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“I’m in menopause!” Halle Berry shouts to end stigma

“I’m in menopause!” Halle Berry shouts to end stigma

[ad_1] Actress Halle Berry, 57, took to Capitol Hill last week to lobby for bipartisan legislation aimed at increasing clinical research into — and de-stigmatizing — menopause. Sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.), the bill would allot a total of $275 million in federal funds for menopause-related initiatives. $125 million would be set aside for clinical trials, and public health research into hormone therapy treatments used to manage symptoms like hot flashes. The other $150 million would be spent improving menopause detection and diagnosis among doctors, and educating the public on the long-stigmatized topic in women’s health.  “I’m here doing this work because it has to be de-stigmatized. The shame has to be taken out of menopause. We have to talk about this very normal part of our life that happens. Our doctors can’t even say the word to us, let alone walk us through the journey of what our menopausal years look like,” Berry said. “I’m here as a citizen of the United States, as a woman who is demanding that our …

I’m a 48-year-old female GP – here’s what I tell my friends about menopause

I’m a 48-year-old female GP – here’s what I tell my friends about menopause

[ad_1] As a female GP of a certain age, I am surrounded by perimenopausal women in both my social and professional life. I’m the only medic in my group of friends, so I am the default person to ask for advice on topics ranging from eczema treatment to undiagnosed ADHD to signs of a brain tumour, and the number of conversations I’ve had on evenings out regarding menopausal symptoms and the benefits, risks, and availability of HRT probably equals the number of GP consultations I’ve spent discussing the same topics. You’d think that this level of continuous dialogue would make me an expert on the subject, a woman and doctor capable of answering all queries and providing guidance on how to cope with this challenging time of life, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned during the past couple of years it’s that there is no such thing as a ‘standard menopause’ and no such thing as the right advice for all perimenopausal women. © GettyNancy finds herself advising her friends on menopause frequently Our experience …

What Is Hormone Therapy for Menopause? New Study Revisits Effectiveness

What Is Hormone Therapy for Menopause? New Study Revisits Effectiveness

[ad_1] Women under 60 who’ve recently transitioned into menopause should continue being offered hormone therapy to relieve some of their symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats, according to findings from a major study published this month in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.  When used in menopause — a term that means someone has gone a full year without having a menstrual period — hormone therapy involves taking estrogen, often in combination with progestin, to help make up for what’s lost when menstruation stops and the ovaries are no longer producing hormones. In the US, the average age of menopause is 51.  Though the study doesn’t support the use of hormone therapy for reducing the risk of heart disease or other chronic diseases, as has been suggested in some earlier studies, the findings are significant for a couple of reasons. They included information from the Women’s Health Initiative, the largest clinical study of women in the US, which enrolled thousands of women of menopausal age and has followed them for years, studying different aspects …

Halle Berry turns heads as she screams ‘I’m in menopause!’ on steps of US Capitol

Halle Berry turns heads as she screams ‘I’m in menopause!’ on steps of US Capitol

[ad_1] Halle Berry brought a sparkle of Hollywood to the U.S. Capitol this Thursday, standing alongside a group of bipartisan senators to champion a cause close to her heart: advancing research and education about menopause.  The distinguished actress, at 57, openly shared her personal experiences with the natural biological process, emphasizing the need to destigmatize this significant phase in a woman’s life. “I’m in menopause, OK?” Halle declared boldly. “The shame has to be taken out of menopause. We have to talk about this very normal part of our life that happens. Our doctors can’t even say the word to us, let alone walk us through the journey.” The legislation in question, known as the Advancing Menopause Care and Mid-Life Women’s Health Act, seeks substantial federal investment—$275 million, to be precise—in menopause-related initiatives.  © Tom WilliamsHalle Berry speaks during news conference on bipartisan legislation to raise federal research on menopause This funding would support hormone therapy treatments, which are crucial for managing symptoms like hot flashes, and boost clinical trials and research efforts. Having once …

Benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms outweigh risks, study finds : Shots

Benefits of hormone therapy for menopause symptoms outweigh risks, study finds : Shots

[ad_1] Low-dose estrogen can be taken orally, but it’s also now available in patches, gels and creams. svetikd/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption svetikd/Getty Images Low-dose estrogen can be taken orally, but it’s also now available in patches, gels and creams. svetikd/Getty Images The benefits of hormone therapy for the treatment of menopause symptoms outweigh the risks. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the medical journal JAMA. “Among women below the age of 60, we found hormone therapy has low risk of adverse events and [is] safe for treating bothersome hot flashes, night sweats and other menopausal symptoms, ” says study author Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This is a departure from the advice many women have been given in the past. The new analysis is based on two decades of follow-up data from the Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed thousands of women taking hormone replacement therapy. The study was halted after it was found that women taking Prempro, which is a combination of …

