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HRT drug taken in pill form to treat menopause symptoms is now in skincare
A new generation of skin creams include hormone replacement therapy, which promise to reduce the signs of ageing. HRT is normally taken in pill form to treat menopause symptoms like hot flushes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Weigh In On Addyi, The New Women's Libido Pill
Experts are calling Addyi, the so-called "female Viagra" that's become the first-ever FDA-approved pill for hypoactive sexual desire disorder, a revolution for women’s sexual health.  "The approval of Addyi is the most important advancement in female sexual health since the Pill was approved in 1960,” said Sheryl Kingsberg, chief of behavioral medicine at MacDonald Women’s Hospital and a reproductive biology professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  "It validates women’s right to treatment for sexual problems and their right to sexual h...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Can eating white bread and pasta make you depressed?
ConclusionThis observational study has found that over three years of follow-up, post-menopausal women who consumed a high-GI diet and larger amounts of dietary sugar were more likely to have depression symptoms three years later.They study has several strengths, including a large sample size, a socioeconomically and racially/ethnically mixed population, and a relatively long follow-up period of up to three years. However, this observational study cannot prove that a high-GI diet directly causes depression. Other limitations include its observational nature, meaning that it couldn’t weed out all the factors that migh...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Food/diet Source Type: news

Contraceptive pill 'cuts womb cancer risk'
ConclusionThis review found that the longer women had taken the combined oral contraceptive pill (the pill) the greater their reduction in risk of endometrial cancer. The risk reductions were quite large – use for about 10 to 15 years halved the risk – and lasted up to 30 years after oral contraption had stopped.The protection did not seem to depend much on the dose of oestrogen in the contraceptive formulations or on personal characteristics of the women, such as how many children they had given birth to, their body mass index or whether they were menopausal.The study was large and is likely to have included m...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Medication Source Type: news

Forget HRT, exercise could be the secret to beating the menopause
Researchers said that in future women in their late 40s and early 50s could be prescribed exercise as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. Other said gardening can also help. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental drug could treat hot flashes, other symptoms of menopause without harmful side effects
Researchers have discovered an experimental medication that treats hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms without the life-threatening risks of hormone replacement therapy, according to a scientist. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 22, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

GoodLife menopause guide: HRT vs natural treatments
Some people rush to the doctor and ask about hormone replacement therapy. Others try eating healthily. Two women share their experiences (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: periods stopped hot flush menopause female hormones oestrogen ovulation hot flushes symptoms of the menopause HRT hormone therapy Source Type: news

GoodLife menopause guide: HRT vs natural treatments
Some people rush to the doctor and ask about hormone replacement therapy. Others try eating healthily. Two women share their experiences (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: periods stopped hot flush menopause female hormones oestrogen ovulation hot flushes symptoms of the menopause HRT hormone therapy Source Type: news

Menopause: HRT vs natural treatments
Some people rush to the doctor and ask about hormone replacement therapy. Others try eating healthily. Two women share their experiences (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: periods stopped hot flush menopause female hormones oestrogen ovulation hot flushes symptoms of the menopause HRT hormone therapy Source Type: news

Hormone replacement therapy and your heart
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - July 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Painful sex (dyspareunia) after surgical menopause
The post Painful sex (dyspareunia) after surgical menopause appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. A surgical menopause is one caused when a woman has her ovaries removed. It can also refer to a menopause triggered following a hysterectomy that has left her ovaries in place. There are many menopausal symptoms and some, like the hot flush, are often easier to deal with than others. Perhaps the hardest ones to overcome though are those that affect our sexual well-being and these include things like vaginal dryness or loss of libido. In this article we’re going to explore issues around painful sex because for some ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 8, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Menopause sexuality Source Type: news

HRT instead of anti-depressants
For some women depression in their 40's can be hormonal as Ursula Hirschkorn found out and after being treated with tailored Hormone Replacement Therapy her quality of life has vastly improved (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Professor John Studd oestrogen PMS Oestrogel Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) postnatal depression Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Source Type: news

