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Syptoms Of Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does your menstrual cycle just stop after menopause?
    After you go through all the syptoms of menopause, do the monthly cycles stop on their own, or do you have to go through surgery?

    Also, why are my periods so heavy and last for long periods of time? This can't be part of the menopause....or is it?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      No surgery required, its a natural process and they will stop ont here own, but spotting can still occur.
      And your period being long and heavy probably has nothing to do with menopause, if they persist you should goto a doctor they should be heavy and long every month.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some of the symptoms of menopause?
    I'm 44 and my periods are irregular. I have new hair growing around my hairline and bad headaches. Are these symptoms that menopause is starting?

    • ANSWER:
      hot flashes, night sweats, and mood fluctuations are common syptoms of menopause,but usually menopause starts around 50 but has been known to start sooner.

  3. QUESTION:
    how do you know if you have been through menopause?
    I am 45 years of age, ahve not had a menstrual cycle in more than 9 years. I have not had hot sweats, but do have lack of sex drive.

    • ANSWER:
      you don't have an OBGYN who can help you with this?

      maybe try to GOOGLE menopause syptoms, there is a bunch of info sites there.

      http://www.womentowomen.com/?id=1&campaignno=menopause&adgroup=ag8symptoms&keywords=menopause+symptoms

      try this too-

      http://www.project-aware.org/Experience/symptoms.shtml

  4. QUESTION:
    What were your syptoms of cervical cancer and how did you find out?
    Did you have symptoms? What were they? How did you find out? Could the doctor tell before your pap smear came back?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a man. But my wife at 55 years suddenly one day reported bleeding and when I took her to a gynocologist she took biopsy sample and after testing confirmed it as Cervical Cancer StageIIIB. The the treatments started.

      The general symptoms of cervical cancer are -

      Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers that affect a woman's reproductive organs. Various strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection, play a role in causing most cases of cervical cancer.

      When exposed to HPV, a woman's immune system typically prevents the virus from doing harm. In a small group of women, however, the virus survives for years before it eventually converts some cells on the surface of the cervix into cancer cells. Half of cervical cancer cases occur in women between ages 35 and 55.

      You may not experience any cervical cancer symptoms — early cervical cancer generally produces no signs or symptoms. As the cancer progresses, these cervical cancer symptoms and signs may appear:

      -Vaginal bleeding after intercourse, between periods or after menopause
      -Watery, bloody vaginal discharge that may be heavy and have a foul odor
      -Pelvic pain or pain during intercourse -

  5. QUESTION:
    7 weeks pregnant and symtoms easing off?
    I had my last ultrasound Sunday after I had been bleeding and passing clots (tmi) the baby was fine with a strong heart beat. The bleeding has now stopped but I am not feeling sick now and my sore boobs are easing off - just wondering if this is normal for 7 weeks? I have been using progesterone cream which helps with pms and menopause symptoms - do you think this could have anything do do with it? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      apart from haveing another scan you can have two blood tests a day apart they can check to see if hcg levels are rising (they should double every 24 hours) and show pregnancy progressing fine.
      try not to worry too much some people only have syptoms for a week or two every pregnancy is different for example some people can be sick all the way through while others dont get sick at all.
      wishing you all the best xx

  6. QUESTION:
    Is dizziness one of the syptoms while going through menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! One of many more! If it gets to where your dizzy alot or at times that could cause you to get hurt please talk to your doctor and make sure that is the only thing going on.

  7. QUESTION:
    Thyroid Menopause Symptoms or something else?
    I seem to be getting lots of symptoms basic blood work test are all within normal ranges except cholesterol - but I have headaches, vision problems, irregular periods (close together) sleep problems, fuzzy brain - over 50 - I do work long hours & have been suffering long term stress. Any women had similar symptoms and have identified causes and treatment? Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Edit: I haven't had hot flushes to speak of but sometimes people say my face is red but I don't feel hot or sweaty when it happens.

    • ANSWER:
      it does sound like menopause, but stress can mimic so many syptoms of other things so it is hard to say.
      you didnt mention any hot flashes --but not all women get them .
      if you get night sweats then more then likely it is menopause.
      i did have similisr symptoms and all my tests were okay other then high cholesterol just like you--but many have that anyway i guess.
      %0

  8. QUESTION:
    Are hot Flahes or night sweats a Syptom for a illness other than menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      They can be caused by many things but the most popular is menopause.

      In truth any thing that disrupts or changes your regular hormone function can produce these symptoms.

      Did you know even men go through a type of menopause. Their hormones get out of whack too. Interesting.

      Go to your doctor if these symptoms are bothering you. It will put your mind at ease to find out why one might have these symptoms. You never learn a thing if you do not ask questions.

      May you be blessed.

  9. QUESTION:
    Question for mature women (and others who expertise in this field).?
    My aunt is having her period again, but she says instead of it lasting like a day or three, it's lasting a week. What does this mean? She's almost 51... could it be a symptom of menopause?

    And she's not going to a doctor- she's old-fashioned and likes to save money.
    She's never had it for a week before, so she's worried.

    • ANSWER:
      She is at the right age to begin peri-menopause. Some of the most common syptoms are irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Irregular periods can be many different things, including longer or shorter periods, lighter or heavier periods, and more or less time between them. It's usually not neccesary to visit the doctor for just this since there are not tests or anything to confirm peri-menopause. In fact, they can't even confirm menopause until 12 months after the last period. For more information, you can visit webmd

  10. QUESTION:
    my mother is having signs of menopause. she had a hysterectomy 17 years ago is that possible? please help!?
    i am 18 and i love my mom so much lately she seems either down in the dumps or really high strung. my boyfriend has even noticed that she is acting odd and is concerned with her. she has a lot of mood swings and seems like she has a lot of menopause syptoms. i have looked up some of the syptoms and she hasnt been sleeping well, has mood swings, night sweats, and seems irritable. she had a hysterectomy 17 years ago.. i really am just wondering if its possible that she is going through menopause. please help! i miss my mom!

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    what can cause low estrogen levels apart from menopause could it be something more serious?
    my syptoms are irregular periods, occasional hot flushes, feeling sick shakey, feeling like i'm going to pass out, very emotional, constant infectons down below. Please advise me very worried about hospital appointment

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say how old you are and whether menopause could be the problem? (I'm 43 and already finished my menopause)

      There are lots of things that can cause low oestrogen levels. When I say lots, I mean lots and lots. From problems dire and simple of your kidneys, arthritis, medicines, depression or even diet.

      I know that it is difficult not to worry until you have had a doctor tell you that there is nothing or something simple wrong.

      The one piece of advice that has made my life worry free is

      DON'T WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL!

      Do what you can to make it better (Drs), but everything else you can't change. The doctors appt is a good thing. Look forward to it so that you'll have something to go on and reassurance.

      Please consider letting me know the outcome of your appointment. You are in my prayers.

      All the best

  12. QUESTION:
    I think i may have fibormyalgia?
    I have had lots of aching and pains and issues with my skin and eyes and everything...I looked up fibromyalgia and I seem to have just about every symptom there is but i want some real input from atual suffers. Anyone who has it please give me some very specific syptoms that you are suffering with so I can have something to base mine on. I almost feel relieved to know that there may be an answer!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I have fibromyalgia. Ive had it since I was 16....so 11 years.

      Its hard to give a symptom profile because since its an autoimmune disorder, the symptoms vary.

      But the main one is the pain....and I do mean pain, that the person feels in their body. Mine were in my neck, back, hips because of a severe auto accident, but for years up to that trigger, I would have as a child, extremely horrific leg 'cramps' that doctors called "growing pains" but no, they were the precursor to fibro because growing pains do not cause a child to cry and sob, you know?

      The pain is in the soft tissues of the body....the muscles and the connective tissue, it can be in your ear lobes (So terrible during the winter, make sure you dont go out in the wind without earmuffs), pain in your mouth and jaw, headaches (they make migraines look easy), neck pain, back pain, hip pain, pain in your elbow/knees, in your feet, etc. It can be anywhere. The pain feels like you are being crushed, squeezed, clamped, or like pins and needles are cutting into you.....thats how I can describe my pain.

      Fatigue....God, its bad. For some reason, Fibro and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome seem to go hand in hand.... So you get the fatigue, the lethargy, mental fog/confusion, depression, forgfetfullness, insomnia.

      Also tends to cause IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndomre), which you experience abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, flatuence, and bloating.

      Fibro for some reason, tends to affect a woman's reproductive system....causing PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and/or endometriosis. Women with fibro tend to also have problems with their periods and even with fertility (Im infertile, went into early menopause at the age of 24).

      Depression....This is a REAL depression, not some somatization. And its exacerbated by going to doctors who dont believe you and/or dont treat you correctly.

      Other symptoms: ringing in the ears, change in weight, thyroid imbalances, and a list of others I cant think of at the moment.

      It can be controlled, believe it or not. However, let me tell you I am not a fan of how the medical community is treating Fibro....Ive tried it all, the antidepressants and everything else, and nothing worked.

      So what did? Acupuncture (its a god send), Exercise (I know....I didnt like to hear it at first, but after 6 weeks of regularly working out for 30 min 5x week, the pain decreased by 75 percent and I didnt have the insomnia and the depression.), eating well (Some people with Fibro have "trigger foods", foods that cause more problems, some are dairy products, others are salt, others are carbs....so you have to find out which are your triggers and avoid at all costs), and having a lifestyle of stress reduction (Meditation is key).

      This isnt an overnight thing.....But I experienced 10 years of hell....it wasnt until this last year when I really got in control of my condition and went for the right treatment (as described above). Now I do experience periods of flare-ups when all the symptoms come rushing back, but this is only in conjunction with times of great stress....which is why stress reduction is key component here....you cant eliminate stress, but we can reduce it.

      I hope this has helped you.

  13. QUESTION:
    Am I going through menopause at 23?!?
    I am 23 and I have not gotten my period since the 24th of February! (Almost 2 MONTHS!) I took a pregnancy test a few weekends ago, and it came out negative, and I have not head any syptoms of being pregnant. I have had cramping and back pain like I'm about to get my period, but it hasn't come! What is wrong with me? Could I have some kind of infection or serious problem? HELP!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are stressed or ill that can cause you to miss your period. You are not going through menopause as you don't list any symptoms of going through menopause. If you are really concerned then call or see your doc.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is menopause? What is perimenopause?

    • ANSWER:
      hi
      Menopause is the point in a woman's life when she has not had a menstrual period for 1 year. Menopause marks the end of the childbearing years. It is sometimes called “the change of life.”
      For most women, menopause happens around age 50, but every woman's body has its own timeline. Some women stop having periods in their mid-40s. Others continue well into their 50s.
      Perimenopause is the process of change that leads up to menopause. It can start as early as your late 30s or as late as your early 50s. How long perimenopause lasts varies, but it usually lasts from 2 to 8 years. You may have irregular periods or other symptoms during this time.
      For Detail Information about Menopause Diseasse,Causes and their Syptoms.
      I will Suggest u to visit this link
      http://bilalhealthclinic.com/diseaseformm.html

  15. QUESTION:
    what are manopause symptoms?
    my mum practically sayin she having gastric .the onli reason she said so is because she have bloted tummy so if u dont mind listing the syptoms of manopause

    • ANSWER:
      The common symptoms of menopause are:
      * Irregular periods
      * Decreased fertility
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Hot flashes
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Mood swings
      * Increased abdominal fat
      * Thinning hair
      * Loss of breast fullness
      but there are many other symptoms that I haven't listed, but I hope this helps.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's wrong with me???
    I'm two months late for my period but pregnancy tests come back negative. I'm only 21 so I know it's not menopause. I'm not under any stress really and I wasn't expecting to get pregnant so I don't think it's a mental thing. Lately I've been dizzy, had nausea, my nipples have been killing me. I know that these could be symptoms of PMS too but so far no period. I DO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT with my ob/gyn so please don't yell at me for not going to the doctor. I was just wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or knows (aside from pregnancy) what I should as my dr. about. PS. I'm NOT on any meds, my thyroid is fine (had it checked a couple months back) No eating disorders, I'm average weight, and haven't been on birth control in 3 years. Normally my periods are right on time. What gives?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that you are pregnant, sometimes tests don't pick it up. Have you had a test done by a doctor? It could also be menopause. Seriously, I know it's unusal for your age but it can happen at any time. I can't think of anything else unless you are under a lot of stress. That can often have similar syptoms as pregnancy.

