Has My Brain Been Affected By The Removal Of My Ovaries?

Surgical Menopause

What has happened to my brain?

Debbie had both of her ovaries removed when she was 41. This brought on menopause and she has been experiencing the full gamut of symptoms.

She has been particularly concerned about what may happen to her cognitive abilities. She says that she has heard so much about menopause brain fog. She is worried about alzheimers.

She asked “has my brain been affected by the removal of my ovaries?”.

Until now, I have not been able to provide a definitive answer to this question. Studies to look into this matter, had not been conducted.

There have been studies that have shown a definite link between memory loss and menopause. They have shown that the reduced mental faculties experienced my many women during menopause is temporary. Their cognitive abilities return after menopause. But is the same true for surgical menopause?

A new study that looked into the affect that surgical menopause has on cognitive function, has reported its findings.

Has My Brain Been Affected By The Removal of My Ovaries?

Here is an excerpt from an article that reports on the findings this new study

The younger a woman is when she undergoes surgical menopause, the greater her chances of developing memory problems at an earlier age, new research suggests.

Surgical menopause describes the end of ovarian function due to gynecological surgery before the age of natural menopause. It involves the removal of one or both ovaries (an oophorectomy), often in combination with a hysterectomy, the removal of a woman’s uterus.

“For women with surgically induced menopause, early age at menopause was associated with a faster decline in memory,” said study author Dr. Riley Bove, an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and an associate neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. However, she stressed, “These are very preliminary data.”

Bove said other research suggests a link between a decrease in the hormone estrogen during menopause and mental decline.

the whole article

I think that a significant difference between the findings of this study and previous studies that looked into the affect that natural menopause has on cognitive function, is that surgically induced menopause can lead to diminished cognitive abilities that are permanent. For women experiencing natural menopause it is temporary.

The researcher found that having surgically induced menopause at an earlier age was associated with faster declines in thinking ability and certain kinds of memory. Long-term memory relating to concepts and ideas and episodic memory of events were both affected.

The earlier the age that a woman experiences surgical menopause, the faster she will experience decline in long-term memory related to concepts and ideas, in memory that relates to time and places and in overall thinking abilities.

Is this inevitable? There is no evidence that this is inevitable. Further studies need to be done to determine this, but my guess is that there are things that a woman, who has experienced surgical menopause, can do to reduce the risk of cognitive decline in later years.

My advice to a woman who is experiencing surgically induced menopause is to follow a healthy nutritious diet, exercise regularly and take a vitamin B12 supplement.

If you eat nutritiously, exercise will deliver to your brain, the vitamins and minerals it needs for properly functioning memory, concentration, emotions, mood and performing certain mental tasks.

Memory loss is related to a deficiency in vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 protects neurons and is fundamental to healthy brain performance and memory.

If you are asking has my brain been affected by the removal of my ovaries, it would depend upon how long ago you experienced the onset of surgical menopause. If you implement the above nutritional and exercise advice relatively soon after surgically induced menopause, I believe that you will reduce your risk of declining cognitive function in later years. But even if a number of years have elapsed since the onset of your menopause, I would still follow this advice…..what do you have to lose?

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Can Beano Reduce Bloating During Menopause?

Bloating During Menopause

I feel like a stuffed pig

Barbara’s session began like this…..”Mickey..I feel like a stuffed pig all the time. I look like I’m pregnant, but I know I’m not. Its so damn uncomfortable”.

She immediately followed with “can beano reduce bloating during menopause?”.

Bloating is caused by the retention of water by your body and the production of gas by your body. Over the recent years, it appears that the production of gas by your body plays the biggest role.

Leading researchers believe that the hormonal fluctuations, that occur during menopause, plays a role in the production of gas, just as it does in every other menopause symptom.

A recent survey found that over two-thirds of women experience stomach gas during menopause. When asked which menopause symptoms they experienced the most, the following was the result

  • gas was 69%
  • hot flashes was 66%
  • disturbed sleep was 65%
  • mood swings was 64%

Can Beano Reduce Bloating During Menopause?

I will provide you with the following information about beano to help you to decide if you think that it can reduce your bloating during menopause. Here is an excerpt from a page on beanogas.com

WHAT IS BEANO?

Beano contains a natural food enzyme that helps prevent gas before it starts. It works with your body’s digestion to break down the complex carbohydrates in gassy foods, like fresh vegetables, whole grain breads and beans, making them more digestible. Beano enables you to enjoy your favorite healthy foods, whether at home, in a restaurant or at a friend’s house, without worrying about gas. Beano is not a drug.

