March 15, 2012 |
For almost as long as women have been living beyond their childbearing years, many have complained about a mental "fog" that seems to descend at about the time of menopause. And you would think those complaints might prompt some smart scientist (a woman herself, perhaps) to seriously investigate those complaints. The questions most women would probably ask are not whether these complaints are real (since they are clearly very real in the experience of the women who report them)
January 27, 2003 |
Women who suffer from depression at some point in their lives are twice as likely to have an early perimenopause as those with no history of the mood disorder, researchers have found. The report, from the ongoing Harvard Study of Moods and Cycles, also said that women on antidepressants were three times more likely to go into perimenopause early. Perimenopause usually occurs in a woman's 40s and lasts for two to four years.
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.
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.