What Can I Do To Relieve My Itchy Skin?

Itchy Skin

My skin is driving me crazy

“Since menopause, itchy skin is driving me crazy. The sensation is a prickly, itchy feeling that is so intense that I want to scratch my skin off. I wake up several times during the night and also I get the feeling during the day.”

This is how Sharon began her session.

She explained that she never had skin problems prior to menopause and then she asked “what can I do to relieve my itching skin?”.

Skin problems can start as early as perimenopause, and they’re usually permanent. Like most of the other menopause symptoms, itchy skin is caused by the falling levels of estrogen during menopause.

In addition to itching, falling levels of estrogen also causes acne, dry and flaking skin, and wrinkles during menopause.

What Can I Do To Relieve My Itchy Skin?

Here is an excerpt from an article that explains how the falling levels of estrogen during menopause, causes itchy skin and other skin problems

At this time the body undergoes many hormonal changes and in particular this includes a decline in estrogen (hypoestrogenism). Estrogen has been found to affect all of the major organs and this includes the skin which is what causes the changes to the skin during the menopause.

Later in the article it says

The mechanisms through which this decreased estrogen effect the skin are many. For instance as estrogen diminishes so too will the thickness of the skin and the collagen production that makes it more cushioned and flexible. This increases the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the face and particularly around the eyes and mouth. Meanwhile this will affect the body’s ability to retain moisture and that will in turn result in itchy skin, more visible lines again, flaking skin and potentially an alteration in the natural ‘flora’ of the skin.

This will result in the changes that are seen to the skin and this is why you will notice your skin appear more aged as well as itching more during and after menopause.

the complete article

In summary … during menopause, many women report itchy, irritated skin. This is because the changes in hormone production cause a decrease in collagen, the material that helps support and moisturize the skin.

So….what can you do to relieve your itching skin, or other skin complaints, during menopause?

  1. Include essential fatty acids in your diet … like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, fortified eggs, sardines, soy, safflower oil, and flax or algae oils. These help produce your skin’s oil barrier, vital in keeping skin hydrated
  2. Increase water intake: This will help to hydrate the skin from the inside out
  3. Avoid hot showers. Hot water can be harsh and drying, experts advise taking shorter showers using warm water
  4. Use gentle, non-irritating soaps
  5. Use a moisturizer after a shower or bath. Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are both excellent and inexpensive skin moisturizers

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Can Too Much Estrogen Cause Menopause Weight Gain?

Menopause Weight Gain

I eat well and exercise regularly, but I cant get rid of this

Janet is desperate to lose the weight she has gained during menopause. She hates the way it makes her look and feel. She has been researching the cause of menopause weight gain and what can be done to lose it.

She asked me “can too much estrogen cause menopause weight gain?”. If the answer is yes, she wanted to know what can be done about it

This is such an interesting question, because most menopausal women know that the reduction of estrogen in their bodies is the cause of most menopause symptoms.

Could it be that the very treatments and remedies that increase the amount estrogen in the body, in order to relieve other menopause symptoms, is actually causing weight gain during menopause?

To answer this question, one needs to understand what happens naturally in your body , in response to the decrease of estrogen during menopause.

Can Too Much Estrogen Cause Menopause Weight Gain?

Here is an excerpt from an article, which helped Janet to better understand her menopause weight gain

Your body’s hormones have a direct impact on your appetite, metabolism, and fat storage. This is why it is so difficult to control your weight during menopause …. no matter what you do, fluctuating estrogen, testosterone, and androgen levels will fight you all the way.

Hormones Involved in Weight Maintenance

Estrogen: Estrogen is the female sex hormone that is responsible for causing monthly ovulation. During female menopause, your estrogen levels decline rapidly, causing your body to stop ovulating. However, estrogen also seems to play a big role in menopausal weight gain. As your ovaries produce less estrogen, your body looks for
other places to get needed estrogen from. Fat cells in your body can produce estrogen, so your body works harder to convert calories into fat to increase estrogen levels. Unfortunately for you, fat cells don’t burn calories the way muscle cells do, which causes you to pack on the unwanted pounds.