  17. QUESTION:
    does perimenopause or menopause share some of the same syptoms with pregnancy?
    I am 47 and seem to be beginning my change. I have had unprotected sex recently althought he never came inside me. this is the second time my body has FELT pregnant. Last time I got my pereod on the exact day I was supposed to. I've looked on all the perimenopause and menopause sites and some of the symptoms I am experiencing could be attributed to either of those, but others cant? Any help here would be appreciated. I feel crampy and my back is aching... I just wanted to ask all the ladies out there who have been thru the change, if these symptoms affected you during your change. or if I should panic about a pregnancy that is way to late in my life?

    • ANSWER:
      you can compare all menopause symptoms with pregnancy symptoms - check below

  18. QUESTION:
    menopause???????????????????????????
    Hi Every Body

    Well Ino What Your All About To Think Shes Two Young No Way!
    Im Coming Up 21 And Im 100% Possitive Im In The Eearly Menopause Stage!
    Im Getting All The Syptom's
    Night Sweats
    Hot Flushes
    Weight Gain
    My Mood Swings Are At A Al Time High
    Im Pee'ing Like Theres No Tomorro
    My Skin Well Im Iching All The Time At Night In Bed I feel Theres Ants Crawling All Over Me Its Gone Really Dry Aswell
    Iv Had A Migrain For About 3months Now...
    Is This It Have I Hit It Early Menopause??
    Please note i am pregnant :) i have 2 children i did cheak if was preg befor i wote this

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor, menopause at 21 is rare unless you have had a hysterectomy.

      The symptoms you state could also be pregnancy.

  19. QUESTION:
    Menopause??????????????????????
    Hi Every Body

    Well Ino What Your All About To Think Shes Two Young No Way!
    Im Coming Up 21 And Im 100% Possitive Im In The Eearly Menopause Stage!
    Im Getting All The Syptom's
    Night Sweats
    Hot Flushes
    Weight Gain
    My Mood Swings Are At A Al Time High
    Im Pee'ing Like Theres No Tomorro
    My Skin Well Im Iching All The Time At Night In Bed I feel Theres Ants Crawling All Over Me Its Gone Really Dry Aswell
    Iv Had A Migrain For About 3months Now...
    Is This It Have I Hit It Early Menopause??

    • ANSWER:
      I would check with my doctor if I were you, just to see if it is menopause.

  20. QUESTION:
    Hysterectomy questions?
    My mom is 46 years old and every month when it is time for her period she bleeds very, very heavy. She has to wake up every hour bc literally there will be blood all over her bed. She also bleeds heavy clots. She has been expeirencing menopause syptoms for the 2 years and I am getting worried about her bc I really think she needs a hyterectomy, she has said herself she needs one but she keeps putting it off. Has anyone been thru this or had one? Can you tell me about how long you were in the hospital and how long your recovery time was? Does it sound like she needs one? I'm sorry I know this alot of questions ~ I'm just really worried about my mom.

    • ANSWER:
      i did exatly the same thing and i had a complete hysterectomy at the age of 19 because of this same problem.... she really needs to get one, and she will feel so much better..... if you have any more questions about this, you can e-mail me at stephandawn@aol.com..... ive been thru it...

  21. QUESTION:
    Endometriosis?
    I am wondering if I had / have endometriosis. My periods used to always be very painful and I would often be physically sick. It was also painful passing stools. I would get cramping a few days before and after a period as well.

    To be honest I didn't think all this was necessarily unusual. Then I saw a dietician to treat gut Candida and amazingly all the syptoms above dramatically decreased.

    I have since found that the better I follow the Candida diet, the better my syptoms are. Do you think I had endo? Also do I need to see my doctor about it even though I can now manage the symptoms by diet? Like is the actual endo still "there" if it was that?

    • ANSWER:
      Candida is highly prevalent in women and girls with the disease, and some of the symptoms can be managed very, very effectively with the Candida diet and other alternative inteventions as you have experienced (including mind-body medicine, holistic and aruveydic, nutritional, etc. etc.). This does not, however, rule out Endometriosis.

      It sounds like you did/are doing quite well on the diet regardless of whether or not you have Endo, and I wish you continued success. If you can continue to manage on the Anti-Candida approach you are using, then there is no reason to feel as though you might need a surgical laparoscopy for diagnosis and subsequent treatment right away. If the symptoms persist or grow worse, however, do consider seeing a gyn surgeon with an advanced understanding of the illness who can meticulously treat it.

      As for the above re: masturbation and Endo by the Yale research team - read this to find out why this study is flawed and inaccurate, and borders on the irresponsible:

      http://www.endocenter.org/endostudy.htm

      As for the claim above that women with Endo are somehow always in the hospital with terrible pains and don't get their period, that's absurd. Women with Endo DO get their periods and often suffer the worst during menses (though pain from Endo can occur at any point in the cycle, after menopause and after hysterectomy), and while surgeries and hospitalizations are a part of life with Endo for a lot of women and girls suffering, it's not as though the 89 million females living with Endo are all sitting in a hospital room and not out living productive lives. Yes, the disease can be crippling in terms of unrelenting pain, but women and girls with Endo are among the strongest in the world and manage to persevere despite the pain and symptoms of the disease. For an educated discussion on Endo that contains actual facts, see http://www.endocenter.org/pdf/2007ScreeningEducationKit.pdf.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do PMS symptoms?
    Get worse as we age? I am turning 37 tomorrow and I don't remember having such severe symptoms. Could this be the start of pre-menopause??
    Please cut the sarcasm

    • ANSWER:
      cool happy bday,,,,well syptoms can get worse but it doesn't necessarily have to. MY suggestion is: if this set of symptoms is new and unusual/worse, go check out your physician. He/She'd be the best person to tell you what it is.

  23. QUESTION:
    WTF is wrong with my period???
    Ok, I am 12 and about a month ago i started getting pain in my right ovary. Usually i only get it right before my period, but this time it came at any random times! And then my period came a bit early and ended last sunday. After that i started to feel nausuous sometimes. And for the past few days my nipples have been really sore. And today, my period started!! Its only been 1 week since it ended! There is very little blood comign onto my pad, but inside my vagina there is heavy period blood! Should i see a doctor? Could it be a cyst?

    Oh and one more question that is not relevant to me or my symptoms: can horomone related anxiety/depression be a syptom of Ovarian Cancer? Its for my mom. Or is it more likely its perimenopause. He periods have been kind of off. she is 37. Thanx

    • ANSWER:
      i think you should see a doctor asap, they will check u up and probably give u the birth control pills--they work on fixing your periods and will come regularly after 30-32 days.
      About your mom, im sorry i have no idea about any cancer. I think she's just going thru her menopauses, she should see the doctor too. ;) Good Luck to u 2;)

  24. QUESTION:
    does anyone know the symptoms of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      The meopause or change of life, is the time in a woman's life when her periods stop, usually taken as twelve months in a row, the average age for this is beeween 45 -55.

      The syptoms are:-

      1) A change in the general pattern of perios.
      2) Hot flushes and night sweats.
      3) Trouble sleaping.
      4) Dryness of the vagina.
      5) Mood swings.
      6) Trouble focusing.
      7) Some times hair thinning on the head, but more growth on
      the face.

      Oesrogen levels faul during menopause and sometimes this causes weakness of the bones or osteoporosis.

      Menopause can usually be managed by diet or by Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), there are sveral side effects with HT so your doctor will discuss the best remedy for you.

      There are also a lot of natural remedies for managing menopause, and these and full information on menopause can be found on the following site.

  25. QUESTION:
    HeLp Me!!!!!?
    Bright white discharge and lower back pains is it bad?!?!?!
    Can someone show me a website that i can type in different syptoms and find out what it could be?!?!?
    ~13 girl and scared!

    • ANSWER:
      If it's like clearish-white, it's just your normal discharge. I wouldn't worry about it, every woman will get this discharge until your going to go through menopause. If it makes you feel uncomfortable you can wear a pantyliner. As for the back pains, your probably have back cramps. It's normal, it;s just part of PMS.
      When did you start to get the discharge? From the time you started getting it, you can expect to get your period 8-12 months later. (:

  26. QUESTION:
    My 49yr old GF has hot flushes. What's the best course of action?
    I know it may be Hormonal, but we are not keen on HRT and its side effects.
    Personal experiences please Ladies....
    Ooooops sorry. She is only 40 not 49......
    Thank you muchly folks. You are a smashing lot.
    Goodness knows how I am going to be able to select just one for BA.......

    • ANSWER:
      A hot flash (sometimes women refer to it as a hot flush or night sweat) is a symptom of menopause and also changing hormone levels which typically expresses itself at night as periods of intense heat with sweating and rapid heartbeat and may typically last from two to thirty minutes on each occasion for older women. The event may be repeated a few times each week or up to a dozen times a day, with the frequency reducing over time. Excessive flushing can lead to rosacea.

      For younger women who are menstruating or are expecting it to occur soon (one to two weeks is how long premenstruation lasts), they may encounter hot and/or cold flashes. These episodes do not usually last long. One minute, a woman will feel cold, the next, hot. Hot and cold flashes for younger women only occur during their menstruation or premenstruation. If it occurs when a young woman is far from expecting her menstruation, than it may be a problem with her pituitary gland, seeing a doctor is highly recommended.

      Hormone replacement therapy may relieve many of the syptoms of menopause, though there are many side effects of HRT and several factors to take into consideration before deciding to undergo HRT. In addition to traditional hormone replacement therapies, there are also natural HRT therapies that are being chosen by an increasingly large group of women.

      [edit] External links

      * http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/womenshealth/wome3263.html
      * Hot Flash Stories
      * Power Surge
      * Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
      * Soy Plus Exercise Relieves Hot Flashes

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the chances that I'm pregnant?
    Ok so my period is 4 days late and I've had 5 negative pregnancy tests, the last time I had sex I used one of the Today's Sponges and followed all the directions, the next day I started my period and it was heavy as hell but now I'm late. I havent had sex since that time which was 32 days ago (my boyfriend lives out of town) I really dont have any pregnancy syptoms but I dont know why I'm late, I dont know if the fact that I had a UTI this month and I was taking AZO if that would cause me to be late? I just tested and it came back negative. Do you think im paranoid or pregnant?
    Oh ok and Im 19

    • ANSWER:
      There can be other reasons ur late...

      There are various reasons for your period to be late and the pregnancy test to be negative. As far as your period being late, are many possibilities for explaining a missed or delayed period. In most women of childbearing age, pregnancy is the first guess. If your pregnancy test is negative and you are sure that you are not pregnant, here are some other causes for missed or delayed periods that you could consider:

      * Stress is major cause of missed or delayed periods. Stress interferes with the normal hormonal signals from your brain and it can block ovulation. This causes your cycles to become irregular.

      * Thyroid problems also, again by interfering with the normal hormonal pathways, can lead to a late period.

      * Being overweight or underweight can also interfere with your normal menstrual cycle.

      * If you are on birth control pills or DepoProvera, the medication itself may make periods disappear. It is okay to not have periods when you are taking these medications, but it is not okay to not have periods without any medicines.

      * In most women, premature menopause is a very remote possibility. A measurement of the FSH blood level on the third day of your cycle will give clues as to whether you should consider menopause as a probable cause.

      If your period does not arrive within a couple of weeks, you can repeat the pregnancy test and make an appointment with your gynecologist. Usually after a discussion of your medical history, a physical exam and perhaps a couple of blood tests, the reason for missed periods can be identified and corrected.

