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    20 01, 2009

    Phytoestrogens and Menopause

    By |2015-08-12T12:26:11-04:00January 20th, 2009|Menopausal Symptoms|

    For decades, estrogen was used as a component of hormone replacement therapy to treat menopausal symptoms and for anticipated preventative health benefits in women with prostesterone, or as a monotherapy hormone treatment in women after hysterectomy, but after studies reported that long-term estrogen increase the prevalence of cardiovascular events and breast cancer, many patients and researchers have looked into alternative treatments such as food or products containing phytoestrogens.  Phytoestrogens are weak plant-derived estrogens that are structurally similar to estrogen hormones produced by the body.

    17 04, 2015

    Meta-Analysis:  Acupuncture Effective for Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms

    By |2015-07-08T13:32:58-04:00April 17th, 2015|Alternative Medicine, Menopausal Symptoms|

    Over the last decade, various studies have evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms.  In a recent meta-analysis, studies that reported on the frequency or severity of hot flashes, menopause-related symptoms assessed using the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS), and quality of life (QoL) assessed using the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MSQoL) questionnaire were included.  Twelve studies with a total of 869 participants met the inclusion criteria and were included in the final analysis.

    13 03, 2015

    What is S-Equol? Does It Really Work for Menopausal Symptoms?

    By |2015-03-13T12:29:59-04:00March 13th, 2015|Menopausal Symptoms|

    Approximately 70% of all women experience hot flashes and/or night sweats (also called vasomotor symptoms or VMS) during the menopause transition.  Although estrogen-containing hormone therapy is highly effective in managing these symptoms, various studies have raised concerns regarding the risks associated with prolonged use of hormone therapy and many women now use other non-hormonal options to manage their symptoms, including over-the-counter complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), including soy isoflavones, black cohosh, and omega-3 fatty acids.  However, the data regarding the effectiveness of these alternative treatments has been mixed.

    25 02, 2015

    Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms Last Longer than Five Years for Most Women

    By |2015-02-25T12:02:26-04:00February 25th, 2015|Menopausal Symptoms|

    Up to 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) as they transition into the menopause phase. While clinical guidelines suggest that VMS typically last from 6 months to 2 years, we often see women with VMS lasting for a much longer period of time. To more accurately assess the duration of VMS in perimenopausal women, researchers analyzed data from 1449 women included in the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), an observational study of women entering menopause.  Here is a summary of the key findings:

    20 05, 2014

    The Effects of Yoga and Exercise on Menopausal Quality of Life

    By |2018-12-01T17:21:13-04:00May 20th, 2014|Menopausal Symptoms|

    Many women transitioning into the menopause request medical advice on ways to improve their quality of life and to relieve the symptoms associated with the menopausal transition. With concerns regarding the long-term use of estrogen replacement therapy, there has been interest in the use of non-hormonal strategies to manage these symptoms.

    5 03, 2014

    Stellate Ganglion Blockade for Vasomotor Symptoms

    By |2014-03-06T14:44:12-04:00March 5th, 2014|Menopausal Symptoms|

    A study to be published in an upcoming issue of Menopause suggests that stellate ganglion blockade (SGB) may be an effective option for women with vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats.  SGB is used primarily for pain management and involves the injection of local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, part of the sympathetic nerve system located in the neck.

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