HRT instead of anti-depressants
For some women depression in their 40's can be hormonal as Ursula Hirschkorn found out and after being treated with tailored Hormone Replacement Therapy her quality of life has vastly improved (Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice)
Source: The Telegraph : Health Advice - June 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Professor John Studd oestrogen PMS Oestrogel Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) postnatal depression Hormone Replacement Therapy HRT Source Type: news

Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones
Conclusion This study found women aged 40-64 years without mental health illness who started taking SSRI medications had significantly higher fracture risk up to five years after starting, compared with women taking other drugs prescribed for stomach ulcers or irritation (H2A or PPIs). Risk difference was statistically significant only after the second year, suggesting SSRIs may need several months to produce clinically meaningful effects on bone mineral density. Importantly, and acknowledged by the study authors, this study can't prove cause and effect. There may be other confounding factors mediating the link between the...
Source: NHS News Feed - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medication Older people Source Type: news

Why Your Body May Be Refusing To Drop Weight No Matter What You Do
If you've been putting in the hard work that's necessary to lose weight, but your attempts have just felt like an endless series of banging your head against the same wall, hear me now. You're not crazy. Weight loss resistance is a description for an entire category of people who, due to certain physiological imbalances, are unable to lose fat through traditional methods of healthy diet and regular exercise. The causes range from thyroid malfunction to hormone imbalance, sleep deprivation to food intolerances or digestive imbalance, and more. Because there are many potential sources of the problem, there isn't a one-size...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health fears over 'natural' remedies for the menopause
More than half turned to complementary and alternative medicine, including acupuncture, because they worried about going through hormone replacement therapy, a poll found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The chemistry of gender transitions (video)
(American Chemical Society) With Caitlyn Jenner's recent transition in the news, more attention is being paid to the transgender community. A big part of gender transition is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This week, Reactions talks about the chemistry of HRT and what happens when the body undergoes major shifts in estrogen and testosterone -- two very powerful hormones. Check it out here: http://youtu.be/l5knvmy1Z3s (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 8, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Menopausal Hormone Therapy
Source: HealthDay - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone Therapy Doesn't Help Memory
Researchers did see mood improvement in women on oral treatment Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone replacement doesn't appear to dull memory, may improve mood
A major new study of women at midlife has found that those who received hormone-replacement therapy soon after entering menopause did not experience declines in memory or other measures of cognitive health. And menopausal women who followed an oral estrogen-plus-progesterone regimen were less prone... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - June 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

You can give HRT to menopausal women with high blood pressure, doctors are told 
Thousands of women are thought to have been unfairly excluded from using hormone replacement therapy because GPs worry the drug might raise the risk of heart problems. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone Therapy for Menopause Linked to Gastrointestinal Bleeding
Risk of a type of colitis increased somewhat for current HRT users, study foundSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Menopause (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Specific genetic mutation may increase risk for breast cancer after acute estrogen withdrawal
This study’s findings, showing that estrogen withdrawal can influence cancer risk for women with the KRAS-variant, begins to provide some answers.” The findings are contrary to some past research suggesting that women on combination hormone replacement therapy are more likely to develop breast cancer, but the study is in agreement with follow-up studies which found that estrogen alone might actually protect women from breast cancer. “The KRAS-variant may be a genetic difference that could actually help identify women who could benefit from continuing estrogen, or at a minimum, at least tapering it appropr...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 15, 2015 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Data Today, Better Tomorrow
Some of us are suckers for studies: clinical trials, focus groups, surveys -- whatever promises to shed a little light on the human condition, or possibly make that condition a little better. This writer is a hopeless volunteer. I have had my knees examined by MRIs, perhaps studying why I still have the originals despite a long history of abuse. I have had blood drawn for a study of celiac disease by someone who came to the house as part of the deal but unfortunately was not trained to find veins without causing excruciating pain. I have filled out lengthy surveys about addictive behavior -- which may include addiction t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hot Flash Hell?
Is it true that hot flashes can go on for 14 years? I've had them for more than five years and am running out of patience since I haven’t found a remedy that helps. I don't want to take hormone replacement therapy. (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - April 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Best Way To Protect Against Tendon Injuries Is Not Stretching
By Roxanne Nelson (Reuters Health) - Tendon injuries are common in sports, and there are many schools of thought on how to avoid them. But a new analysis of past research finds that stretching doesn't help and might even raise the risk of injury for some. Shock absorbing insoles, and hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women, on the other hand, did offer protection for some, the researchers found. "Stretching is often viewed as an empirically accepted method to prevent sports injuries, including tendinopathy," write the authors, led by Janne A. Peters from the University Medical Ce...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Angelina Jolie Pitt Brings Awareness to HRT Use in BRCA CarriersAngelina Jolie Pitt Brings Awareness to HRT Use in BRCA Carriers
Dr Kaunitz discusses the use of hormone replacement therapy after oophorectomy in light of the actress' recent announcement. Medscape Ob/Gyn (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Commentary Source Type: news

