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Menopause hot flashes

Nanette Santoro, Amanda Allshouse, Genevieve Neal-Perry, Lubna Pal, Rogerio A Lobo, Frederick Naftolin, Dennis M Black, Eliot A Brinton, Matthew J Budoff, Marcelle I Cedars, N Maritza Dowling, Mary Dunn, Carey E Gleason, Howard N Hodis, Barbara Isaac, Maureen Magnani, JoAnn E Manson, Virginia M Miller, Hugh S Taylor, Whitney Wharton, Erin Wolff, Viola Zepeda, S Mitchell Harman
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to compare the efficacy of two forms of menopausal hormone therapy in alleviating vasomotor symptoms, insomnia, and irritability in early postmenopausal women during 4 years. METHODS: A total of 727 women, aged 42 to 58, within 3 years of their final menstrual period, were randomized to receive oral conjugated estrogens (o-CEE) 0.45 mg (n = 230) or transdermal estradiol (t-E2) 50 μg (n = 225; both with micronized progesterone 200 mg for 12 d each mo), or placebos (PBOs; n = 275)...
October 24, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Xiangyan Ruan, Yamei Cui, Juan Du, Fengyu Jin, Alfred Otto Mueck
INTRODUCTION: The climacteric symptoms during peri- and postmenopause have not been extensively studied in China. To further understanding of the characteristics of Chinese women during their menopausal transition, the aim of the study was to compare the prevalence and severity of climacteric symptoms of peri- and postmenopausal Chinese women. METHODS: The retrospective descriptive study was carried out in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women from 20 provinces of China who visited Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology hospital during 2008-2015...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Anita Strezova, Sheila O'Neill, Cathy O'Callaghan, Astrid Perry, Jinzhu Liu, John Eden
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the attitudes to, and experience of, menopause among Macedonian women living in Australia, including attitudes and responses to hormone therapy (HT) and complementary therapies, as well as related psycho-sexual, relationship and other midlife issues. METHODS: Using qualitative methodology, the study was based on seven unstructured, nondirective group discussions. Natural social groups were recruited, meeting wherever each group felt most at home...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Laura Huicochea-Gómez, Lynnette Leidy Sievert, Daniel E Brown, Diana Cahuich-Campos
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to better understand the experience of calores (hot flashes) in the state of Campeche, Mexico, and characteristics of women's lives. This study was carried out to understand the sociocultural context of women's lives before conducting a larger semistructured survey in the same communities. METHODS: Eighty-five women from rural and urban settings participated in open-ended interviews about the menopausal transition, with particular attention to hot flashes...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Fang Meng, Pei-Bei Duan, Junya Zhu, Qing-Qing Lou, Zhao-Hui Fang, Hong-Li An, Lan-Ying Liu, Yue Hu, Qian Hu
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of Gua sha therapy on perimenopausal symptoms, quality of life, and serum female hormones in participants with perimenopausal syndrome. METHODS: A prospective, randomized, controlled clinical trial was conducted at the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China. Eighty women with perimenopausal syndrome were recruited and randomized into an intervention group or a control group...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Anna G Mirer, Terry Young, Mari Palta, Ruth M Benca, Amanda Rasmuson, Paul E Peppard
OBJECTIVE: Menopause is widely believed to be an established cause of sleep disorders, but evidence for this theory is inconclusive. Attributing any sleep problem to normal processes of menopause may lead to underdiagnosis of treatable sleep disorders in midlife women. This study uses detailed longitudinal data on sleep and menopausal health from participants in the Sleep in Midlife Women Study to investigate whether risk and severity of sleep-disordered breathing increase with progression through menopause, accounting for changes in age and body habitus...
October 10, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Lola Corzo, Susana Rodríguez, Ramón Alejo, Lucía Fernández-Novoa, Gjumrakch Aliev, Ramón Cacabelos
Menopause is a natural event in women´s lives leading to the cessation of menstruation and the reproductive function due to loss of the ovarian follicular function. Menopause-derived estrogen deprivation and related endocrine factors are linked to some symptoms of middle-aged women, such as hot flashes, aches, joint pain, stiffness, depressed mood, bone degeneration, nutritional dysfunction, or difficulty to maintain body mass. Clinical approaches to these problems often involve hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other modalities of therapeutic intervention...
