August 29, 2005 |
AS her body adapts to the changes of menopause, 52-year-old Nancy Bouche has good days and bad. But one thing is for sure -- since starting Pilates three years ago, she has more energy, less stress and a striking drop in hot flashes. "I used to have them every day," she says, "and now I can go for weeks without having any." Bouche, an executive assistant at Nickelodeon Animation, is a testament to the power of exercise over menopausal symptoms.
December 5, 1993 |
Earlier this year, the makers of Gyne-Moistrin couldn't persuade TV networks to allow a new ad for vaginal moisturizer for menopausal women on the air. Finally, the company was allowed to broadcast a commercial that was deemed tasteful enough, portraying a wilting flower. Once water was gently added, the flower revived. "The flower represents a female," says Lewis Nolan, vice president of communications for Schering-Plough Corp., the company that developed Gyne-Moistrin.
December 5, 1993 |
It's not about hormones. Fertility isn't an issue. Libido has something to do with it--but not much. And there are no hot flashes. So what is this male menopause? It's part of the aging process. It's mystery, myth, misnomer-- meno , after all, comes from the Greek word for menstruation . It's another catchy name for that time of life when some men swap the station wagon and the wife for younger, flashier models.
April 20, 1991 |
The federal government said Friday that it plans to conduct the most sweeping study of women's health problems ever attempted, with hundreds of thousands of women participating in a research effort expected to cost $500 million over 10 years. The project is the brainchild of the new director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Bernadine Healy, who said that it would be "the most definitive, far-reaching study of women's health ever undertaken in the United States, if not the world."
December 19, 2006 |
The widely used herbal remedy black cohosh does nothing to eliminate hot flashes, night sweats and other symptoms of menopause, either alone or in combination with other herbs, federally sponsored researchers reported Monday. Thousands of women use the supplement, but a controlled trial reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed it was no more effective than a placebo. Only estrogen significantly reduced hot flashes.
December 26, 2005 |
MANY women bade farewell to hormone therapy after a major study found risks from taking hormones after menopause -- and far fewer benefits than once believed. But not all. Some women felt that, for them, the benefits outweighed the risks. Others turned to "bioidentical hormones," which are synthesized from soy and yams and are similar to the hormones the body produces. They're much more similar, for instance, than the hormones in pills such as Prempro and Premarin.
July 15, 2002 |
More women than ever may now look for other ways to ease menopausal symptoms after last week's news that long-term hormone therapy increases slightly the risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer. One of the most likely options, experts say, will be natural therapies. Already, more than 30% of women say they use herbs and other supplements, according to the North American Menopause Society.
June 21, 2007 |
Nearly five years after government scientists told women that estrogen replacement therapy increased their risks of heart attack and stroke, researchers have largely reversed their position, concluding that the drugs are beneficial for many after all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2002 |
Many women are frightened by conflicting reports about the safety of hormone therapy -- so much so that some are simply throwing away their pills. Doctors across Ventura County say they see it every day. "I can't tell you how many messages have come across my desk: 'I stopped taking my estrogen -- just wanted you to know,' " said Ventura cardiologist Thomas Kong. To address the confusion, Community Memorial Hospital will hold a women's health symposium at 1 p.m.
March 18, 2003 |
A major study of 16,000 women has found that hormone replacement therapy does not improve the quality of life for post-menopausal women, a finding that may sound the death knell for widespread use of a treatment once thought to be a panacea for women's ailments.