Does HRT Cause Ovarian Cancer?
I've been taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for about six years. Every time I try to quit, I get horrible hot flashes. Nothing else has helped. Now I hear that HRT causes ovarian cancer. True?  (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - April 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I did all the right things! – Jan’s story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi, I just thought I would share my story in hope it will give others a little hope and to appreciate their life. I have always been healthy and ate well, I served in the armed forces, fit, run half marathons, swam and entered any activity and event which raised money for charity, so I never thought I would have to face the sad times I have had over the past few years. I got married later in life and got pregnant but miscarried on ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 2, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories breast cancer fibroids Source Type: news

Post Hysterectomy Emotion Roller Coaster – Elizabeth’s story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi. I am 28, I had my hysterectomy when I was 27 years old and it did not bother me at first. 6 months after my hysterectomy I totally lost it. I cried often and felt alone in the world and as if no one cared. I am married and have been for 10 years. Knowing that I could never have another child and it progressed to a lot more. When I was around new born babies it made my breast hurt if they cried and made me cry as well. I got very...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - April 2, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Source Type: news

FAQ: Hormonal Therapy for Menopause
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for menopause is hotly debated. Is it safe? Experts answer common questions. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hysterectomy after 20 years of bleeding – Stef’s story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hello, I am 38 and have had a history of PCOS and heavy bleeding since I was 17. I had my first curettage at 17 for heavy bleeding and have been off and on the pill since then. Married at 23 and tried to conceive for 6 years to no avail. Had fertility treatment in 05 and conceived twins – we were soo excited. But, at 22 weeks they started to come and I was rushed to Wellington hospital and was put in a theatre and to...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 30, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories PCOS Source Type: news

What is a cystocele?
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. A cystocele (pronounced sis-toe-seel) is also called an anterior prolapse, dropped or prolapsed bladder. It often occurs because the wall between the vagina and bladder has been torn or weakened during childbirth allowing the bladder to bulge or drop into the vaginal vault. Other less common causes can be severe obesity, straining regularly because of chronic constipation, violent coughing or even lifting heavy things incorrect...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 28, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Women's Health cystocele Source Type: news

Cholesterol – the super-stealthy invisible illness
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. As far as invisible illnesses go, they don’t come much stealthier than high cholesterol. It’s easily ignored because it builds up gradually, often showing no symptoms whatsoever. A person with high or increasing cholesterol levels will most likely feel perfectly healthy. It’s a scary though that the first sign of high cholesterol may be a heart attack or stroke – and could even prove fatal! Fortunately, medic...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 26, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Health Conditions cholesterol invisible illness Source Type: news

News analysis: Angelina Jolie's surgery to 'cut ovarian cancer risk'
Writing in the New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie has announced she recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as tests showed she had an estimated 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer. This is because previous testing found she was carrying high-risk genes linked with ovarian as well as breast cancer. This follows a previous announcement in 2013 when Ms Jolie announced she had undergone a double mastectomy (where both breasts are surgically removed) followed by breast reconstruction surgery. This was because the same high-risk genes gave her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. Jolie explained: &quo...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer QA articles Source Type: news

Hysterectomy, ophthalmic migraines, prolapse phobia and belly dance! – Mag’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi I am Mags, I have 3 kids (20, 18 and 16 years old) I am a scientist/ lecturer, I have a hippie-gypsy penchant, and I enjoy natural history walks, belly dancing (amateur) and cooking ( I am a Coeliac so most of my food is home made). Sparing you the details of the how & why I got there, I had a total hysterectomy (keyhole) in West Middlesex University Hospital at the age of 40. A little background on the procedure which from m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 17, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories prolapse Source Type: news

