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Hormone Therapy May Prevent Depression in Perimenopausal Women: But What Are the Risks?

  Multiple studies have demonstrated that the menopausal transition is associated with a 2- to 4-fold increased risk for clinically significant depressive symptoms. There have been several studies suggesting that hormone therapy may improve depressive symptoms in women presenting with depression during this transition.  A recent study examined the efficacy of hormone replacement therapy in preventing […]

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Understanding the Interplay Between Depression and Menopausal Symptoms

  It has previously been reported that women seeking treatment at menopause clinics are more likely to report significant physical symptoms (e.g., vasomotor complaints), as well as depressive symptoms and anxiety. On the other hand, most women in the community do not experience significant depression while transitioning into the menopause. Thus, it is important to […]

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Transdermal Estradiol, But Not Oral Estrogens, Improves Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women

  Sexual dysfunction is common among peri- and postmenopausal women and include a spectrum of problems, including low (or hypoactive) sexual desire, decreased satisfaction, and discomfort.   Reports indicate that the prevalence of hypoactive sexual desire ranges from 9% in naturally postmenopausal women up to 26% in younger surgically postmenopausal women.  A recent study compares the […]

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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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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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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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In Brief: Telephone-Based CBT for Menopause-Related Insomnia

Peri- and postmenopausal women frequently complain of insomnia or poor sleep quality. Sleep disturbance is often attributed to nocturnal hot flashes.  While nocturnal hot flushes may be the cause of sleep disruption in many peri- and postmenopausal women, many of these women have an underlying primary sleep disorder, like restless leg syndrome or sleep apnea. […]

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Nonhormonal Management of Menopausal Vasomotor Symptoms: 2015 NAMS Position Statement

Since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) reported that the risks of menopausal hormone replacement therapy (HRT) outweighed its benefits, there has been a significant reduction in the use of HRT.  However, recent studies have suggested that many peri- and postmenopausal women experience significant symptoms for many years and that these symptoms have a marked impact […]

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In Brief: Menopausal Symptoms More Severe in Sedentary Women

According to a recent study article published online in Menopause, having a sedentary lifestyle significantly affects the severity of perimenopausal symptoms.  This study included more than 6000 women aged 40 to 59 years who received care at urban health clinics across 11 Latin American countries. Women who exercised fewer than three times per week reported more severe menopause symptoms than […]

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Anxiety Symptoms and Risk for Perimenopausal Depression

A growing body of research indicates that the menopausal transition is a period of increased vulnerability to depressive illness.  Some women have experienced episodes of major depressive disorder (MDD) earlier in life and experience recurrent illness during the menopausal transition.  Other women, however, experience first lifetime-onset of MDD during this transition.  The identification of  specific […]

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