MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Dads, Daughters, and Menarche

Oh, Mr. Dad! Is that the best you can do? Mr. Dad is a syndicated parenting advice column in my local paper, and the September 26 edition featured a query from a dad worried that his 11-year-old daughter may begin menstruating while her mom is deployed overseas (she just left, and she’ll be gone for a year). Mr. Dad’s first...

Cardiovascular deaths increase with steady aging, not menopause

Earlier this month, researchers published a statistical analysis of mortality data in England, Wales and the United States, disproving the common statement that, after menopause, women face increased rates of mortality from heart disease. There are other studies that have come to similar conclusions, but there are a few things that make this study different. One is that it drew...

Weekend Links

Women who use hormonal contraceptives experience memory changes, according to new UC Irvine research. Their ability to remember the gist of an emotional event improves, while women not using the contraceptives better retain details. Researcher Shawn Nielsen takes great care to emphasize that the findings do not show that the pill damages memory: “It’s a change in the type...

Menopause Isn’t for Dummies

Roseanne’s Nuts was one of the delights of summer 2011, especially for those of us who have missed the comedic talents of Roseanne Barr. If you don’t watch television (or are outside the US), Roseanne’s Nuts is Roseanne Barr’s return to episodic television, this time in the form of a reality show set on the star’s 40-acre macadamia nut farm...
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