HOW DOES BEANO WORK?

Beano contains an enzyme from a natural source that works with your body’s digestion. It breaks down the complex carbohydrates found in gassy foods into simpler, easily digestible sugars before they reach the colon, preventing gas before it starts.

Later it says

WHAT FOODS DOES BEANO WORK ON?

Beano is not just for beans. It works on a whole variety of gassy foods, including many vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, whole-grain breads and many other foods.

WHAT CAUSES GAS?

The body does not digest and absorb some carbohydrates in the small intestine because of a shortage or absence of certain enzymes. This undigested food then passes from the small intestine to the large intestine where bacteria break down the food, producing gas.

The most common symptoms of gas are flatulence, abdominal bloating and digestive discomfort. In essence, the body lacks the enzymes needed to breakdown the carbohydrates found in some gassy foods like vegetables, beans, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds and whole-grain breads.

This is where Beano steps in. Beano contains a food enzyme from a natural source that works with your body’s digestion to breakdown the complex sugars in gassy foods making them more digestible, preventing gas before it even starts.

the entire article

The average person releases half a liter of gas each day. Certain foods can cause the body to produce even more gas, which can exacerbate bloating during menopause.

Here is a list of foods that produce gas and can increase bloating during menopause

    Vegetables

    Beets
    Broccoli
    Brussel sprouts
    Cabbage
    Carrots
    Cauliflower
    Corn
    Cucumbers
    Leeks
    Lettuce
    Onions
    Parsley
    Peppers, sweet
    Legumes
    Black-eyed peas
    Bog beans
    Broad beans
    Chickpeas
    Field beans
    Lentils
    Lima beans
    Mung beans
    Peanuts
    Peas
    Pinto beans
    Red kidney beans
    Soybeans

    Grains/Cereals/Seeds/Nuts

    Barley
    Breakfast cereals
    Granola
    Oat bran
    Oat flour
    Pistachios
    Rice bran
    Rye
    Sesame flour
    Sorghum, grain
    Sunflower flour
    Wheat bran
    Whole wheat flour

    Other Foods

    Bagels
    Baked beans
    Bean salads
    Chili
    Lentil soup
    Pasta
    Peanut butter
    Soy milk
    Split-pea soup
    Stir-fried vegetables
    Stuffed cabbage
    Tofu
    Whole grain breads

    Beano uses natural enzymes to help the body break down all these hard-to-digest foods.

    It is ironic that many of these foods that are recommended by The North American Menopause Society to help women reduce their menopause symptoms, increases the amount of gas produced by the body. Make no mistake though…..these foods ARE effective at reducing many of the symptoms.

    Yes……Beano can reduce bloating during menopause, but you should be more selective about the foods that you eat as well. Also, you should avoid food with a high salt content, which includes fast food and processed food. Salt causes your body to retain water and this increases bloating.

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Is Facial Hair Growth During Menopause Normal?

Facial Hair Growth During Menopause

Will this result in a 5 o'clock shadow?

Sandy began her session by saying that while she was expecting hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings when she entered menopause, she was not expecting to lose the hair on top of her head and at the same time to be growing a beard.

She was more concerned about her growth of facial hair, than her hair loss and she asked “is facial hair growth during menopause normal?”. She also wanted to know what can be done about it.

I thought that Sandy needed to understand the cause of facial hair growth during menopause, before I could answer her questions.

Like all of the menopause symptoms, facial hair growth is caused by the hormone imbalances during menopause. In particular it is caused by a group of hormones called the androgens, which includes testosterone.

The androgens that are present in a woman’s body are produced by the ovaries, the adrenal glands and fat cells.

Prior to menopause, the presence of normal levels of estrogen in your body restricts the amount of androgens present in your body. During menopause, the balance between androgens and estrogen in your body is disrupted. There is a lower level of estrogen in your body and a higher level of androgens, which can cause the unwanted facial hair growth.

Is Facial Hair Growth During Menopause Normal?

Here is an excerpt from an article that explains this in an easy way to understand

It’s bad enough that menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and mood swings can turn your life upside down, but menopause can also lead to some serious changes in your hair. Menopause can cause the hair on your head to start thinning and the hair on your upper lip or chin to get thicker.

