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September 11, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Dutch study of more than 2,000 women bolsters research suggesting that hormone supplements taken in menopause have cardiovascular benefits. Compared with subjects who never used estrogen and progestin, women who took the hormone supplements for at least a year had a 47% lower risk of peripheral artery disease, or hardening of the arteries in the legs.
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)
November 10, 1989
Traditionally, the medical management of women's health has left something to be desired. Compared to the care and consideration given men, women have had to take a back seat in health care. The "little-known" killer of women referred to in your article was well-known throughout the decades. Women, however, have been treated like children by our esteemed medical practitioners. Even today, a woman patient is addressed by her first name when meeting a new physician in a medical setting.
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.
July 17, 1989 | From staff and wire reports
Delivering estrogen through a melt-in-your-mouth tablet reduces the hot flashes of menopause without risking liver damage from larger doses that are required for pills that are swallowed, a study at the University of Southern California reports. The tablet dissolves over three to five minutes while held in the buccal, or hollow, cavity of the cheek. This allows the estrogen to enter the bloodstream through the cheek's mucous membrane rather than through the digestive system.
July 7, 2005
Re "A Question for the Ages: To De-Bag or Not," Commentary, July 5: As I sat in the middle of the post-Fourth of July block party debris, sipping my morning coffee and musing over the previous day's family conversations, I chuckled out loud at the reflections of Dinah Lenney and her puffy eyes. Unlike her mother, I work hard at pumping up the self-esteem of my six now-adult hatchlings and their spouses, and they still think I'm wrong or unhelpful most of the time. Lenney's theory about 11-year-old girls being as fully realized as they will ever be again until after menopause is wonderful.
The new product was launched earlier this year in a fashion typical of top-notch pharmaceuticals: Fourteen years of studies, $25 million spent on research and development, 30 clinical trials ongoing worldwide and a $5-million marketing campaign featuring nationally known doctors as spokespeople. Only this is not a typical medication. Promensil, which was introduced in the United States in April, is a so-called "natural product" for the relief of menopausal symptoms.
France's conservative government said Wednesday that it will seek to impose strict controls on artificial impregnation, including a requirement that infertile couples have the consent of the sperm donor and a judge's permission before receiving an embryo implant. The government was spurred by a growing national debate this week following the birth of twins to a 59-year-old, post-menopausal British woman, who received an embryo implant at an Italian clinic.
May 16, 2011 | Yolanda Reid Chassiakos
"Fish out of water," Gladys said with pride as she took a seat in my office. "That's me. " No question, this full-figured, conservatively dressed woman in her 50s with salt-and-pepper hair was far different from most of her young and trendy screenwriting program classmates. Her past year had been a rough one: The unwelcome dissolution of her marriage of two decades and the departure of her adult children for higher education and work had fully emptied her nest. For the first time in more than 20 years, Gladys had no one to care for but herself.
June 24, 2007
Re "Doctors change course again on estrogen therapy," June 21 The Times' dramatic lead story on the latest findings from the Women's Health Initiative study creates the misimpression that there will be an important shift in treatment patterns based on this report. Although the data are reassuring in regard to heart disease risk from estrogen replacement in early menopause, the overall treatment issues in any given woman involve much more than just heart disease risk. As the article states, this study will primarily serve to reinforce the current standard practice: that estrogen should be used only for menopausal symptoms and that a low dose for the shortest treatment period is optimal.
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