Menopause is a term used to describe the permanent cessation of the primary functions of the human ovaries: the ripening and release of ova and the release of hormones that cause both the creation of the uterine lining and the subsequent shedding of the uterine lining (a.k.a. the menses or the period). Menopause typically occurs in women in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s.  For some women, the accompanying signs and effects that can occur during the menopause transition years can significantly disrupt their daily activities and sense of well-being. 
Menopause Stories
  • Estrogen therapy may be associated with kidney stones in postmenopausal women

    Use of estrogen therapy is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney stones in postmenopausal women, according to a report in the October 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
  • New soy-based natural S-equol supplement reduces menopausal hot flashes, muscle and joint pain in first study among US women

    A new women's health, whole soy germ-based nutritional supplement containing Natural S-equol reduced the frequency of moderate to severe hot flashes and reduced muscle and joint pain in the first study of its kind among postmenopausal U.S. women, according to peer-reviewed data presented as a poster presentation at the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting.
  • International Menopause Society calls upon medical community to improve the vaginal health of postmenopausal women

    To mark World Menopause Day on 18th October 2010, the International Menopause Society (IMS) is launching new Recommendations for the management of postmenopausal vaginal atrophy, a distressing condition that will affect up to half of women after menopause.
  • Six tips to deal with menopause

    As a woman crosses her 40th year, her body starts signaling a decline in her ovarian functions, especially those related to production estrogen production. That means the female body is entering the peri-menopausal phase from which she moves to menopause when her fertility ends, and periods finish off.
  • FDA issues warning on menopause drug

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory asking women who use Evamist spray to keep it away from children as possible adverse effects include premature puberty among girls and enlarged breasts for boys.
  • Nine ways to rid yourself of menopausal discomfiture

    For most women, menopause is a difficult phase in their lives. It is the time when the ovaries cease to function causing a series of changes in the body functions. The menopausal transition starts with varying menstrual cycle length and ends with the final menstrual period.
  • J&J plant quality shortcomings disclosed in FDA report

    FDA inspection report revealed that Johnson & Johnson's Lancaster, Pa., plant failed to investigate and fix problems when consumers filed complaints that "foreign materials, black or dark specks" were found in medicine bottles.
  • Men not spared from menopause syndrome

    If you believe that menopause is something limited to the domain of women, think again, for menopausal symptoms like hot flashes can happen to men too when the sex hormone levels start declining, a recent study has found.