October 14, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
Massimiliano de Zambotti, John Trinder, Harold Javitz, Ian M Colrain, Fiona C Baker
OBJECTIVE: Insomnia disorder is a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) pathology. It is unknown whether insomnia that develops in the context of the menopausal transition (MT) impacts the CV system. We assessed nocturnal blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) profiles in women with insomnia disorder in the MT. METHODS: Twelve women meeting DSM-IV criteria for insomnia in the MT (age, mean ± SD: 50.5 ± 3.6 y) and 11 controls (age, mean ± SD: 49.0 ± 3...
October 3, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
Kaori Tane, Chiyomi Egawa, Shintaro Takao, Kazuhiko Yamagami, Masaru Miyashita, Masashi Baba, Shigetoshi Ichii, Muneharu Konishi, Yuichiro Kikawa, Junya Minohata, Toshitaka Okuno, Keisuke Miyauchi, Kazuyuki Wakita, Hirofumi Suwa, Takashi Hashimoto, Masayuki Nishino, Takashi Matsumoto, Toshiharu Hidaka, Yutaka Konishi, Yoko Sakoda, Akihiro Miya, Masahiro Kishimoto, Hidefumi Nishikawa, Seishi Kono, Ikuo Kokufu, Isao Sakita, Koushiro Kitatsuji, Koushi Oh, Kouhei Akazawa, Yasuo Miyoshi
BACKGROUND: Adverse events related to endocrine therapies have a major impact not only on patients' quality of life but also on treatment discontinuation. Although vasomotor symptoms induced by aromatase inhibitors are frequently recognized, risk factors, especially for Japanese women, are not well reported. To identify risk factors for vasomotor symptoms of Japanese breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant anastrozole, we conducted a prospective cohort study based on patient-reported outcomes (PROs)...
October 12, 2016: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
Savita Rani Singhal, Wansalan Kuru Shullai
OBJECTIVE: This study was planned to compare the effects of gabapentin and isoflavones in menopausal vasomotor symptoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective comparative study was conducted on 100 patients with complaints of hot flashes, divided into two groups of 50 each. Group I received 900 mg of gabapentin and Group II received 60 mg of isoflavones daily for 3 months. The patients were interviewed to calculate hot flash, global and depression scores and were rescored after 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks...
July 2016: Journal of Mid-life Health
Heidi Collins Fantasia
It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience symptoms related to declining estrogen levels that occur with menopause. The most common bothersome symptoms reported by women during and after this transition are vasomotor symptoms, which can include hot flashes, flushing, night sweats, and sleep disturbances. These symptoms are the most common reason women seek care during menopause. Until recently, the mainstay of treatment and symptom relief has been estrogen supplementation. In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved paroxetine, a low-dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, as the first nonhormonal treatment for moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause...
