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  • Vaginal Atrophy (Atrophic Vaginitis)

    Vaginal Atrophy (Atrophic Vaginitis)

    What Is It? Vaginal atrophy is a change of the vagina that develops when there is a significant decrease in levels of the female hormone estrogen. The condition also is called atrophic vaginitis. Estrogen, which is produced by the ovaries, plays a vital role in keeping vaginal tissues lubricated and healthy. When levels of estrogen […]

  • Is it the onset of menopause?

    Is it the onset of menopause?

    Download video. The onset of menopause isn’t just for women over 50. Dr. JoAnn Manson explains how women of any age can experience hot flashes and other hormonal fluctuations, and what you can do to better handle the heat.

  • Hot Flashes

    Hot Flashes

    Welcome to our Decision Health Guide on Hot Flashes. This guide is designed for women who are experiencing hot flashes during menopause. Hot flashes occur when estrogen hormone levels decrease. Hot flashes are felt by about 85% of women during the years immediately before and after menopause. They are uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous. […]

  • Hormone therapy update

    Hormone therapy update

    How to make sense of the new recommendations on postmenopausal hormone therapy. A decade ago, women used hormone therapy (HT) not only to relieve menopause symptoms, but also to prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and dementia. That was before results of the landmark Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study were released in 2002, […]

  • Testosterone therapy: Is it for women?

    Testosterone therapy: Is it for women?

    Some try testosterone to boost a sagging libido, but this therapy is still unproven in women. You’ve probably seen those TV ads targeted to men with “low T,” a drop in testosterone level that often occurs with age. Because this male hormone is an instrumental component in sexual desire, declining libido is a common symptom […]

  • Don’t give up on losing weight and staying fit

    Don’t give up on losing weight and staying fit

    Postmenopausal weight gain and loss of muscle tone aren’t inevitable—you just need to work a little harder. Remember when you could eat whatever you wanted (within reason) and you still looked great in a bathing suit? As long as you ate a generally healthy diet and stayed active, you were able to keep your weight […]

  • New guidelines for treating vaginal atrophy

    New guidelines for treating vaginal atrophy

    After menopause, between 20% and 45% of women have uncomfortable vaginal symptoms—including dryness, burning, and pain during intercourse. The condition is called vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA), and it’s due to a lack of estrogen that dries out and thins the tissues of the vagina and vulva. Although VVA can have a real effect on a woman’s […]

  • Menopause Makeover

    Menopause Makeover

    Do you suffer from hot flashes and violent mood swings? Do you have difficulty getting a good night’s rest? You may be experiencing perimenopause bedlam. Some women have only mild symptoms while others are incapacitated. Biologically, menopause is defined as the absence of your period for 12 consecutive months. Perimenopause is the few years before […]

  • Is it normal for hot flashes to last long after menopause begins?

    Is it normal for hot flashes to last long after menopause begins?

    Ask the doctor Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes may last for years after menopause begins. But there are treatments that can offer relief. Image: iStock Q. I’m 62 years old, and my last menstrual period was at age 51. My doctor told me that my hot flashes would end after “about three to five […]

  • 2 points to ponder if you’re considering compounded hormones

    2 points to ponder if you’re considering compounded hormones

    There is no evidence that so-called “bioidentical” alternatives to prescription hormones are either safe or effective. Over the past couple of years, science has validated what many women already know: hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause can persist long after menstrual periods stop. It’s also well established that estrogen—alone or combined with a progestin—is […]

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