Weight gain during menopause is so common that some women even have a name for it — “menopot.” It’s the “pot belly” that develops in so many women during mid-life, when changing hormones and a slower metabolism team up to pack on the extra pounds.
Every woman knows that menopause is in her future. But most women don’t realize they’ll spend far more time in perimenopause than in menopause. We explain each stage of menopause, how long it lasts and why symptoms occur.
Increasing exercise to reduce body fat could decrease the risk of breast cancer for postmenopausal women, a new study finds. Body fat has been associated with an increased risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Canadian researchers found postmenopausal women who exercised at least 300 minutes per week were more successful at reducing total body fat compared … Read More
Sex and menopause may seem like odd bedfellows. Especially if you’re one of the 15 to 70 percent of menopausal or postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction, such as low desire or painful intercourse. Why do studies report such varying percentages? Perhaps because when it comes to sex, there are 50 shades of “normal,” according to … Read More
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With menopause come hot flashes — those unwanted guests that visit women both night and day. Flashes can be mild, moderate or severe, and they can be creepy, skin-crawling sensations. But, as Holly L. Thacker, MD, points out, hot flashes are easily treated, so there’s no reason you should suffer with them.
My favorite part of being an elected school board member of my local school district is commencement day! Being able to shake the hands of the graduates as those bright-eyed, fresh-faced, newly minted grads cross the stage to receive their diploma is clearly the best part of the duty. This ceremony marks their official entrance into the adult world.