Menopause

FDA approves new drug for postmenopausal pain during sex

FDA approves new drug for postmenopausal pain during sex

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Intrarosa provides an additional treatment option for women with dyspareunia caused by vulvar and vaginal atrophy.

Sex hormone-binding globulin and estradiol associated with type 2 diabetes in women

Sex hormone-binding globulin and estradiol associated with type 2 diabetes in women

Women may have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes with low levels of sex hormone-binding globulin and high levels of total estradiol.

Nighttime hot flashes may be linked to mild depression

Nighttime hot flashes may be linked to mild depression

Women who experience more nighttime hot flashes are more likely to experience worsening mood during menopause.

Menopausal transition linked to rapid increase in metabolic syndrome severity

Menopausal transition linked to rapid increase in metabolic syndrome severity

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The American Heart Association found that during menopausal transition, women have a rapid increase in metabolic syndrome severity.

Vitamin D supplementation does not improve functional outcomes in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D supplementation does not improve functional outcomes in postmenopausal women

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Vitamin D deficiency is especially prevalent in postmenopausal women, and recommendations from current guidelines are inconsistent regarding vitamin D use.

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Smoking linked to infertility, early menopause

Researchers confirmed increased risks for infertility and natural menopause before age 50 in women who are either active smokers or regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

New treatment guidelines for menopause emphasize individualized care

New treatment guidelines for menopause emphasize individualized care

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New guidelines issued by the Endocrine Society and published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggest that clinicians should provide patients with individualized menopause treatments.

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

Vitamin D in postmenopausal women

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Vitamin D did not improve bone and muscle outcomes in postmenopausal women.

In menopausal women, SSRIs increase fracture risk

In menopausal women, SSRIs increase fracture risk

Women prescribed SSRIs for menopausal symptoms had a sustained increased risk for fracture.

Is estrogen plus progesterone necessary for vaginal atrophy?

Is estrogen plus progesterone necessary for vaginal atrophy?

Should oral progesterone be prescribed in combination with vaginal estrogen?

No relief with vitamin D for joint symptoms post menopause

No relief with vitamin D for joint symptoms post menopause

Daily calcium and vitamin D supplements did not relieve the frequency or severity of joint symptoms in postmenopausal women.

FDA approves antidepressant for hot flashes

FDA approves antidepressant for hot flashes

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The FDA has approved paroxetine, a selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor, to treat moderate to severe hot flashes in women with menopause.

Ease constipation caused by calcium supplements

Ease constipation caused by calcium supplements

Omega-3 supplements can help constipation in postmenopausal women taking calcium and vitamin D supplements.

Dietary soy, fiber does not prevent menopause symptoms

Dietary soy, fiber does not prevent menopause symptoms

Consuming soy products and fiber did not prevent the onset of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.

Thyroid hormone and bone density

Thyroid hormone and bone density

Can thyroid hormone replacement therapy affect bone density?

Causes of thinning hair in a postmenopausal woman

Causes of thinning hair in a postmenopausal woman

Could a vegetarian diet be contributing to an older woman's alopecia?

Hormone therapy undergoes 10-year review

Hormone therapy undergoes 10-year review

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force performed a review of nine clinical trials to assess the effectiveness of menopausal hormone therapy in preventing chronic conditions.

Contraception options for women older than age 50 years

If follicle-stimulating hormone is >20 mIU/mL, most clinicians counsel patients against contraception, as the risk of pregnancy is virtually nil.

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Women who experience early menopause are at increased risk for osteoporosis later in life compared with women who reach menopause after the age of 47.

AACR: Study links long-term hormone therapy to breast cancer

AACR: Study links long-term hormone therapy to breast cancer

Ongoing use of combined hormone therapy for 10 years or longer doubled the risk for breast cancer.

Wild Yam: An herbal remedy for menstrual pain and menopause

Wild Yam: An herbal remedy for menstrual pain and menopause

Wild yam is an herbal remedy for menstrual discomfort and menopausal symptoms, and has also been suggested as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Postmenopausal HRT improves sexual function

Postmenopausal HRT improves sexual function

HRT, dehydroepiandrosterone and tibolone all improve quality of sexual function and frequency.

Next step for endometrial hyperplasia

How would you proceed with a 64-year-old woman who has complex endometrial hyperplasia and secretory changes?

Exemestane may reduce breast-cancer risk without adverse effects

The aromatase inhibitor exemestane (Aromasin) may reduce the risk of invasive breast cancer in at-risk postmenopausal women.

Women are overscreened, undertreated for osteoporosis

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Inappropriate screening could lead to improper osteoporosis management.

Hot flushes that start earlier, last longer

Median duration of moderate-to-severe hot flushes is 10.2 years — and even longer if they begin near a woman's entry into the menopause transition, data from a recent analysis indicate

High satisfaction rates, quality of life reported with sacrocolpopexy

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The majority of women that undergo sacrocolpopexy, a surgery to correct uterine prolapse, would have the procedure again, research presented at the American Academy of Physician Assistants 29th Annual PA Meeting indicates.

Gouty arthritis: How to make the diagnosis

Gouty arthritis: How to make the diagnosis

This painful disease greatly impacts the daily lives of those who suffer from it. Diagnosis, treatment, and lifestyle modification can ease long-term effects

Escitalopram reduces hot-flush symptoms of menopause

Hot flushes are one of the more bothersome symptoms of menopause. Traditionally treated with estrogens, alternative medications have been sought to avoid the risks of hormone replacement therapy.

Start HRT later to lower breast cancer risk

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Delaying the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for at least five years after menopause appears to protect women from breast cancer.

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