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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 ...
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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