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Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her period stops. It usually occurs naturally, most often after age 45. Menopause happens because the woman's ovary stops producing the hormones estrogen and progesterone.
Mental sharpness in women begins to decline earlier than previously thought

Mental sharpness in women begins to decline earlier than previously thought

UCLA researchers have found that mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. The study, which followed the same group of healthy women for 10 years after menopause, found that their average decline in mental processing ability was 5 percent during the decade-long period. [More]
New research provides insight into how estrogen modulates fear learning

New research provides insight into how estrogen modulates fear learning

Low estrogen levels may make women more susceptible to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at some points in their menstrual cycles or lifetimes, while high estrogen levels may be protective. [More]
Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

Study shows effectiveness of pelvic floor muscle training for prevention of prolapse symptoms

Researchers, including several University of Otago academics, have conducted the first trial of pelvic floor muscle training for the prevention of prolapse symptoms in women with early signs of prolapse several years after childbirth, publishing their findings in the world's leading medical journal The Lancet. [More]
New UC Davis research clarifies link between weight and menopausal symptoms in women

New UC Davis research clarifies link between weight and menopausal symptoms in women

Greater weight increases the likelihood of night sweats and hot flashes during early stages of the menopause transition but reduces those symptoms throughout menopause and beyond, new UC Davis research published in the journal "Menopause" shows. [More]
Higher maternal age of successful child bearing may be marker of healthy aging

Higher maternal age of successful child bearing may be marker of healthy aging

Death and taxes have long been said to be the only two things guaranteed in life. Exactly when someone will die, in most instances, remains a mystery. [More]
VIB scientists reveal how NLRP2 protein plays key role in early embryogenesis and fertility

VIB scientists reveal how NLRP2 protein plays key role in early embryogenesis and fertility

Led by Prof. Mohamed Lamkanfi (VIB-Ghent University), researchers have demonstrated in animal models that a protein called NLRP2 plays an important role in early embryogenesis, the process of cell division in fertilized eggs that occurs before they implant into the lining of the uterus. [More]
Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women may experience accelerated decline in lung function, research shows

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
New guidelines recommend evaluation of osteoporosis risk for all postmenopausal women

New guidelines recommend evaluation of osteoporosis risk for all postmenopausal women

Osteoporosis is preventable and treatable, but only a small proportion of people at risk for fractures are evaluated and treated, according to new osteoporosis guidelines written by an expert panel headed by Loyola Medicine endocrinologist Pauline M. Camacho, MD, FACE. [More]
Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term hormone treatment may negatively affect kidneys in postmenopausal women

Long-term estrogen treatment after menopause may increase the risk of new kidney damage and negatively affect women with abnormal kidney function. [More]
Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

Electro-acupuncture may be effective in treating sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer

It's somewhat of a little-known adverse effect of having breast cancer, but studies suggest that approximately 30% to 40% of women with breast cancer report persistent hot flashes. Nocturnal hot flashes are among the most problematic because they can contribute to poor sleep. [More]
Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

Older first-time mothers may have increased chances of living longer

The average age of a woman giving birth for the first time has risen dramatically in the United States over the past 40 years, driven by factors like education or career. [More]
Study shows menopausal hormone therapy can improve bone mass and structure

Study shows menopausal hormone therapy can improve bone mass and structure

Women who undergo hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes can not only increase bone mass, but also can improve bone structure, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]
Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause

Study finds positive link between later age at last pregnancy and cognitive function after menopause

A new study has found that women have better brainpower after menopause if they had their last baby after age 35, used hormonal contraceptives for more than 10 years or began their menstrual cycle before turning 13. [More]
Exposure to licorice compound disrupts steroid sex hormone production in ovary

Exposure to licorice compound disrupts steroid sex hormone production in ovary

A study of mouse reproductive tissues finds that exposure to isoliquiritigenin, a compound found in licorice, disrupts steroid sex hormone production in the ovary, researchers report. [More]
Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Women have a two-fold higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men, yet strikingly little is known about how changes in brain function promote this difference -- and how early in midlife those changes can be detected. [More]
Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

In the battle of the sexes, women have long claimed that they can remember things better and longer than men can. [More]
New study finds one in seven older women have hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction

New study finds one in seven older women have hypoactive sexual desire dysfunction

Although many of us don't want to think about grandma still "getting it on," multiple studies show that older women are still sexually active beyond their seventh decade of life. [More]
Risk of fracture still higher among women experiencing early menopause

Risk of fracture still higher among women experiencing early menopause

If you're in menopause before the age of 40, you have a higher fracture risk. That fact has already been proven by the Women's Health Initiative clinical trials. Now a new study evaluating the same WHI data further concludes that, even with calcium and vitamin D supplements, your risk of fracture is still higher. [More]
Women experience decline in sexual function before and after last menstrual period, study finds

Women experience decline in sexual function before and after last menstrual period, study finds

Women experience a notable decline in sexual function approximately 20 months before and one year after their last menstrual period, and that decrease continues, though at a somewhat slower rate, over the following five years, according to a study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. [More]
Study shows promise for successful ovarian transplantation in future

Study shows promise for successful ovarian transplantation in future

Approximately 11% of women worldwide suffer from premature ovarian failure. This can have many different causes: chemotherapy administered for a malignant disease might irreversibly damage the ovaries and, because of the advances in modern cancer therapy, the number of young women surviving cancer is on the increase. [More]
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