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...
Has menopause has got you down? The emotional swings, the
crazy menstrual periods, the feeling that your mind is a blackboard that's just
been wiped clean. The long nights, restlessly tossing and turning in bed. And,
oh yeah - how about those hot flashes?
Hot Flashes - The Killer Menopause Symptom (that Won't Kill You)
Hot flashes are one of the truly irritating side effects of
menopause. They're not going to kill you (though they may make you want to kill
whoever invented turtleneck sweaters). Ultimately, they're not dangerous,
unlike your gradually deteriorating bone density. No, hot flashes are just
annoying. REALLY annoying. Like, if there had been an Eighth Plague of Egypt,
hot flashes would have been it.
Wondering What a Hot Flash Feels Like?
What, you've never experienced a hot flash? Come on - that's
one of the very first things most of us get to complain about during
peri-menopause. If you're one of the lucky women who's sailing through
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 ...
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