Thinning hair happens to about half of all women by age 50, while up to 15 percent of women experience hair growth on their chin, upper lip, or cheeks after menopause, according to the North American Menopause Society.

“Sometimes women experience both, sometimes it’s one or the other,” says Mary Polan, MD, a gynecologist at Columbia Doctors Eastside in New York City.

The culprit: changes in estrogen and androgen levels during menopause. Both levels of hormones go down during menopause, but at different rates. Estrogen levels drop severely while androgen levels drop more slowly over time. As a result, the ratio of estrogen to androgen levels changes dramatically, Dr. Polan says.

That can lead to scalp hair loss in women (who may already be prone to thinning hair due to genetics or aging) and the arrival of fine hair, or “peach fuzz,” on the upper lip or chin, or dark, wiry, hairs on the chin that grow quickly.

the complete article

Is facial hair growth during menopause normal? I dont know if I would call it normal, but approximately 15% of women experience it.

Estrogen affects every body organ system, including skin. Estrogen receptors appear to be most abundant around the face, genital area and lower limbs. The Dermatological Society says that these areas are most vulnerable to reduced amounts of circulating estrogen during menopause . Thus, facial hair growth during menopause is not uncommon.

What can be done about it?

An effective way to prevent facial hair growth during menopause is to prevent androgen excess in your body. This can be achieved by eating a balanced diet rich in quality proteins, complex carbohydrates, and colorful fruits and vegetables. When the body is getting too many refined carbohydrates, such as simple sugars, white bread or pasta, it produces more insulin. And one of the ways the body can respond to high insulin is by increasing androgen production.

You can remove facial hair by plucking, tweezing, waxing, trimming with a scissors, and electrolysis. Shaving is also effective, but carries with it a negative connotation for some women. Contrary to myth, none of these methods results in thicker or faster facial hair growth.

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Do You Want To Improve Your Sex Life During Menopause?

Sex Life During Menopause

My sex life has improved since doing yoga

So many of my patients complain about their sex lives.

Some women dont want sex at all, but are pestered by their husbands for sex. Others dont desire it, but want to please their husbands. Others are up and down about it….some times they are hot for it and other times they are put off by it. Still others want it, but sex has become painful since menopause.

I am not a sex therapist, but if a patient asks for my advice about their sexual situation, I reply by asking them “do you want to improve your sex life during menopause or dont you?”.

If they dont want to improve their sex life, but their sex life during menopause has become a problem in their relationship, I advise them to see a sex therapist or a marriage counselor.

If they want to improve it, I refer them to research about how women have improved their sex lives during menopause.

Do You Want To Improve Your Sex Life During Menopause?

Here is an excerpt from an article from the site of the North American Menopause Society, about a study that has found a way that helps a woman to improve her sex life during menopause

Yoga can improve women’s sexual function, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The study involved sexually active women ages 22 to 55 who followed a 12-week regimen of an hour of yoga each day followed by breathing and relaxation exercises.

The women completed sexual function questionnaires at the start and end of the yoga program, which showed that their sexual function scores improved by the end of the program across all six of the areas studied—desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and pain.

The biggest improvements were in women ages 45 or older. About 3 in 4 of the women reported that their sex lives improved after completing the yoga program. However, because there was no comparison group of women who did not participate in the yoga program, this study must be interpreted with caution.

Some yoga poses specifically strengthen the pelvic and abdominal muscles, which may improve sexual sensation or ease pelvic pain felt during sex. Yoga’s potential sexual benefits may result from its relaxing effects, the way it focuses attention on sensation, the pelvis-strengthening effects of many yoga poses.

the full article

Research has revealed that the mental outlook of a person has a significant bearing on their health and well being. People who focus on positive thoughts, more than negative thoughts….no matter their circumstances, tend to deal with situations in life better than people who focus on negative thoughts.

It has been my experience that this holds true for women on their meno journey, as well. Those women who have a positive attitude and outlook toward menopause, have an easier passage through menopause.

I believe that if you want to improve your sex life during menopause, you should first take steps to ensure that more of your thoughts are routinely positive rather than negative. For most women, it really is as simple as dismissing a negative thought from your mind…dont keep it in your mind and dwell on it. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts…..of a loved one, a happy time, an experience you enjoyed etc.

You will notice that if you manage your thoughts in this way, you will feel better. If you feel better, your sex life during menopause will be better. Doing yoga, will help you to do this.