  28. QUESTION:
    what are syptoms of premenapause---?
    my mom thinks she´s bout to get menapause she says shes getn a weird period this month it comes and goes-.....its heavy than light and lighter but than heavy again.....

    • ANSWER:
      Premenopause (or peri-menopause) may last for several years. Your periods become irregular, sometimes, heavy, sometimes light, sometimes skipped. You may get cramps and headaches.

  29. QUESTION:
    Help with Vagifem query please?
    I had a total Abdominal Hysterectomy in March and I don't seem to be suffering much at all with the menapause. I'm 50.

    However I do suffer greatly from Ulcerative Colitis and Aneamia.
    I am not sleeping at all well and for the last few weeks I am having to get up at night up to 6 times for a wee so this is agrevating my insomnia and causing more distress to me.

    A visit to my GP has confirmed NO urinary infection and my doctor wants me to try Vigifem.

    I'm a bit confused really as there is nothing about excess peeing in the paperwork with this oestrogen replacement medicine and I do NOT have ANY of the syptoms that are mentioned in that leaflet at all.

    I don't want to take any hormone replacement therapy that I don't really need as is carries some concern, but I do want this bladder problem to go.

    Is Vigifem REALY going to help my condition please?

    • ANSWER:
      Your urinary frequency might be a menopausal symptom.
      The urethra is made from the same tissue as the vagina and during the menopause they both get a bit dry.
      If the urethra is dry and getting a bit "shrivelled" it is going to feel uncomfortable and you will get an irritated feeling as if you need to pee.
      Vagifem gets rid of these symptoms by restoring the natural elasticity to both vagina and urethra.

  30. QUESTION:
    Do I have breast cancer?(GIRLS)?
    Im mortified >_<
    Utterly mortified

    Im in my preteen years and about a year ago I noticed that one of my nipples has gotten a little hard and feels like theres a lump In it and it gets a little bit darker .Now im noticing that the other one has it to but now the one that was hard is now puffy now .And now my "boobs" have grown bigger and they are both puffy now
    was this just a stage in the growth?
    or do I have breast cancer? because just a second ago I was reading online of syptoms of brest cancer and it was talkign about how it will be discolored and feel like it has a lump in it.
    please keep in mind that im 11 years old so it may just be that im growing but idk and im scared o_O
    Please help me :

    and noone in my family has ever had cancer i dont think so idk is it just puberty??

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Christy
      Honey, you are just blooming as my mom used to say to me. It's hormonal. All girls have this and I bet at the slightest touch, it's sensitive. It's part of developing and your mom went through it too. Just ask her. She'll tell you. You don't have cancer so calm down and rest assured that it's all part of growing up. Breast cancer normally affects women after menopause. Preteens is so remote. So, Honey, talk to your mom and see what she says Ok, Hope you feel better about it. God bless.

  31. QUESTION:
    Why aren't I falling pregnant!?!?
    My boyfriend and I are both (as far as we know) healthy (besides the varicose vein in my boyfriends left testicle) 19 year olds..(at the peak of fertility i thought) And for the past 4 months we've not been using protection. I know 4 months perhaps isnt long but Id have thought it would have happened by now!? I came off of birth control in December, and my periods seemed to become normal again by February..
    My "period" last month however, was just a one day bleed, on and off. After this I began experiencing no end of pregnancy symptoms..
    Achey breasts, swallon nipples, cramping (a lot), nausea, head aches, feeling sick at certain smells (especially cigarettes which usually never bothered me, but now im at the extend where im actually gagging to be sick)..
    I thought Id fallen pregnant. My period was due on the 16th and as the days passed I was quite pleased. But then on the 19th my period came, and is still here (one day now,)

    I know in pregnancy your hormones can go whack, so im wondering if this is actually a period or if its a vaginal bleed and if its worth taking a pregnancy test (due to all the syptoms i was having).

    Otherwise, Im unsure as to why its taking so long to get pregnant, starting to worry something may be wrong.. (been having sex on my ovulation days etc)

    Any advice on falling pregnant etc would be much appriciated

    Thankyou! And baby dust to all of those whom want it.
    Ive only just began to stress slightly having 4 months passed. I do not believe in marriage due to personal views (parents divorcing etc) I do not believe that in order to offer a child an loving, secure, safe and supportive home you need to be married.. If we were 14 year olds living with our mums and we'd been together a week and had started trying for a baby I could understand the need for judgement, however that is not the case. Thanks anyway.

    • ANSWER:
      good luck on trying to have a baby<3

      Some women want children but either cannot conceive or keep miscarrying. This is called infertility. Lots of couples have infertility problems. About one-third of the time, it is a female problem. In another one-third of cases, it is the man with the fertility problem. For the remaining one-third, both partners have fertility challenges or no cause is found.

      Some common reasons for infertility in women include:

      Age – Women generally have some decrease in fertility starting in their early 30s. And while many women in their 30s and 40s have no problems getting pregnant, fertility especially declines after age 35. As a woman ages, normal changes that occur in her ovaries and eggs make it harder to become pregnant. Even though menstrual cycles continue to be regular in a woman's 30s and 40s, the eggs that ovulate each month are of poorer quality than those from her 20s. It is harder to get pregnant when the eggs are poorer in quality. As a woman nears menopause, the ovaries may not release an egg each month, which also can make it harder to get pregnant. Also, as a woman and her eggs age, she is more likely to miscarry, as well as have a baby with genetic problems, such as Down syndrome.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is It The Early Menopause?
    Hi Every Body

    Well Ino What Your All About To Think Shes Two Young No Way!
    Im Coming Up 21 And Im 100% Possitive Im In The Eearly Menopause Stage!
    Im Getting All The Syptom's
    Night Sweats
    Hot Flushes
    Weight Gain
    My Mood Swings Are At A Al Time High
    Im Pee'ing Like Theres No Tomorro
    My Skin Well Im Iching All The Time At Night In Bed I feel Theres Ants Crawling All Over Me Its Gone Really Dry Aswell
    Iv Had A Migrain For About 3months Now...
    Is This It Have I Hit It Early Menopause??

    • ANSWER:
      That's what it sounds like, but you need to see a doctor and get blood tests to know for sure.

  33. QUESTION:
    imagine my confusion, what would you do?
    i have hypertyroidism (graves disease) it is very hard for me to gain weight. because of my condition which was not supposed to be a lifelong disease but rather a temporary thing that was diagnosed as being brought on by either extreme stress or the fact that i had recently had a total hysterectomy which immediatly put me right in the middle of menopause. now my question is because of the side effects or rather the syptoms of the graves disease i don't have a appitite at all
    as a matter of fact right before i was diagnosed at the doctors office i weighed in at 89 pounds and i'm 5 feet 1 inch anyway because i don't have any appitite at all the only thing that seems to help bring about the feeling of hunger is marijuana. yes, i do take my regular persription
    for the graves which is methamizole, and yes i've told my doctor about the use and his only response is well if it's working don't knock it but at the same time i personal can not get a perscription for medical marijuana. when i ask my doctor about it he hims and haws but never provides any answer one way or another and when i ask for a more appitite inducind medication he responds with this is the best one for you treatment. what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you seen a specialist instead of your regular doctor? Sometimes your regular doctor might not know all the options for what you have. You have to talk with a specialist that has more answers. I agree if the weed is helping then keep it up. It would be much nicer if you could get a prescription for it but hey you have to do what you can to stay healthy. If you live in California getting a prescription for it isn't very hard you just have to know the right places to go and ask. I personally don't know where that would be but I'm sure with some research you can find out. I'm sorry I don't have a better answer for this but if you haven't already I would definitely see a specialist about it.

  34. QUESTION:
    Medical Professionals and ladies only Plz...?
    Can a woman go through menopause more then once? I mean like I went through it several years ago, and now all the syptoms seemed to be back again. The night sweats, mood swings, hot flashes. Or is it just one continuous nightmare?
    Sorry I guess I should have said that I had a complete hysterectomy in "93"

    • ANSWER:
      Those of us who don't have all our organs have a more difficult time during menopause. Remember how hard it was to get regular cycles with our period? It's the same thing. It's like our body doesn't know what to do without our hormones, and it takes time to get used to it. I'm going through the same thing. Consider getting hormone replacement therapy.
      peace

  35. QUESTION:
    hi can any one help if they been through this?
    hi lm suffering this lve not been on my period for now nearly severn weeks and lm only 28 yrs old,l got headaches,sore boobs espeaically on my nipples,l feel like l want to come on nothing happening and l do suffer cramps in my stomach and l get backaches wen lve not carried anything heavy.so has anyone got advice as l phone the nurse told me complete out of order as its older women that suffer it not my age too cant be true and they said its called menopause do you think its true
    or do you think it could be hormones its driving me crazy plus me and my body not stress its so werid
    also lve been having bad dreams too and l keep weeing rather alot
    thanks you guys l am very grateful for your help

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your pregnant,

      Go pick up a test at the dollar store and then let us know,

      It doesn't sound like Menopause at all,menopause gives you mood swings and hot flashes

      YOUR SYPTOMS Sound like pregnancy symptoms,

      Get off the Computer and go get a test.

      Today

      Good Luck

      M

  36. QUESTION:
    I'm having brown spotting just less than 3 weeks after my last period, what could this mean?

    I have had sex, but I don't think that I'm pregnant, but I'm not on birth control. Please help because I don't have health insurance, so if possible I want to figure this out without going to the dr.
    BTW I'm 21.

    • ANSWER:
      when i done that after i had had my period i miscarried.

      My syptoms were:
      *Tiredness
      *pain in my back
      *Pain in my stomach
      *Bleeding (red to brown)

      I had just gotten off my period and 4 days later started to bleed again. After 6 days of the above symptoms i went to the ER where i found out i was pregnant but sadly i miscarried.

      Take a pregnancy test go to http://www.peeonastick.com and there it tells you all about pregnancy tests.

      There are a few possiblities. However, without knowing your age or medical history it is a little hard to focus on the more likely ones. That being said, I would first wonder if you are actually having periods, meaning a normal shedding of the endometrial lining 13 days, +/- 4 days after ovulation. The flow should be crescendo-decrescendo or crescendo. This means the flow starts light, goes to heavy then to light. Or it can start heavy and go to light. The flow length should be < 8 days.

      What you may see as a period getting closer together is actually irregular endometrial shedding because of no ovulation. The lining of the uterus keeps building up from estrogen, but without a buildup and drop off of progesterone, the endometrium never completely sheds. Many women will do this thinking their periods are 3 weeks apart. This usually occurs with anovulatory cycles.

      The clotting and brown coloration are typical of the anovulatory cycles. The brown color means old blood. The clots are irregular shedding endometrium.

      The causes of this situation? I would first think of thyroid dysfunction, ovarian failure secondary to upcoming menopause, and ovarian dysfunction (luteal dysfunction) where the progesterone is not adequately produced. One must also consider infection, fibroids, and especially endometriosis which is associated with luteal dysfunction. I would expect other symptoms though.

      Of course, make an appointment with your doctor. Until then, accurately chart days you bleed. If possible, find a certified natural family planning instructor to help you learn how to chart. There is a wealth of information from these charts. Most doctors have not seen them but can get basic information from them verifying your situation of irregular bleeding. You can educate your doctor about charting. It really does help!

      The brown discharge may merely be "old blood" from the uterus that is being pushed out by the growing fetus. It is usually insignificant and, as long as fetus is growing and there is no heavy vaginal bleeding it usually does not become a miscarriage. The brownish bleeding may also be due to a "subchorionic bleed" which is a sequestration of some blood within the folds of the developing placenta. This, too, does not lead to miscarriage. I would suggest taking serial sonograms to assess fetal growth and to determine the position of the placenta and the presence of any other bleeding. If the sonogram is fine and you continue to hear a fetal heartbeat on doppler, you should be fine. A brown dischrage can also be a sign of a vaginal infection, which, of course, can be treated if a culture grows any bacteria. Don't worry for now.

