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Psychiatric Clinics of North America: June Issue on Women’s Mental Health

In the field of reproductive psychiatry, we don’t really have any textbooks to rely on.  However, the June issue of the Psychiatric Clinics of North America is devoted to Women’s Mental Health, and it’s pretty much the most comprehensive guide on this topic. With articles from leaders in the field, it covers PMDD, medication use […]

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Neurokinin-3 Receptor Antagonists: A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms

Over the last few years, we have seen a number of articles suggesting that the burden of menopausal symptoms is probably greater than generally perceived.  About 80% of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) – hot flashes and night sweats — as they transition into the menopause.  For most, the symptoms are manageable, but for a […]

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In Brief:  Traumatic Events in Childhood and Adolescence Increase Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

  Previous studies have indicated that depression during the perimenopausal transition is associated with various risk factors, including previous history of depression, poor physical health, and more severe perimenopausal symptoms.  A recent study (reviewed here) indicates that women who experienced multiple traumatic events during childhood or adolescence are more likely to experience depression during the […]

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In Brief: Anxiety Associated with Worse Quality of Life in Postmenopausal Women

In a study including Latin American women 40 to 59 years of age who had not menstruated for more than 1 year (or had undergone a bilateral oophorectomy), 49.1% of the participants were depressed and 61.9% reported anxiety symptoms.  Although women with a history of psychiatric illness were excluded, rates of depression and anxiety observed […]

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Vasomotor Symptoms and the Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Body Weight

  While about 80% of peri- and postmenopausal women have vasomotor symptoms (VMS), such as night sweats and hot flashes, it has been observed that higher body mass index (BMI) and body fat are associated with an increased risk of vasomotor symptoms. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that weight loss may prevent VMS. In […]

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In Brief: Why Exercise Helps with Menopausal Hot Flashes

Some, but not all, research studies have shown that exercise training can reduce the frequency of hot flushes and can improve other non-vasomotor symptoms including depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  Nevertheless, these studies have solely relied on subjective questionnaires as the primary outcome.  But if exercise makes you feel hot and sweaty, how does it help […]

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Women Outperform Men on Tests of Cognitive Functioning — Until Menopause

Many women report cognitive difficulties — forgetfulness, distractibility, feeling foggy — as they enter into the menopause. Looking at sex-related differences in memory, Rentz and colleagues examined 212 men and women between the ages of 45 and 55 years.  Participants completed a battery of cognitive tests and underwent hormonal assessments. On all measures of cognitive […]

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What Exactly Causes Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women? Researchers Look at Neurokinin B

Perimenopausal vasomotor symptoms are triggered by a fall in circulating levels of estrogen and other sex steroids. It has been hypothesized that thermoregulatory centres in the hypothalamus play a crucial role in mediating the hot flash response. However, exactly how do hormonal changes bring about these changes in the hypothalamus?  If we could understand this […]

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In Brief: CBT for Menopausal Sleep Problems Produces Lasting Effects

  Peri- and postmenopausal women frequently complain of insomnia or poor sleep quality. Sleep disturbance is often attributed to nocturnal hot flashes; however, many menopausal women may have a primary sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Various pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic options are available for the treatment of menopause-related insomnia.   The findings […]

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In Brief: Bedtime Stretching Exercise May Help Menopausal Symptoms

Data regarding the use of exercise to alleviate menopausal symptoms in midlife women have been somewhat mixed.  Although helpful in some women, moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise may increase the risk of menopausal hot flashes.  A recent study suggests that light-intensity exercise, such as stretching may be helpful for menopausal symptoms.   Forty Japanese women were […]

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