Category Archives: menopause

Hypnosis for hot flashes? Hooray for complementary medicine.

Hypnosis may ease severe postmenopausal hot flashes. Five sessions reduced severity of postmenopausal hot flashes by 80%. Wow! This study had 184 women with moderate to severe hot flashes. Hot flash frequency and severity fell by 70% at 5 weeks … Continue reading

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Hormone Replacement Therapy (And the Alternatives)

When I started med school, estrogen was a panacea—beneficial for nearly every postmenopausal ailment: mood, heart and bone.  Then in 2002 the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trial was published.  This showed that combined estrogen with progesterone increased the risk of … Continue reading

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Blood clots, a villainous term

Blood clots  in the large deep veins can be deadly.  Avoid triggers and watch for symptoms  to decrease your chance of getting them.  Here are some tips. . . Suspicious symptoms for venous thromboembolism  (VTE) are swelling in the leg with pain … Continue reading

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Do your bones deserve a density screening?

New update!  Federal recommendations provide more detail on when to screen women UNDER age 65 for osteoporosis.    Osteoporosis is when bones are less dense and therefore, are more likely to break, or fracture. White people are at higher risk of … Continue reading

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Menopause

I went to a ‘Menopause The Musical’  a few years ago: utterly hysterical. It may only be funny onstage. I have seen two patients this week in their 40s who have all the symptoms. . . including a little denial. … Continue reading

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