Menopause

Oestrogen fluctuations in menopausal women could cause depression

Women going through the menopause could be more susceptible to depression due to oestrogen fluctuations, a new study has suggested. Research conducted by a team at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also found the menopause was likely to make women more...

HRT 'a safe treatment for menopause'

The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat the symptoms of the menopause is completely safe, a new study has suggested. The decade-long research by New York University, presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Baltimore, found the risks associated with side-effects...

Menopause-related antidepressants ‘may increase risk of bone fracture’

Women who take menopause-related antidepressants may be at a greater risk of experiencing a bone fracture, according to new research. The paper, published in the journal Injury Prevention, found that the impact the medication has on women can last for a few years after it was taken. Known as SSRIs...

How culture influences menopause

Cultural differences can shape a woman’s experience of menopause, new research published in the journal Menopause has found. While most women will experience similar symptoms, such as hot flashes, weight gain and vaginal dryness, the severity can differ between different nationalities,...

Early menopause linked to lower risk of AFib

Women affected by the menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation, a new study has suggested. The condition, a common heart rhythm disturbance, is not immediately life-threatening but can increase long-term chances of strokes or heart...

UK teachers’ union publishes menopause guide

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) in the UK has published a new guide aimed at teachers who are going through the menopause. It noted that with the profession being represented by a large number of women - a “female-dominated profession” - it is imperative that menopause is a key...

Angelina Jolie Pitt reveals she is now in early menopause

Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed that she has entered early menopause at the age of 39 after having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Writing in the opinion pages of the New York Times in the US, the actress said that she had been thinking about doing this for a long time. She made the...

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, in the US. Led by Ellen W. Freeman, research professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Perelman School of Medicine, the team noted that sleeping patterns did not...

Menopause could last 'up to 14 years'

The effects of menopause could be felt for up to 14 years, new research has found. A team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, in the US, warned that women could be experiencing hot flushes and other distressing symptoms for around seven years on average. Led by Nancy Avis, a...

Weight gain a menopause issue women have ‘to confront’

Menopausal weight gain is an issue that some women will have to confront, says an expert. Writing for Fox News, Dr Jennifer Landa said that on entering menopause, many women will suddenly notice that they are unable to stay slim. While it is certainly a nuisance, the expert continued, it can have...