      It sounds as though you are having anovulatory bleeding. Menstrual cycles, when a woman is not having regular ovulation tends to be irregular with spotting and breakthrough bleeding and some cramping and bleeding.

      If you need contraception, combined birth control pills could make your periods more regular, lead to less spotting or breakthrough bleeding and lead to less cramps and pain

      good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Menapause syptoms please ?
    I feel like I'm going mad one wk out of evrey four I can't bare anyone near me it has distroyed any relation ship I have had pleare can anyone help

    • ANSWER:
      See your doctor for a hormone check and then discuss hormone replacement therapy to get you balanced.
      You may be blaming your symptoms on menopause, but have you thought maybe you have a mood disorder?

  38. QUESTION:
    Medical Professionals and ladies only Plz...?
    Can a woman go through menopause more then once? I mean like I went through it several years ago, and now all the syptoms seemed to be back again. The night sweats, mood swings, hot flashes. Or is it just one continuous nightmare?
    Sorry I guess I should have said that I had a complete hysterectomy in "93"

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause can last for many years although at times the symptoms may subside for a period of time. You may not be completely through your cycle of menopause. I wish you the best!

  39. QUESTION:
    At what age men's menopause starts? Wat are the syptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      NEVER, MEN DO NOT GO THROUGH MENOPAUSE, THEY GO THROUGH ANDROPAUSE. CHECK THIS OUT FROM WWW.ANDROPAUSE.COM HOPE THIS HELPS!!
      What is Andropause?

      Andropause is the result of low testosterone throughout your body. Learn how andropause can produce a profound and widespread range of symptoms.

      Are you feeling irritable, tired all of the time and just don't have the same enthusiasm for things........

      Testosterone is an essential male hormone. Discover why testosterone levels are crucial for sexual functioning and play a major role in preventing osteoporosis and heart disease.

      Hormone replacement therapy can be highly effective for males with low testosterone.

  40. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for thyroid Medicine to leave the blood?
    I was dianosed with hypothryoid about 6 months ago. I was taking levothyroxin (.25). Blood was still low so I had to take 1 extra pill on sundays to increase the dose. I am 54 yrs old and have also been expirencing what I thought to be menopausal syptoms-severe mood swings, anxiety, hot flashes ect. I called my doc and was told to go off the thyroid meds for 6 week and have my blood checked at that time. I just got a letter from my doc saying that my blood was fine. I called and asked if I needed to start taking the meds again and was told by the nurse that I didn't since my blood was fine. Now the nurse wants the doc to evaluate my symptoms to determine if it is menopause. I asked, " am I hypo or aren't I?" The nurse said that maybe the levothroxin is still in my blood. I find this hard to believe after 6 weeks of being off the med. Am I missing something here?

    • ANSWER:
      No the medicine is NOT still in your blood after 6 weeks, if it had a half life that long the drug company's would go out of business!!! Sounds to me like you are either experiencing medication induced hyperthyroidism which is boosting your metabolism and thus causing your side effects or the more likely event that you are indeed going through the menopause which mimicks this and is messing with your endocrine system. You can still have hypothyroidism thats being masked by the menopause. My recommendation to you is to just go to your GP (Dr.) and ask for a hormone profile to be done, this will give you conclusive evidence of both your thyroid and menopausal states - go from there, anything else is just speculation.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the syptoms before I get my first period?
    Hey! So, I'm 13, I don't have my period yet but I kinda want to. So what are the symptoms and please don't post stuff like: "You don't want your period! What is wrong with you?!" cause I read that like a hundred times and I don't care.
    I have been having some cramps in my belly, headaches and back pains but they haven't been strong. I also have discharge for about a year and a half.
    Do you think I'll get my period soon?
    Thanks for your awnser!
    Sarah

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      Here are the facts that may help any questions you have now or in the future.

      Baby girls are born with ovaries, fallopian tubes, and a uterus. The two ovaries are oval-shaped and sit on either side of the uterus (womb) in the lowest part of the abdomen called the pelvis. They contain thousands of eggs, or ova. The two fallopian tubes are long and thin. Each fallopian tube stretches from an ovary to the uterus, a pear-shaped organ that sits in the middle of the pelvis. The muscles in a female's uterus are powerful and are able to expand to allow the uterus to accommodate a growing fetus and then help push the baby out during labor.

      As a girl matures and enters puberty, the pituitary gland releases hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce other hormones called estrogen and progesterone. These hormones have many effects on a girl's body, including physical maturation, growth, and emotions.

      About once a month, a tiny egg leaves one of the ovaries — a process called ovulation — and travels down one of the fallopian tubes toward the uterus. In the days before ovulation, the hormone estrogen stimulates the uterus to build up its lining with extra blood and tissue, making the walls of the uterus thick and cushioned. This happens to prepare the uterus for pregnancy: If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell, it travels to the uterus and attaches to the cushiony wall of the uterus, where it slowly develops into a baby.

      If the egg isn't fertilized, though — which is the case during most of a woman's monthly cycles — it doesn't attach to the wall of the uterus. When this happens, the uterus sheds the extra tissue lining. The blood, tissue, and unfertilized egg leave the uterus, going through the vagina on the way out of the body. This is a menstrual period.

      This cycle happens almost every month for several more decades (except, of course, when a female is pregnant) until a woman reaches menopause and no longer releases eggs from her ovaries

      When girls begin to go through puberty (usually starting between the ages of 8 and 13), their bodies and minds change in many ways. The hormones in their bodies stimulate new physical development, such as growth and breast development. About 2 to 2½ years after a girl's breasts begin to develop, she usually gets her first menstrual period.

      About 6 months or so before getting her first period, a girl might notice an increased amount of clear vaginal discharge. This discharge is common. There's no need for a girl to worry about discharge unless it has a strong odor or causes itchiness.

      The start of periods is known as menarche. Menarche doesn't happen until all the parts of a girl's reproductive system have matured and are working together.

      Just as some girls begin puberty earlier or later than others, the same applies to periods. Some girls may start menstruating as early as age 10, but others may not get their first period until they are 15 years old.

      The amount of time between a girl's periods is called her menstrual cycle (the cycle is counted from the start of one period to the start of the next). Some girls will find that their menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, whereas others might have a 24-day cycle, a 30-day cycle, or even longer. Following menarche, menstrual cycles last 21-45 days. After a couple of years, cycles shorten to an adult length of 21-34 days.

      Irregular periods are common in girls who are just beginning to menstruate. It may take the body a while to sort out all the changes going on, so a girl may have a 28-day cycle for 2 months, then miss a month, for example. Usually, after a year or two, the menstrual cycle will become more regular. Some women continue to have irregular periods into adulthood, though.

      As a girl gets older and her periods settle down — or she gets more used to her own unique cycle — she will probably find that she can predict when her period will come. In the meantime, it's a good idea to keep track of your menstrual cycle with a calendar.

      The amount of time that a girl has her period also can vary. Some girls have periods that last just 2 or 3 days. Other girls may have periods that last 7 days. The menstrual flow — meaning how much blood comes out of the vagina — can vary widely from girl to girl, too.

      Some girls may be concerned that they're losing too much blood. It can be a shock to see all that blood, but it's unlikely that a girl will lose too much, unless she has a medical condition like von Willebrand disease. Though it may look like a lot, the average amount of blood is only about 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) for an entire period. Most teens will change pads 3 to 6 times a day, with more frequent changes when their period is heaviest, usually at the start of the period.

      I hope this informations helps to answer a few of your questions.

      Mama Bear
      Source(s):
      http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health…

  42. QUESTION:
    I have all these symptoms that when I look them up, they all point to HIV...I need a good opinion please?
    Ok so I'll explain all I can:

    I have had an on-going cough for about two months now. I have also had off and on headaches, random weight loss for it seems a few months now.
    One big thing is I have been having night sweats for about 8 months probably. I'm an 18 year old girl so it's not menopause.
    I also have been bruising very easy for a while now; I usually do brusie easy but now i'm gettingf them either from what seems to be no where or from something really small, and I took a slip and fall on the tile the other day and the bruises look way too brutal.
    Other things that have bveen happening for a while now are (please be mature about this) ongoing diarrhea, blood in urine sometimes when not normal, sore throat, abdominal cramps, and i cough and cough up mucus.

    Everything I said up there are symptoms that are given to HIV. Also it says your lymph nodes will swell, and I feel a lump but I'm not too sure it's just my throat or not. Yes, I am going to a doctor but I am waiting on my insaurance, so while I am waiting I don't want to rely on information from google so I feel I might find a good opinion on here...

    I also stumbled across other things that some syptoms might point too so I am not sure at all obviously of this therory I just would really appreciate someone opinion who recognized these symptoms personally or they ring some sort of bell...please help me out! Thank you!

    Oh and also a lump appeared on my nose like right between my eyes, it happened three or four weeks ago and has not gone away so that I thought was weird and maybe worth adding...

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    Infertility Questions?
    Me and my husband have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years( minus ten months of Iraq time) and have failed to do so. His entire family are what i lovingly call fertile mertiles ;) his grandma has 42 great grandchildren o.o. but we just haven't been able to.
    I have odd periods to say the least and many odd things that could factor. I've had bladder issues in my youth, that led to almost chronic Bladder infections. To my either short (2 days) to exeedingly long ( 3-4 weeks) periods. And no I have not been to a doctor, i'm scared to death of an answer i don't want to hear.
    Also my mother, beleive it or not, went through menopause at 33. I'm 24, i'd really like to have one child before i'm 30, in case i pick it up ( hereditary that is) I'm just really curious if anyone else had similiar syptoms, or no anything about my odd periods, i fear they are connected with infertility. As of now, i haven't had a period since december -_-;; but all tests are negative.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Jessica,

      The main thing I want to tell you is that it's very possible that what's wrong with you is an easy fix. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like you're going to get pregnant without consulting with a doctor. But doctor's are there to help. You're young, and that is definitely a big advantage. Don't waste any more time worrying about something that could be cured quickly. You have youth on your side, take advantage of it. Let the doctors figure out what's wrong and fix it. Just think, if you go to the doctor now you could be pregnant in the next few months. Wouldn't that be nice.

      Don't be afraid. You can't fight the enemy if you don't know who it is. You too could be fertile mertile once you get the problem corrected.

      Good luck.

  44. QUESTION:
    I have all these symptoms that when I look them up, they all point to HIV...I need a good opinion please?
    Ok so I'll explain all I can:

    I have had an on-going cough for about two months now. I have also had off and on headaches, random weight loss for it seems a few months now.
    One big thing is I have been having night sweats for about 8 months probably. I'm an 18 year old girl so it's not menopause.
    I also have been bruising very easy for a while now; I usually do brusie easy but now i'm gettingf them either from what seems to be no where or from something really small, and I took a slip and fall on the tile the other day and the bruises look way too brutal.
    Other things that have bveen happening for a while now are (please be mature about this) ongoing diarrhea, blood in urine sometimes when not normal, sore throat, abdominal cramps, and i cough and cough up mucus.

    Everything I said up there are symptoms that are given to HIV. Also it says your lymph nodes will swell, and I feel a lump but I'm not too sure it's just my throat or not. Yes, I am going to a doctor but I am waiting on my insaurance, so while I am waiting I don't want to rely on information from google so I feel I might find a good opinion on here...

    I also stumbled across other things that some syptoms might point too so I am not sure at all obviously of this therory I just would really appreciate someone opinion who recognized these symptoms personally or they ring some sort of bell...please help me out! Thank you!
    I have been with a boyfriend for a year and a half yet I was stupid and had onprotected sex a few times within the year before that, yet I was just at the gyno a year ago, with no results. Yet it makes me think maybe the symptoms or signs might just not have showed?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's very unlikely your symptoms are caused by HIV. HIV can cause some or all of those symptoms, but only a number of years after infection.

