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A Call to Gynecologists: Don’t Let Menopausal Women Down

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
The following post first appeared on Dr. Allen’s Huffington Post blog, as an urgent message to her fellow physicians. — Ed. Patients with menopausal syndrome are flocking to infomercial doctors. They find them online, referred by lists of bio-identical practitioners in lists of popular books referred by compounding pharmacies, or referred by female friends who have found that a practitioner…
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General Medical · Menopause

Ten Myths About “Bio-identical” Hormones

By Streicher, M.D. Lauren
Bioidentical is not a scientific term. It is a term made up by savvy market research gurus to describe certain plant-derived hormones distributed by compounding pharmacies. The use of the word” bioidentical” is brilliant. It’s catchy. It sounds “natural.” It sounds like something different than a hormone product produced and distributed by commercial pharmacies. Promoters of bioidentical hormones claim that…
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Health · Menopause · News

September is Menopause Awareness Month.

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
I began to focus on the menopausal transition in 1991, when Gail Sheehy asked me to consult with her on her book The Silent Passage. What an incredible and unique opportunity. This month, known nationally as Menopause Awareness Month, is a good time to reflect on what the New Menopause really means. Back then, I was 42 and newly menopausal.…
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General Medical · Health · Menopause · News

Bio-Identical Hormone Viral Outbreaks

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
If I worked at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, I would ask to be put in charge of monitoring the financially and self-promotion-driven epidemics of “BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE SURGE,”  a phenomenon that pops up about every 18 months. These epidemics are marked by short-term visibility with a new book, usually by the facially altered medical expert and former…
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Ask Dr. Pat · Menopause

Ask Dr. Pat: Post-Menopausal Bleeding

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.
Dear Dr. Pat, I am 58 years old and live in a rural area, about 100 miles from a regional hospital in the Southeast. I don’t want to identify the area any more than this. because our poor state gets enough bad attention as it is. We have only one gyn left here in the county and some nurse-midwives, who…
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Menopause

A ring that grew along with me.

By Dr. Melanie Katzman
Going to a doctor that really understands you is an invaluable experience for anyone, particularly when you encounter an unexpected and seemingly inexplicable change in your body. When I suddenly had an “allergic” reaction to my wedding ring, I wondered if after 25 years of marriage my soma was communicating something that I was emotionally unaware of. My fingers were…
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Fitness · General Medical · Lifestyle · Menopause

News Brief: About That Libido; Menopause and High Blood Pressure; HRT Can Cause Reflux; Healthy Lifestyle Really Is

By Womens Voices for Change
Department of “no kidding,” Part One: We love it when scientists spend years and millions establishing what most of us already knew. Tasked with looking into the mystery of postmenopausal libido, Seattle researchers discovered after studying 341 peri- and postmenopausal women, ages 45-55: “Factors associated with diminished libido in midlife are complex but include depression, disturbed sleep and night sweats.” …
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General Medical · Menopause · Sex & Sexuality

Health Briefs: More Libido Meds; New HRT Results Confuse Everyone; Healthy Breasts from 40 to 90

By Womens Voices for Change
Speaking of better sex: In the wake of last week’s Viagra news, Bloomberg News reports on not one but two products claiming to bring back the old desire: BioSante’s LibiGel, which Newsmix mentioned last month, and a new testosterone patch, since that’s the hormone with the most direct impact on the urge. At Broadsheet, Judy Berman worries about the pharmaceutical…
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