April Menopause NOW: Resources and Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss
Posted Apr 07 2013 7:14pm
Menopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you.
This month, we take a closer look at an herbal treatment for hot flashes, a few different ways to boost your libido, and a brand new magazine from a pioneer in menopause issues.
My Menopause Magazine: Menopause Goes Digital
If you live on your iPad, you need to check out My Menopause Magazine , written and published by health expert Dr. Mache Seibel for your digital reading pleasure. Dr Seibel has been a member of the Harvard Medical faculty for 19 years and writes a blog for the Huffington Post. He’s also the co-author of Eat to Defeat Menopause, which we reviewed last year . My Menopause Magazine looks great on the iPad and is packed with interesting articles, stories and video. A subscription will cost $3.99 per month, but you can get the first issue for free.
Chinese Herbs May Reduce Hot Flashes
A twelve-week study showed that women who took a Chinese herbal supplement saw a 62% drop in the frequency of their hot flashes. Yao Tong, a professor at the University of Hong Kong and one of the authors of the study, says that women are interested in hormone-free alternatives to treating menopause symptoms. The article also points out, though, that women in the study who took a placebo saw a similar decrease in hot flashes.
Is Low Libido the New Normal?
Stress, body image, and hormones are just a few of the factors that can contribute to a low libido. But it doesn’t mean women should accept this as a new way of life. And, believe it or not, a good sex life can have health benefits, says Andrea Walker of the Baltimore Sun .
How many of us would like to know when we’ll be getting our final period? Researchers at the University of California used women’s ages, bleeding patterns and hormone levels to help estimate the amount of time until they reached menopause. The study narrowed it down to two hormones, E2 and FSH, which could tell women within about 1-2 years when their periods will end.
Menopause and Sleep
According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, more than 60% of women between the ages of 45 and 61 either can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, making us “America’s most sleep-disturbed demographic.” Are you struggling to get just a few solid hours of shut-eye? A recent article from DallasNews.com suggests a variety of solutions, including relaxation techniques, exercise, lighter clothing, and even hormones.
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