menopause

  1. Plant estrogens ease menopause symptoms

    Tame your hot flashes with this wild plant

    Ladies, if you're going through "the change," every day might feel like a heatwave... even when it's cool out.

    As your body's estrogen levels are falling, the mercury is rising on the surface of your skin -- and each "hot flash" makes you break out into a sweat, lose sleep, and feel more than just a little irritable.

    But according to a new study, you can dial down the symptoms of menopause naturally with a wildflower known as red clover.

    In the new study, Danish researchers randomly divided 60 menopausal women who suffered from at least five severe hot flashes daily into two groups. Every day for three months, half drank five ounces of fermented red clover extract, while the other half drank a placebo.

    By the end of the study, the red clover group had significantly FEWER hot flashes, compared to the controls -- and the ones they did have weren't as severe.

    The theory is that red clover works on these menopausal symptoms because it contains isoflavones -- a.k.a. "phytoestrogens," which are plant-based chemicals that have effects similar to estrogen in your body.

    Sadly, hot flashes may not even be the least of your woes while you're going through "the change." Your bones may become thinner... and your cholesterol might go through the roof.

    But previous studies have shown that red clover can address those menopausal complications, too -- not only by slowing bone loss and increasing HDL ("good") cholesterol, but aso by making arteries stronger and more flexible!

    And in this latest study, before-and-after scans of the women's spines and hips showed less bone loss in the red clover group, compared to the placebo control group.

    So, if you can't stand the heat for one more day... or soaked sheets for one more night... give red clover a try.

    The study used a Danish fermented red clover product -- which is more digestible, more easily absorbed into the bloodstream, and therefore more potent -- but if you can't fly out to Denmark anytime soon, no need to worry.

    You can easily find red clover supplements in capsule or liquid extract form at your local health food store or online.

    I also recommend a number of other phytoestrogenic supplements like flax, alfalfa, and black cohosh. You can usually find them together in one well-balanced menopause support formula.

    And while you can also find isoflavones in soy, I typically recommend eating more soy-based foods (like tofu or edamame) rather than taking soy supplements.

    Talk to a doc who's well-versed in integrative medicine about the right dosage for you.

  2. Beware the 'female Viagra'

    New push for female sex med

    Watch out, ladies! Big Pharma is trying to get into your pants -- and like a lowlife sexual predator, they're not going to give up until they get in.

    The newest attempt at a "female Viagra" is a phony-baloney chemical estrogen aimed at women suffering from weak and dried-out ladyparts after menopause. It's a condition called dyspareunia, and it makes sex painful -- sometimes (but not always) so painful women avoid sex.

    The drug, Osphena, is supposed to make you stronger and wetter "down there" so sex becomes enjoyable again.

    And if it really and truly worked -- and worked without risks -- I'd be the first to say, "just do it."

    But in one major clinical trial in which dyspareunia symptoms were measured on a three-point scale, women on the drug had a 1.55-point improvement -- which sounds terrific, until you see that women on a placebo had a 1.29-point improvement.

    Maybe that's an improvement on paper -- but it's not one you'd notice in the bedroom, which is why one review finds the drug helps just 14 percent of the women who take it.

    That's it -- and with that minor benefit comes major risks such as thrombotic and hemorrhagic stroke, deep vein thrombosis, endometrial cancer and more. The backers of the drug say these conditions are rare, but some of the other side effects aren't rare at all: The drug will triple your risk of hot flashes and could even cause you to ooze down there.

    Yes... ooze.

    If that's your idea of sexy, then maybe you can give the drug a try.

    If you'd like to get back to enjoying sex without the ooze, on the other hand, there's a much safer, easier and cheaper solution you'll find in just about any drug store, big box chain store or grocery store in the nation.

    It's plain old lubricant.

    If you're too embarrassed to buy it yourself, send your husband. Trust me, he'll be happy to do it if it means more sex.

  3. Women need testosterone

    Testosterone might be the "manly" hormone, but new research confirms that older women can benefit from supplements as well.
  4. The dangerous way to ease hot flashes

    Soy isn't a food -- it's a dangerous unregulated drug, and most people are getting dosed with it at every meal.
  5. Beat menopause AND boost your sex life

    Take this "recent discovery" for example: A key adrenal hormone can help beat menopause and boost sexual wellbeing and satisfaction in women. That's great news...but it's certainly not new. I told you all about this hormone way back in July 2002 and again in February 2009.
  6. The wildly successful drugs that don't work

    New numbers from the CDC show the market for antidepressants has exploded beyond even the wildest drug industry fantasies -- up 400 percent since 1988, with the biggest growth among those who might end up using them the longest. Teens.
  7. Household items linked to early menopause

    Today, more women than ever are suffering from early menopause -- and a new study finds common household chemicals may be the reason.
  8. Study finds unusual suspect in lung cancer risk

    Researchers were stunned to find that that women who had undergone hysterectomies, or had otherwise had menopause medically induced were almost twice as likely to develop lung cancer as women who had gone through "the changes" naturally.
  9. How HRT affects you gallbladder

    A new study has revealed yet another potentially devastating health issue that can develop in postmenopausal women who are on HRT regimens: gallbladder disease.

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