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What Do Doctors Say About Complementary Medicine For Menopause Relief?

Menopause Relief

I feel so much better since I started doing yoga

Sharon’s symptoms have been frequent and severe for a few years now, but she will not take HRT. She has tried some herbal remedies, but she has not really given them a chance because she has always looked to mainstream medicine for solutions to her health complaints. She has some reservations about using complementary medicine remedies or treatments.

Needless to say, I was a bit surprised when she asked “what do doctors say about using complementary medicine for menopause relief?”.

The advice from mainstream medicine is to take HRT for relief of menopause symptoms, because it is the most effective treatment for them. But it is associated with known health risks. These risks are acknowledged by the medical community because they say to take HRT for just a short time (usually for less than 2 years) and in a small dosage.

The problem with taking HRT to relieve menopause symptoms, is that many women experience symptoms for 5 – 10 years. If these women take HRT and then stop within 2 years, they will re-experience the symptoms they had previously.

What Do Doctors Say About Complementary Medicine For Menopause Relief?


A review of the use of herbal and complementary medicine treatments for menopause relief, has been conducted by an MD at the Brown University Medical School. The findings have been published in the OB-GYN journal.

Herbal and complementary medicines could be recommended as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for treating postmenopausal symptoms says a new review published January 11 in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (TOG).

Later in the article it says

The author of the review recommends these herbal treatments as there are no significant adverse side effects associated with them, as long as they are used in women who do not have a personal history of breast cancer, are not at high risk for breast cancer, and are not taking tamoxifen. However, the review notes that herbal medicines are not regulated in many countries, and therefore the contents of a given product may vary from sample to sample.

Iris Tong, Director of Women’s Primary Care at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island, and author of the review said:

“Up to 75% of women use herbal and complementary medicines to treat their postmenopausal symptoms. Therefore, it is vitally important for healthcare providers to be aware of and informed about the non-pharmacological therapies available for women who are experiencing postmenopausal symptoms and who are looking for an alternative to HRT.”

TOG’s Editor -in-Chief, Jason Waugh said:

“Postmenopausal symptoms can be very distressing and it is important to review the advantages and limitations of the non-pharmacological treatments available as well as the pharmacological ones. Even simple behaviour modification can make a difference to postmenopausal symptoms, including keeping the room temperature cool, wearing layered clothing, relaxation techniques and smoking cessation.”

the whole article

I am pleased that a review of this has been conducted by a prominent medical body.

It is time for the medical community to realize that approximately 90% of women do not and will not use HRT for menopause relief, as long as there are health risks associated with it. Accordingly, approximately 75% of women have turned to herbal and complementary medicine for menopause relief.

More medical bodies need to tell women that they can experience relief from their symptoms by taking herbal and complementary treatments and remedies.

To know what doctors say about using complementary medicine for menopause relief, makes it easier for women like Sharon to relieve their symptoms.

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Can Menopause Be The Cause Of My Snoring?

Snoring During Menopause

Her snoring is driving me nuts

Jane said that she had never been a snorer until menopause. Since menopause she has been snoring regularly and quite loudly…..so much so that it keeps her husband awake at night.

She wanted to know if menopause can be the cause of her snoring and she wanted to know what she could do to cure it.

Many woman start snoring during menopause, when they had not snored prior to it.

There havnt been many studies to look into snoring during menopause……probably because women do not complain about it much. They are more preoccupied with other symptoms that have a bigger impact on the quality of their lives.

Like almost all the other menopause symptoms, it is thought that falling estrogen levels plays a part…..if you start snoring during menopause.

Can Menopause Be The Cause Of My Snoring?

Here is an excerpt from an article that discusses a recent study that has looked into snoring during menopause

For years, you’ve been complaining that your partner’s snoring keeps you awake. Now the menopause is setting in, he could well be pointing the finger at you.

Many women start snoring more seriously once they hit the change of life — which for UK women is 51 on average.

The onset of snoring is partly due to falling levels of female sex hormone oestrogen, which — as well as regulating the menstrual cycle —also plays a role in keeping the muscles and soft tissues around the windpipe strong.

When these become more lax, the tissues collapse — and women can’t breathe as easily when they sleep.

In the most serious cases, it can lead to sleep apnoea, where the airways become partially or totally obstructed for up to ten seconds at a time, forcing the brain to wake up — even though the sleeper may not be aware of it.

