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    23 12, 2013

    Earlier Age of Surgical Menopause Associated with More Significant Cognitive Decline

    By |2016-07-21T11:33:53-04:00December 23rd, 2013|Cognition, General, Menopausal Symptoms, Menopause|

    Previous studies have shown that the abrupt hormonal changes that occur after a surgical menopause (i.e., removal of the ovaries) negatively affect cognition in women.  According to a recent study, "Women who were younger at the time of surgical menopause have a more rapid rate (steeper slope) of cognitive decline than women who were older at the time of surgery or than women undergoing natural menopause."  Earlier age at menopause was also associated with increased Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology, in particular neuritic plaques.

    2 08, 2012

    New Research from the CWMH: Surgically Induced Menopause No Worse than Natural in Terms of Risk for Depression, Anxiety

    By |2016-03-28T13:02:53-04:00August 2nd, 2012|Menopausal Symptoms, New Research|

    Each year about 600,000 women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy.  Somewhere between 55% and 80% of these women who also have their ovaries removed along with the uterus—a procedure known as oophorectomy.  After the removal of the ovaries, menopause follows immediately and is associated with a constellation of symptoms including hot flashes and insomnia, as well as depression and anxiety. 

    30 12, 2005

    Escitalopram for Menopause-Related Depression and Vasomotor Symptoms

    By |2015-07-23T14:19:33-04:00December 30th, 2005|Menopausal Symptoms|

    Every year more than 1.7 million women in the United States enter into menopause. During this time of hormonal fluctuations it is typical for women to experience hot flashes, night sweats and sleep disturbance. More recently, studies have identified an association between menopausal transition and an increased risk for developing depressive symptoms (Harlow et al., 2003; Freeman et al., 2004). It is not clear how physicians and patients should deal with menopause-related physical and emotional symptoms. While hormone therapy effectively treats insomnia and hot flashes, the results have been mixed in treating mood and anxiety symptoms. Moreover, the safety of long-term use of hormone therapy is not known.

    10 02, 2007

    Perimenopause May Be a Time of Risk for New Onset Depression

    By |2018-07-11T13:57:12-04:00February 10th, 2007|Menopausal Symptoms, New Research|

    The transition to menopause has typically been considered a time when women may be more vulnerable to mood changes. There have been inconclusive data, however, as to whether women with no lifetime history of depression transitioning to menopause are at increased risk for developing an episode of major depression.

    22 10, 2005

    Perimenopause: A Time of Risk for Depression

    By |2015-07-22T15:15:13-04:00October 22nd, 2005|Menopausal Symptoms|

    More than 50 percent of women experience some perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flushes, night sweats, and sleep disturbance, before reaching the menopause. A recent article from Aetna Intelihealth notes that many women may also experience depression. In a study form Dr. Claudio Soares, women with clinically confirmed perimenopause were interviewed:

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