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The menopause is caused by a change in the balance of the body's sex hormones and signals the end of menstruation - the ovaries stop producing an egg every 4 weeks. The reduction in estrogen causes symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can relieve symptoms, and some women are treated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
  1. A new meta-analysis of existing studies finds that quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight may lessen the impact of hot flashes and night sweats.
  2. A new study suggests that some occupations may increase women's risk of cardiovascular problems. Chief among these seems to be jobs in the care sector.
  3. The Mirena coil is a hormonal intrauterine device, or IUD, that many women use to prevent pregnancy. However, it can affect some symptoms of perimenopause. Find out more.
  4. A recent paper asks whether Chinese herbal medicine might reduce hot flashes relating to menopause. Although there is hope, we need much more data.
  5. New research suggests that estrogen exposure and hormone replacement therapy can help maintain cognitive health in postmenopausal women.
  6. An analysis of health data on 7.9 million people reveals lower rates of osteoporosis among low dose statin users and higher rates among high dose users.
  7. New research suggests that menopause-related night sweats could contribute to brain fog in women who have experienced breast cancer.
  8. Research in postmenopausal women finds that leisure time physical activity improves blood lipid profile, which is an indicator of cardiovascular health.
  9. Many women have less sex as they age, and the sex they do have gives them less pleasure. New research says this is not all down to health-related factors.
  10. Research in a large cohort of women over the age of 50 suggests that body shape, resulting from fat distribution, is associated with cardiovascular risk.
  11. A study of postmenopausal women in China has found that those at highest risk for metabolic syndrome were those with low levels of estrogen and vitamin D.
  12. New research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy may be useful for managing several symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and depression.
  13. Leading up to and during menopause, people often notice weight gain. For those who wish to lose this weight, it can be more difficult than usual. Here, we look at the link between menopause and weight and describe ways to lose weight during menopause.
  14. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada are the first to study how perimenopause affects heart health in female mice.
  15. Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here.
  16. Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here.
  17. A recent study investigated whether acupuncture might be a useful, nonpharmaceutical way to minimize some of the symptoms that occur during menopause.
  18. A new study concludes that mindfulness might help menopausal women who struggle with symptoms that can include irritability, depression, and anxiety.
  19. Royal jelly is a substance that bees produce to feed queen bee larvae. Potential benefits include wound healing and relieving the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Learn more about the possible health benefits of royal jelly here.
  20. People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. We also cover the possible risks.

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