A study by the University of Toronto found that 47 per cent of post-menopausal women suffer with the condition — compared to 21 per cent of younger women. Because the quality of sleep is impaired by the constant waking, side-effects can include tiredness, anxiety and forgetfulness.

the complete article

Can menopause be the cause of your snoring? There have not been enough studies to determine the answer, but it appears to contribute to it.

There is no cure for snoring. However, it can be successfully controlled.

It seems that women who first start snoring during menopause, notice that they tend to snore when they sleep on their backs. The most effective way to reduce snoring is to change your sleep position.

The first thing to do is elevate your head about 4 inches, when you sleep. You can do this by using an additional pillow. By elevating your head four inches, you may ease your breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward. There are specially designed pillows available to help prevent snoring by making sure your neck muscles are not crimped.

Avoid sleeping on your back, as gravity makes it more likely for your tongue and soft tissues to drop and obstruct your airway. You want to learn to sleep on your side to reduce snoring during menopause.

Some people have trouble learning to sleep on their side. They have become accustomed to sleeping on their backs. In this case you can fix a tennis ball or a sock to the back of your sleepwear. This will make it uncomfortable for you to lie on your back and you will soon learn to sleep on your side.

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How Can I Improve My Sex Life During Menopause?

Vaginal Dryness

The vaginal estrogen ring fixed my sex life

Diane said that she wished that I was a woman….because it would make what she wanted to say easier for her to say.

She overcame her embarrassment and asked “how can I improve my sex life during menopause?”.

More than 60% of woman report a negative change in their sexual behavior during menopause. Almost all say that it is either do to a loss, or decrease, of their sex drive or discomfort during sex because of dryness of the vagina.

In Diane’s case, the latter was the problem. If a woman wants to improve her sex life during menopause, this is invariably the cause of the problem. Women who experience loss of libido, are not often concerned with improving their sex lives.

How Can I Improve My Sex Life During Menopause?

Here is an excerpt from an article about dryness of the vagina, that you may find interesting and helpful

One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to treating vaginal dryness and painful intercourse is that women don’t address it, with their partners or their health care professionals. More than six in 10 of the postmenopausal women surveyed who reported experiencing painful intercourse (62 percent) and more than half who reported experiencing vaginal dryness (53 percent) admitted they are at least somewhat embarrassed to talk about their condition.

And of the postmenopausal women surveyed, 45 percent who reported experiencing vaginal dryness and 41 percent who reported experiencing painful intercourse had not spoken to their health care professional about their condition.

Why so hush-hush about vaginal dryness? Among the postmenopausal women surveyed who had not spoken with their health care professional, embarrassment (30 percent vaginal dryness, 33 percent painful intercourse) and the belief that there is nothing that can be done medically to help the condition (20 percent vaginal dryness, 27 percent painful intercourse) were the top reasons why. For more on how to talk to your health care professional, click here.

Embarrassment aside, many women may not believe their vaginal problems are treatable. More than a third of the postmenopausal women surveyed who reported experiencing vaginal dryness (37 percent) and 41 percent who reported experiencing painful intercourse agreed with the statement, “I do not believe there’s anything that can be done medically to help improve my condition.” Fortunately, that is not the case.

the full article

One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to treating dryness of the vagina and painful intercourse, is that women don’t address it with their partners or their health care professionals.

In another survey….more than six in 10 of the postmenopausal women surveyed who reported experiencing painful intercourse (62 percent) and more than half who reported experiencing dryness of the vagina (53 percent), admitted they are at least somewhat embarrassed to talk about their condition.

If you want to know how you can improve your sex life during menopause, if it has been affected by vaginal dryness, you will be pleased to know that there are effective treatments for it.

Over-the-counter solutions include water based vaginal lubricants that decrease friction and ease discomfort during sex. There are also vaginal moisturizers that act directly on tissue to relieve dryness. Vitamin E oil can also help.

Doctors can prescribe localized low-dose hormonal treatments for the symptoms of dryness and vaginal atrophy. These treatments put estrogen directly into the vagina. They soothe vaginal tissue, and allow the secretions necessary for comfortable sex.

Localized treatments include the vaginal estrogen ring, vaginal estrogen cream, or vaginal estrogen tablets. They do not carry the same risks of traditional estrogen replacement therapy, because absorption of estrogen into the bloodstream is minimal. They may even increase sexual desire.

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What Can Be Done To Increase Bladder Control During Menopause?

