Menopause

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who enter menopause early could be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study. Researchers at the Erasmus University Medical Center (MC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, looked at the effect of a woman’s age at the onset of menopause as well as its duration on certain...

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Women who experience the menopause early are at greater risk of heart disease, according to new research. Scientists at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, the Netherlands, have revealed that on average women who experienced the menopause before the age of 45 were 50 per cent more likely to...

Heart disease risk factors increase before menopause, research shows

New research has shown that the risk factors associated with heart disease rise quicker than expected just before the menopause. The research, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also revealed that the risks are even more prominent in black women. Doctors had previously...

Scientists claim to have reversed the menopause

Scientists in Greece claimed to have reversed menopause in older women, helping to encourage ageing ovaries to once again start producing fertile eggs. It comes on the back of work by pioneering expert Konstantinos Sfakianoudis, a gynaecologist at a fertility clinic named Genesis Athens. The...

Heavy smoking linked to earlier menopause

Women who are heavy or habitual smokers are more likely to experience the menopause earlier, a new study has suggested. Writing in the journal Tobacco Control, a team of researchers looked at data from 79,000 women and found that those who smoked from the age of 15 started the menopause an average...

Employers should show 'more understanding' to menopause symptoms

Employers need to do more to help female workers going through menopausal symptoms. Calls to offer help to women going through hot flushes have been met with some criticism from experts, with England's chief medical officer Sally Davies claiming that offering more flexible working to menopausal...

Oestrogen fluctuations in menopausal women could cause depression

Women going through the menopause could be more susceptible to depression due to oestrogen fluctuations, a new study has suggested. Research conducted by a team at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill also found the menopause was likely to make women more...

HRT 'a safe treatment for menopause'

The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to treat the symptoms of the menopause is completely safe, a new study has suggested. The decade-long research by New York University, presented to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Baltimore, found the risks associated with side-effects...

Menopause-related antidepressants ‘may increase risk of bone fracture’

Women who take menopause-related antidepressants may be at a greater risk of experiencing a bone fracture, according to new research. The paper, published in the journal Injury Prevention, found that the impact the medication has on women can last for a few years after it was taken. Known as SSRIs...

How culture influences menopause

Cultural differences can shape a woman’s experience of menopause, new research published in the journal Menopause has found. While most women will experience similar symptoms, such as hot flashes, weight gain and vaginal dryness, the severity can differ between different nationalities,...