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Menopause and weight gain: What’s the link and what can help?

Maintaining a healthy weight is never easy and can be challenging for people of all ages. This is especially true for women who are going through menopause, typically in their late 40s and 50s, when hormones fluctuate and the metabolism slows down. 

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How can I get rid of hot flashes? FAQs and treatment ideas

Hot flashes are probably the first symptom you think of when someone says, “menopause.” So it’s likely no surprise that hot flashes are actually the most common symptom for women going through menopause, according to the North American Menopause Society. 

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Vaginal estrogen: A low-dose option for treating menopause symptoms

During menopause, when the amount of estrogen in a woman’s body declines, uncomfortable changes can happen in the vagina. These changes can include inflammation, dryness, itchiness, and pain during intercouse. 

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What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and its possible pros and cons?

In recent years, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has received a lot of attention, marketed as a more “natural” and potentially safer treatment option during menopause than the previously popular “hormone replacement therapy” (HRT), which was found to increase the risk for breast cancer and heart disease. 

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What happens to estradiol and hormone levels during menopause?

During menopause, a phase that usually starts for women in their late 40s and early 50s, hormone levels fluctuate in the body and can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, sleep disorders, night sweats, and more. These symptoms are, in part, caused by a drop in levels of a hormone called estradiol, which is a type of estrogen. 

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Causes of irregular periods: Understanding your cycle and what disrupts it

Have you missed a period? Or maybe two? If so, you may want to see a doctor. 

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Pain during sex: Why it happens and when to see a doctor

Is pain during sex normal? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that nearly three out of four women experience pain with intercourse, so it’s a very common issue that can arise at just about any age, including during and after menopause. But just because it’s common — or difficult to talk about — doesn’t mean it’s something you should ignore. 

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Menopause relief: What are my treatment options?

Experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes, problems sleeping, pain during sex, urinary problems and irregular periods can be uncomfortable, disruptive and even painful — but the good news is that the right medical treatment can bring menopause relief. 

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How to stop night sweats: Treatment options, from prescriptions to other pointers

Wondering if night sweats treatment is available or if there’s something you could do differently to stop excessive nighttime perspiration during menopause? If you’ve been waking up in drenched pajamas, soaking wet from sweating, you may want to schedule a visit with your medical provider and explore the causes and treatment options for night sweats, specifically treatments for women going through menopause.