Bladder Control During Menopause

I thought that urine leaks only happen to babies and old people

Kate had an embarrassed look on her face, when she took a seat in my office. Experience has taught me that when I see embarrassment or shame on the face of a menopausal woman, she most likely wants to talk about the loss of her sex drive or her urinary incontinence.

The first words out of her mouth was “what can be done to increase bladder control during menopause“.

She said that the situation had become embarrassing for her. She said that when she suddenly bursts out in laughter or she sneezes or she coughs, she often leaks urine.

She said that she has become so self conscious about it, that when she laughs, sneezes or coughs, she wonders if wet spots are evident on her clothes or if others can detect the smell or urine.

The first thing I told her is that loss of bladder control during menopause is experienced by up to 70% of women. Then I said that she needs to understand why it happens and then we can discuss what can be done about it.

What Can Be Done To Increase Bladder Control During Menopause


Here is an excerpt from the article I gave Kate to read. It clearly explains urinary incontinence and why woman experience a loss of bladder control during menopause

What is female urinary incontinence?

A sudden urge to go, leaking urine, and frequent urination are all forms of urinary incontinence, which is generally defined as a lack of bladder control. While there are many causes, the most basic is a gradual weakening of the pelvic nerves, organs and smooth muscles that are meant to work together to control urination.

The bladder itself is a sac that stores the urine produced by the kidneys. When it is full, pelvic nerves send a signal to the brain that you have to “go.” Your pelvic muscles, especially the sphincter of the urethra, clench, and “hold it” until you get to the bathroom. Once you’re there and safe, your brain tells the sphincter muscles to relax and your bladder empties.

In another part of the article it says

What is known is that when hormones begin to change, the bladder’s elasticity, tissue health, and sphincter control are significantly affected. Just like the tissue in the adjacent vagina, the walls of the bladder, the urethra (the tube leading out of the bladder), and the meatus (the external area where urine comes out) are highly estrogen dependent. The drop in estrogen that occurs in peri-menopause and menopause can lead to urethral and vaginal atrophy – or thinning of the tissue in both areas.

One of the changes that women go through in peri-menopause is that the urethra shrinks and gets shorter. Eventually, the tube that goes from your bladder to the outside of your body is too short to sustain the pressure of urine in the bladder, and it starts leaking out.

You can use a mirror to check yourself. The normal appearance of the urethral tissue is pink, plump and moist. With declining estrogen it may appear very pale or almost white. This means the opening to the bladder may be weaker and less able to maintain good bladder control, or less resilient to irritation or infection.

the full article

After Kate read the article, she said that it was helpful but it didnt discuss what can be done to increase bladder control during menopause.

I then told her there are 3 things that I recommend to do, to improve her control of her bladder

  1. Lose weight. Excess weight puts more pressure on the bladder
  2. Apply estrogen vaginal cream to your vaginal canal. This helps to thicken the mucous membranes that line the vaginal canal and surrounding structures, by returning moisture and suppleness to the tissues
  3. Do kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support and hold up the bladder. They are easy to do and it takes very little time.

    Essentially here is what you do….imagine that you are trying to stop yourself from urinating. Pull in and squeeze those muscles. Hold the squeeze for about 10
    seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Try to do three or four sets of 10 contractions every day

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Is Memory Loss During Menopause Permanent?

Memory Loss During Menopause

Is my mind now gone forever?

Chris had been concerned about her loss of her mental faculties during menopause. She said that she was either experiencing symptoms related to menopause or she was losing her mind. She said that she had hoped to have a brain for at least a few more years.

After explaining this, she came right out and asked “is memory loss during menopause permanent“. It is not hard to understand her concern.

Memory loss is one of the most common menopause symptoms. Not long ago, a study found that women going through menopause are 95% more likely to experience memory lapses than women who have not yet reached menopause.

The kind of symptoms that fall under the category of memory loss during menopause are

  • Lost train of thought
  • Disorientation
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Forgetfulness
  • Inability to concentrate for long periods of time
  • Inability to focus on complex tasks

Menopausal women have long complained of “foggy brains” throughout all phases of menopause.

Now a new study has found that menopause memory loss is most acute in early post menopause. Early post menopause is defined as the first year after which a woman experienced her last menstrual period.

Is Memory Loss During Menopause Permanent?

Here is an excerpt from an article that discusses the new study and its findings

A study published in the journal Menopause looked at 117 women who were close to the menopause or had just gone through it.

