Are you a woman suffering from hot flashes as you go through the menopause transition? It turns out you’re not alone. About 33 percent of women who are going through this transition experience more than 10 hot flashes daily. Additionally, these hot flashes are more commonly seen in women who are obese. Researchers believe that fat serves as an insulator which interferes with heat dissipation, thus causing women who are overweight to have more of these “power surges.”
So if fat serves as an insulator, would it make a difference if women lose weight? That’s what a new study out of the University of Pittsburgh explored. The study involved 40 overweight or obese women who had hot flashes. These women were randomly assigned to either a behavioral weight loss intervention or a wait-list control. The researchers evaluated the women’s hot flashes before and after the intervention through monitoring the women’s physical responses as well as asking the ...
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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