Reinvention at 45, Part II (Ask Dr. Pat)

March 14, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Women are now bombarded about the symptoms of menopause and the options for its management. Here is a lesson plan for a summer of reinvention, based on goals, age, current lifestyle, health issues, and interest in managing the symptoms of the often decade-long menopausal transition in a positive way.

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Reinvention at 45 (Ask Dr. Pat)

March 7, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen

Menopause is never old news, because there is a new freshman class entering this life stage every year. Women are now bombarded about the symptoms and the options for management. Here is a lesson plan for a summer of reinvention, based on goals, age, current lifestyle, health issues, and interest in managing the symptoms of the often decade-long menopausal transition in a positive way.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Management of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: Ask Dr. Pat

February 22, 2016 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

There’s good news: New studies indicate that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may provide drug-free management of the distressing hot flashes and night sweats that often occur after breast cancer treatment and during the menopausal transition.

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Dr. Ford: Should She Let Her Husband Know She No Longer Wants to Have Sex With Him?

February 11, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You can let your husband know that there were too many years when you felt overwhelmed and under-supported and that the cumulative effect of that experience combined with your age has left you without desire. How he responds to your honest statement might open up the opportunity to work on some of the issues between you, which I would recommend, if you want to have a close and harmonious future.

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Eating Disorders in Women Over 40

January 25, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Eating disorders have long been thought of as the affliction of the young. However, the more we learn about disordered eating, the more we have come to realize that this problem is far more complex than that, and affects women across the lifespan.

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Age at Menopause and Depression

January 14, 2016 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A recent study published in one of the country’s leading psychiatric journals, ‘JAMA Psychiatry,’ shows that the age of menopause affects a woman’s risk for depression as she ages.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease.

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Menopause Is Not a Disease (Ask Dr. Pat)

April 14, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“My girlfriends and I talk all the time about how we will manage menopause. What can I do to prepare for this horrible time so that I don’t ruin my life like my mother ruined hers?”

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Ask Dr. Pat: Painful-Intercourse Treatment

February 3, 2014 by Patricia Allen

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By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This loss of intimacy has been very hard on me and has been difficult for my marriage. I have heard about a new drug from television ads and in women’s magazines. Do I need to take a pill by mouth to fix the tissue down there?

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Bodies, Hot and Cold

November 10, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen

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By Susan Klatsky Cohen

I wasn’t used to sharing a bed, so initially I slept as far away from my husband as I could. Then I discovered that Michael was a living radiator, with a body that gave off heat. So I became a heat-seeking missile, snuggling until he woke up with his nose pressed against the alarm clock.

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Ask Dr. Pat: The Brand-New News About Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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BY Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Investigators from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Trials are reaffirming conclusions that hormone therapy is not recommended for the prevention of chronic disease, but may remain a reasonable option for the short-term management of menopausal symptoms for younger women.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Depression “Without a Reason”

May 9, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“After my menstrual cycles began to change, I became more volatile, needed more sleep, and, for no reason, would sink into an emotional pit: feeling hopeless, having trouble concentrating, and not knowing how to climb out of the pit.” What should I do?

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Catch-22 on Progestins

February 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to be a collaborative physician. Here, she asks Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, a gynecologic oncologist, to tackle a frequently asked question about what a patient should do when she needs to take a progestin, but her body can’t tolerate it.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is It “Just Menopause?”

January 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

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Patricia Yarberry Allen, publisher of Women’s Voices for Change, is director of the Menopause Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Here, she takes on the question “If everything is normal on my exams, doc, why do I feel so bad?”

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Menopause, Ten Years Later: A Milestone Study Reconsidered

July 23, 2012 by Wulf H. Utian, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wulf H. Utian, founding executive director of the North American Menopause Society, takes another look at the momentous decision, a decade ago, to halt one part of a Women’s Health Initiative study involving estrogen and progestin, discussing what that decision has meant for our generation of women.

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