Symptoms of menopause can often last for many years

Menopause is a natural biological occurrence signalling the end of a woman’s ability to reproduce. This happens with the end of her last menstrual period. Medically, menopause is said to happen 12 months after a woman menstruates for the final time. Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, just like puberty. Even though […]

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Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

By studying a large cohort of women who had already been through menopause, researchers have found that cardiovascular risk is associated with body shape, which results from how fat is distributed in the body. Existing studies have suggested that a person’s body mass index (BMI), calculated in reference to their total weight and height, is […]

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Perimenopause often signals beginning of sexual dysfunction, finds study

A new study indicates that sexual dysfunction increases by nearly 30% during perimenopause, and vaginal dryness most often has the greatest effect on desire, arousal, lubrication, and overall satisfaction. Study results were published this week in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). There are many factors that can negatively affect sexual […]

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Women’s health: Here’s all you need to know about hot flashes

Hot flashes are practically synonymous with menopause—but, despite most people being aware of their existence, many don’t know what, exactly, hot flashes are. Hot flashes are regarded as one of the common symptoms women experience as a part of menopause and perimenopause. However, this is not the only possible cause. In fact, they can actually […]

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Early menopause linked to heart problems before 60, suggests study

Researchers examined data from 15 observational studies with a total of more than 300,000 women, including almost 13,000 women who survived events like a heart attack or stroke after menopause. Compared with women who went through menopause at age 50 or 51, women who experienced premature menopause, before age 40, were 55% more likely to […]

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Waist size, not body mass index, might be a better predictor of coronary artery disease

The results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). Because CAD remains the leading cause of death worldwide, there is tremendous attention given to its modifiable risk factors. Estrogen protects women’s cardiovascular systems before menopause, which helps explain why the incidence of CAD in premenopausal women is […]

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