Progesterone: During menopause, progesterone levels will also decrease. Like estrogen, lower levels of this hormone can be responsible for many of the symptoms of menopause and that includes weight gain, or at least the appearance of it. Water retention and menopause often go hand in hand since water weight and bloating are
caused by decreased progesterone levels. Though this doesn’t actually result in weight gain, your clothes will probably feel a bit tighter and you may feel a bit heavier. Water retention and bloating usually disappear within a few months.

Androgen: This hormone is responsible for sending your new weight directly to your middle section. In fact, weight gain during menopausal years is often known as “middle age spread” because of the rapid growth of the mid-section. Often, one of the first signs of menopause is an increase of androgen in your body, which causes
you to gain weight around your abdominals instead of around your lower half.

Testosterone: Testosterone helps your body to create lean muscle mass out of the calories that you take in. Muscle cells burn more calories than fat cells do, increasing your metabolism. In natural menopause, levels of testosterone drop resulting in the loss of this muscle. Unfortunately, this means a lower metabolism. The
lower your metabolism is, the slower your body burns calories.

the whole article

I believe that it is so important for women to understand the contents of this article, because approximately 90% of menopausal women gain some weight between the ages of 35 and 55 and around 30% of women aged 50 to 59 are not just overweight, but obese.

From this article it is clear that estrogen plays a major role in menopause weight gain, but the other hormonal changes affects it as well.

So can too much estrogen cause menopause weight gain?

Research has shown that estrogen has an effect on your eating and drinking behaviors. Hormone replacement therapy (both HRT and bio-identical), which increases the amount of estrogen in your body, can cause you to eat more and also retain water in your body.

While exercise is very important in the management of other menopause symptoms, it often does not help to reverse menopause weight gain. If you are not doing daily exercise, start now. If you are doing daily exercise keep doing it.

The foods that you eat may provide the key to losing weight.

There has been some research into what can be categorized as foods that are sources of “good estrogen” and “bad estrogen”. Foods that help you to lose weight are good estrogen sources. Bad estrogen sources cause you to gain weight or prevent you from losing it.

Good estrogen sources include fatty fish, passiflora, chamomile, bee products, citrus fruits, onion, garlic, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage), flaxseeds, and hempseeds.

Bad estrogen sources include diets high in animal fat, excessive consumption of omega 6 rich oils (such as canola, corn, safflower and soy oils) and soy and products high in soy isoflavones. Do note that while soy products have helped women reduce hot flashes, they are a source of menopause weight gain.

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How Can I Increase My Desire For Sex During Menopause?

Sex During Menopause

I love him .... and sex is an important part of that love for both of us

Jan opened her session by saying “I have always enjoyed sex and have rarely had trouble having an orgasm. Since menopause, however, I do not want sex. Id like to have that feeling back where I actually want and enjoy sex.”

She wanted to know if it was possible to do this and when I said yes, she asked “how can I increase my desire for sex during menopause?”.

I explained to Jan that a decrease in the desire for sex is usually caused by one of 2 things and sometimes by both. Many women experience the disappearance of, or decrease in, their sex drive during menopause. Many others are less interested in sex during menopause because it can be painful, due to a condition known as vaginal dryness.

Both of these conditions can be treated.

For many years, proponents of DHEA have said that it is an effective solution to help women to increase their interest in, and their enjoyment of, sex during menopause. A new medical study has recently looked into this and reported its findings.

How Can I Increase My Desire For Sex During Menopause?

Here is an excerpt from an article reporting on that study

Dehydroepiandrosterone, better known as DHEA, is the most abundant steroid in the human body involved and is involved in the manufacture of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and corticosterone.

DHEA levels continue to rise up to about age twenty-five, when production drops off sharply: by age 65, the human body makes only 10 to 20% of what it did at age 20.

Andrea Genazzani, from the University of Pisa (Italy), and colleagues followed a group of 48 post-menopausal women troubled by symptoms including hot flushes, night sweats, loss of sex drive and mood swings. Over a one-year period, 12 women took vitamin D and calcium, 12 took DHEA, 12 took standard hormone replacement therapy (HRT), and 12 took a synthetic steroid called tibolone (used to alleviate menopausal symptoms).

