Menopause

BRCA mutations 'linked to early menopause'

An early onset of menopause could be linked BRCA mutations that are associated with breast and ovarian cancer, new research has found. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center assessed 382 women who carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations and another 765 women who were...

Early surgical menopause 'can lead to cognitive decline'

Undergoing surgical menopause early in life could lead to women experiencing cognitive decline, a new study has revealed. Females sometimes have their ovaries removed before they begin the menopause naturally.

Herbal and complementary medicines 'good for postmenopausal women'

Herbal and complementary medicines could help to tackle postmenopausal symptoms, a new study has stated. Many women turn to hormone replacement therapy to reduce symptoms such as hot flushes. However, research published in the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist indicates that alternative treatments,...

Obesity can boost breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women

Being obese after the menopause could increase a woman's chances of developing aggressive forms of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research, carried out at the University of Colorado Cancer Centre and published in Cancer Research, tracked where in the body excess calories were...

KNDy neurons 'may trigger hot flushes in menopausal women'

Hot flushes in menopausal women could be caused by KNDy neurons found in a part of the brain that controls vital bodily functions.

Early cancer 'can lead to premature menopause'

Women are more likely to experience a premature menopause if they have suffered from cancer in their youth. According to a study by the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, many females who had cancer as a child will see their fertility come to an end about seven years earlier...

Ovarian reserve 'influenced by hereditary factors'

Females aiming to measure their fertility might benefit from finding out when their mother began experiencing the menopause. A new study carried out at Copenhagen University Hospital and published in Human Reproduction has revealed if the mother goes through an early menopause, their daughter is...

Hypnotic relaxation therapy 'can reduce menopause symptoms'

Women looking to reduce the symptoms of menopause could benefit from undergoing hypnotic relaxation therapy. A new study carried out by Baylor University has found receiving the treatment over several sessions can lead to an 80 per cent drop in hot flashes.

Cosmetics 'triggering early menopause'

Many women could be experiencing early menopause because of certain cosmetics they use on a regular basis. According to a study carried out at Washington University, chemicals called phthalates are contained in many popular types of make-up.

HRT 'may guard against Alzheimer's'

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be less susceptible to Alzheimer's disease, new research has indicated. The study, published in the journal Neurology, claimed HRT can help reduce the risk of developing the mental condition by 30 per cent...