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Menopause Flashes

Welcome to the NAMS web magazine with expert and unbiased information about women's health in menopause and beyond.

Five Solutions for Menopause Symptoms
Here are five solutions for five symptoms common to midlife women. (Remember, you should always discuss any concerns you have with your healthcare provider first. There may be other treatments or potentially harmful side effects. Together, you can decide which options are best for you.)
Keeping Your Heart Healthy at Menopause
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death for women age 65 and older and is the second leading cause of death among women ages 45 to 64 in the United States and Canada. It includes many conditions, such as myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, hypertension, stroke, and valvular heart disease.
Bone Health: Exercise is a Key Component
Osteoporosis is one of many health concerns for midlife women. Your bone health can be protected with proper nutrition including adequate calcium and vitamin D. Avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption also slows bone loss, but medication may be necessary if it becomes severe. The other ingredient for good bone health and osteoporosis prevention is exercise.
Breast Cancer Survivors and Hot Flash Treatments
Each year, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Methods of treatment including chemotherapy, surgical removal of the ovaries, antiestrogen therapy, and radiotherapy can induce menopause in women who are not yet menopausal. “Induced menopause” can cause intense menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sleep disturbance, urinary tract problems, painful intercourse, and bone loss can be mild, moderate, or severe.
  Sitting Can Sabotage Your Healthy Habits
The more you sit, the more you harm your future health. The evidence is piling up from big studies that sitting is a health risk all on its own. So even if you exercise regularly, sitting for long periods can undermine all that good work. But with small changes, you can combat that risk.
old-timey television setMenopause on TV: Does Art Imitate Life?

What lessons are there, if any, in the way menopause has been portrayed on television? Have sitcoms historically reflected real attitudes about this time in a woman’s life? We take a look at some classic examples and a 2013 show.

Fitness After 40: The Right Workout for You


Exercise! It’s vital to your health and well-being, so here’s an efficient guide to what you need to do to stay (or get) in shape at midlife. If you need motivation, check here, here, and here. (And disclaimer: you may want to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program if you have health concerns or you haven’t exercised in a long time.)

The Experts Do Agree About Hormone Therapy


Ten years have passed since publication of the first results of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) hormone therapy trials. The debate that followed gave women and their providers the impression that the experts don’t agree on the topic of hormone therapy. This joint statement demonstrates that the experts do agree on key points.


Drink to Your Health at Menopause, or Not?

Do alcohol and menopause mix, or don’t they? You’ve probably heard that moderate drinking is good for your heart. But you’ve probably also heard that it’s a danger for breast cancer and that it can trigger hot flashes. Here are the facts.

Are We There Yet? Our Guided Menopause Tour

Ahh, the menopause journey. No clear starting or ending point, odd diversions, and an estimated time of arrival that could span years. Menopause is certainly a trip. And needless to say, you could use some turn-by-turn directions.



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