Category Archives: Menopause

Natural Remedies for Menopause That Actually Work

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Hormone Replacement at Menopause

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force—the nation’s premier authority on clinical preventive services—has reaffirmed its prior conclusion about hormone replacement therapy at menopause for the prevention of chronic disease. Once again, the Task Force has issued this strategy a letter grade of “D,” indicating a recommendation against it on the basis of available evidence. Using its very particular and…

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An Overview of Estroven

Estroven is the brand name of several herbal dietary supplements advertised to ease some of the most frequently experienced symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes and insomnia. It first appeared on the market in 1997. There are several different products available depending on the symptoms that need to be treated. The main ingredients in all Estroven products are black cohosh…

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Can Celiac Disease Cause Early Menopause?

Celiac disease can cause early menopause (known in medical circles as “premature menopause”). To understand what may happen in women with celiac disease, it helps to know what’s considered “normal.” Menopause, which as I’m sure you know means the end of your reproductive years, is defined as being without a period for 12 months. So if…

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An Overview of Menopause

Menopause is the term used to describe your final menstrual period, which occurs when your ovaries have stopped producing the hormones that drive your menstrual cycle. Menopause is most accurately diagnosed after you have missed your period for 12 consecutive months. Because of the way your hormone levels change around menopause, there is no accurate…

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Menopause and the Effects of Testosterone

When we think of testosterone, we usually think of it as a male hormone, a marker of men’s inherent masculinity. But testosterone is actually one of six hormones produced by the female reproductive organs as well. It is often not until women enter menopause, however, or experience dissatisfaction in the bedroom, that they start to…

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Signs and Symptoms of Perimenopause

You’ve probably heard “I’m feeling menopausal” when a woman friend was having, say, hot flashes. But most of the time, having symptoms is actually part of perimenopause, which is the phase leading up to menopause—the moment in time when your menstrual cycles have stopped for 12 months. Then, once a woman has not menstruated for…

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Do You Have Symptoms of Perimenopause?

Perimenopause is the phase you go through for five to 10 years before menopause occurs. Menopause officially occurs when you have not had a period for one year. But in the years beforehand, your hormone levels are shifting and causing changes in ovulation and your menstrual cycle. The average age women experience menopause is 51. However,…

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Is Menopause Worse for Black Women?

Stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other health conditions are more common among black women than white women. Unfortunately, when it comes time for menopause, you’re also likely to have more intense symptoms than your white peers. Genetic and environmental factors likely play a role, experts say. But you don’t have to let menopause…

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Overview and Types of Menopause

Menopause is the point at which a woman stops menstruating. That’s the short answer. But what most people—including women going through menopause—mean when they use the term “menopause” is really perimenopause. Perimenopause is the time from just before menopause until the diagnosis is made—when you’ve been 12 months without a period. This period of perimenopause…

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Life Doesn’t Pause For Menopause

Because every woman is unique, it’s impossible to say exactly when you should expect menopause. On average, most women begin to notice their periods becoming less frequent in their late forties to early fifties, while for some this may not occur until well into their sixties. Menopause before the age of forty, although not uncommon,…

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Kegel Exercises: Improving Life during Menopause

During the time leading up to menopause, often referred to as perimenopause, you begin to notice changes in your body, including menstrual irregularity, mood swings, trouble sleeping, hot flashes and more. In addition, you may notice a change in your intimate health. No matter what symptom you’re struggling with during this complicated time, know that…

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