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 5, 2004 |
Sharon Pruhs was only 42 years old when she began experiencing menopausal symptoms. "I remember exactly where I was when I experienced my first hot flash," she recalls. "I was standing at the card catalog at the library." The Los Angeles librarian figured, "Here we go." But she didn't actually reach menopause until she was 54. Her experience is not uncommon. Gradual hormonal and physical changes typically start years before menopause, which begins at a woman's final menstrual period.
December 3, 2013 |
Kim Fields, best known from her child-actress days as "Tootie" on "The Facts of Life" sitcom in the '80s, now has two children of her own: The second little boy was born Tuesday morning in Atlanta. "Praise the Lord Quincy is here! 8 lbs. 8 oz. 20 inches long we are all doing great thank you for your love prayers and support!," Fields, 44, said Tuesday on Twitter . Fields has been married to Broadway actor Christopher Morgan, 37, since July 2007, shortly after giving birth to Quincy Xavier's big brother, 6½-year-old Sebastian Alexander Morgan.
January 8, 2001
Dr. Laura Corio specializes in treating women whose bodies are undergoing the hormonal changes leading up to menopause--a phase called perimenopause that lasts anywhere from months to a decade. Perimenopause is still a mystery to many women, despite a high degree of knowledge about their reproductive systems, and few books target this stage of a woman's life.
March 2, 1998 |
When Ann Louise Gittleman wrote "Super Nutrition for Menopause" in 1992, the popular press was just beginning to explore the "change of life." In her most recent book, Gittleman addresses a related subject. Perimenopause is "a naturally occurring transition before the change," she writes in "Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause" (HarperSanFrancisco). Although menopause is associated with a drop in estrogen, a decline in the hormone progesterone brings on perimenopause.
December 8, 2003 |
Women who've missed several periods and wonder whether they're nearing menopause now can turn to an at-home test -- but the results may not be as conclusive as a visit to their doctor. A new test, called Menocheck, measures the level of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), a hormone that rises as a woman's body approaches the cessation of fertility.