. I will not be more specific, except to say that "menopause" is not a vocabulary word on my SATs but an event in my no-longer-distant future. And I will allow that I am closer to the end of my reproductive life than I am to the beginning of it. I am trying to be upbeat about the approach of this watershed experience for women. I am trying to think of it as a spiritual transformation instead of another step toward the grave.
June 18, 2001 |
Many women rely on black cohash, wild yam and the Chinese herb Dong Quai as alternative therapies to ease the symptoms of menopause, but a leading medical organization says there is little scientific evidence that these and other natural therapies actually work. As many as 30% of women turn to acupuncture or natural products for relief of menopausal symptoms, according to the North American Menopause Society.
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June 19, 1997 |
Estrogen replacement therapy can reduce the risk of death in post-menopausal women as much as 37%, especially among those with high risk factors for heart disease, but the benefits decline for some women with prolonged use, according to a report in the June 19 New England Journal of Medicine. The results were obtained from the Nurses' Health Study, begun in 1976, of more than 121,000 women.
April 7, 1999 |
Standard doses of the sex hormone estrogen strengthen brain activity in older, post-menopausal women, Yale University researchers said Tuesday, offering the best evidence yet that the commonly prescribed hormone alters the neural circuits involved in human memory. By testing the kind of working memory involved in everyday verbal and visual tasks, the researchers quickly detected significant differences in neural activity between women who were taking the hormone and those who were not.
September 24, 1999 |
For the first time, doctors appear to have restored fertility in a menopausal woman by reimplanting into her abdomen several pieces of her ovaries that had been removed and frozen when she was younger. The experimental procedure, performed on an American ballerina, could lead to greatly expanded reproductive options for women by allowing them to become pregnant years or decades later in life than is now possible, doctors said.