Treatment Options That Help Menopause Symptoms

Women bothered by hot flashes or other effects of menopause have a number of treatment options — hormonal or not, according to updated guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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Neck Injection Might Ease Tough-to-Bear Hot Flashes

A shot in the neck may curb extreme hot flashes associated with menopause, a small new study suggests. Injecting a local anesthetic into an area of the neck that communicates with the brain’s temperature regulation zone was associated with a 50 percent reduction in hot flashes among women with moderate to severe symptoms, the researchers reported.

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Yoga Won’t Cure Your Hot Flashes, but It May Help Insomnia

Practicing yoga may not ease menopausal hot flashes, but it might help women sleep a bit easier, a new clinical trial suggests. Right now, hormone therapy is the most effective treatment for the hot flashes and night sweats many women develop as they go through menopause.

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‘Male Menopause’ About More Than Just Testosterone

Symptoms of so-called “andropause” — the male equivalent of menopause — may be triggered not only by declines in testosterone, but in the “female” hormone estrogen as well, a new study suggests.

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HRT in Early 50s Has No Impact on Women’s Memory, Thinking

Women aged 50 to 55 who take hormone therapy to relieve the symptoms of menopause can expect no benefit or risk to their memory or other thinking skills due to the treatment, according to new research.

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More Daytime Activity–Even Housework–May Help Ease Menopause Symptoms

For menopausal women who can’t make it to the gym, higher levels of routine physical activity during the day may help relieve sleep problems caused by hot flashes or night sweats, a small new study suggests.

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Breast Cancer Gene May Be Tied to Early Menopause

Women with the BRCA gene, who are already at greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer, may also be at increased risk for early menopause, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found a harmful mutation in the BRCA gene may give women fewer childbearing years and may also increase their risk of infertility.

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Menopause Can Bring Lapses in Memory, Thinking, Study Finds

Women going through menopause sometimes feel they are off their mental game, forgetting phone numbers and passwords, or struggling to find a particular word. It can be frustrating, disconcerting and worrisome, but a small new study helps to explain the struggle.

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What Causes Hot Flashes? Rat Study Gives New Clues

Scientists are getting warmer in their attempts to zero in on what causes hot flashes, intense surges of heat and sweating that affect millions of middle-aged women in the years leading to menopause. Studying rats, researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in Tucson, have pinpointed a small region of the brain that may go awry during typical hot flashes, finding that a certain set of neurons acts as a virtual control switch for the problem when estrogen levels drop.

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Mother’s Menopause May Influence Her Daughter’s Fertility

A mother’s age at menopause may predict her daughter’s fertility in terms of eggs remaining in her ovaries, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers divided more than 500 Danish women, aged 20 to 40, into three groups: those whose mothers had an early menopause (younger than 45); normal menopause (46 to 54 years); or late menopause (older than 55).

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