  45. QUESTION:
    I have all these symptoms that when I look them up, they all point to HIV...I need a good opinion please?
    Ok so I'll explain all I can:

    I have had an on-going cough for about two months now. I have also had off and on headaches, random weight loss for it seems a few months now.
    One big thing is I have been having night sweats for about 8 months probably. I'm an 18 year old girl so it's not menopause.
    I also have been bruising very easy for a while now; I usually do brusie easy but now i'm gettingf them either from what seems to be no where or from something really small, and I took a slip and fall on the tile the other day and the bruises look way too brutal.
    Other things that have bveen happening for a while now are (please be mature about this) ongoing diarrhea, blood in urine sometimes when not normal, sore throat, abdominal cramps, and i cough and cough up mucus.

    Everything I said up there are symptoms that are given to HIV. Also it says your lymph nodes will swell, and I feel a lump but I'm not too sure it's just my throat or not. Yes, I am going to a doctor but I am waiting on my insaurance, so while I am waiting I don't want to rely on information from google so I feel I might find a good opinion on here...

    I also stumbled across other things that some syptoms might point too so I am not sure at all obviously of this therory I just would really appreciate someone opinion who recognized these symptoms personally or they ring some sort of bell...please help me out! Thank you!
    You can get it from not just sex, thanks for the stupid advice though but I need some mature answers please...
    Yes hodgkin's disease is actually what got me thinking! It occurs alot in young adult, and I forgot to mention I have a small lump on this side of my nose right between my eye that appears like 3 weels ago...but yes I can not know for sure I just am freaking out over here lol I will get help as soon as I can...

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    What does my mom have?
    My mom hasn't been feeling good in the mornings, every morning she wakes up and seems weak, she says she has hot flashes and trouble sleeping all night and in the morning she's dizzy and nausous in the morning, she doesn't have any energy. We've been living with her family, and we have to sleepon futons on the floor, and I fold them up and put the away because she doesn't feel good. She also thinks weirdly, she wants to lay down but she thinks my grandpa(her dad) is going to be mad at her, and she feels guilty and mad at herself for not helping my grandma with chores and breakfast she's doing, it's almost like she's a little paranoid about my grandpa being mad at her, and she's always saying that he's going to kick us out, she says it when have trouble getting ready quickly in the morning, when she doesn't feel good, just a lot, this morning she even thought he would physialy hit or kick her for wanting to sleep in. My grandpa is very strict and mean, he doesn't understand any stress we're going through, he wants me to love the dumpy school i've been transfered to and get perfect grades, despite the fact that I used to go to a really good school where I had fun teachers, a lot of friends, and I was in Honers and Student Body, both which this school doesn't have. I know I was kinda spoiled but I've just ben sad and feeling stresse but my grandpa doesn't understand at all, and it's the exact same way to my mom, he doesn't understand, and he's constantly critisizing us, more her than me,about the tiniest things, like he wants her to help out with stuff(even though she tells him she's not feeling well) and wake up earlier so that she can eat breakfast earlier(even though she has a hard enough time getting up at the time we've been getting up at)You might have guessed it already, we're staying with my grandparents because of financial problems, and my parents are really stressed out, and a few weeks ago my dad got into an argument with my grandpa because my grandpa kept(and still is) getting into our business, like when my dad was filing out papers he kept wanting to know exactly what my dad is doing and here the papers are going and when and why, my dad got frustrated and for that my grandpa kicked him out, and now he's staying with his sister pretty far away where my mom and I don't want to live, but we really miss him and my grandpa doesn't understand how depressed we are from missing him. So I know my mom is stressed and depressed, I know that I am too, but I don't have the syptoms she has, so maybe she's just worse than me. Also she has diabetes, she doesn't tkae insulin but she takes a few different pills and she eats healthy and regularly, she thinks that maybe she's having a diabetic problem or too much or too little of one of the medicines. Last detail, she's in her fifties, so maybe she's menopausing. So my question is what's causing her morning weakness, dizziness, nausea,tiredness, and thinking wrong? Is it depression, diabetes,menopause, or something else, and how can she be treated? I'm very worried about her, please answer if you can, i'm sorry this is so long and full of details.

    • ANSWER:
      your mum needs to go to the doctor her symptoms could be anything and the stress of living with your grandparents isn't helping

  47. QUESTION:
    My husband and I haven't been talking lately?
    I have been really irriated with him for some reason..Everything is going great, We talk , sex is good, life is just wonderful, but I seem to be so pissed at him for no reason.
    Well today he wanted me to go home at lunch so we could talk..I said I couldn't. So he stopped by my work to bring me lunch on his break. I thought it was sweet but still feel irriated with him. The problem is I can't pin point what it is. And we haven't been talking because I feel if I say one thing that every little thing he does will come out, and i hate to fight. Anyone ever feel this way? And how do you get over it given I dont really know what is making me irriated.

    • ANSWER:
      Keeping your frustration locked up inside you isn't going to help. You're not letting it out and the kettle is going to boil over soon. All its going to take is something very minor on his part that is going to set you off. He is trying to talk to you, but your determined not to talk to him because you don't want to fight. Well that's not the answer and it's just going to make matters worse. How do you know what he wants to say? Let him talk first and let him finish talking before you say anything. Let him know that if you can't respond right at this moment. Be truthful to him, let him understand you. The cat's got your tongue and he doesn't know why. Tell him that you feel irriated (you don't have to telll him everything) and maybe both of you can help each other out.
      Women are known for mood swings at that time of the month or pre-menopause, etc. Did he do something before, have you been keeping any grudges, have you always kept everything inside you, and never talked to him about things that bothered you? All these things will add up over time and displace the syptoms your having.
      Talk to him and let him know what's going on. At least he's trying and not ignoring the situation.

  48. QUESTION:
    Why Do Some Women have to show-off about their Pregnancy?
    There is a woman pregnant at our work - unplanned - actually complained relentlessly about the father pre-pregnancy, and all i saw initially is her holding her belly and without saying "i'm pregnant"; complaining about being sick. things like "oh, that candy on your desk can i have one- i might puke, but i'll try. Finally someone asked her about the sick and she said "didn't you know? i'm pregenat". to which we all offered congrats. But since then, this woman is so up about her pregnancy, it's ad-nauseum. every email is TMI "oh, sorry i was late, i had a doc appt- they drew 5 vials of blood" and every walk is an exagerrated waddle and every conversation is: "gosh, i'm so pregnant" and blaaaah! Does anyone else know or encountered this personality type. i mean, great. your pregnant, congrats. but this relentless pursuit of "look at me" is so annoying. and when the work gets affected and all you hear in return from the boss is: "well, she's protected species now" or "well, she's been really sick with the pregnancy" it pisses me off. this person made a decision to not to protect during sex or to choose get pregnant to keep her man or whatever the "need" was - how does this become the other employees issue and background noise? i find it repulsive. I'm all for pregnancy - but shut up. no one else cares as much as you, sister! Same with menopause... women who exagerrate the syptoms or call them out. WE DONT CARE. sorry for your issue, but do i really need to hear about it constantly? I AM a woman and don't act like that on either topic.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm going to go ahead and guess that this particular women would use any excuse to draw attention to herself. She's just one of those people.

  49. QUESTION:
    PCOS??????????????????????????????????????????????
    Hello, i have been looking up PCOS on the internet and it tells me what it is but i still really don't understand what exactly it is, how it works, what it affects, and who it affects. Can someone please sum it up for me in a simple and understandable way. Thank you so much. =)

    • ANSWER:
      There is no simple way, but i'll try my best.

      PCOS is a endocrine disorder

      Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders affecting approximately 5%-10% of women of reproductive age (12-45 years old). PCOS can present in any age during the reproductive years. Due to its often vague presentation it can take years to reach a diagnosis

      The main features are obesity, anovulation (resulting in irregular menstruation), acne, and excessive amounts or effects of androgenic (masculinizing) hormones. The symptoms and severity of the syndrome vary greatly among women. While the causes are unknown, insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity are all strongly correlated with PCOS. Though women without any of these CAN also have PCOS.

      While researchers have not definitively labeled PCOS being passed through genetics, it is believed that there may be a genetic component involved. This is because many women who have the disease also have family members who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is known that Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is associated with a hormonal imbalance of androgen's, or male hormones.This imbalance affects nearly every body system, leading to the vast differences in symptoms that women experience. It is also responsible for the problems processing blood sugar that is so typical in women with PCOS. Symptoms typically begin to appear in adolescence and persist through adulthood.

      Some of the syptoms of PCOS are:

      Oligomenorrhea which is infrequent (or, in occasional usage, very light) menstruation. More strictly, it is menstrual periods occurring at intervals of greater than 35 days, with only four to nine periods in a year. This is after regular periods have been established.

      Amenorrhea which is the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age (not due to breastfeeding, pregnancy, menopause, or birthcontrol).

      Infertility, generally resulting from chronic anovulation (lack of ovulation)

      Anovulation (no ovulation) or oligovulation (very irregular ovulation): Not ovulating, or releasing a mature egg from the ovary each month. Without ovulation, periods may be irregular or absent. (note, every woman has a few anovulating cycles but this refers to consistent anvoulation).

      Insulin resistance or difficulty regulating blood sugar, is common in PCOS, putting you at risk for type II diabetes, cardiac disease, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome.

      Hirsutism (excessive hair) in those parts of the body where terminal hair does not normally occur or is minimal - for example, a beard or chest hair. This is due to the increase in male hormones.

      Depression

      Ovarian cysts (usually referred to as a string of pearls, a lot of women have cysts, but not in this manner).

      Acanthosis nigricans: Patches of dark, thickened, velvety skin behind the neck, on the thighs, or on the vulva.

      Hair loss (similiar to male pattern baldness) or hair "shedding"

      Skin tags

      Acne

      Because PCOS affects so many other systems, having PCOS puts you at risk for a number of other conditions. If you are not having regular periods, and there is routinely more then 60 days between periods, this puts you at a greater risk for endometrial cancer. Shedding the endometrial lining regularly is necessary to prevent the growth of abnormal cells. In this case, your doctor may give you medication to regulate your cycles, like birth control pills.

      This syndrome is a combination of a number of those factors, including obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise program to help minimize your chances of developing these complications.

      Hope this helps!

  50. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer?
    tell me anything you can! types, genetics? how do you get it? anything and everything! but I need legit facts, not how bad it sucks or anything like that.. thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is not a single disease - there are several types of breast cancer, and you can find more about them here:
      http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/content.php?page_id=153

      Genetics: hereditary breast cancer is much rarer than many people think. Only 5 -10% of breast cancer cases are due to hereditary factors. Most are random.

      My oncologist was able to assure me that my breast cancer was not hereditary and that other women and girls in my family were not at increased risk.

      You would normally be regarded as at increased risk if a first-degree relative - parent, sibling - had one of the faulty BCRA genes; even if they did, it would not mean you had inherited it and even if you had it would not mean that you would definitely get breast cancer.

      If someone develops breast cancer after the age of 50, it is less likely to be hereditary

      Nobody knows what causes breast cancer; there are certain known risk factors, but no known cause. Those risk factors are:

      Getting older. This is the greatest risk factor - approximately 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50

      Having children at an older age or not at all. The more children a woman has may also slightly lower her risk. Breast-feeding helps protect against the disease. The longer a woman breast feeds her children, the more she lowers her risk.

      Starting periods at a younger than average age (under 12) or having a late menopause (after 55)
      .
      Taking the contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causes a small increase in risk. However, the risk gradually returns to normal after you stop taking them.

      Being overweight (especially after the menopause).

      Regularly drinking more than 1 unit of alcohol per day slightly increases the risk of breast cancer.

      Having a previous diagnosis of breast cancer increases the risk of developing a new cancer in the other breast.

      These are only risk factors though; ticking one, some or all these boxes does not mean you will get breast cancer, and many people who are diagnosed with breast cancer have none of these risk factors.

