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Stick It to Menopause

Acupuncture Eases Symptoms Due to Menopause

Fifty-three postmenopausal women were split into two groups, one receiving traditional acupuncture and the other group got sham treatments for 10 weeks. Those who received acupuncture experienced less severe hot flashes and mood swings compared to women who got the sham treatment but did not decrease the rates of other problems. The acupuncture was independent of the changes in hormone levels that lead to menopause and the symptoms women experience. Researchers believe that acupuncture should be offered to women who are unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy. The complete study can be found online at Acupuncture in Medicine.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 8 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Acupuncture Aids Women with PCOS

Tags: Acupuncture, Benefits of Acupuncture, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Hot Flashes, Menopause, Mood Swings

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Men Have Hormonal Shifts Too

Male Menopause Affects 5 Million

Experts estimate that more than 5 million men suffer from hair loss, lack of concentration, mood swings, decreased desire for sex, weight gain and fatigue, all due to age-related hormone changes referred to as menopause in women. "This disorder is not something that should be ignored," said Robert Brannigan, MD, urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He believes that male menopause (male hypogonadism) is a highly prevalent disorder with 95 percent of cases left undiagnosed and untreated. The hormonal shifts in men occur more slowly than the shifts experienced by women. In men, testosterone levels drop about one percent every year starting in a male's late thirties. Male hypogonadism may be treated with hormone replacement therapy via gels, patches, injections or pellet implants.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Determining Menopause

Tags: Hair Loss, Male Menopause, Mood Swings, Weight Gain, Lack of Concentration, Decreased Desire for Sex, Male Hypogonadism, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Age-Related Hormone Changes

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Not Only Due to Estrogen Loss

Reasons for Postpartum Depression Explained

Up to 70 percent of new mothers experience symptoms of depression within the first week after giving birth. While, the symptoms dissipate in most cases, up to 13 percent of women experience clinical level postpartum depression (PPD). Fluctuations in estrogen have been to blame but now new research reveals that, while estrogen levels drop 100 to 1000 fold after giving birth, levels of the enzyme monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) increase dramatically throughout the brain. MAO-A is responsible for breaking down neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and, ultimately, for controlling our moods. By balancing MAO-A, this research “could have an impact on prevention and treatment of postpartum depression in the future", says lead author Julia Sacher.

More at | Posted 9 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Depression, Dopamine, Estrogen, Neurotransmitters, Postpartum Depression, PPD, Birth, Baby Blues, Monoamine Oxidase A, Serotonin, Norepinephrine, Mood Swings, Jula Sacher

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