Later in the article it says

The study authors report that: “Daily oral DHEA therapy … provided a significant improvement in comparison with vitamin D in sexual function and in frequency of sexual intercourse in early postmenopausal women.”

the full article

I am not convinced that DHEA is an effective and safe treatment to help menopausal women increase their interest in, and enjoyment of, sex during menopause.

There have been medical trials that have shown no improvement in the sex drive of menopausal women. Also, there have been no long term studies on DHEA, so the jury’s still out on both its benefits and its risks.

The Mayo Clinic says this about DHEA “No studies on the long-term effects of DHEA have been conducted. DHEA can cause higher than normal levels of androgens and estrogens in the body, and theoretically may increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian, and other hormone-sensitive cancers. Therefore, it is not recommended for regular use without supervision by a licensed health professional.”

If you were to ask me how can I increase my desire for sex during menopause, my answer is to adhere to a healthy diet, do daily exercise and do yoga … or some form of meditation …. to reduce stress. I recommend this to increase libido and decrease vaginal dryness. I also advocate hypnotherapy for both.

If vaginal dryness is contributing to decreased sex during menopause, doctors can prescribe localized low-dose hormonal treatments, which do not carry the risks associated with hormone therapy. These treatments put estrogen directly into the vagina. They soothe vaginal tissue, and allow the secretions necessary for comfortable sex.

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Why Do I Get These Dreaded Hot Flashes?

Hot Flashes

Yea, Yea...I know about my falling estrogen levels...but why .......

Tricia was relatively new to menopause. Having said that, the hot flashes she had been experiencing were intensifying.

She wanted to understand what causes them and asked me “why do I get these dreaded hot flashes?”.

She said that she needed to understand what causes them, in order to decide on the best hot flash treatment for her…given her personal circumstances and family history. She is a smart lady.

I think that it is important to learn as much as possible about how a hot flash comes about, before deciding on a hot flash treatment.

I gave her some articles to read that provided her with the level of detail she was seeking on this matter. We then discussed treatment options, which I will share with you a bit later.

Why Do I Get These Dreaded Hot Flashes?

I have just read a newly published article that explains the mechanics of a hot flash in a simple and easy to understand way. Here is an excerpt from that article

Diminished estrogen levels directly affect the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling appetite, sleep cycles, sex hormones and body temperature.

Somehow, the drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus — which is sometimes referred to as the body’s “thermostat” — and makes it read “too hot.” Some women’s skin temperature can rise six degrees Centigrade during a hot flash.

BreastCancer.org said that the brain responds to this reading by broadcasting an all-out alert to the heart, blood vessels and nervous system.

The message is transmitted by the nervous system’s chemical messenger and instantly delivered. The heart pumps faster, blood vessels in the skin dilate to circulate more blood to release the heat, and sweat glands release sweat to cool off.

This heat-releasing process is how bodies keep cool in the summer, but when the process is triggered by a drop in estrogen, it confuses the brain’s response.

The Mayo Clinic said that low estrogen alone doesn’t often seem to induce hot flashes, as children and women with low levels of estrogen due to medical conditions usually don’t experience hot flashes.

Instead, estrogen withdrawal, which occurs during menopause, appears to be the trigger.

click here to read the full article

Too many women do not understand why they get a hot flash. They do not understand the physical reaction in their bodies that brings them about. They seem happy with the level of understanding that says that they are caused by falling estrogen levels.

I think that Tricia took the best approach. She leaned as much as she could about them before deciding upon the best treatment for her. I recommend that you do the same.

There are many options available to you to relieve hot flashes. The options fall into 3 broad categories

  1. Lifestyle changes
  2. Natural treatments – complementary medicine and herbal
  3. Medical and surgical treatments

Many healthcare professionals recommend that it is advisable to begin by making lifestyle changes and then follow it up with natural treatments. They recommend medical and surgical treatment as a last resort.