      Breast cacer may have no symptoms. Signs and syptoms of possible breast cancer are:

      change in size - one breast may have become noticeably larger or lower

      nipple change - if it becomes inverted (pulled in) or changes its position or shape

      rash - on or around the nipple

      discharge - from one or both nipples

      puckering or dimpling - around nipple

      swelling – in your armpit or around your collarbone (from lymph nodes)

      lump or thickening - that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue - but remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous. Most cancerous breast lumps are not painful, but some are - mine was.

      If you notice any of these changes you should see your doctor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why is my aunt getting brown spotting?
    my aunt is 49 years old and recently started getting brown spotting (just enough for pantyliner) her period is not due for a couple more days? what can the reason be for her spotting? menopause?

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  2. QUESTION:
    What is good for brown spots on the face during menopause?
    The spots are on both sides of the jawline, and resemble freckles.
    I am not taking hormone replacement therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking estrogen supplements.... make sure you use sunblock... i have had a spot that has just gotten larger, over the years... read the side effects of the meds you are taking

  3. QUESTION:
    Is long term menstrual spotting from Spironolactone use dangerous?
    I'm a 40-yr-old woman and have been taking 100 mg of Spiro daily for the past year for acne and oily skin. It has worked wonders and has cleared up my skin tremendously. However, the spiro causes me to spot 2 weeks into my monthly cycle, and the spotting lasts longer than my normal period. Is this hurting my health? What health problems can this create long term?
    I've tried reducing my dosage, but either the spotting doesn't go away or the anti-acne/anti-oil effects do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, unfortunately I can't answer any of your questions as a doctor could, but I was just prescribed Spironolactone from my dermatologist yesterday. She gave me 25 mg to start with, twice a day. I will also be taking it for hormonal acne. I was told it could cause my periods to be irregular, but I haven't been on it long enough to say whether that's going to be the case.

      Getting back to you though, I wouldn't worry about the spotting hurting your health...it sounds like more of an inconvenience than anything. Have u talked to your GYN doctor? If not, I would highly recommend that. Are u aware that Spironolactone has been shown to cause tumors in rats? While on this medication, regular breast exams are a good idea, whether cancer runs in your family or not. As far as long term problems caused by frequent spotting...you might begin menopause before you even have to worry about that. Still, it's important to go over these concerns with your doctor. Have u tried YAZ birth control for your acne? I heard it really improves your skin. That will be my next oral medication to try if the Spiro doesn't work out.

      Anyway, good luck to you. I know what it's like to have a face full of acne... it rips your soul apart. I wish you all the best- don't forget to talk to your Gynecologist :)

  4. QUESTION:
    What does heavy spotting after period mean?
    I had a really heavy period and now almost 2 weeks later im having heavy brown and red spotting. I am on the pill and I mightt have missed one. I do have sex. could i be pregnant? or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      How odd, I am having exactly the same thing. My only thought is that at 46 I may be pre-menopause and all hell is about to be let loose on my body! I have made an appointment to see my doctor next week though. I have a coil fitted, so pregnancy would not be an option. My advice would be a quick trip to you'd doctor for a check up. Good Luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some of the signs that you are beginning menopause?
    I've always been a 28 day girl you could set you clock by my period, now it can be 25 days 23 days and then back to 28 days. I and 46 so could this be a sign the I and beginning menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the transition period in a woman's life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.

      Menopause is a natural event that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Once menopause is complete (called postmenopause), you can no longer become pregnant.

      The symptoms of menopause are caused by changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. As the ovaries become less functional, they produce less of these hormones and the body responds accordingly. The specific symptoms you experience and how significant (mild, moderate, or severe) varies from woman to woman.

      In some women, menstrual flow comes to a sudden halt. More commonly, it tapers off. During this time, your menstrual periods generally become either more closely or more widely spaced. This irregularity may last for 1 to 3 years before menstruation finally ends completely.

      A gradual decrease of estrogen generally allows your body to slowly adjust to the hormonal changes. When estrogen drops suddenly, as is seen when the ovaries are removed surgically (called surgical menopause), symptoms can be more severe.

      Because hormone levels fall, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The vaginal walls become less elastic and thinner. The vagina becomes shorter. Lubricating secretions from the vagina become watery. The outside genital tissue decreases. This is called atrophy of the labia.

      Symptoms : The potential symptoms include:

      - Hot flashes and skin flushing
      - Night sweats
      - Insomnia
      - Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      - Irregular menstrual periods
      - Spotting of blood in between periods
      - Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      - Decreased sex drive
      - Vaginal infections
      - Urinary tract infections
      In addition, the long-term effects of menopause include:

      - Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      - Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between spotting, one day periods, and implantation bleeding?
    Surfed web. Besides that it's blood, all I could find were other questions. So I will ask mine. Normally abnormal period, sometimes two to three months. Had bleeding Monday only and it was just some bleeding and bright red, brown by night. Not overly stressed was sick Sunday with nausea and upset stomach. Fine as rain now. Suspecting a) ovarian cancer, b) pregnancy, c) early menopause, and d) infertility. Twenty year old female. Sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you're reading too much into it. Many women have an instance of spotting on occasion that doesn't mean anything. If your period is not regular, it's harder to tell if this is a short period or just some breakthrough. The odds are that it's none of the things you suspect, just normal spotting. Keep track of your cycles and your spotting for a few months, and then make an appointment with your gyn.

      If you think you're pregnant, wait until two weeks after the date you had sex and then take a pregnancy test, it would be accurate at that point.

  7. QUESTION:
    Does your menstrual cycle just stop after menopause?
    After you go through all the syptoms of menopause, do the monthly cycles stop on their own, or do you have to go through surgery?

    Also, why are my periods so heavy and last for long periods of time? This can't be part of the menopause....or is it?

    Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      No surgery required, its a natural process and they will stop ont here own, but spotting can still occur.
      And your period being long and heavy probably has nothing to do with menopause, if they persist you should goto a doctor they should be heavy and long every month.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the black spots on both of my eyeballs?
    Okay, I get headaches/migraines a LOT! The other day i was putting on mascara when I noticed these black spots under my upper eyelid on my eyeball. Also, my neck is always hurting me and I've read that sometimes neck alignment causes headaches. Is that true? How can I prevent these head aches and make the black spots go away?

    • ANSWER:
      With the migraines it might help if you can identify your triggers. Whatever the exact mechanism of the headaches, a number of things may trigger them. Common migraine triggers include:

      Hormonal changes in women. Fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women with known migraines. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, when they have a major drop in estrogen. Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Hormonal medications — such as oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy — also may worsen migraines, though some women find it's beneficial to take them.

      Foods. Some migraines appear to be triggered by certain foods. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; aged cheeses; chocolate; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate — a key ingredient in some Asian foods; salty foods; and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines.

      Stress. Stress at work or home can instigate migraines.

      Sensory stimuli. Bright lights and sun glare can produce migraines, as can loud sounds. Unusual smells — including pleasant scents, such as perfume, and unpleasant odors, such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke, can also trigger migraines.

      Changes in wake-sleep pattern. Either missing sleep or getting too much sleep may serve as a trigger for migraine attacks in some individuals, as can jet lag.

      Physical factors. Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, may provoke migraines.

      Changes in the environment. A change of weather or barometric pressure can prompt a migraine.

      Medications. Certain medications can aggravate migraines.

      Check here for more information.

      http://www.headaches.org/educational_modules/completeguide/migraine2.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/headache/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120/DSECTION=causes

      The black spots might be just skin pigmentation and if so you cannot really get rid of them. Or they might be broken blood vessels and if so they will gradually disappear. If they do not disappear ask the doctor about them the next time you are there.

  9. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if dogs go through a menopause?
    My doggie is 11 years old,not spayed and had just come out of season when she started to spot badly again.She has never had pups and the spotting has stopped again.

    • ANSWER:
      No, the estrus cycle continues until death. But as for spotting after she is in heat, you need to have her checked by the vet. She may have changes to her uterus that can lead to life-threatening uterine infections. This can occur shortly after the dog has been in heat. I have seen several dogs have irregular heat cycles and then develop a pyometra ( infected uterus). The only way to prevent this is to have her spayed. Talk to your vet.

  10. QUESTION:
    how can you tell the difference from bipolar and menopause?
    my mother has always been a bit pissed off. I need to find out if it's menopause or bipolar disease. if bipolar, how would you get your mother to get checked out by a psychiatrist?

    • ANSWER:
      Bipolar Illness
      Bipolar Disorder: Mania and Mixed Episodes
      Bipolar disorder is an illness bipolar illness of severe mood swings. It is also called manic depression. If you have this bipolar illness illness, you may have periods of severe high or low moods. These periods may impact your day-to-day functioning.

      The high moods are called acute mania. They can make you feel restless, grouchy, or very happy. The low moods are called depression. They can make you feel very sad.

      Some people can have a mixed state. That’s when you have acute mania and depression at the same time.

      Both women and men get bipolar disorder in equal numbers. The disease is usually first seen in adults 18 and older.

      Technically, menopause is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52; however, a woman’s menopause can occur at any point between her 30’s and her 60’s. This time in a woman’s life can be dramatic or quite simple — it is different for each woman — but every woman does stop having periods. Some people call it adolescence in reverse — a rocky time of fluctuating hormones and emotions. Perimenopause is usually the two to five years beforehand, but sometimes women have symptoms for 10–15 years before stopping their periods. When symptoms arise at a young age it is commonly called early menopause.

      Menopause symptoms can range from mild hot spells at night to constant dripping sweats all day and night. Some women spot for a few months, others bleed heavily for years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances and changes — not necessarily estrogen loss. They are also related to diet, lifestyle and genetic factors. Many menopausal women seek forms of menopause treatment that do not work and create even greater hormone imbalance.

      i hope this helps

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if my back pain is from depression or from menopause?
    I have always been depressed. I take an antidepressant, Effexor XR. Antidepressants cause me to gain weight. I don't want to have the dose upped if this pain is from menopause.

    Any suggestions? thanks...female 48.

    • ANSWER:
      Women may have different signs or symptoms at menopause.

      •Irregularity in periods: Irregularity in periods is one of the earliest changes that a woman may notice. Periods around menopause can last shorter or longer; bleeding can be less or more To make sure there isn’t a problem, see your doctor if:
      · Your periods come very close together
      · You have heavy bleeding
      · You have spotting
      · Your periods last more than a week

      •Hot flashes: A hot flash is a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck become flushed. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow. Flashes can be very mild or strong enough to wake you from your sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last between 30 seconds to 10 minutes.
      •Problems with your vagina and bladder: Changing estrogen levels can cause your genital area to get drier and thinner. This could make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Or, you could have more vaginal or urinary infections. Some women find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom. Sometimes urine leaks during exercise, sneezing, coughing, laughing, or running.
      •Sleep: Around midlife, some women start having trouble getting a good night’s sleep. Maybe you can’t fall asleep easily, or you wake too early.
      •Sex: You may find that your feelings about sex are changing. You could be less interested. Or, you could feel freer and sexier after menopause.
      •Mood swings: Though the reasons for this are not clear yet, but you might find yourself more moody or irritable around the time of menopause.
      Other Issues
      •Osteoporosis: Estrogen helps control bone loss, and losing estrogen around the time of menopause causes women to lose more bone than is replaced. In time, bones can become weak and break easily. This condition is called osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor to see if you should have a bone density test to find out if you are at risk. Your doctor can also suggest ways to prevent or treat osteoporosis.
      •Heart disease: After menopause, women are more likely to have heart disease. Changes in estrogen levels may be part of the cause. As you age, you may gain weight and develop other problems, like high blood pressure. These could put you at greater risk for heart disease. Talk to your health care provider to find out what you should do to protect your heart.

  12. QUESTION:
    At what age does Menopause start?
    Ive been having irrelgular periods and spotting. Im 47 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      After age 45.