Day by day post TAH – Francesca’s story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi ladies, I wrote an earlier blog on my experiences before my hysterectomy and why I felt that for me the operation was a must for my health. I’ve read so many of your stories and views and wanted to follow up with what I felt too when the big day finally came! First of all anxiety was extreme, I trawled the internet for weeks even months before the op looking up every single question that arose in my mind, I was at my wits e...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 17, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories recovery Source Type: news

Early diagnosis worked – Annette’s story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I was referred by my GP to the local Gynae clinic after another hospital picked up something after having a CT scan for an unrelated condition. I had a biopsy on Xmas Eve, diagnosis on 9/1/15 and into hospital on 2/2/15/ for a total hysterectomy. I spent 5 days in hospital and was shocked on seeing the wound once the dressing was off. I felt i had been butchered. The local community nurse came in ten days post op to remove the clips...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 17, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories Source Type: news

HRT linked to clots – and possibly stroke – study finds
Women on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) pills should be aware that there is a small chance of an increased risk of blood clots and possibly stroke, according to a study. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - March 13, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: Kimberley Hackett Tags: Family health Women ' s health Editor s pick Latest News Source Type: news

More Evidence That Hormone Therapy Might Not Help Women's Hearts
Review also found raised risk of stroke for some, although timing of use may be a key factor Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Heart Disease in Women, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Women's Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone replacement therapy might raise stroke risk
Women taking hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms might be putting their heart at risk. And, a study finds vegetarianism linked with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Eboni Williams has some of the day's top medical stories. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

HRT review finds increased risk of blood clots and stroke
Conclusion This updated Cochrane review has found that oral HRT increases risk of stroke and blood clots, and does not appear to reduce overall risk of cardiovascular disease or death during follow-up. More exploratory analyses suggested that HRT might reduce risk of death from heart disease or non-fatal heart attack if it was started within 10 years of menopause, but this finding needs further confirmation. The review was carried out using robust methods and the trials were of good quality. Its findings are in line with the previous version of the review, and also with other reviews. There are some points to note: Thi...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Heart/lungs Medication Source Type: news

Women on HRT ‘face an increased risk of stroke' according to new review
WOMEN taking hormone replacement therapy are not being protected against heart disease and could be at greater risk of a stroke, according to a review of more than 40,000 cases. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women: Does it help or harm your heart?
(Wiley) New evidence published today in the Cochrane Library shows that hormone replacement therapy does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Question mark over benefits of HRT for women after menopause
Hormone replacement therapy does not protect post-menopausal women against cardiovascular disease, and may even cause an increased risk of stroke, according to a systematic review of the current evidence. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - March 10, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Compounded Hormones As Popular as Prescriptions
(MedPage Today) -- About the same number of prescriptions are written annually for compounded and FDA-approved hormone replacement therapy for menopause. (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)
Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology - March 8, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Make your own hysterectomy recovery cushion
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. A cushion is one of the best things anyone recovering from abdominal surgery, such as a hysterectomy, can have. It prevents chaffing when you pop it between you and the seat belt in the car. And when you need to sneeze, cough or laugh it’s great for providing just a bit of extra support. Imagine how much better it would combined with a hot or cold pack you can slot in to provide comforting warmth or soothing cold. Here at the ...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 8, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Hysterectomy Recovery hysterectomy recovery cushion Source Type: news

No Link Seen Between Hormone Replacement Therapy, MortalityNo Link Seen Between Hormone Replacement Therapy, Mortality
A systematic review and meta-analysis of more than 52,000 postmenopausal women in 43 randomized controlled trials found no association between hormone replacement therapy and death from any cause. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Waiting for diagnosis
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. I have just joined this group. Just over 2 years ago I had a polypectomy (removal of polyp) following months of constant bleeding (I had been on low dose HRT but had stopped several months prior). I had a follow-up scan prior to which I had been told if I didn’t hear anything then everything was fine. Last week I saw my GP because of night sweats. Night after night I would be woken 8 or 9 times and it was getting me down. Whil...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 5, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories polypectomy Source Type: news