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With Menopause Reversal, Women May Be Forever Fertile

Scientists have rejuvenated post-menopausal ovaries to release fertile eggs

(Newser) - The hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness characteristic of menopause may no longer also signal the end of a woman's fertility thanks to a blood treatment used to heal wounds. Presenting their findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland, this... More »

Why Killer Whales Live So Long After Menopause

Study: These matriarchs become essential group leaders

(Newser) - Female orcas typically stop breeding around the age of 40, which is roughly the time when their male counterparts tend to, well, die off. But once the females hit menopause, they can rather unusually live another 50 or so years—and now scientists think they know why. Because they've... More »

Ladies, Your Hot Flash Phase Could Last 14 Years

And researchers find the earlier they start, the longer they tend to last

(Newser) - No woman looks forward to menopause, especially the accompanying hot flashes. Which is why a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine may not bring relief to those hoping for a quick demise to the excessively warm, sweaty stage: A 17-year review of 1,449 women from a variety of... More »

Study: Menopause All Men's Fault

Male tendency to choose younger mates gave rise to menopause: biologists

(Newser) - If you weren't already blaming the man in your life for those pesky hot flashes, now's the time to start—and you can thank McMaster University researchers for the pleasure. A study by evolutionary geneticists at the Canadian school concludes men's partiality for younger mates made fertility... More »

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink ... Wine

Study finds two glasses a night can help stave off osteoporosis

(Newser) - Move over, milk, there's a more fun drink that helps keep women's bones healthy as they get older: wine. Drinking the equivalent of two small glasses of wine each day helps post-menopausal women retain old bone, making their bones stronger overall and helping to fend off osteoporosis, according... More »

Pregnant Women in 50s Do Just Fine

In-vitro pregnancies of older women show no rise in complications

(Newser) - Women in their 50s who receive donated eggs have just as healthy pregnancies as their younger counterparts who do the same, a new study shows. In the largest analysis to date, researchers found that 101 women age 50 and older who used in-vitro fertilization had no more complications than women... More »

Hormone Pills Boost Breast Cancer Risks

Post-menopausal treatments make cancer more deadly

(Newser) - Women who take hormone treatments after menopause are not only more likely to get cancer, but more likely to die from it, according to a new study. Doctors already knew that certain hormone pills increased the risk of cancer, but the study, which followed 12,788 women, found that the... More »

New Test May Predict Timing of Menopause

Breakthrough could help women schedule childbearing

(Newser) - Doctors could one day use a blood test to predict decades in advance when women will go into menopause, scientists say. The preliminary study could be a first step toward developing a tool to help women decide when they want to have children, Iranian experts say. "This is not... More »

Women Getting Shorter, Heavier

They'll lose 1 inch and gain 2 pounds by 2409

(Newser) - Humans are still changing, and the female winners of the evolutionary crapshoot will be shorter and heavier down the line. A new study that tracked the motherly productivity of the slim-and-tall set alongside their squatter peers concludes that a lower center of gravity will win out in the end, and... More »

Osteoporosis Drug Shows Promise, No Side Effects

(Newser) - An experimental drug could drastically decrease the risk of bone breakage in osteoporosis sufferers, Time reports. Two trials of the drug denosumab in groups at high risk for the disease—men receiving testosterone-depleting treatment for prostate cancer and post-menopausal women—reduced the risk of fracture by more than 50%, with... More »

Rosie's Menopause Guru? Madonna

'Big sis' tells O'Donnell to 'get the cream' for 'hormone things'

(Newser) - The Material Girl can add another talent to her resume: menopause counselor. At least according to Rosie O'Donnell, who happily overshared in an interview on The Tyra Banks Show. Between investigating the source of all the sweat in her bed and cutting out booze, O'Donnell still has time to check... More »

Survey: Women's Sex Lives Best in Their 40s

(Newser) - Whether it’s hormones, increased self-esteem or stepping out on their spouses, 40-something women are experiencing the best sex of their lives, reports the Guardian. "It's one of the best-kept secrets of women's lives," noted one expert. Of 2,000 women polled in a recent survey, 77% said... More »

Long-Living Whales Shed Light on Menopause

Females see offspring through to maturity

(Newser) - Stumped scientists finally have a clue about the evolutionary purpose of post-menopausal women. Female killer whales—who outlive males by decades—stick around to nurture their kin through maturity, the Los Angeles Times reports. Similarly, human mamas may stick around to ensure their kids really, truly, don't need them anymore.... More »

Testosterone Patch Boosts Female Sex Drive

Treatment significantly lifted libido in study of menopausal women

(Newser) - A testosterone patch boosted menopausal women's sexual desire and satisfaction in a new study, the Chicago Tribune reports. The women reported a big leap in libido, and their number of satisfying sexual experiences rose from twice a month to once a week. Some suffered side effects, including facial hair growth.... More »

Migraines Lower Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Researchers see low estrogen levels as common denominator

(Newser) - A history of migraine headaches can reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, Reuters reports. The odd correlation has emerged from research done by cancer doctors in Seattle. “Overall, women who had a history of migraines had a 30% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who... More »

Yoga Blunts Menopause: Study

(Newser) - Menopausal women who do yoga experience fewer hot flashes and have greater mental acuity than their non-practicing counterparts, suggests a new study conducted by a yoga university in India. The research compared results from a control group against women who did yoga or stretches five days a week for 2... More »

Chocoholics: Science Wants You

Scientists hope chemical compound holds key to curbing heart disease

(Newser) - A bar of chocolate a day may keep heart disease away, Reuters reports—or so goes the theory British scientists want to test by recruiting 150 postmenopausal women willing to do their part for science. Eating one bar each day for a year will help study whether a key chemical... More »

Alcohol and Hormones Raise Cancer Risk: Study

Even casual drinking heightens breast cancer risk 3-fold, researchers say

(Newser) - Postmenopausal women who drink casually while taking hormones will raise their chance of getting breast cancer, researchers said today. A Danish study of 5,000 women showed that those on estrogen and other hormones increased breast cancer risk three-fold by downing one or two drinks a day; a third drink... More »

Hormone Therapy May Triple Risk of Breast Cancer

Risk increases in just three years, study finds

(Newser) - Millions of women who take combination hormones to counter symptoms of menopause may be three times more likely to develop a certain type of breast cancer, according to a new study. Most researchers assumed it takes five years of daily estrogen and progestin to increase cancer risks, but the threat... More »

Scientists Solve Estrogen Heart Mystery

Cholesterol compound blocks hormone's cardiac benefits

(Newser) - A compound created as the body processes cholesterol was to blame for giving scientists conflicting data about the effect of hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women, researchers say. Initial studies had found that estrogen helps keep the heart healthy, but a later study reported that women taking estrogen actually exhibited... More »

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