Menopause

Premature menopause can worsen memory

Undergoing the menopause earlier in life can increase the risk of memory problems and slow down women’s reactions, a study published in BJOG has found. Menopause before the age of 40 was associated with poorer memory and worse hand-eye co-ordination in the study, which also warned that the...

Women with HIV suffer 'more severe hot flashes' in menopause

Women with HIV typically suffer more severe hot flashes than those without, according to new research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.

HRT 'could increase gallstone surgery risk'

Menopausal women who take oral oestrogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could be at a heightened risk of gallbladder surgery, a new study suggests.

FDA to discuss menopause drugs approval

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced preliminary results of two drugs that have been used to treat symptoms associated with the menopause.

BRCA mutations 'linked to early menopause'

An early onset of menopause could be linked BRCA mutations that are associated with breast and ovarian cancer, new research has found. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center assessed 382 women who carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and another 765 women who were...

Early surgical menopause 'can lead to cognitive decline'

Undergoing surgical menopause early in life could lead to women experiencing cognitive decline, a new study has revealed. Females sometimes have their ovaries removed before they begin the menopause naturally.

Herbal and complementary medicines 'good for postmenopausal women'

Herbal and complementary medicines could help to tackle postmenopausal symptoms, a new study has stated. Many women turn to hormone replacement therapy to reduce symptoms such as hot flushes. However, research published in the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist indicates that alternative treatments,...

Obesity can boost breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women

Being obese after the menopause could increase a woman's chances of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research, carried out at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre and published in Cancer Research, tracked where in the body excess calories were...

KNDy neurons 'may trigger hot flushes in menopausal women'

Hot flushes in menopausal women could be caused by KNDy neurons found in a part of the brain that controls vital bodily functions.

Early cancer 'can lead to premature menopause'

Women are more likely to experience a premature menopause if they have suffered from cancer in their youth. According to a study by the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, many females who had cancer as a child will see their fertility come to an end about seven years earlier...