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Olivia Munn Has Full Hysterectomy to Fight Cancer

Actor reveals the latest on her health journey in new interview

(Newser) - As part of her breast cancer battle , Olivia Munn and her doctors intentionally put her body into menopause, the actor reveals in a new interview with Vogue . Because the type of breast cancer she was diagnosed with last year grows by feeding on estrogen, Munn (who underwent a double mastectomy)...

Starting the Menopause Journey? This Could Be a Risk

Fluctuating hormone levels may trigger depression symptoms or worsen existing ones

(Newser) - Women approaching the onset of menopause face a 40% higher risk of depression than in their earlier years, according to new research, showing the need for support and screening. Experts from University College London performed a meta-analysis of seven studies involving more than 9,000 women in the US, Australia,...

Cold Water Dip Eases More Than Hot Flashes
Cold Water Dip Eases
More Than Hot Flashes

Cold Water Dip Eases More Than Hot Flashes

Women report reduced anxiety, symptoms of menstruation and menopause with cold plunges

(Newser) - Cold plunges are all the rage. Groups dedicated to the practice have sprung up around the world, while a seemingly endless number of companies offer portable ice baths for just such a use. These organizations tout the potential health benefits, including reduced inflammation and anxiety. But as experts tell NPR...

Getting Hot Flashes? Commiserate With a Chimp
Getting Hot
With a Chimp

Getting Hot Flashes? Commiserate With a Chimp

These primates go through menopause just like humans, some whales, researchers say

(Newser) - Female humans aren't the only mammals known to go through menopause, then live for many years after—some whale species also undergo the process, which is when menstruation stops for good. Now, in what the Washington Post calls a "landmark discovery," researchers say chimpanzees have also joined...

Maybe Menopause Doesn't Have to Happen
Doesn't Have
to Happen

Maybe Menopause Doesn't Have to Happen

Sumathi Reddy of the 'Wall Street Journal' explores the topic, noting women might live longer, healthier lives

(Newser) - The headline on the story by Sumathi Reddy in the Wall Street Journal poses a provocative question: "What if we could get rid of menopause?" And the piece is anything but a mere thought exercise on the subject. It turns out that scientists—mostly female scientists—are already on...

Women Are Suffering Unnecessarily From Menopause
Women Are
From Menopause


Women Are Suffering Unnecessarily From Menopause

'New York Times Magazine' examines why hormone treatment therapy gets a bad rap

(Newser) - The headline makes a strong assertion: "Women Have Been Misled About Menopause," it reads above a deep dive into the subject by Susan Dominus in the New York Times Magazine . Dominus draws on decades of research as well as anecdotal accounts (including from herself and her friends in...

Why Former First Lady Has Said Goodbye to 'Michelle Obama Arms'

58-year-old is talking menopause to get other women to do the same

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's new book, The Light We Carry , is due out Tuesday, but she's had something else on her mind lately as well. The former first lady "gets real about menopause" in an interview with People , hoping that her own experiences will spur other women to open...

Michelle Obama: We Need to Talk About the M-Word
Michelle Obama:
We Need to Talk
About the M-Word
in case you missed it

Michelle Obama: We Need to Talk About the M-Word

Former first lady describes going through menopause at the White House

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was cruising on Marine One when it hit her: a hot flash that felt "like somebody put a furnace in my core and turned it on high. And then everything started melting." In that moment, the first lady, who was about to walk into an event,...

Company Institutes Menopause Policy
Company Institutes
Menopause Policy

Company Institutes Menopause Policy

British broadcaster aims to help women

(Newser) - Companies are increasingly working to provide support for women's and family issues, from maternity leave to lactation rooms to free menstrual products to childcare—but what about when the end of the childbearing years arrive? Not quite as many companies have yet offered support for menopausal women, but a...

UK Doctor Offers Women 'Life-Changing' Surgery

Simon Fishel pioneers new treatment to delay menopause

(Newser) - A fertility expert in Britain is offering a procedure that purports to fend off menopause and let women have children later in life, the Guardian reports. A company formed by Simon Fishel, who developed IVF, offers the procedure to women until they're around 40. It sounds simple: Doctors fool...

3 Species Were Known to Go Through Menopause. Now It's 5

Aside from humans, they're all similar in one way

(Newser) - Menopause isn't a distinctly human condition—and now scientists have discovered two more species that experience it and then live well beyond it, bringing the total number to five. The four non-human species that go through menopause are similar in that they're all toothed whales. The new study,...

Potential Future for Chemo Patients: a Man-Made Ovary
Scientists Unveil
Man-Made Ovary

Scientists Unveil Man-Made Ovary

Artificial ovary implanted in mouse could help women who've gone through chemo

(Newser) - News on the fertility front may offer hope in the future for women who have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation during cancer treatment. Per the Guardian , scientists have created an artificial ovary out of human tissue and eggs, and that ovary's performance on tests is encouraging. Susanne Pors, a...

What Women Eat May Play Role in Age of Menopause
What Women Eat May Play
Role in Age of Menopause
study says

What Women Eat May Play Role in Age of Menopause

Study suggests those who eat more pasta may see earlier onset

(Newser) - A new study suggests that a woman's diet plays a role in when menopause begins. UK researchers emphasize that their research doesn't show cause and effect—meaning they're not advocating that anyone change their diet—but the bottom-line findings are drawing attention. The average age of menopause...

Woman Allegedly Fired for Period Leaks Fights Back

Alisha Coleman's former employer says there is more to the story

(Newser) - After working at a 911 call center for nearly 10 years, Alisha Coleman was fired. She says it's because of her period, and the American Civil Liberties Union is arguing gender discrimination is at play. In the brief , Coleman alleges that the Bobby Dodd Institute in Fort Benning, Georgia,...

Scientists Pinpoint When a Woman's Sex Drive Declines

It seems to start 20 months before her final menstrual period

(Newser) - Sex is important to most middle-aged women, a fact established by a new study in the journal Menopause, which found that 75% of 1,390 middle-aged women reported sexual functioning to be moderately to extremely important. But roughly 20 months before menopause hit, these women reported a "notable decline...

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...

Why Killer Whales Live So Long After Menopause
Why Killer Whales Live So Long After Menopause
new study

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...

Ladies, Your Hot Flash Phase Could Last 14 Years
Ladies, Your Hot Flash Phase Could Last 14 Years

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...

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...

To Fight Bone Loss, Drink ... Wine

 To Fight Bone Loss, 
 Drink ... Wine 
study says

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...

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