I have compiled a short and easy to understand book that will tell you about all of the treatment options available to you in the 3 categories above.

There is so much information available about how to relieve hot flashes. Many of my patients have told me that they have found much of it to be very confusing.

I have tried to simplify the information for you by presenting it in a short, straightforward, clear and helpful way. The format of the book is question and answer.

Once you understand why you get these dreadful hot flashes, this book will help you to choose the best treatment option for you (every woman’s circumstances are different).

You can get the book from Amazon by clicking on the the link below.


What Hot Flash Treatment Do You Recommend To Your Family?

Hot Flashes

Here's how to douse the fire

Debbie said that her hot flashes were getting worse. She said that she is now getting nausea, palpitations, and dizziness with them. She also said that it feels as if insects are crawling on or under her skin, when gets a hot flash.

Debbie will not take HRT.

She asked me “what hot flash treatment do you recommend to your family?”.

We had previously discussed various options to relieve her hot flashes. She tried a few of them, but they did not help her. Now she was desperate.

What Hot Flash Treatment Do You Recommend To Your Family?

Before I tell you what I said to Debbie, I want to share an excerpt from a recent article about hot flashes and their treatment

There are things that you can do to ease hot flushes. The herb black cohosh can be effective for many women but not all. HRT can also be effective but there are well documented concerns with side effects of HRT. Given the seriousness of the condition, anything that can help is welcome and it seems that hypnosis might be of benefit.

This has been identified as a result of study in which menopausal women were either given hypnotherapy or “structured attention” sessions. Those in the hypnotherapy group were given five sessions a week involving recommendations of images of coolness, relaxation, or safe haven depending on what the woman wanted. Women in the structured attention control group had five sessions a week that involved talking about their symptoms, monitoring, measuring, and maintenance of a positive approach and outlook.

All of the women involved kept a journal to monitor how frequent and severe their hot flushes were. They also wore skin conductance monitors so that there would be an objective measure of hot flushes as well.

After 12 weeks the hypnosis group had 75 per cent fewer hot flushes compared to only 13 per cent fewer in the control group. The hypnosis group also self-reported an 80 per cent reduction in severity of the hot flushes while the control group only reported a 15 per cent decrease. The skin conductance monitors reported a 57 per cent reduction in rate of hot flushes for the hypnosis group compared to a 10 per cent reduction in the control group.

Hypnosis activates a part of the nervous system known as the “parasympathetic” branch which controls involuntary functions and it may be this which is providing benefit for hot flushes. Whatever the cause the figures are impressive and may be worth trying.

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Now for the hot flash treatment that I recommend to my family.

First let me say that I have not recommended any form or hormone treatment to my family. I think that the health risks associated with it are not acceptable.

The first thing I do with family members, who ask for my advice about what to do for hot flash relief, is to ensure that they are following a healthy diet. That means eating lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, fish and chicken and cutting out, or very greatly reducing, their intake of fast food and processed food.

Then I recommend that they do at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity every day.

I also encourage them to do yoga or some form of meditation regularly….for stress reduction.

The non-hormonal treatment form that I think is most effective for relieving hot flashes is hypnotherapy. Recently, a government funded study into hypnotherapy, as a treatment for hot flashes, found “It appears that hypnosis, when properly applied, can be a safe and effective treatment for hot flashes.”

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Will I Be An Emotional Wreck Throughout Menopause?

Mood Swings

I dont know if I can take this for much longer

Sharon has been experiencing severe mood swings. She said “I can feel happy and sad, anxious and calm, depressed and cheerful….all in the space of one hour”.

She is worried about “losing it” during menopause and being unable to carry on with her daily responsibilities and routines. She asked “will I be an emotional wreck throughout menopause?”.

Unfortunately, Sharon’s doctor wasnt very helpful. He wasnt very informed about menopause. He told her that there was nothing she could do about her mood swings and that she would just have to suffer with them throughout menopause …. like all women before her have done.

I told her that he was wrong.

