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  • Aug 2018

    What can cause cramps after menopause?

    Although a person's monthly periods stop after they have been through menopause, they may still sometimes experience abdominal cramping. These cramps are usually nothing serious, but can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or cancer. Learn more here.

  • Aug 2018

    What happens when a woman has low testosterone?

    People tend to associate testosterone with males, but everyone requires some of this sex hormone. Testosterone levels change over time, and lower levels can lead to symptoms such as fatigue and a diminished sex drive. We look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments of reduced testosterone levels in women.

  • Jul 2018

    Can menopause cause itching? Tips for relief

    Many people experience itchiness during menopause. Estrogen plays a vital role in skin health, and changes in the levels of this hormone can lead to dry, itchy skin on the face, body, or specific areas, such as the genitals. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for itchiness during menopause here.

  • Jul 2018

    How does perimenopause affect periods?

    Perimenopause causes many hormonal changes in the body. This affects the frequency, regularity, and symptoms of periods and monthly cycles. People usually begin to skip periods and have longer or shorter cycles. In this article, we look at what to expect during perimenopause and how to manage periods during this time.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes clammy skin?

    Clammy skin is a widespread occurrence, particularly in people who sweat a lot. Clammy skin may occur periodically if a person is too warm, but someone with frequently clammy skin may have an underlying medical condition. In this article, learn about the causes of clammy skin, as well as the treatment options.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the health benefits of wild yam?

    Traditional medicine practitioners use wild yam to treat a variety of conditions, including menopause symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and muscular cramps. In this article, we examine the evidence supporting these medicinal uses as well as how to take wild yam and its safety and side effects.

  • Jul 2018

    Coping with menopausal hot flashes and night sweats

    Most people experience hot flashes and night sweats to some extent during menopause. They are a regular part of the process. Here, we look at what causes hot flashes and how they are related to night sweats. We discuss the many home remedies, alternative therapies, lifestyle choices, and medications that may help.

  • Jun 2018

    How do birth control pills affect menopause?

    The use of birth control pills, or hormonal contraceptives, can mask some of the symptoms of menopause. This can make it difficult for a person to know if they are going through menopause. In this article, we answer some common questions about how birth control pills can affect the symptoms of menopause.

  • Jun 2018

    What to know about menopause and sore breasts

    Sore breasts are common during menstruation, but breast pain and discomfort can also occur during perimenopause and menopause. In this article, learn why breast pain can happen at this stage of life. We cover the home remedies that people can use to relieve pain, as well as when to see a doctor for breast symptoms.

  • Jun 2018

    Does CBD oil work for menopause symptoms?

    There are different treatments available for menopause symptoms. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming a more popular alternative treatment, however, there is some dispute over how effective it is. Also, its legal status means that it is not available everywhere. Learn more about the potential use of CBD for menopause here.

  • Jun 2018

    What are the health benefits of shatavari?

    Shatavari, also called Asparagus racemosus, is a root used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to boost female reproductive health, but what does the research say? Learn more about the uses, benefits, and side effects of shatavari here.

  • Jun 2018

    Why does perimenopause cause ovary pain?

    Perimenopause is the time when the body is preparing for menopause, and it can last several years. During this time, hormones levels fluctuate. This can cause irregular menstruation that may be more painful than usual. Read on to learn what causes perimenopause ovary pain, in particular, and how to treat the symptoms.

  • May 2018

    Can you treat low progesterone levels naturally?

    Boosting progesterone levels can help improve fertility or reduce menopause symptoms in some people. Doctors can prescribe products that contain progesterone, but can any natural products raise levels? In this article, we look at how people can raise their progesterone levels, and whether natural remedies can help.

  • May 2018

    Can estrogen levels affect weight gain?

    Changing estrogen levels may appear to be linked with weight gain, particularly around menopause. In this article, we examine what the relationship between estrogen and body weight is, and how it can affect weight gain. Also learn about the role of estrogen, when levels may decrease, and how to manage weight gain.

  • May 2018

    What causes bleeding between periods?

    Vaginal bleeding between periods is a common experience with many possible causes. When this occurs, a person may notice light brown spotting in their underwear after their period has ended. Hormonal changes and contraceptives are common causes, though bleeding between periods can also be a sign of certain cancers.

  • May 2018

    These foods may delay your menopause

    A new study led by British-based researchers finds a link between certain foods that women eat and the age at which they experience menopause.

  • Apr 2018

    Diaphoresis: What causes excessive sweating?

    Diaphoresis refers to excessive sweating with no clear cause. In this article, we look at the possible reasons for diaphoresis, including hyperthyroidism, diabetes, menopause, allergic reactions, and medication side effects. We also look at treatment options, how to prevent excessive sweating, and when to see a doctor.

  • Apr 2018

    What are the possible causes of vaginal dryness?

    Vaginal dryness is a common symptom for women transitioning to menopause. It is caused by a drop in levels of the hormone estrogen. Treatment options include medications to boost estrogen levels and home remedies that can also improve symptoms. We examine the causes of vaginal dryness and treatment options here.

  • Apr 2018

    Does menopause cause rashes?

    Menopause causes a variety of familiar symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness — but can it cause a rash? In this article, we look at the link between menopause, estrogen, and skin health. We also discuss how women can help prevent skin changes, such as dryness and age spots, during menopause.

  • Apr 2018

    Late menopause may protect women's memory

    New research suggests that age at menopause onset impacts memory. While small, the cognitive benefit may mean a lower risk of dementia years later.

  • Apr 2018

    What to know about hormonal imbalances

    While it is natural to experience hormonal imbalances at certain times in life, such as puberty, menopause, and pregnancy, some hormonal changes are related to underlying medical conditions. This article looks at the causes and symptoms of hormonal imbalances in men and women, as well as treatment and home remedies.

  • Apr 2018

    Is it normal to have brown spotting after menopause?

    Many women wonder whether dark brown spotting is a normal occurrence after menopause. In this article, we look at the possible causes of postmenopausal bleeding, including vaginal atrophy, HRT, infections, and polyps. We also look at whether spotting is a sign of cancer and when someone should see a doctor.

  • Mar 2018

    New drug could reduce hot flashes 'by 72 percent'

    Fresh analysis of trial data finds that a new class of drug rapidly reduces severity and frequency of hot flashes and other symptoms in menopausal women.

  • Mar 2018

    Anxiety: Does waist size have anything to do with it?

    Anxiety is a common occurrence in women, especially after menopause, and it has been tied to physiological changes. But could waist size be a risk factor?

  • Mar 2018

    What causes burning in the vagina?

    Learn about nine different causes of a burning sensation in the vagina, as well as treatment options and what happens if they are left untreated.