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Can Saliva Testing Help to Pinpoint Hormone Imbalances?

Saliva tests can help doctors plan a treatment of supplements that will correct hormone balances in menopausal women, according to a WSJ column.

Got Fibroids?

Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus that often cause distressing problems such as prolonged periods, abdominal swelling, bloating and pelvic pain. They are the number one reason that American women have hysterectomies. While not normal, they occur so frequently in women over forty that they’re considered a “normal irregularity.”  But they disappear after menopause. So doesContinue Reading

Suggested Reading: The Estrogen Dilemma

Wendy Lawson at Menopause the Blog, comments on Cynthia Gorney’s article, The Estrogen Dilemma, in this week’s New York Times Magazine.

Lab Tests That Can Tell You What’s Going On With Your Hormones

Thanks to Oprah, Suzanne Sommers, Dr. Christiane Northrup and many physician-authors before them (like Dr. John Lee), mid-life women now are far more knowledgeable about hormone therapy options that can help alleviate the most life-disrupting symptoms of menopause. What they (and their doctors) might not know so much about are the many kinds of tests that can be used toContinue Reading

Honey, I’m Out of Hormones

As we approach Valentine’s Day, it seems like an appropriate time to talk about sex, or more specifically a woman’s (diminishing) sex drive as she ages.  According to Genie James, M. M.Sc., author of the new book, In the Mood Again: Use the Power of Healthy Hormones to Reboot Your Sex Life – at Any Age,  this lack of desire,Continue Reading

Why Monitoring Your Cholesterol Levels Is So Important at Menopause

There are two facts about cholesterol that mid-life women should be concerned about: the first is that too high a level of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol (the bad kind) in your blood stream increases your risk of heart disease; and second, a woman’s LDL cholesterol rises markedly – as much as 10 percent – during the year before and afterContinue Reading

What’s the Best Exercise for Healthy Bones? It May Not be What You Think!

Like many women concerned about the loss of bone mass during the menopause transition, I’ve added resistance training and weight lifting to my three-times a week workouts at the gym.  But a recent post in the New York Times Well Blog  suggests that this approach may not be helping at all.  Instead, some medical researchers now think that simply jumpingContinue Reading

Are Compounded Hormone Products Safe? A Pharmacist Responds

Editor’s note:  Earlier this month, I wrote about a webinar on Bioidentical Hormone Therapy,  that was “supported” by Ascend Therapeutics, makers of an FDA-approved topical estrogen gel that competes with compounded hormone products.  There’s a companion magazine, “The Buzz on Bioidenticals,”  that is available free online and in doctors’ offices and it, too, is “supported”  by Ascend. The publication repeatedlyContinue Reading

Do Commonly Used Botanical Therapies Really Work for Hot Flashes?

A recent pair of studies has concluded that Black Cohosh and Red Clover (shown in photo), commonly used by women to alleviate hot flashes, are safe to take — that is, they don’t have a negative impact on breast and uterine health. That’s the good news.  The bad news?  Neither botanical treatment worked as well as a placebo in reducingContinue Reading

Hot Flashes Can Last HOW Long?????

Some women are just plain lucky. They sail through Menopause without a minute of discomfort.  I put them in the same category as super-models.  They’re freaks of nature.  The fact is that most menopausal women experience hot flashes and/or night sweats and they can range from mildly disruptive to downright debilitating.   Hormone therapy will help with the hot flashes (vasomotorContinue Reading