Unfortunately too many doctors are uninformed about mood swings and other menopause symptoms and dispense what amounts to misinformation about them. Women are entitled to know, and should know, the facts about mood swings and other symptoms that can affect their mental and emotional well being during menopause

Will I Be An Emotional Wreck Throughout Menopause?

Virtuawoman.org carries an interview with OB-GYN Bernard “Buzz” Cortese, MD, about menopause myths and facts concerning the mental and emotional well being of a woman during menopause. Here is an excerpt from the interview

Myth: There’s not much that can be done about the moodiness or sadness that can occur during menopause.

Fact: There are actually quite a few treatment methods you can try, several of which have proven quite effective in many women.

“Exercise is a big one,” says Dr. Cortese. “Many studies have shown that women who exercise regularly have fewer menopause-related symptoms, thanks in large part to the endorphins the body produces during physical exertion.” These endorphins have a calming effect that can help with your mood, sleep rhythms, and even hot flashes.

“Next, I would look at diet and supplements,” says Dr. Cortese. A healthy diet with little or no refined sugars or caffeine is what Dr. Cortese recommends, and in terms of supplements, he suggests vitamin B6 and primrose.

If diet and exercise modifications produce little to no relief, medical interventions can include bioidentical hormone replacement or even certain antidepressants that have been shown to help with both mood and, as a bonus, hot flashes.

As for online resources: “The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a helpful website (pause.acog.org) dedicated to menopause,” says Dr. Cortese. And a quick Google search will also unearth many online forums specifically for peri-menopausal women.

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I concur with the advice being offered by Dr. Cortese.

There are ways to ensure that you will not be an emotional wreck throughout menopause.

The most effective treatment for mood swings and some of the other symptoms that affect your emotional well being is HRT, but there are health risks associated with taking it. I only recommend it to one of my patients in very extenuating circumstances.

Medical studies have found that the second most effective method for the treating mood swings is through nutrition and exercise.

Good nutrition involves following a healthy diet. It means eating plenty of vegetables, fruit, and proteins that are low in saturated fat. This means cutting out fast foods and processed food. It also involves taking certain supplements, as advised by a knowledgeable healthcare professional.

30 minutes of exercise, or activities that are aerobic, should be done daily.

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What Cancer.org Says About Relief From Hot Flashes

Relief From Hot Flashes

I think this approach will help me

Helen experienced her first hot flash 6 months ago. Recently they have become more frequent and more severe.

She has been investigating treatments and remedies that bring relief from hot flashes, inclusive of HRT, and she is aware of the breast cancer risk associated with HRT.

She asked me what cancer.org says about relief from hot flashes.

Cancer.org is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast cancer, so they can make the best decisions for their lives. It is supported by many prominent MDs.

I like them as a source of information because I believe that they provide impartial information. I like the fact that they encourage women to use complementary medicine treatments and solutions, along side traditional medical treatments.

What Cancer.org Says About Relief From Hot Flashes

Here is an enlightening excerpt from an article on their site about hot flashes and its treatment

Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes of some kind as they approach menopause and for the first year or two after their periods stop. Between 20 and 50% of women continue to have them for many more years. As time goes on, the intensity decreases.

later in the article it says

Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. For women who have had breast cancer, the number who suffer debilitating hot flashes is probably much higher. Randomized studies provide the most objective data: about 50–75% of women taking tamoxifen will report hot flashes.

later in the article it says

The faster you go through the transition from regular periods to no periods — the perimenopause or climacteric — the more significant your hot flashes will be. Hot flashes are severe after surgical menopause, and they can also be quite difficult after a chemotherapy-induced medical menopause.

later in the article it says

The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Studies show that medication is not always helpful.

Instead of taking HRT, which can increase breast cancer risk and isn’t recommended for women who’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, look at less drastic measures first because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treat menopausal symptoms.

the full article

First let me say that I do recommend that you read the entire article. It is chock full of helpful information that every menopausal woman show know.

I wholehearted concur with what cancer.org says about relief from hot flashes. I like and agree with their recommended approach of always beginning with the least aggressive approach to treat menopause symptoms.

