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How can I Tell I am in Perimenopause?

What's going on? Why can't I sleep normally, why am I so grumpy or suddenly anxious, why am I abruptly hot and sweaty? Could I be in

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause

Science based Natural Remedies for Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

Women may feel there are no effective improvements in hot flushes and night sweats except hormone therapy or perhaps a newer type of anti-depressive medication - they rightly may not want to take either of these kinds of medicines. The reality is that a lot of very sensible and generally healthy strategies have been shown to improve hot flushes.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause, Menopause

Progesterone (not Estrogen) for Hot Flushes in Perimenopausal and Menopausal Women

In less than a year, two influential articles reporting on consensus recommendations for therapy of “menopause-associated” and “menopausal” symptoms concluded that estrogen (with or without progestin) is the optimal therapy.
The purposes of this article are to propose that progesterone therapy is an equally or more effective hot flush/night sweat therapy than estrogen and to show that progesterone is safer than estrogen or estrogen with progestin (a synthetic cousin of progesterone) therapy.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause, Menopause

Beyond “Estrogen Deficiency”—news from Women’s Health Initiative

When the USA’s National Institutes of Health announced that the Estrogen arm of the Women’s Health Initiative was stopped early, no one could ever say again that estrogen therapy prevents heart disease. Estrogen treatment in women who had undergone hysterectomy was associated with neither benefit nor harm for heart disease and caused a 40% increase in stroke.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Menopause

Perimenopause is a time of “Endogenous Ovarian Hyperstimulation”

Perimenopausal endogenous ovarian hyper-stimulation” is the exact opposite of “The Myth of the Shriveling Ovary”: High estrogen levels during perimenopause, coupled with characteristically intermittent ovulation, can explain much of the misery of perimenopause.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause

Estrogen’s Storm Season

This fiction book begins as eight frustrated midlife women—from all walks of life—meet Dr. Kailey Madrona, a woman specialist. All are in perimenopause, the long and chaotic transition to menopause. They are as different as women can be—yet they share the mysterious experiences of perimenopause, night sweats, flooding periods or mood swings. We follow these women as they consult Dr. Madrona, learn the surprising hormonal changes explaining their symptoms, get better or worse, and try or refuse therapies. As each woman lives through her particular challenge, we begin to see how we, too, can survive perimenopause!

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Book
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause

Perimenopause: The Ovary’s Frustrating Grand Finale

Women in midlife increasingly hear the words “estrogen deficiency” spoken as the ultimate in bad news. “Everyone knows” that low estrogen levels cause heart disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and frigidity. Our purpose here first is to put women’s midlife concerns into a new and more accurate hormonal picture. Specifically, to present information about high estrogen levels in the perimenopause; how a woman can tell when her estrogen levels are high and out of balance with progesterone and then we’ll review the many ways a woman can help herself through perimenopause.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause

What the Women’s Health Initiative Results Mean for Breast Cancer Survivors

In July 2002 a large, randomized control trial called the Women’s Health Initiative was stopped three years early with the conclusion that Estrogen plus Progestin (E+P) is, on balance, not an effective preventative medication for healthy menopausal women. The results of this trial have surprised both doctors and the general public, because they have shown that E+P does not prevent heart disease and causes breast cancer (1). We believe there are several changes in concepts about menopausal hormone therapy that are important for breast cancer survivors.

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Articles
Life Phase: 
Perimenopause, Menopause

Daily Menopause Diary

This diary is for women who have gone at least 12 months without a menstrual period
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Diary
Life Phase: 
Menopause

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Enrolment complete: Perimenopausal Hot Flush Study

Enrolment is now complete. Thank you for your interest.
CeMCOR is now recruiting Canadian women for this CIHR-funded randomized controlled trial to test whether oral micronized progesterone is more effective than placebo as therapy for hot flushes and night sweats in perimenopausal women.

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