Menopause

Hot flushes in menopause may have genetic link

Scientists have found that genetics may play a part in the hot flushes some women experience during menopause. Researchers, led by a team from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), US, have found more than a dozen common genetic variants that appear to have strong links to menopausal hot...

Research confirms role of menopause in memory lapses

New research has confirmed that menopause is linked to memory lapses in women. However, according to the research by Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), US, reproductive stage, not just chronological age, can contribute to changes in memory and brain function. Studying women aged 45 to 55 -...

Acupuncture could reduce hot flushes in half of menopausal women

Acupuncture could reduce the frequency of hot flushes experienced by women going through menopause, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, US, the study found that eight weeks of acupuncture reduced the amount of hot flushes by...

Hot flushes at night linked to depression

A new study has revealed that menopausal women who experience hot flushes at night are more at risk of depression. The study’s first author Dr Hadine Joffe, of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, said: "When women...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who enter menopause early could be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center (MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, looked at the effect of a woman’s age at the onset of menopause as well as its duration on certain...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who experience the menopause early are at greater risk of heart disease, according to new research. Scientists at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, have revealed that on average women who experienced the menopause before the age of 45 were 50 per cent more likely to...

Heart disease risk factors increase before menopause, research shows

New research has shown that the risk factors associated with heart disease rise quicker than expected just before the menopause. The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also revealed that the risks are even more prominent in black women. Doctors had previously...

Scientists claim to have reversed the menopause

Scientists in Greece claimed to have reversed menopause in older women, helping to encourage ageing ovaries to once again start producing fertile eggs. It comes on the back of work by pioneering expert Konstantinos Sfakianoudis, a gynaecologist at a fertility clinic named Genesis Athens. The...

Heavy smoking linked to earlier menopause

Women who are heavy or habitual smokers are more likely to experience the menopause earlier, a new study has suggested. Writing in the journal Tobacco Control, a team of researchers looked at data from 79,000 women and found that those who smoked from the age of 15 started the menopause an average...

Employers should show 'more understanding' to menopause symptoms

Employers need to do more to help female workers going through menopausal symptoms. Calls to offer help to women going through hot flushes have been met with some criticism from experts, with England's chief medical officer Sally Davies claiming that offering more flexible working to menopausal...