I’m a nutritionist and this is why gut health is so important during menopause

I’m a nutritionist and this is why gut health is so important during menopause

[ad_1] When it comes to managing menopausal symptoms, the role of the gut is something that is often overlooked. The gut has lots of unexpected connections to the rest of the body and can consequently affect your health in many ways, from your energy levels to your mood and your sleep. A healthy gut will also help us fight off infectious illnesses.  So it’s no surprise that there is a growing amount of science looking at the link between our microbiome – the ‘friendly’ bacteria that live inside our gut – and menopause-related symptoms. And experts now believe that a healthy gut may be able to help with things like weight management, meno belly and anxiety during menopause.   “When we hit menopause and see a depletion of oestrogen and progesterone, it triggers a change in the gut microbiome,” explains Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, nutritionist, wellness expert and author of The Hormone Shift. “When the hormones start to go down, you have the slowing down of the gut in general. So you’re not able to move things …

Perimenopausal women have 40% higher risk of depression, study suggests | Menopause

Perimenopausal women have 40% higher risk of depression, study suggests | Menopause

[ad_1] Perimenopausal women have a 40% higher risk of experiencing depression than premenopausal women, a global analysis of research suggests. Experts from University College London (UCL) found women could be vulnerable to depression in the run-up to their periods stopping, with the development of new cases or existing symptoms worsening. The research underlines the need to provide support and screening to effectively address women’s mental health needs. The perimenopause usually begins about three to five years before the onset of menopause, the researchers said. Women typically go through the menopause aged 49 to 52, which has previously been found to be the point at which women experience the highest rates of depression. Common mental health symptoms of perimenopause include low mood, anxiety, mood swings, low self-esteem and issues with memory and concentration. Physical symptoms include hot flushes, sleep problems, heart palpitations, muscle aches, joint pains and weight gain. The new research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, examined data from seven studies involving 9,141 women from across the world, including Australia, the US, China, …

Are my chapped lips down to menopause? A dermatologist sets me straight

Are my chapped lips down to menopause? A dermatologist sets me straight

[ad_1] A couple of months ago, I woke up with really dry, sore, chapped lips. I’d never experienced this before. I’ve always been addicted to lip balm – I literally panic if I leave the house without one in my handbag – and so my lips have always been smooth and buttery soft. But then, literally overnight, they turned dry. You know the kind of dry that makes them split and bleed? It was bordering on painful. And it was noticeable to other people too. My kids even commented on my sudden onset of lip chapping – which is a miracle as they never notice anything much beyond their iphones.  I couldn’t understand it. I hadn’t changed my diet. Or added anything different to my skincare routine. And I don’t wear lipstick everyday, which can make dryness worse. So what could it be? Menopause has been the reason behind many of the annoying new setbacks creeping into my life lately, so surely this was the reason behind my chapped lips too.  “Skin dryness is a …

10 Tips for Couples Navigating Menopause

10 Tips for Couples Navigating Menopause

[ad_1] A recent review paper published in the British journal The Lancet pooled data from 12 studies investigating the relationship between clinical depression and the menopause transition—the time starting with the onset of menstrual changes and ending with the final menstrual period. The researchers analyzed data from 600 women globally and “found no compelling evidence for a universal or uniform increased risk of depressive symptoms over the menopause transition.” Indeed, their analysis went further and studied other mental health conditions such as anxiety, bipolar, and psychosis and found no evidence that menopause universally elevates the risk of those mental health conditions either. This study challenges the widely held notion that the time surrounding menopause is synonymous with poorer mental health. Source: Photo by Bonnie Kittle on Unsplash A Vulnerable Subgroup at Risk for Depression While these findings are encouraging, the study did identify some of the factors that did make women vulnerable to clinical depression during the menopause transition. There was a higher risk of depression in those who experienced: A longer menopause transition. (This …

I’m a fitness and nutrition expert – here’s how to help joint pain during menopause

I’m a fitness and nutrition expert – here’s how to help joint pain during menopause

[ad_1] Flexibility and joint pain are common issues during menopause. And according to fitness and nutrition expert Zana Morris, the decline in oestrogen and testosterone levels, coupled with age-related sarcopenia (which is muscle loss to you and me) and increased stress are to blame. “These factors will all lead to weaker muscles, poor flexibility and of course aching joints,” Zana explains to HELLO! The good news is, there are simple things we can do everyday to help minimise achy joints and to keep our bodies moving more flexibly during menopause. However Zana, who is also the founder of Strong Nutrients says that we need to make simple stretching and certain exercises part of our routine throughout the day, rather than expect that one stretch in the morning to make all the aches and pains go away!  “Given that we have approximately 650 skeletal muscles in our bodies, no single exercise or stretch will help,” Zana explains. “Stretching can help reduce the muscle tightness that can pull at joints, and strength training is essential to strengthen the …