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Menopause and Your Sexual Health: When Dryness Equals Discomfort

Menopause and Your Sexual Health: When Dryness Equals Discomfort

Although they gladly said “good riddance” when it came to their tampons and pads, some postmenopausal women may not be so pleased to bid farewell to the natural lubrication they experienced in their younger years. What is the connection between menopause and vaginal dryness? During menopause, when estrogen levels start to drop, the vaginal walls become thinner, less elastic and less lubricated. This can result in a number of symptoms, including vaginal dryness and dyspareunia – or pain during sexual…

Managing Menopausal Symptoms

Managing Menopausal Symptoms

If you’re having hot flashes, problems sleeping and other menopausal symptoms, you may want to explore your options for relief. While hormone therapy remains the most common and most effective treatment for many menopausal symptoms, a few lifestyle changes can sometimes make a huge difference in how you feel. Specifically: Exercise. Whether your idea of exercise is a walk, a run or a Pilates class, there’s good evidence suggesting that it may reduce the number and severity of your hot…

The Pros and Cons of Hormone Therapy

The Pros and Cons of Hormone Therapy

The issue of hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms used to be a simple one. You had hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal changes—you took hormones. Worried about your bones and heart—you took hormones. All that changed, of course, in the summer of 2002 with the announcement of the results of part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the first-ever, long-term study of the effects of hormone therapy (HT) on postmenopausal women. One of the study’s main goals was to investigate…

Menopause and Your Changing Body

Menopause and Your Changing Body

In our culture, menopause is frequently seen as a negative milestone, a time of loss and is sometimes viewed as a disease or medical condition requiring a cure. With messages like this from the medical establishment and the media, it’s no wonder many healthy women in the midst of this transition develop negative feelings towards their bodies. What’s an average woman to expect regarding her body as she travels through her perimenopausal years (typically her mid- and late- 40s)? Should…

Menopause

Menopause

Overview   The change of life. The end of fertility. The beginning of freedom. Whatever people call it, menopause is a unique and personal experience for every woman. It’s a natural event that marks the end of fertility and childbearing years. Technically, menopause results when the ovaries no longer release eggs and decrease production of the sex hormones estrogen,progesterone and, to a lesser extent,androgen. Menopause is said to have occurred when a woman has not had a period for 12…