  13. QUESTION:
    Senior citizens(females)At what age did u get ur menopause and how did u know that u r not pregnant?
    Nearly 45 and missed my period. I don't know if this is due 2 pregnancy or is it menopause?Also have multiple fibroids and hypothyroidism. So how does one know if this is menopause or pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Unlike chemically or surgically induced menopause, natural menopause is not something you "get."
      It's years of process. Slowing down. Erratic cycles. Can miss cycles for months and then have spotting or a heavy cycle. It's different for all women.
      If not wanting to get pregnant, this is the most important time to use birth control.
      I began the symptoms at age 48. From last months of 50 through 51 I had no cycle & then it began again. If there was a viable egg before that cycle, pregnancy could have occurred.
      I can not get pregnant so this is no worry for me.
      If I could get pregnant, I'd take an at home test to let me know if I should see a doctor.
      This would be a good time to see your usual doctor who may know more about your previous cycles and might better estimate how long you should be menstrual cycle free to consider yourself as past menopause.

  14. QUESTION:
    Could menopause and pregnancy have the same effects?
    Missed my period, am two weeks late. Not a sign of being pregnant. My periods have been irregular as I grow older. Could this be it or am pregnant? No spotting either. No breast tenderness as I do when am approaching my periods either, with just a little bit of cramping for two weeks now.

    Are EPT's reliable, and which is a reliable brand?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes...they are often confused constantly! In fact I watched a Baby Story (I believe) about one woman who never knew she was pregnant, mistaking it all for just menopause. EPT's are reliable. I always used that brand.

  15. QUESTION:
    I still have a few weeks until i am supposed to start my period. am i early or am i spotting?
    Sorry. This is gross, but I need to know. Yesterday I started bleeding but it wasn't like normal period blood. It was brown and a lot thicker. I am still 1 and 1/2 weeks out from when I am supposed to have my period and this has been happening for 2 days. What should I do? Am I just really early or am I spotting? Any help would be much appriciated.

    Xx-Brenda.

    • ANSWER:
      If a woman observes brownish discharge during the time she is not expecting her periods, it can cause some tension. However, experts are of the opinion that experiencing such discharge from the vagina is not a serious condition and can be treated with some dietary as well as lifestyle changes. Nevertheless, there have been cases where it was an indication of some serious problems. Hence, it is important to know about the causes of dark brown discharge before period as well as after it.

      Causes
      As mentioned earlier, the occurrence of such discharge is usually not very serious. However, knowing about the different factors that can give rise to this can help in seeking immediate medical attention. With this note, let us take a look at its causes.

      Endometrial Bleeding
      Endometrium is a mucous membrane which lines the uterus and thickens so that a fertilized egg can attach itself to this lining. However, if pregnancy does not occur, this lining disintegrates and is thrown out of the body in the form of menstrual blood. These endometrial tissues have different layers and are completely shed during menstruation. However, sometimes due to some reason, certain parts of the uterine lining may not be able to shed completely. Due to this, the person may experience dark brown discharge after period or may be before the beginning of the next periods. As the blood is a little old, it becomes dark brown in color.

      Ovulation
      If you experience discharge between periods, it is most likely because of ovulation. In a 28 day menstrual cycle, ovulation can occur anywhere between 14th or 16th day, counting from the first day of the periods. As the mature egg releases from the ovary, some women experience a little bleeding which is usually called spotting. Along with bleeding, one may also experience abdominal cramps during ovulation.

      Pregnancy
      Such discharge is very common in early pregnancy and can be an indication that one has conceived. This usually occurs a few days after conception i.e. when the fertilized ovum attaches itself to the uterine wall and is called implantation bleeding. This type of discharge during pregnancy lasts for 3-4 days and is usually very light. However, if you experience dark brownish vaginal discharge any time during your pregnancy, it is very important that you consult your doctor as soon as possible.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases
      Another reason that can give rise to the occurrence of brown discharge in women is sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the STDs that can cause this problem include gonorrhea, genital warts, chlamydia, etc. However, in this case, along with vaginal discharge, one may also experience other symptoms which include pain, burning sensation, infertility, loss of appetite, vomiting, etc.

      Menopause
      Experiencing brown discharge instead of period is very common in women who are nearing menopause. During this time, the periods are very irregular and one may observe occasional vaginal discharge and spotting which is either pink or brown in color. Along with this, some other problems that women experience during this time include, body ache, depression, foul urine odor, etc.

      Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      One of the most serious problems which can cause the dark brown vaginal discharge is pelvic inflammatory disease. This disease occurs due to the infection on the ovaries, uterus lining, fallopian tubes, cervix and the vagina. This is commonly seen in women who have sexual contact with more than one partner. Apart from vaginal discharge, some other problems that can be caused by this disease include painful menstruation, pain during sexual intercourse, infertility, abdominal pain, etc.

      Cervical Cancer
      Cervical cancer is surely the most serious as well as the most dangerous cause of brown discharge. This type of cancer is usually caused by the virus HPV which is spread through sexual intercourse. Some of the risk factors that can cause cervical cancer include having sex at a young age, having multiple sex partners, weakened immune system, etc. Other than vaginal discharge, some other symptoms of cervical cancer include weight loss, pelvic pain, loss of appetite, leg pain, fatigue, etc.

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  16. QUESTION:
    I am 48 years old, I was 6 weeks late for my period, and then started spotting during the day.?
    I usually cramp the first day, but have had very little this time. It usually gets darker after the 3rd day but it is still bright red after a week. Is it menopause or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      You may be entering perimenopause http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554.

      Women are born with a certain number of eggs in their ovaries. Some are ovulated; many others die.

      When your ovaries begin to run out of usable (viable) eggs, your ovaries and brain are no longer able to send hormonal messages back and forth, and your menstrual cycle can start changing.

      This can make your periods longer, shorter, heavier, lighter, less painful, or even more painful.

      Your uterus may not be building up its monthly lining due to the absence of the correct hormonal message from your brain. You only lose about 2-4 tablespoons of "real" blood during a period; the rest is tissue fluid and the uterine lining, which is usually the dark-red part.

      A few days before your period, one of those hormonal messages causes your body to close off the blood vessels leading to the lining of your uterus; the lining then dies and sloughs off. You may have less uterine lining, and those blood vessels may not have closed off as efficiently as they have in the past. This isn't dangerous; our bodies take care of themselves.

      Menopause = going one year without a period.

      If you're concerned, some doctors will give blood tests for estrogen and FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) to confirm that you're entering perimenopause. Since these two hormones can vary from day to day, it isn't completely accurate, but if you're near perimenopause the results won't be "normal" in comparison to a regularly-menstruating woman. You might also want to ask your doctor about a thyroid function test.

      My own perimenopause lasted from age 38 to 47.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is this one of the signs of entering menopause?
    I'm almost 49 years old. During the past couple of years I have had two or three months out of the year where my period was two weeks late and one month where I didn't have one at all. Is this how menopause begins?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, my dear this is your body's way of beginning. Most women have the same symptoms as beginning there periods. Light unpredictable periods, with just spotting some months and then full blow periods the next. They can come every month or 1 every 6 months, depends on how much hormone your body is still producing naturally. It does not just shut off like a switch. You will notice less frequency and then come the hot flashes and night sweats:) Let the good time roll;) Good luck to you, it is an experience:)

  18. QUESTION:
    I am 43 years old and have never been pregnant. I missed a period but had a spot of blood on my underwear?
    Lately I've been feeling really fatigued and had some food cravings (pickles and bananas). My husband says I have this "glow" about me. I don't think I'm pregnant given my age (I actually think it's impossible now), but my symptoms are not consistent with menopause, either. Has anyone "of a certain age" experienced anything similar?

    • ANSWER:
      I have & am just waiting to see if my period arrives tomorrow. I've been like you, falling asleep in a chair & eating chips, pretzels, weird food for me! And the 'symptoms' are all good signs, like yourself. Spotting that's just not part of my monthy schedule which is very predictable. Never say "never"! As long as you've not been without a period for a year, it's not too late:) ... I won't sleep tonight I'm certain: Hope that period doesn't show up tomorrow!!!
      Congratulations & Baby Dust to YOU!!!!!!

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to get your period cycle frequently during menopause? Say, in a week's time, or sometimes 10 days
    It's never a fixed gap between two cycles. And each cycle is mostly a light flow/spotting. The person is aged 47.

    • ANSWER:
      What do you mean? Do you mean having a period more than 1 day a week or for as long as a week? Either case I have heard that until you are threw menopause your period goes haywire. I would talk to a doc if you are really worried though. Or you could go to www.webmd.com and ask this there.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is this menopause or signs of eating disorder?
    Im 28 with an eating disorder, I am 5'4 and 98 pounds. The last 2 days I wake up covered in a lot of sweat (I dont usually sweat even in summer). Im cold when I wake up. My sheet and comforter get wet too. I thought my period started yesterday, but it stopped. I was spotting earlier on in th week. I doubt Im pregnant so it can't be that.

    • ANSWER:
      more than likely its the eating disorder. if you are at that height and weight then you are more than likely underweight. You more than likely dont have enough fat on your body to product your period. Have you heard of how like, gymnast and ballet dancer dont have period bc they have more lean tissue than fat? well in your case, you probably dont have little to no lean tissue and almost no fat, which your body needs. ofcourse the best answer would come from a doctor or trained medical professional.
      I hope you get it treated soon.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why would I suddenly start spotting before my period?
    I'm regular like clockwork, no where near menopause, age 38, and for the first time spotted 2 days before my period. Can you please provide a detailed answer as to why this is happening suddenly?

    Thanks!
    PS: I am not pregnant, have zero STDs, infections, or diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,

      It's very frustrating when your period doesn't act like its normal self.
      Try this web site: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/spotting.htm

      For some women it's normal to spot before their period. But if it normally doesn't happen, then suddenly does, I can understand your concern.

      There's even a symtom combination checker for you here: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/spotting/symptom-search.htm

      Possible causes are:
      Medication
      Stress
      You're sure you're not PG?
      Changes in hormones - it's possible for them to change.

      See if it happens again, and maybe mention it in your next appt.

  22. QUESTION:
    What type of information or assessment tools can you use to determine whether supplementation is necessary?
    Joann is a 48 year old woman who works full time and is the parent of two teenagers. She is 5ft, 9 inches tall and currently weighs 175lb. In the past 2 yrs, she has gained 10lb. Her recent blood glucose test results were borderline high, and her family has a history of diabetes and cancer. She recently completed a course of antibiotics for an ear infection and has been experiencing mood swings and night sweats, which she thinks may be related to pre- menopause. Joanne has called to make an appointment for dietary counselling and has expressed interest in getting more information about how diet can help her maintain her health, manage her risk for diabetes and cancer, and prevent any further weight gain. Her typical meals are as follows: a bagel, coffee and orange juice for breakfast, a sandwich with ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoe and mayonnaise and fat -free cookies for lunch; and pasta with chicken and carrots, a green salad with blue cheese dressing and a small slice of cake or dish of ice-cream for dinner. Her beverages include diet colas, and her snacks are usually rice cakes or popcorn. She has no regular exercise program.

    • ANSWER:
      Before starting any supplements or HRT, I would try:
      Eliminate artificial sweeteners (diet soda included!)
      Increase plain water intake
      Eliminate processed foods (lunch meat, cheeses etc..)
      Take a good multi-vitamin daily
      Try herbal tea geared towards women's health
      As far as an exercise program goes, start small! Choose a parking spot furthest away from the store/work, and take the stairs instead of elevators. Baby steps will keep you from being too overwhelmed by all the changes. Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    I'm female and my hair has fallen out in the top. I have a bald spot right up front. What should I do?
    Also in menopause.

    • ANSWER:

  24. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have this discharge/spotting?
    I had my last period on June 19-24. Everything was normal. 10 days later i have brown and pink discharge and sometimes its 'stringy'. I don't have unprotected sex, and im not near menopause age. My periods have been regular.
    My next period isn't due for another week. So just wondering about in between period bleeding/spotting. Never had this before, even when i was pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be anything.. if you have intercourse at all (if protection didn't work) it could be implantation bleeding.. but it could also be anything.. I have really irregular periods so I have seen everything..Nothing suprises me anymore! lol
      I would just wait until your next period is supposed to start and if you don't start take a PT test.. but as long as your periods stay normal, you should be fine..

