Q Having congratulated myself on sailing through the menopause with no hot flushes, I now find myself struck down with vaginal atrophy.
I am a 40-year-old woman and, four months ago, I had a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries. I recovered incredibly quickly from the surgery, but four weeks after, I noticed I was no longer producing oil on my face or my scalp (since puberty, I...
Now that HRT has been largely discredited, millions of women embarking on the menopause are on the lookout for natural alternatives. One of the favourites is so-called ‘natural’ progesterone,
Contrary to what medicine has always maintained, new data from the American Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) indicate that HRT does not, in general, improve the quality of life for postmenopausal women.
What’s a girl to do? Five recent studies have shown that soy is worthless for treating the symptoms of menopause.
Q My life is being made hell by hot flushes and night sweats. I am 50 years old and reluctant to take HRT. And now all the herbs have been discredited. Can you recommend any natural ways to combat the menopause? - S.T., via e-mail
* Gamma-oryzanol. This naturally occurring mixture of the plant chemicals sterols and ferulic acid esters has proved effective for reducing menopausal symptoms in 40 perimenopausal women, taken at a dose of 300 mg/day for four to eight weeks (Nippon...