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  • Dec 2019

    What to know about testosterone injections

    Testosterone injections are a hormone treatment for low testosterone in males and postmenopausal symptoms in females. Doctors also use them in masculinization therapy for transgender men and nonbinary people. Learn more here.

  • Nov 2019

    Short sleep may harm bone health in older women

    A study of 11,000 postmenopausal women has linked sleeping for no more than 5 hours per night to a higher risk of having low bone mass and osteoporosis.

  • Nov 2019

    2 lifestyle changes may reduce risk of hot flashes

    A new meta-analysis of existing studies finds that quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight may lessen the impact of hot flashes and night sweats.

  • Nov 2019

    Which jobs affect women's heart health the most?

    A new study suggests that some occupations may increase women's risk of cardiovascular problems. Chief among these seems to be jobs in the care sector.

  • Nov 2019

    How does the Mirena coil affect menopause?

    The Mirena coil is a hormonal intrauterine device, or IUD, that many women use to prevent pregnancy. However, it can affect some symptoms of perimenopause. Find out more.

  • Oct 2019

    Menopause: Could Chinese herbal remedies reduce hot flashes?

    A recent paper asks whether Chinese herbal medicine might reduce hot flashes relating to menopause. Although there is hope, we need much more data.

  • Oct 2019

    Estrogen exposure may stave off cognitive decline in women

    New research suggests that estrogen exposure and hormone replacement therapy can help maintain cognitive health in postmenopausal women.

  • Oct 2019

    Statins: Link to osteoporosis depends on dosage

    An analysis of health data on 7.9 million people reveals lower rates of osteoporosis among low dose statin users and higher rates among high dose users.

  • Sep 2019

    Menopause symptom may trigger brain fog in breast cancer survivors

    New research suggests that menopause-related night sweats could contribute to brain fog in women who have experienced breast cancer.

  • Sep 2019

    The importance of 'sport-related hobbies' for middle aged women

    Research in postmenopausal women finds that leisure time physical activity improves blood lipid profile, which is an indicator of cardiovascular health.

  • Jul 2019

    Why do women have less sex as they age?

    Many women have less sex as they age, and the sex they do have gives them less pleasure. New research says this is not all down to health-related factors.

  • Jul 2019

    Cardiovascular risk linked not to weight, but to body fat storage

    Research in a large cohort of women over the age of 50 suggests that body shape, resulting from fat distribution, is associated with cardiovascular risk.

  • Jun 2019

    Estrogen, vitamin D may protect metabolic health after menopause

    A study of postmenopausal women in China has found that those at highest risk for metabolic syndrome were those with low levels of estrogen and vitamin D.

  • Jun 2019

    CBT may be effective in managing menopause symptoms

    New research suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy may be useful for managing several symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and depression.

  • Jun 2019

    Best ways to lose weight during menopause

    Leading up to and during menopause, people often notice weight gain. For those who wish to lose this weight, it can be more difficult than usual. Here, we look at the link between menopause and weight and describe ways to lose weight during menopause.

  • Jun 2019

    Menopause and heart health: Why timing hormone therapy is key

    Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada are the first to study how perimenopause affects heart health in female mice.

  • Apr 2019

    What to know about female sex hormones

    Summary description Female sex hormones, or sex steroids, play crucial roles in sexual development, sexual desire, and reproduction. They also influence body weight and hair, bone, and muscle growth. Learn more about the types and roles of these hormones here.

  • Apr 2019

    Is it safe to use coconut oil for vaginal dryness?

    Some people prefer a more natural approach to relieving vaginal dryness. Pure coconut oil is free from additives, and studies suggest that it is generally safe to use on the skin. Learn more here.

  • Feb 2019

    Acupuncture may reduce menopause symptoms

    A recent study investigated whether acupuncture might be a useful, nonpharmaceutical way to minimize some of the symptoms that occur during menopause.

  • Jan 2019

    Menopause: Mindfulness may reduce symptoms

    A new study concludes that mindfulness might help menopausal women who struggle with symptoms that can include irritability, depression, and anxiety.

  • Jan 2019

    What are the benefits of royal jelly?

    Royal jelly is a substance that bees produce to feed queen bee larvae. Potential benefits include wound healing and relieving the symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome. Learn more about the possible health benefits of royal jelly here.

  • Nov 2018

    Benefits of passionflower for anxiety and insomnia

    People have used passionflower for medicinal purposes for centuries. In this article, learn how it may help reduce anxiety and improve sleep. We also cover the possible risks.

  • 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 are the health benefits of cranberry juice?

    Many people consume cranberry juice for its health benefits. These include benefits for a person’s heart health, preventing infections, and better post-menopausal health. Side effects include potential interactions with medications and acid reflux. Learn more about the benefits and side effects of cranberry juice 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.