Menopause

Information and resources for helping you navigate menopause.

Menopause Makeover

Menopause can offer positive changes that enhance your life. By Cheretta A. Clerkley If you are approaching mid­dle age, chances are good you’re thinking about menopause. Menopause is the term used to describe the end of menstruation; a woman is consid­ered menopausal when she has not had a period in 12 months. (Meno­pause is preceded […]

Managing Hot Flashes: A Return to Basics

Healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way toward managing or eliminating hot flashes, no matter your age or stage in life. By Diana Bitner, MD Hot flashes during perimenopause and menopause can be very dis­ruptive and confusing, and they can be induced by many factors other than low estrogen. Instant menopause caused by chemotherapy, […]

Seeing Clearly Through Menopause

How your eyesight may change as you age By Mia James Hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness, and eye changes? It’s true: your eyes are among the various parts of your body and well-being that menopause can affect. You can make these changes less uncom­fortable or disruptive by knowing what to expect and being ready […]

Menopause and Skincare

If you thought the pesky breakouts of adolescence were behind you, think again. Just like bad fashion trends, those breakouts cycle back around again—during menopause. That’s right—as if hot flashes, mood swings, and sleep loss weren’t punishment enough during menopause, your skin may rebel on you, too.

Think “Bio-identical” is Better? Not Necessarily.

Compounded “bio-identical” hormones are not better or safer, according to physicians and leading health organizations. By Maryann Hammers Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings — oh my! Increasingly, women going through perimenopause or menopause are drawn to compounded “bio-identical hormones” for relief. Bio-identical hormones are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in […]

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Could Mean Hot Flashes During Menopause

Women who have hypertensive diseases during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia and high blood pressure, may be at higher risk of hot flashes and night sweats during menopause.

Chemicals in Your Home and in your Cosmetics Might Put You at Risk for Early Menopause

We’ve long suspected that chemicals we’re exposed to on a daily basis might be might cause serious health problems, including certain cancers. We’re now learning that chemicals found in plastics, personal-care products, common household items, and the environment might increase risk for early menopause.

Removal of Ovaries May Lower Risk of Uterine Prolapse

It’s been thought that menopausal women who undergo hysterectomy as well as removal of both ovaries are a greater risk for uterine prolapse than women who undergo hysterectomy only. New research, however, suggests quite the opposite: women who have their ovaries removed actually have a lower risk of prolapse.

Stay Active to Sleep Better During Menopause

Any woman who has suffered through her fair share of hot flashes knows that sleep doesn’t always come easy during menopause.

PMS Symptoms Now May Not Mean Hot Flashes Later

Women the medical community have long speculated how premenstrual syndrome (PMS) might be linked to menopausal symptoms later in life. Recent research sheds new light on the subject—indicating that the PMS we experience now might signal certain menopausal symptoms but not necessarily hot flashes.

Know the Signs of Menopause

As women we know menopause is coming, but how do we know when it’s actually starting? Knowing the signs of menopause and at what age they may start can help us recognize this transition and, importantly, find ways to control discomfort and health risks.

Menopause and Hot Flashes Can Muddle Memory

It’s not your imagination—menopause is messing with your memory. Menopausal women have long complained of memory problems and now there is data to back it up.

Higher Risk of Heart Failure with Early Menopause—and Even Greater for Smokers

According to a recent study from researchers in Sweden, women who go through menopause early may have a higher risk of heart failure. These findings, recently published in the journal Menopause, also indicated that this risk is even higher among women who smoke or have ever smoked.

Calcium and Vitamin D May Improve Cholesterol

If you’re a postmenopausal woman and already taking calcium and vitamin D for bone health, you may be getting an added benefit from these nutrients: improved cholesterol.

Caring for Grandkids May Help Women Stay Mentally Fit

Whether you’re hanging out with your grandchildren because you just can’t get enough of them or because your children need help with childcare, spending time with the younger generation might have an important health benefit: keeping you mentally sharp. According to a recent study conducted in Australia, grandparenting has measurable mental benefits for older women.[1] […]

Calcium and Vitamin D May Improve Cholesterol

If you’re a postmenopausal woman and already taking calcium and vitamin D for bone health, you may be getting an added benefit from these nutrients: improved cholesterol.