A drug called flibanserin — affectionately called “women’s viagra” — that addresses low libido for women will be reviewed by the FDA on Thursday. More
There’s a condition called dyspareunia, that’s just a science-name for sexual intercourse that hurts (in a bad way, not a cool masochistic way). Dr. Lynne T. Schuster, a physician at Mayo Clinic’s Women’s Health Clinic in Rochester, Minn. told CBSnews.com … More
Are you past 40, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wondering why you’re still gaining weight? Many people might assume that they need more exercise or to avoid specific foods, but according to new research, it could actually be because of menopause. More
Phthalates, the common plasticizers and solvents used in everything from packaged foods to baby products, continue to be linked to health problems. Scientists think these toxic chemicals might be responsible for all sorts of conditions, including increased risk of diabetes and cancer. Now, new evidence shows that phthalates, especially those in cosmetics, are also linked to early menopause. More
A new study says that DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), an over-the-counter hormone supplement, can improve women’s sex lives, as well as reducing menopause symptoms. But what the study doesn’t explain is that, in addition to spurring a renewed interest in sex, it can also increase the risk of hormone-sensitive cancer like prostate, breast and ovarian cancers. And, while it’s also known to increase strength and energy, it’s actually banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), so even if researchers are excited by their findings for women, I’d say this is a far cry from a menopause cure-all. More
In true Rosanne Barr style, she wrote a really outspoken essay on the joys–and curses–of menopause. In here, Barr starts out talking about 53-year-old Madonna‘s recent episode of kissing her 24-year-old boyfriend in public and saying that one day the Material Girl will too dislike her body and everything that post menopause brings. Starting with a dying sex drive. More
If you were thinking of hitting the gym today, don’t be swayed by a new report that claims women who exercise a lot hit menopause earlier.
According to a recent Japanese study that tracked over 3,100 premenopausal women for 10 years, those who exercised the most–meaning, 8 to 10 hours a week, were 17% more likely to start menopause than their less-active peers. In addition, females who ate a diet rich in polyunsaturated fats, which is found in fish and vegetable oils, were 15% more likely to reach menopause.
Menopause is something we’re all headed towards, but most of us don’t know much about it until we’re in the middle of a hot flash and wondering what we’re supposed to do. While there’s no easy cure or way to sidestep the process, there are ways to get through it without resigning yourself to years of discomfort. Check out our top eight tips for getting through it, the sane way: More
If there’s one phrase I hate the most, I think it’s ‘biological clock’—and yet, we all know that declining fertility with age is a real thing, and something would-be mothers should consider. There are certainly options to help stretch a woman’s fertile years, to a degree. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of simple test to tell exactly how many ‘good eggs’ were still available in your ovaries? More
In Sex and the City 2, Samantha does her best to get through menopause without losing her sex appeal. “I am leading the way through the menopause maze with my vitamins, my melatonin sleep patches, my biodentical estrogen cream, progesterone cream, a touch of testosterone,” she tells her friends. “I’ve tricked my body into thinking it’s younger.” But the truth is, in most cases, menopause isn’t sexy: The most common side effects include mood swings, hot flashes, heart palpitations, night sweats, insomnia, aching joints, headaches, weight gain and skin changes. Not quite as hilarious as SATC made it out to be. More
With all the media attention given these days to the use-it-or-lose-it nature of female fertility, I’m half convinced my eggs must have all shriveled up back when I hit 25. Via the UK’s Telegraph, though, comes a reminder that many women remain fertile into their 40s and beyond. In Britain, 27,000 babies were born to women over 40 last year, double the number from two decades ago. The number of women over 40 getting abortions has also risen, up 30 percent since 2000. More
Why Doctors Need to Monitor Patient Pain Meds Better – More people die from accidental overdoses of prescription pain meds than cocaine and heroin combined, and a recent study shows that doctors aren’t ensuring proper patient use like they should. (Shots)
Tsunami Escape – Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster are depressing, but this story of an 83-year-old woman who escaped the Tsunami on her bike is awe-inspiring. (Vitamin G)