On October 15-18, our new Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Stephanie McClellan, MD, in collaboration with Advancing Health After Hysterectomy Foundation (AHAH), will host a symposium featuring some of the most influential clinical and scientific minds studying the issues related to hormones, menopause, and midlife. To our knowledge, this is the only event of its caliber aimed at providing education for women and their partners on this topic.
Depression during perimenopause is a thing. A big thing. More than half of the population goes through menopause. And 20% of women report feelings of depression at some point during the transition. The good news is most women start to feel when a woman’s wildly fluctuating hormone levels finally sputter out for good. AKA: menopause. But still, segments of the journey from there to here can feel dark and isolating and frightening for some of us. Especially when no one else is talking about it.
Whether you’re approaching perimenopause or in the thick of it, you’ve probably heard more than a few dire warnings about what to expect during this new life phase. Or maybe you’ve heard absolutely nothing, so have no idea what’s in store. Either way, getting the straight scoop will go a long way toward easing your mind and your transition.
In 2018, the FDA approved a highly sensitive hormone test that helps predict when women will reach menopause. This past January, researchers published a study showing that when the test results are paired with additional health data, that prediction becomes much more accurate—a welcome development for a lot of women in the throes of perimenopause. When you’re up to your eyeballs in hot flashes, mood swings, and wildly irregular periods, a little light at the end of the tunnel is appreciated. Menopause, for many women, is the sweet reward for having made it through the previous 6-10 years.
Off-premise alcohol sales soared when cities and states across the country put Shelter In Place orders into effect. Many of our members at The Cusp are sharing that they’re definitely drinking more during quarantine. And some have been very candid about the fact that they’re using booze to quell their increased stress or anxiety. For women in peri/menopause there's gotta be a better way. In fact, there are at least five.
Clinical trials are under way to see if there may be a link between two female sex hormones and COVID-19 survival rates. We unpack the information and data that’s out there to get a better idea of where this hypothesis came from. Then take a look at what it may or may not mean, specifically for women in perimenopause and menopause.
The Cusp has expanded our comprehensive women's telemedicine service to New York. While we're excited to make menopause care available via video visits to the women of New York, we’ve also asked ourselves how we, as a small start-up, might roll up our sleeves a little higher to help New York and California during COVID-19.
Why should women worry about hot flashes in the midst of a life-threatening pandemic? Because quality of life is STILL important, even during these stressful times. We would even go so far as to say especially during these stressful times.
Like so many people, we have been monitoring the evolution of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition to reading advisories from the CDC and WHO, we’ve been taking notes on what other countries are doing to slow the spread. a.k.a. “flatten the curve.”
In December 2019, the long-term follow-up of the WHI was presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. And the headline is this: Taking postmenopausal estrogen therapy alone is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.
The most effective treatment, by far, for peri/menopause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, and brain fog is hormone therapy (HRT). So why aren’t more women choosing it?
Remember sex? You know, that thing that used to feel so amazing? The thing you used to look forward to? Make time for? Get caught doing in unexpected places?
We’ve gathered the best weight management knowledge, specifically for women in peri/menopause, ranging from lifestyle adjustments to medical treatments.
While self care is important for everyone, the stakes are higher for women in the menopause transition. For the sake of our bodies, our minds, and all that we hold dear, we simply have to move ourselves up to the top of our priority list.
I remember July, 2002 quite profoundly. That was the month I started my internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Nine days into my training, the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) released their findings on the largest hormone therapy (HT) study ever done (161,808 women), and consequently halted the study citing excess risks of heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer.
Deck the halls, light the candles, click the “add to cart” buttons. With the gift-giving season in full swing, don’t forget your peri/menopause besties, including yourself.
Hormones + holidays can be an explosive combination. Here are some lifestyle tweaks you can start making today to get ahead of the holiday ho-hums, boo-hoos, or oh-damns.
You're sitting in a staff meeting, sweating bullets. You're not the one giving the presentation. It's mid-winter and you're wearing a sleeveless dress. What on earth is happening?
There are over 20 symptoms associated with menopause. Your menopause “cocktail” will be totally unique to you in every way. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, it will probably change.
Think of menopause as puberty in reverse. If you remember that experience, it involved a lot of peaks and valleys. Menopause may be just as erratic and is just as hard to predict.
Do you spend more time looking for your keys than driving? Have you always cried this much watching TV? If you feel like your body has been gaslighting you, it may be that you're in perimenopause.
Understanding how hormones work can demystify your symptoms. Plus, it’s just really interesting (if you ask us). So grab your favorite readers, sit back and join us as we geek out on hormones.
What do pulverized cow ovaries, pregnant women’s urine, and pregnant mare’s urine have in common? Aside from a certain ick factor, they’ve all been used to treat perimenopause symptoms.