What are my options for treating hot flashes?

  Many women who reach the point of menopause experience hot flashes as a common side effect. While hot flashes are relatively normal and an anticipated side effect of the natural changes that occur during menopause, some women may have harsher symptoms than others. As a result some women seek various treatment methods to help … Continued

What Options Are Available to Manage Hot Flashes

Do bioidentical hormones relieve night sweats & hot flashes? Are they safe for consumption? I really need your help!   There are various methods for managing menopausal symptoms. It’s important for women to have comprehensive information about the treatment options available so they can decide which one is best for them. Bioidentical hormones, often marketed … Continued

Menopause, Hormone Therapy, & Aging Skin-Is There a Connection?

Menopause hormone therapy (HT) offers probably the biggest example in modern medicine where enthusiasm for a drug’s reputed benefit trumped existing supporting science. As we’ve said before, menopause hormone “replacement” therapy was a triumph of marketing over science.  By 2002, some 38% of menopausal and older women in the U.S. were taking — or had … Continued

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes, the most common symptom of menopause, are probably the one that aggravates women the most. While some women never have hot flashes and others have mild or infrequent hot flashes, some women experience dozens each day. Severe hot flashes can make it difficult to get a full night’s sleep, which, in turn, affects … Continued

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Cardiovascular Protection

Does Age Matter? What We Know So Far About Age of Initiation of Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease in Women. You may have thought that the controversy over prescribing hormone therapy for cardiovascular protection was resolved in 2002 when the Women’s Health Initiative was abruptly halted due to the finding that study participants who took … Continued

Menopause Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease

No form of estrogen, or estrogen plus progestin, has been proven to prevent heart disease. Yet millions of women have taken these powerful drugs, encouraged by physicians who believed that HT prevented heart disease. Conclusive studies have now proven definitively that the most commonly used forms of HT do not prevent the progression of heart … Continued

Menopause Hormone Therapy Overview

The widespread popularity of hormone therapy (HT) in the United States is a triumph of marketing over science and advertising over common sense. Drug companies and many health care providers view menopause as a disease to be treated — and hormone therapy is a direct response to that misperception. The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) … Continued

Non-Hormonal Alternatives For Menopausal Symptoms

  The much-belated Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) data have patently discredited two popular post-Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) theories (the “timing hypothesis” and the “bioidentical Hormone Therapy is better than synthetic Hormone Therapy” argument). As a result, menopausal women suffering from hot flashes and night sweats now have an even greater impetus to find … Continued

NWHN in Action – January/February 2014

Thanks to our members’ generous support, the NWHN is able to work on all fronts — advocating, collaborating, and educating in order to advance women’s health. Here are some highlights of our work in the last few months: Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need What can more than 30 women from all … Continued