For decades, women were told that hormone replacement therapy (HRT), usually a combination of estrogen and progestin, was beneficial during and after menopause. In 2002, millions of women worldwide and approximately 38% of menopausal women in the U.S., about 19 million, were taking some type of hormone replacement therapy.
That is, until July of 2002 when some very disturbing news broke. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that they had prematurely stopped the Women's Health Initiative, a major clinical trial analyzing the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women.
OK, what about alternative HRT? At this point there are basically three, bio-identical hormones, plant based therapies and anti-depressants. Unfortunately, alternative therapies do not provide straightforward solutions either.
It's nearly impossible to make a decision about HRT on your own. In the long run going natural and aging healthy, like our ancestors, is probably the best way to go. However, if you are convinced that HRT is for you, then your best strategy is to sit down with your doctor or health care provider and review your personal situation. Together, you can make a decision that weighs the benefits of HRT and the potential risks.
Duel at the Mall
Road rage and class war escalate into a demolition derby at the local mall. Way too much testosterone!
The following information based on the latest available evidence can be used to provide guidance to prescribers of HRT and alternatives.
Menopause published monthly, provides a forum for new research, applied basic science, and clinical guidelines on all aspects of menopause. The scope and usefulness of the journal extend beyond gynecology, encompassing many varied biomedical areas, including internal medicine, family practice, medical subspecialties such as cardiology and geriatrics, epidemiology, pathology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and pharmacology.
Menopause 'Freshman 20' All Over Again
While putting periods, cramps and PMS behind you may be a bonus, new challenges take their place. Beyond the hot flashes, insomnia, and irritability, you have another issue to consider — a thickening middle.
Menopause - No Flashy Answers
It's nearly impossible to make a decision about Hormone Replacement on your own. The data continues to conflict and so much of the decision is based on individual circumstances.
Are you going through some changes? Chances are you don't want to talk about them. You're not alone.
Learn more about your personal journey with menopause.
The Menopause Map™ will help you:
•Understand the stages of menopause
•Symptoms of menopause
•Treatment options for menopause
You don't have to suffer in silence any longer…
Let's Talk About It!
Menopausematters.co.uk is an award winning, independent website providing up-to-date, accurate information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options. Here you will find information on what happens leading up to, during and after the menopause, what the consequences can be, what you can do to help and what treatments are available.
Helping women through the menopause with free information, supportive chat areas & interesting articles.
An informative and supportive menopause
community for women going through the transition of perimenopause to
WELCOME! This site is dedicated to providing reliable information for those who want to be informed about their bodies and the hormonal system that affects us all. Men and women, children and teens are affected by hormones. Hormones are amazing components of our bodies and when in the right balance help our physical and mental health function properly. Hormones are important and necessary for growth and health.
Red Hot Mamas
Red Hot Mamas® is the leading provider of menopause education/ support programs in the US and in Canada.
Do you experience vaginal dryness, itching, irritation, or painful intercourse? Do these symptoms impact your desire and ability for sexual activity – so much that you feel uncomfortable, inhibited, and not quite yourself? Then the Rejoice Trial may be right for you! This national medical research study is evaluating an investigational medication to see if it can help reduce the severity of these symptoms, which are often experienced by postmenopausal women.
The Hormone Diva
"Woman give so much of themselves to their family, friends and society -- but who is there to help them through their trials. Certainly, not the majority of the medical community. Again, a thousand thanks for taking the time and making the effort to educate all of us about this important and life changing issue. Sincere regards."--Sue B.
A New Look at the Older Vagina
At a time when men's concerns around their aging penises get constant print and media attention, women are woefully ignorant about the changes that are taking place with their genitals.
The first use of the term “menopause” is said to have been in 17th Century France. However, it is only relatively recently that there has been general awareness of menopause as a concept — 100 years ago, life expectancy was much shorter and few women lived long enough to experience it. Those who did were most likely the wealthy elite who would never dream of speaking about such matters anyway.
Australasian Menopause Society
The aim of the Australasian Menopause Society is advancement of knowledge about the menopause. The importance of the menopause can best be comprehended when it is realised that there are over 2 million post-menopausal women in Australia, and that every year about 80,000 new women join this group.
