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Here you'll find quick takes about hot flashes, menopause, and other aspects of health that impact your life. We'll be adding new factoids regularly, so check back often.​

How Does My Doctor Assess My Symptoms?

The medical profession uses the Kupperman Index and the newer Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) when assessing the severity of menopausal complaints voiced by patients. The Index measures symptomatic relief and is completed by the physician with the help of the Index, while the MRS measures health aspects of the quality of life and is completed by the patient, based on her perceptions of her symptoms. ♀

Study: DHEA May Improve Sex Life During Menopause

A new pilot (small) study conducted by Italian researchers showed that low doses of the steroidal hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), which is produced by the adrenal glands, improved sexual interest and activity in postmenopausal women who still had disturbing symptoms.

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Irregular Periods

If your period stops, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant or in menopause. There are a number of factors that can cause this, including high levels of stress, some medications, or extreme exercising or dieting. Don’t wait too long to make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup. ♀

Making Sense of Clinical Trials

If you’re curious enough to search out the results of clinical trials involving possible treatments for menopausal symptoms, you should know what it means when a study is described as “randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind.”

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Risks that Come with Menopause

As a woman ages, her risk for cardiovascular events and bone fractures increases. Menopause, and even earlier, is a time to reassess lifestyle. Adding a regular schedule of weight-bearing and aerobic exercise, eating a healthy diet, and making sure you’re getting enough calcium are critical to maintaining your health. ♀

Licorice Root Extract for Hot Flashes

If you've read that licorice helps some women with menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flashes, don't rush out to buy your market's supply of those no-nutrition black twists. It's the licorice root extract that has been shown to help in some cases. It has benefits but needs to be taken with caution, as the side effects can be worrisome. ♀

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