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When breast cancer treatment leads to early menopause

When breast cancer treatment leads to early menopause

In the same month I went from menstrual cramps to hot flashes overnight. By Sheryl E. Mendlinger, PhD Sheryl Mendlinger cut her hair short before undergoing treatment for breast cancer in 1994. In 1994, at the age of 43, I was diagnosed with stage 1 invasive breast cancer. At that time, treatment options were very limited, it was more a...
Premenopause / Early Menopause / Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (or Failure) / Perimenopause / Menopause / Postmenopause: Why these names matter

Premenopause / Early Menopause / Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (or Failure) / Perimenopause / Menopause / Postmenopause: Why these names matter

Making sense of the many names for women’s reproductive aging by Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research(CeMCOR). The process...
Early Menopause Caused By Makeup?

Early Menopause Caused By Makeup?

It turns out that phthalates – chemicals found in cosmetics, hairspray, packaged food, household cleaners, and other common plastic items – are causing early menopause. At least according to one new study that is getting a lot of hype in the past week or two. A team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, studied phthalate levels in...

Understanding Research: Expert Opinion Isn’t Enough

Many of us do our own health research, either because we have a specific question or simply to keep up with the news. If we don’t read the original scientific articles, we rely on experts to provide summaries in newspapers, magazines, or on a variety of websites. It seems as though by choosing sources judiciously we should be able to...

Earlier menopause with ovary-saving hysterectomy

Recently Heather Dillaway blogged about the challenges and frustrations of naming, and this blog continues with that theme, looking at a recent article about increased rates of “ovarian failure” following ovary-preserving hysterectomy. “Ovary-saving hysterectomy linked to early menopause,” reads the USA Today on-line headline, and the article opens with the statement that: Younger women who have a...
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