MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Cause and Effect

Does menopause cause an increase in health problems ranging from heart disease to bone disease to psychological depression? One issue is that many of these claims have been criticized as being overblown both by professionals within the medical community and by critics outside it. Another issue is that when problems are linked to menopause, the suggested solution has often been...

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...

Musings on Menopause and Heart Disease

A recent article by Swift et al. looked at the effects of aerobic exercise on heart health. Midlife women with high blood pressure were assigned to one of three exercise groups—a program of exercise that met National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines, one that was half the amount of exercise recommended by the NIH, or one that was 150% of...
“Death Loves Menopause”: Heart and Stroke Foundation Sends Wrong Message

“Death Loves Menopause”: Heart and Stroke Foundation Sends Wrong Message

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has inaccurately branded menopause as a killer of women. I will not be sending them a donation. Last October, the foundation launched a fundraising campaign called Make Death Wait. Magazine and TV ads personify death as a man with a disembodied voice (he sounds like a stalker) who says he loves women...

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...
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