Most women going through menopause experience at least some degree of hot flashes. These usually begin with a sudden felling of heat starting in the torso up to the face sometimes causing a great deal of discomfort. Hot flashes are the result of a decrease in estrogen but stress and anxiety may contribute to the number and severity of hot flashes a woman experiences during perimenopause and menopause according to a study completed at the University of Pennsylvania. The results of the study were published in the May/June, 2005 edition of Menopause. The researchers studied over 400 women between the ages of 37 and 47 over a six year period of time. The women were evaluated for anxiety at the beginning of the study and again at the end. The scientists found a direct correlation between the level of anxiety and the frequency and intensity of hot flashes:
Women with high levels of anxiety reported 5 times as many hot flashes as those with less anxiety.
Women with moderate anxiety reported...
Some interesting incontinence news this week...
The Effect of Menopause on the Pelvic Floor and Bladder Function
I myself have written about the possible effects of menopause on the pelvic floor , but a recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology contradicts that widely-held belief. Apparently the research showed, if anything, a mild decrease in incontinence during menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy and Incontinence
The article I read about the report didn't list many specifics, so I'm not sure if or how the study took factors such as hormone replacement therapy into consideration.
By the way, separate studies on the effects of hormone replacement therapy have shown that statistically it neither increases nor decreases incontinence - although individuals sometimes report noticing a change one way or the other.
My research into this topic lead me to find a new section entirely about urinary incontinence posted on 3/31 ...
Does black cohosh work? Most women who are
approaching menopause or who are in it have heard friends talk about black
cohosh, an herbal treatment that many women swear helps alleviate hot flashes.
But just like most herbal
treatments and many FDA-approved drugs, it is controversial. A small but
influential study on black cohosh and its effect on menopause symptoms was presented at a scientific conference in 2002. The clinical trial showed
that black cohosh was effective in controlling menopausal symptoms. In a double-blind study** comparing the phytoestrogen black cohosh to
placebo and to conjugated equine estrogen (such as Premarin), it had favorable
estrogenic effects on bone and lipids but no effect on the uterus.
"Extracts of the rhizome of black
cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) are traditionally used to treat climacteric
complaints," wrote Wolfgang Wuttke and colleagues from the University of Goettingen
I assume that's science-speak for hot flashes. The auth...
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