The women were given a series of tests on verbal memory, working memory, attention and information processing.

The tests replicated daily tasks such as staying focused on something for a period of time, learning a phone number, and making a mental list of groceries and recalling them in the supermarket.

The researchers found that women in the early stage of post-menopause performed worse on measures of verbal learning, verbal memory and fine motor skills than women just before going through the menopause or two years into it.

The researchers also found symptoms such as sleep difficulties, depression and anxiety did not predict memory problems.

the entire article

Having read this excerpt you might say that it is interesting……but it doesnt answer the question is memory loss during menopause permanent.

The lead researcher says at the conclusion of her report on the findings “But the most important thing that women need to be reassured of is that these problems, while frustrating, are normal and, in all likelihood, temporary.”

Based on my experience in helping women after menopause, temporary means a restoration of brain function to where it was prior to menopause. It means that you will no longer have these memory lapses after menopause.

However some women may not want to wait until after menopause, to experience relief from their memory symptoms.

If you are experiencing menopause memory loss and it is having a negative affect on your life, you can reduce your memory loss symptoms by increasing your intake of vitamin B12. A major scientific study of 1,200 menopausal women has shown that 1/3 of them improved their memory by approximately 20%, by taking a vitamin B12 supplement.

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Can Vitamin E Reduce Hot Flashes?

Vitamin E And Hot Flashes

I've got nothing to lose by trying vitamin E

Caroline has been experiencing severe and frequent hot flashes and night sweats. She would not take HRT.

Having heard about vitamin E and hot flashes from a friend, she wanted to know if vitamin E can reduce hot flashes.

I read a bit about vitamin E and hot flashes, but I didnt know enough about it to provide an informed opinion. So I did some research to learn about it.

Some clinical trials done more than 70 years ago suggested that vitamin E acted as an estrogen substitute, and helped to control hot flashes.

Adelle Davis, a well known nutritionist, wrote about vitamin E and hot flashes in her book “Lets Get Well”, which was published in 1965. She was the first nutritionist to base her findings on scientific studies. She concluded that vitamin E reduces hot flashes.

Since that time there havnt been many studies that have looked into it.

Can Vitamin E Reduce Hot Flashes?

Here is an excerpt from an article about vitamin E and hot flashes

The Women’s Health Initiative study, which followed 16,608 women being given hormone replacement therapy (HRT), discovered a high risk of breast cancer, coronary heart disease and stroke from the use of these drugs. As a result, more and more women today are seeking the use of natural remedies for menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, migraine headaches, anxiety, fatigue, and insomnia.

Vitamin E is famous for it’s health benefits to glands and organs, however it may not be generally known that vitamin E is a proven remedy for hot flashes. Adelle Davis, the first nutritionist to base her recommendations on science-based studies, says: “During the menopause the need for vitamin E soars ten to fifty times over that previously required. Hot flashes and night sweats often disappear when 50 to 500 units of vitamin E are taken daily, but they quickly recur should the vitamin be stopped.”

One study supporting vitamin E is from the University of Iran, published in Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation in 2007. 400 IU of vitamin E in a softgel cap was given to the participants daily for four weeks. A diary was used to measure hot flashes before the study and at the end. The researchers concluded that vitamin E is effective and is a recommended treatment for hot flashes.

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From a scientific viewpoint, more research needs to be done into vitamin E and hot flashes in order to say categorically that it reduces hot flashes.

The study referenced in the excerpt above says that it does. Other studies say that it doesnt or that it has marginal benefit.

One study published in the August 2009 issue of the “Journal of the International Menopause Society,” assessed the efficacy of vitamin E compared with the conventional drug gabapentin in treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors. Women who took vitamin E experienced a reduction of hot flashes frequency by 10 percent.

The National Cancer Institute suggests that women increase their Vitamin E intake, because, “Vitamin E replenishes necessary electrolytes lost through perspiration during hot flashes,” and, because its ability to “provide cellular protection from oxidative stress” lessens hot flashes.

Can vitamin E reduce hot flashes? From my research, I conclude that it can. This does not mean that it will do so for all women. Some women find that taking vitamin E every day (800 I.U., range 400–1000) helps.

If hot flashes are having a negative affect on your life, and you are unwilling to take HRT, you have nothing to lose by taking 400 – 800 IU of vitamin E every day. It has other health benefits, as well.

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