• 31Jan

    Women are being warned they could damage their health with ‘unproven’ herbal remedies to treat menopausal symptoms.

    Hundreds of thousands stopped HRT after health scares in favour of alternative therapies but there is ‘no strong evidence’ of their effectiveness, according to an independent review by experts.

    Remedies such as black cohosh, red clover, Dong quai and ginseng are taken to ease hot flushes, sleeplessness and low sex drive because they are perceived as natural products without risk, says a report in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

    But editor Dr Ike Iheanacho warns they may not necessarily be safe.

    He said: ‘In reality, however, herbal medicines have pharmacological actions, and so can cause unwanted side effects and have potentially dangerous interactions with other medicines, both herbal and conventional.’

    The safety of such products has been ‘generally under-researched, and information on potentially significant herb-drug interactions is limited’, he added.

    More than 200 alternative remedies exist, yet the review of 26 published studies found little good quality evidence of their effectiveness and safety when used through the menopause.

    About 40 per cent of women seeking treatment for the menopause are estimated to use complementary therapies alongside – or instead of – Hormone Replacement Therapy.

    Among those used are wild yam extract, chaste tree, hops, sage leaf, and kava kava which was banned in the UK after reports of liver damage.

  • 31Jan

    Do you know that menopausal women are at high risk of experiencing hair loss?

    Menopause brings lot of changes in your body and for some women it can become quite challenging task to handle menopause effects.

    Usually, it is believed that sudden decline in estrogen levels in your body can lead to various effects including hair loss.

    Hair loss and estrogen level

    Thinning hair or hair loss is most common problem for menopausal women.

    Estrogen, the most important female hormone, is significantly responsible for various functions in your body including hair growth or hair loss. So, any disturbances to its normal level can affect your hair growth.

    During menopause or as you get older there will be a sure decline in the estrogen levels. As a result, you can experience hair loss during or after menopause.

    Treatment for hair loss

    If you are seriously concerned about hair loss, try to make changes in your diet and eat foods that can help you to balance estrogen levels. Consider eating balanced food including apples, wheat and other soy products.

    Regular exercises and dosages of certain herbs can be helpful for you to keep proper balance of estrogen levels. Take necessary suggestions from your doctor before taking herbs and avoid harmful side effects.

  • 31Jan

    Are you thinking about birth control options after child birth? It is quite common for new mothers to think about birth control options immediately after pregnancy, particularly if it is your first pregnancy.

    Even if you are a breast feeding mother there is no guarantee that you are not probable to get an unexpected pregnancy. However, if you want to make it simple, here are few ways to prevent pregnancy after child birth.

    4 Birth Control Options For New Mothers

    1. Go for something that can be less burdensome to your sexual life. However, it can be quite tough to have enough energy and desire in sexual activity, particularly in post partum period. So, go for a birth control option that can be less difficult for you.
    2. If you are breast feeding mother, don’t use combination of birth control pills, monthly shots and also vaginal rings. Take necessary suggestions from your health care provider and prefer better option to prevent unexpected pregnancy.
    3. If you are planning to not have children after pregnancy, you can look permanent birth control choices like male sterilization such as vasectomy or female sterilization that involves tying of tubes.
    4. When you are planning for children very soon after child birth, don’t use hormonal methods for birth control like using pills or shot, rather you can prefer other birth control options like female condoms, IUD device , etc.
  • 21Nov

    Here’s another reason not to smoke, if you’re a woman: PMS.

    Women 27 to 44 years old who smoke are twice as likely to develop premenstrual syndrome over the next two to four years, especially hormonally-related symptoms like backaches, bloating, breast tenderness, and acne, Dr. Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and her colleagues found.

    “Our findings lend further support to the idea that smoking increases the risk of moderate to severe PMS, and provides another reason for women, especially adolescents and young women, not to smoke,” Bertone-Johnson told.

    Up to 20% of women have PMS severe enough to affect their relationships and interfere with their normal activities, Bertone-Johnson and her team note in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

    Smoking has been shown to affect levels of several different hormones, and the handful of studies looking into PMS and smoking have suggested that women with the syndrome are more likely to be smokers, the researchers add.

    To investigate the relationship further, they analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study II, which has been following 116,678 US registered nurses since 1989.
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