October 2016: Nursing for Women's Health
Diana Taibi Buchanan, Carol A Landis, Chancellor Hohensee, Katherine A Guthrie, Julie L Otte, Misti Paudel, Garnet L Anderson, Bette Caan, Ellen W Freeman, Hadine Joffe, Andrea Z LaCroix, Katherine M Newton, Susan D Reed, Kristine E Ensrud
STUDY OBJECTIVES: To determine effects of yoga and aerobic exercise compared with usual activity on objective assessments of sleep in midlife women. METHODS: Secondary analyses of a randomized controlled trial in the Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MsFLASH) network conducted among 186 late transition and postmenopausal women aged 40-62 y with hot flashes. Women were randomized to 12 w of yoga, supervised aerobic exercise, or usual activity...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Hadine Joffe, Sybil L Crawford, Marlene P Freeman, David P White, Matt T Bianchi, Semmie Kim, Nicole Economou, Julie Camuso, Janet E Hall, Lee S Cohen
CONTEXT: Women are at increased risk for mood disturbance during the menopause transition. Hot flashes (HFs), sleep disruption, and fluctuating estradiol levels correlate with menopause-associated depression but co-occur, making cause and effect relationships difficult to disentangle. OBJECTIVE: Using a GnRH agonist (GnRHa) experimental model, we investigated whether depressive symptoms are associated with HFs and/or are explained by concomitant sleep fragmentation in the absence of estradiol fluctuation...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
David F Archer, Ellen W Freeman, Barry S Komm, Kelly A Ryan, Ching-Ray Yu, Sebastian Mirkin, JoAnn V Pinkerton
OBJECTIVES: Conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene (CE/BZA) reduced menopause-related hot flashes (HFs) in the Selective estrogens, Menopause, And Response to Therapy (SMART) trials. This post hoc pooled analysis of SMART-1 and -2 further characterized effects of CE/BZA on HFs in the overall population and patient subgroups. METHODS: Data from two randomized, double-blind, placebo- and active-controlled, phase 3 studies were pooled for nonhysterectomized postmenopausal women with moderate/severe HFs given CE 0...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Women's Health
Stefanie I Siebler, Ursula Gresser, Barbara M Richartz
Objective. This study aims to evaluate the effect of daily dietary nutritional supplement on somatic, psychological, and urogenital symptoms in postmenopausal women. Material and Methods. In this study 28 healthy, symptomatic, peri- and postmenopausal women of 47-67 years of age were allocated to use the nutritional supplement JuicePLUS+®. Primary research parameters: Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) was used to assess menopausal symptoms at baseline and after 8 and 16 weeks of treatment. Secondary parameters: proliferation behaviour of vaginal smear was scored at baseline and after treatment...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Hye Won Lee, Jiae Choi, YoungJoo Lee, Ki-Jung Kil, Myeong Soo Lee
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to update, complete, and critically evaluate the evidence from placebo-controlled randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of ginseng for managing menopausal women's health. METHODS: We searched the literature using 13 databases (MEDLINE, AMED, EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, 6 Korean Medical, and 3 Chinese Databases) from their inception to July 2016 and included all double-blind RCTs that compared any type of ginseng with a placebo control in postmenopausal women...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
R Bove, T Vaughan, T Chitnis, P Wicks, P L De Jager
BACKGROUND: Many women with multiple sclerosis (MS) are postmenopausal. Previously reported findings from an online MS cohort suggested that earlier, surgical menopause may be associated with higher patient-reported MS severity scores. OBJECTIVE: To explore experiences of menopause in a series of MS women responding to a reproductive survey from an online research platform, PatientsLikeMe (PLM). METHODS: The free-text responses from a detailed reproductive history survey deployed to PLM members were analyzed using grounded theory approach...
September 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Judy L Bolton
The release of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study in 2002 was a shock to the medical community. Hormone therapy (HT) had generally been considered to be highly beneficial for postmenopausal women since it was the gold standard for relief of menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal atrophy) and it was thought to protect women from osteoporosis, heart disease, and cognitive decline and to generally improve quality of life. However, WHI showed a statistically significant increase in a number of disease states, including breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and stroke...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Nicole J Gervais, Shaun S Viechweg, Jessica A Mong, Agnès Lacreuse
Menopausal women often suffer from hot flashes and sleep disturbances that significantly impact their quality of life. Both human and animal studies suggest that loss of estrogens during menopause contribute to these symptoms. In the female rat, both core body temperature (CBT) and sleep are sensitive to 17β-estradiol (E2) levels, but important differences between the rat and the human patterns limit the interpretation of the results. The sleep and thermoregulation of the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) more closely resemble human patterns...
September 9, 2016: Neuroscience
Gary Hattersley, Alan G Harris, James A Simon, Ginger D Constantine
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and safety of RAD1901, an oral estrogen receptor ligand, for the treatment of moderate-to-severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause. METHODS: This was a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, dose-ranging, proof-of-concept trial. Postmenopausal women with a minimum of 7 moderate-to-severe, diary-reported hot flashes per day, or 50 per week, were randomized to one of five blinded dose groups (0 [placebo], 10, 25, 50, or 100 mg RAD1901 daily for 28 d)...
August 29, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
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