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Walking and Bone Health

The purposes of this study were to evaluate the effects of a walking routine on bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine, at the femoral neck (a part of the hip), at the radius (wrist) and for the whole body in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women and to identify the optimal duration of a walking […]

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Valerian for Hot Flashes!!

Hot flashes and/or night sweats are the most common symptoms that perimenopause/menopause women seek relief for. They can be mild, moderate or severe and can be infrequent or daily and many times a day if not several times per hour and can last an unpredictable amount of months/years. Some women are affected greatly and this […]

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Soy and Breast Density

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted in 80 women aged 45 and older and with amenorrhea of > 12 months with vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and/or night sweats). Women were randomized to receive either 250 mg of standardized soy extract equal to 100 mg/day of isoflavones or placebo for 10 months. There were 40 women […]

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Soy isoflavones on endometrial tissue- another reassuring study

The aim of this study was to determine if long-term isoflavone soy protein (ISP) in supplement form, could affect endometrial thickness (lining of the uterus), endometrial hyperplasia (potentially precancerous cells of the lining of the uterus) and endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women. This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial matched 350 postmenopausal women ages 45-92 with a […]

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Dry Eyes

One of the most common but frequent consequences of hormonal changes associated with perimenopause and menopause is dry eyes. In fact, the majority of those who suffer dry eye, are midlife women and older. In one study, presented at the annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society, 96% of 582 women with dry eye […]

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Pycnogenol and Menopause Symptoms

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a low dose of pycnogenol French maritime pine bark for any effect on perimenopause symptoms. This double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted in 170 perimenopausal women. They were given 30 mg of pycnogenol or placebo twice daily for 3 months. Perimenopause symptoms were evaluated using […]

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Effect of aromatherapy massage on menopause symptoms

Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of essential oils from plants. These essential oils can be utilized through inhalation, oral intake, bathing, compresses and massage. Aromatherapy massage is the most widely utilized complementary therapy in the U.S. The purpose of the current study was to determine the effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms. This study […]

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This study is the first randomized placebo-controlled trial of oral micronized progesterone (OMP) for hot flushes and night sweats, aka vasomotor symptoms (VMS). Postmenopausal women within 1 to 10 years of their last menstrual period and experiencing VMS that met the entrance required minimum for both frequency and intensity. The 133 women were randomized to […]

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Soy and hot flashes

The purpose of this analysis was to determine whether soy isoflavones were effective in the alleviation of hot flashes in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Two large data bases, PubMed and the Cochrane Controlled Clinical Trials Register Database were searched for studies on this topic that were double-blind randomized controlled trials through mid December 2010. A […]

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The purpose of this study I am reporting on here was to evaluate the effect of a red clover extract in postmenopausal women with depressive and anxiety symptoms. One hundred and nine postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to take either 2 capsules daily of a red clover extract totaling 80 mg of isoflavones, or a […]

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