February 11, 2008 |
Thanks to Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, men with erectile dysfunction can get on board the Food and Drug Administration-approved love train. But women who experience a different sexual problem -- sagging libido -- have been left at the station. That may be changing. BioSante Pharmaceuticals Inc. is testing the safety and effectiveness of LibiGel, a testosterone gel for women designed to combat declines in sexual arousal associated with menopause. There are currently no drugs available in the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 18, 2000 |
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."
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.
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.