Menopause

Early menopause linked to lower risk of AFib

Women affected by the menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation, a new study has suggested. The condition, a common heart rhythm disturbance, is not immediately life-threatening but can increase long-term chances of strokes or heart...

UK teachers’ union publishes menopause guide

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) in the UK has published a new guide aimed at teachers who are going through the menopause. It noted that with the profession being represented by a large number of women - a “female-dominated profession” - it is imperative that menopause is a key...

Angelina Jolie Pitt reveals she is now in early menopause

Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed that she has entered early menopause at the age of 39 after having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Writing in the opinion pages of the New York Times in the US, the actress said that she had been thinking about doing this for a long time. She made the...

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, in the US. Led by Ellen W. Freeman, research professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Perelman School of Medicine, the team noted that sleeping patterns did not...

Menopause could last 'up to 14 years'

The effects of menopause could be felt for up to 14 years, new research has found. A team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, in the US, warned that women could be experiencing hot flushes and other distressing symptoms for around seven years on average. Led by Nancy Avis, a...

Weight gain a menopause issue women have ‘to confront’

Menopausal weight gain is an issue that some women will have to confront, says an expert. Writing for Fox News, Dr Jennifer Landa said that on entering menopause, many women will suddenly notice that they are unable to stay slim. While it is certainly a nuisance, the expert continued, it can have...

NAMS issues care recommendations for midlife women

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has published a set of evidence-based recommendations regarding healthcare for midlife women. Published online in NAMS’ journal Menopause, it sets out the key considerations on issues such as vasomotor symptoms, osteoporosis and a number of other...

New terminology to ‘banish menopause stigma’

A new term to describe genital and urinary health problems could make postmenopausal women more comfortable in talking about their symptoms. This is the view of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. In a paper...

New hopes for fertility in child cancer survivors

Girls with cancer who are likely to become infertile can now be identified and potentially given the chance to have children at a later age. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have used guidelines, which were developed 20 years ago, to select which girls should be offered the chance to...

Caffeine could worsen some menopause symptoms

Higher caffeine intake could lead to more severe hot flashes and night sweats during the menopause, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic in the US. Published in the journal Menopause, the research surveyed more than 2,500 women who presented with menopause-related issues at the Mayo Clinic...