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 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.
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.
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.
May 25, 1997 |
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?
July 14, 2002 |
For many women, it felt like a slap in the face. They had been given hormones for years at menopause to gain relief from hot flashes and night sweats. But as the years went by they were told something far grander: By continuing to take the drugs well past menopause, they could not only lessen their risk of osteoporosis but also possibly of heart disease, the leading cause of death for women. Now it seems the promise was not so bright.
March 27, 2000 |
Susan Sullivan doesn't know whether her health would be helped or harmed by hormone replacement therapy. But the 55-year-old Topanga Canyon artist is counting on one thing: By the time her 20-year-old daughter reaches menopause, there will finally be some solid, trustworthy medical information about who should be on hormones and why. Like most U.S.
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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.
October 7, 2002 |
Women and their doctors are now getting some help making the complicated decisions about hormone therapy. But the guidance only goes so far--and doesn't resolve such basic questions as how long a woman can safely take hormones.