Menopause

The Network Recognized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition

By NWHN Staff | Jul 1, 2012 | Comments Off on The Network Recognized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition

We are thrilled that the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) recently honored the Network with its Grassroots Activism Award for our success in reducing the incidence of breast cancer! The Network’s longtime advocacy — including our members’ and supporters’ activism —challenged the widespread use of hormone therapy and led to this important accomplishment.

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

By Cindy Pearson | Jul 24, 2011 | Comments Off on 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. 

Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Ending the Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

By NWHN Staff | Nov 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Ending the Epidemic of Unnecessary Hysterectomies

One day around two years ago, while examining my body, I discovered a pelvic organ prolapse. Being a health researcher, I immediately started researching what I was facing. Two gynecologists I saw were ready to wheel me into surgery for a hysterectomy, and offered no alternatives, because I was menopausal, and therefore “do not need” my uterus.

Rx for Change: Why Suzanne Somers is Wrong About Hormones

By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | May 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Rx for Change: Why Suzanne Somers is Wrong About Hormones

Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness — not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits — to her use of “bioidentical” hormones.

Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause

By NWHN Staff | Mar 1, 2009 | Comments Off on Strategies for Staying Sexual After Menopause

When was the last time you heard a joke suggesting that sex invariably goes ever downhill or totally crashes after menopause? Like yesterday? This concept was boldly reaffirmed — without reference to reliable research — at a conference on menopause held by the National Institutes of Health in 2005!

Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD | Jan 1, 1999 | Comments Off on Wild Yam Cream, Diosgenin, and Natural Progesterone: What Can They Really Do for You?

Amidst the large and sometimes confusing variety of hormone replacement therapy options, “natural” hormones have been growing in both visibility and popularity. Creams containing wild yam extracts or natural progesterone, or oral natural progesterone preparations are emerging as the HRT option of choice for some women. What are these products, and what is known about their safety and efficacy?