Tag Archives: menopause

Perimenopause may trigger the first episode of depression.

Perimenopause may trigger the first episode of depression.  Women in their late 40s are often in this hormonal stage called “perimenopause.” This is when the body may still have a menstrual period, but that the menstrual cycles are irregular because … Continue reading

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Family medicine question and answers…

Do sterile gloves decrease wound infection rates (compared to clean nonsterile gloves) when minor skin surgery is done?  No.  Sterile and nonsterile gloves yield a comparable number of skin infections.  So, if your doctor wears clean nonsterile gloves while taking … Continue reading

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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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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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