There are several complementary medicine approaches that have had a high degree of success in bringing relief from hot flashes, according to researchers. Hypnosis, acupuncture, homeopathy, Chinese medicine and natural herbal remedies are all examples of non aggressive approaches that have provided hot flash relief ….not to mention the relief that can come from following a healthy, nutritious diet and doing daily exercise.

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What Can I Do For Joint Pain Relief?

Joint Pain Relief

I ache from head to foot sometimes

Jane opened her session by asking “what can I do for joint pain relief?”.

She said that sometimes she aches from head to toe. She has trouble doing everyday normal things like carrying shopping, drying her hair, walking the dog, and driving. She said that everything seems to hurt and it is really getting her down .

I checked with Jane to see if she was troubled by joint aches and pains prior to menopause. She said that she had not had these problems prior to menopause.

Many women experience joint pain when they are in perimenopause or approaching menopause…..as much as around 50% of women. Falling levels of estrogen during menopause, can impact how our joints feel.

Estrogen is known to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. The depletion of estrogen during menopause makes women more sensitive to pain.

I said to Jane that it would help her to learn a bit more about her condition, before we delve into what can be done for joint pain relief.

What Can I Do For Joint Pain Relief?

Here is an excerpt from information published by the North American Menopause Society about joint aches and joint pain

When women are asked about the symptoms they attribute to menopause, it is not surprising to find hot flashes and night sweats near the top of the list.

However, in some midlife population surveys, more women reported aches and joint pain than any other symptom. And, for as many as 41% of women approaching menopause and 57% of women 2 years past menopause, those symptoms were described as significant.

Whether the cause is loss of estrogen, the aging process, or a combination of the two remains unclear. We do know that after menopause there is an increase in both severity and frequency of some kinds of arthritis.
Researchers are examining how estrogen might play a role.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adults (46 million adults) have arthritis.

Arthritis is a term that simply means “inflammation.” It is used to describe over 100 different joint diseases.

Among these diseases are osteoarthritis, often called the “wear and tear” arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks itself.

Common to many different forms of arthritis are the complaints of pain, aching, stiffness and swelling.

the full article

Now for what to do for joint pain relief during menopause. Follow the following 3 prong approach

  1. Keep your weight down
  2. Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids
  3. Exercise

When you are overweight, the level of fat in your body will increase the level of inflammation in your joints. Body fat produces hormones and chemicals that increase inflammation.

Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids decrease the level of inflammation around your joints by suppressing the production of cytokines and enzymes that erode cartilage….thus bringing joint pain relief. The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids are salmon (wild, fresh or canned), herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, and walnuts.

Doing exercise is probably the last thing you want to do when your joints ache, but it is essential to do it for joint pain relief.

Doing regular exercise, such as walking or swimming, can help to bring joint pain relief because it strengthens muscles and tendons that support the joints and improves blood flow to the area for faster healing.

If you find that walking is uncomfortable, try using a heating pad on your knees for 10 minutes, before walking, to help your muscles relax.

If walking is still too uncomfortable for you to do, swimming is a good exercise to do because it doesnt put as much stress on your joints.

If you are not averse to taking supplements, there are 2 supplements that have helped many women to relieve joint aches and pains…….glucosamine sulfate and methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM. Glucosomine relieves pain and heals joints by building up the cartilage that protects the ends of bones. MSM reduces the inflammatory chemicals called cytokines that causes joint aches and pains.

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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


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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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


    Brussel sprouts
    Peppers, sweet
    Black-eyed peas
    Bog beans
    Broad beans
    Field beans
    Lima beans
    Mung beans
    Pinto beans
    Red kidney beans


    Breakfast cereals
    Oat bran
    Oat flour
    Rice bran
    Sesame flour
    Sorghum, grain
    Sunflower flour
    Wheat bran
    Whole wheat flour

    Other Foods

    Baked beans
    Bean salads
    Lentil soup
    Peanut butter
    Soy milk
    Split-pea soup
    Stir-fried vegetables
    Stuffed cabbage
    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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