What are my options for treating hot flashes?

  Many women who reach the point of menopause experience hot flashes as a common side effect. While hot flashes are relatively normal and an anticipated side effect of the natural changes that occur during menopause, some women may have harsher symptoms than others. As a result some women seek various treatment methods to help … Continued

Menopause and Hair Loss

Is it normal to lose a lot of head hair during menopause? Menopause is a natural process that all women will experience during their lives. Due to fluctuating hormone levels, the body goes through many physical changes during menopause. Like hot flashes, hair loss is a common symptom that occurs during menopause. Most women who … Continued

What Options Are Available to Manage Hot Flashes

Do bioidentical hormones relieve night sweats & hot flashes? Are they safe for consumption? I really need your help!   There are various methods for managing menopausal symptoms. It’s important for women to have comprehensive information about the treatment options available so they can decide which one is best for them. Bioidentical hormones, often marketed … Continued

Clues, Confirmations, and Questions About Hot Flashes

Women who experience hot flashes for years or even decades after their final menstrual period have one burning (!) question: when will they end? Well, depends on who you ask: in the past, doctors often said hot flashes (officially, menopausal vasomotor symptoms), would last maybe six months to two years. Lately, updated clinical guidelines put … Continued

Menopause Killed my Sex Life – Not!

I’m sure you’ve read an article or two, or even talked to some of your friends who said, “menopause killed my sex life.” As we age, our bodies change – and for some of us, that includes changes in our level of desire or frequency of sexual activity. Pop culture would have us believe that … Continued

Menopause and Sexuality

For most people, at least some aspects of sexuality decline with age, such as level of desire or frequency of sexual activity. There are many biologic and non-biologic reasons this happens, including a person’s general well-being and health, lifestyle, as well as interpersonal and psychosocial factors (like the quality of a relationship, or mental health … Continued

Natural Doesn’t Always Mean Better!

This week the National Women’s Health Network was back at the FDA fighting for medically accurate information about the dangers of hormone therapy during menopause. We have sounded the alarm before about products touted as “bioidentical” or “natural” that sound like a safer alternative to conventional hormone therapy drugs but likely carry the same increased … Continued

Alternative Approaches to Address Menopausal Symptoms

The most common complaint among women going through the menopausal transition is about hot flashes and night sweats. Given the risks of menopause hormone therapy, many women seek alternative approaches to controlling these problems. These include: Following a low-fat diet, which has been found to help with menopausal symptoms and has the added benefit of … Continued

Menopause and Sexuality

For most people, at least some aspects of sexuality decline with age, such as level of desire or frequency of sexual activity. There are many biologic and non-biologic reasons this happens, including a person’s general well-being and health, lifestyle, as well as interpersonal and psychosocial factors (like the quality of a relationship, or mental health … Continued

Snapshots

Despite evidence that abstinence-only-until-marriage health “education” is ineffective in preventing teens from having sex, Texas continues to implement these programs state-wide, with dismal results. A new study finds the state’s high school students are more likely than average to have had sexual intercourse and not used highly-effective methods of birth control. 52% of Texas high … Continued