British Menopausal Society
The BMS is a registered charity and scientific society which is directed at the medical profession with membership open to healthcare professionals and others specialising in post reproductive health. It is dedicated to advancing education in all matters relating to the menopause.
Worldwide, menopause has as a variety of meanings. Each and every woman's experience is based on her physical and emotional well being as well as her social and cultural environments.
EarlyMenopause.com is the leading support network for women experiencing early menopause and premature ovarian failure (POF/POI). We pride ourselves on our accessibility for women, whatever their situation, and work to accommodate all women including those experiencing menopause at a 'normal' age.
Hormones in Harmony
Welcome to Hormones in Harmony where I shall share pearls of wisdom gathered over two decades of consulting with the hormonally challenged. As a holistic nurse practitioner specializing in neuro-immune-endocrinology, I have merged my western education with eastern philosophies, but the key to being a successful healer is to embody physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
How To Lose Weight In Menopause And Keep It Off
The most common concerns expressed by my menopausal and postmenopausal patients are how easy it is to gain weight and how hard it is to lose weight. It's a real challenge, so much so that many women believe menopause causes a shift in the body that makes it impossible to lose weight. But is this really the case?
International Menopause Society
The aim of the IMS is to promote knowledge, study and research on all aspects of aging in men and women; to organize, prepare, hold and participate in international meetings and congresses on menopause and climacteric; and to encourage the interchange of research plans and experience between individual members.
Kronos Longevity Research Institute
Does initiating MHT in women at the menopausal transition provide significant protection against the major cause of heart attacks, atherosclerosis? Get the facts now.
The menopause is not an illness. If you subscribe to the standpoint currently held by the conventional medical profession, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was. Women in many other cultures do not experience the menopause as a crisis demanding medical intervention. Many of them simply do not suffer the physical and emotional symptoms that women in the West are programmed to accept as inevitable. In our society the focus of the menopause is one of loss.
Menopause A to Z
From perimenopause to post menopause, the change of life doesn't have to be traumatic. Here you'll find health information and community to help you make it into the next exciting phase of your life!
You've found a friend in Menopause Insight, a website that offers a friendly guide through your journey. Menopause is characterized in stages, early menopause, perimenopause and post menopause.
Menopause International is the official journal of the British Menopause Society (BMS). Menopause International has a broad scope, tackling all the issues in this field, including the current controversies surrounding postmenopausal health and an ageing and expanding female population.
Mind Over Menopause
Mind over Menopause is dedicated to everything connected with menopause. The straight facts, strictly woman to woman.
My name is Susanna Duffy and I am of a Certain Age. You have to love that description, the only other option is to hate it, and life is far too short for that. Especially when you''re a certain age.
My Menopause Blog
I started this blog in July 2005 shortly following my first blind date with peri-menopause. Now my peri-cycle damp days and sleepless nights are behind me. I've officially arrived on Planet Menopause.
Apparently I don't get off that easy though. In the summer of 2007 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
North American Menopause Society
NAMS recognized a need to set essential standards for health providers, thereby assuring high quality care for women at menopause and beyond. To meet this need, NAMS developed a competency examination. All licensed healthcare providers are eligible to sit for this examination.
A website by women, for women... offering objective and comprehensive health information,
especially related to menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause.
Study Suggests Weight-Loss Becomes More Difficult After Menopause
A new study suggests that losing weight is substantially more difficult for women post-menopause.
According to research by the University of Pittsburgh, maintaining weight loss is harder for ladies in this age group, due to natural declines in energy expenditure.
The Daisy Network
If you have recently been diagnosed with premature menopause, or suspect that you may be going through it, or know someone who may be, then the Daisy Network is here to help you.
Vaginal discomfort affects as many as 75% of menopausal women. The walls of the vagina actually change when estrogen levels drop, and the result may be pain,
burning, and itching. But there's no need to give up
on intimacy or suffer in silence.
Women to Women
Suggestions and information on the natural treatment for menopause and perimenopause.