  25. QUESTION:
    What options are available to fix Hair Loss for Older Women?
    I am a 50yr old women and I am losing hair in a few spots in my head and I wanted to know what are some great products or treatments available to help me with new growth in those affected areas. I am trying to avoid wigs.

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took months even years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons for hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.About 23-25 if I shampooed/brush my hair, which is every 4th day.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing from girls under 15. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  26. QUESTION:
    How to prevent hair thinning and reason for it?
    Hey guys. My mom is 50, and her hair is thinning. It's not severe/super noticible but it's still pretty bad. Some spots in the back are much more noticible then others though. What can she use (as in shampoos, hair masks, creams, etc) and do to prevent this? Also, is there a known cause?
    Any help is greatly apperciated. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      From what I understand, hair thinning around age 50-60 is common in women and most likely hormonal (ie she may be going through or has gone through the menopause). If your Mum's hair thinning is hormonal then HRT may help, her GP would be able to advise on this.
      Other factors could include stress or diet. Also there are some good over the counter shampoos/lotions she could use, you would get these from your pharmacy and they include:

      Foltène
      Alpecin Caffeine shampoo
      LA Science
      Nourkrin
      Nutrasome

  27. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of 3 missed periods and 3 negative tests?
    I'm 19. My last period was 4 months ago. I keep feeling like it's going to come but it doesn't. I've taken 3 tests so far and they all come back negative. I don't have any pregnancy symptoms. The only other symptoms I can think of is that my bm (bowel movements) have been irregular since my last period and my acne has become really bad. I'm really hoping it's not premature menopause. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, here are some facts about irregular menstrual cycles. I hope this helps you to answer a few of your questions. Take care.
      Cycles between 23–35 days are very common. A woman may get her period only one to four times a year. Or she might have periods that occur two to three times in a month and involve spotting or extremely heavy flow. Alternatively, she may have heavy episodes of bleeding every two to three months. Irregular periods are simply what is irregular for you.

      For the most part, we don’t worry at the clinic about a missed period or two over the course of a year. More variation than that may indicate to us the beginning of perimenopause or a disruption of the natural chain of hormonal events that controls menstruation. A wide variety of factors can be responsible for irregular periods, among them:

      Significant weight gain or loss
      Over-exercise
      Poor nutrition (or a diet too high in carbohydrates)
      Smoking
      Drug use
      Caffeine
      Excessive alcohol use (interfering with how the liver metabolizes estrogen and progesterone)
      Eating disorders
      Increased stress
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome/estrogen dominance
      Uterine abnormalities (fibroids/cysts/polyps/endometriosis)
      Hormonal imbalance related to perimenopause
      Medications
      Chemotherapy
      Recent childbirth, miscarriage, or D&C
      Breastfeeding

      As you can see, there are many different ways a woman can be irregular for as many different reasons, and it can be very confusing when it happens.

      http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation…

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of adult acne. I'm in my 30s and keep getting big spots on my chin that just won't go.
    Please help!! I am even considering laser treatment which will cost hundreds. My job is about image and I can't go on much longer suffering these dreaded spots that I thought I had outgrown as a teenager.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in my 30's as well and I sufferd the same problem for about a year and a half then they vanished just as quickly as they came. Our bodies go through mega hormonal changes when we are in our 30's and there is even a name for it, it is called peri menopause. You can find more information by going to google and typing in peri menopause. (hope I spelled that right)

  29. QUESTION:
    After menopause is it normal to spot after having sex?
    55 year old woman, stopped menstruating 4 years ago. Less active sex life, but after having sex is it normal to spot a little blood?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is normal.

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to know if I am experiencing symptoms of menopause?
    I am 44 yr old women and i think i might be experiencing menopause. My periods are light one month and heavy the next. This last period is particularly unusual, because I am still spotting 10 days after my last period. I don't mean to gross your out but just by curiosity I sniffed the toilet paper with my blood and it did not smell at all like blood. It had a kind of an antiseptic smell.

    • ANSWER:
      From what you say, it looks like you are experiencing menopause. Apart from the change in cycle, do you also experience any other changes either physically or emotionally? Because there are a lot of changes that usually happens during menopause. Here is an article that talks about various signs and symptoms of menopause:

      http://aboutwomenshealthissues.com/signs-and-symptoms-of-menopause/2010/

      However, the symptoms vary from one person to another. So, you might not be experiencing everything stated in the list.

  31. QUESTION:
    When menopausing and counting the 12 months to its ending you start to spot in your third month do you start ?
    So my monthly stopped in jan and now after two months i am spotting lightly. Do i start the 12 month count down again. I am 54 and at the age it should end. My doctor took a blood test to test level of hormones and said i am boarderlinne of menopause and post menopause which means it should end soon. This test was taken in march. I last saw my period in jan and just yesturday started spotting lightly. Do i start counting the 12 months to fully post menopause which mean i am finish or not?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    Why am I spotting a week after my regular period?
    I am a 43 year old healthy female and I have had regular periods all my life, but have noticed spotting a week or 2 weeks after regular period has stopped. I hurt in my lower week and lower abdomen. Any answers? Hope it's not menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      i would see a doctor. irregular bleeding is a sign of problems.

  33. QUESTION:
    what is a good sight to find info about early menopause?
    I have 12 of 15 signs of early menopause but I have not had any kind of surgery or other procedure to send me into early menopause. please help me.
    I need a good source so i'm not driving myself crazy. i am only 29.

    • ANSWER:
      The best "sight" would be in the face of a great gynecologist--one who is very experienced with 10+ years, preferably a female gyn. A great one may confirm that is it rare, but not impossible at age 29, or that you just have something else. The suddenly on/off, heavy/light, short/long, etc., spotting might be perfectly normal, but if there's another reason, it is paramount that you follow the advice of that great gyn. Don't be afraid to ask how long any have been a gyn; it's to be expected, and if any gets upset, you don't want them to work with your body anyway. Additionally, try to breathe easily while you research on the internet and READ ALL THE SITES for all the information out there because they're not designed just for YOU, but for everyone to get those parts that are applicable to her and ignore those that aren't. Your body won't necessarily follow the IDENTICAL path in this area that others do. Each can be very different, like yours seem to be. It would be interesting to know how you determined those "12-15 signs," but try not to believe those relatives and friends until you see that great gyn. If necessary, see up to 5, like I did with my uterine tumors; the 5th one was the only one with the CORRECT diagnosis and treatment! Try not to "go crazy," because if it's actually menopause, you need to save that for all those likely "hot flashes." If it is really menopause, do whatever you need to do to stay comfortable--YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

  34. QUESTION:
    Should I see a doctor for these female problems?
    I am nearing mid -40 and was always regular, now spotting and cramping at other times of the month.

    I am going to make an appointment, but is this something that could be normal for my age?

    • ANSWER:
      could be the start of menopause

  35. QUESTION:
    is it normal to spot after your period ended, during perimenopause?
    i had my period for three days, and two days later i'm still spotting, i'm saying still because this happened yesterday as well. the blood is extremely light in color and almost doesnt look red. i'm going through perimenopause and wanted to know if it's normal.

    • ANSWER:
      while in perimenopause your periods will become very irregular with occasional spotting between periods. My wife has been in full menopause for 9 years. When she was in perimenopause she had the symptoms I listed.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why am I still bleeding after my period?
    My period finished a few days ago, and this has never happended before. I am in a sexual relationship and 17, so I am certainly not old enough to be in a menopause stage. I also just recently went on the contraceptive pill. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It's called "spotting" and it is not uncommon. As you grow older your body will continue to adjust, your periods will become lighter, heavier, longer, and shorter. I went from 7 days to 4 days, then 10 days, then back to 5. After a couple of months on the pill you will become very regular. If you are stressing over this, call your doctor's office and talk to the nurse about it.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for the second period to be a lot heavier than the first?
    I have just started my second period.
    My first the was just a little spotting.
    This time there is alot more blood and the flow is pretty continuous. The blood is actually red this time as well, not brown - is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Sure - totally normal! I've had mine for 35 years now, and one month it'll be really light, the next so heavy I have to back up my tampon with a pad!

      *sigh* I'm glad mine is almost over with -- menopause, where are you???

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some of the reasons a woman would be spotting?
    I am not pregnant, my bf is "fixed". I don't take birth control, and I pretty sure I am not going through menopause, so why is my period so crazy. I am really starting to get worried about it, can anyone give my any clues as to what might me wrong so I can calm my over active mind.
    I have been spotting for two months

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the early symptoms of cancer?
    I've been taking for ct scans. I get headaches often especially from running and I get light headed easy. But my headaches are on my forehead or in randome spots? My mood has changed and it's hard to concitrate or stay happy- is this a symptom? What are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Early Symptoms of Cervical Cancer

      Changes in pre-cancerous or early stage cancer does not cause pain or other symptoms. However, advisable not to wait for the new first symptoms to symptoms such as unifying:

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding
      Bleeding between the 2 time periods
      Bleeding after sexual intercourse
      Periods of longer duration or more than usual
      Bleeding after menopause
      Foul-smelling vaginal discharge and blood mixed
      Pelvic pain
      Pain during intercourse.

      Such symptoms can also occur in other health disorders other than cancer. This must be confirmed by examination by a doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    What exactly is discharge between periods?
    I'm only 27, so I'm a long way away, but I absolutely hate all the discharge in between periods (I have to wear pads almost everyday in between my periods...I may as well be on my period 365 days a year!).

    I know the texture and color of discharge can tell you a lot about your cycle (i.e. ovulation), but is it actually connected? What is discharge exactly and what is it's purpose? When you stop having periods after menopause, will you stop having discharge?

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal discharge is normal and varies during your menstrual cycle. Before ovulation (the release of the egg), there is a lot of mucous produced, up to 30 times more than after ovulation. It is also more watery and elastic during that phase of your cycle. You may want to wear panty liners during that time.

      The things to be worried about include if the discharge has a yellow or green color, is clumpy like cottage cheese, or has a bad odor. If worried, see a doctor.

      Different Types of Discharge

      White: Thick, white discharge is common at the beginning and end of your cycle. Normal white discharge is not accompanied by itching. If itching is present, thick white discharge can indicate a yeast infection.

      Clear and stretchy: This is "fertile" mucous and means you are ovulating.

      Clear and watery: This occurs at different times of your cycle and can be particularly heavy after exercising.

      Yellow or Green: May indicate an infection, especially if thick or clumpy like cottage cheese or has a foul odor.

      Brown: May happen right after periods, and is just "cleaning out" your vagina. Old blood looks brown.

      Spotting Blood/Brown Discharge: This may occur when you are ovulating/mid-cycle. Sometimes early in pregnancy you may have spotting or a brownish discharge at the time your period would normally come. If you have spotting at the time of your normal period rather than you

  41. QUESTION:
    What the reasons behind a change in the length of a woman's menstrual cycle?
    My periods used to be the standard 3-4days long, but the last four times I've gotten my period (on time), it has only lasted a couple hours to one day in length... no spotting in between and my flow decreased, too. Also, I used to get really bad cramps, but now I rarely get them with my period and if I do, their very mild and barely noticeable.

    What's up with me?
    No, I'm 17. I did have sex for the first time at the start of January (haven't since)... but I know I'm not pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I think if you have noticed this change over the last 6 months that you should maybe ask your doctor or practise nurse to check you over.

      Certainly if they are becoming shorter in duration than something needs addressing. Hormone levels, the pill that you are on, maybes you are stressed. This can all affect your cycle. As indeed can pregnancy and woman have been known during a pregnancy to spot bleed.

      Also an early menopause can cause the monthly cycle to become shorter and none existent.

  42. QUESTION:
    what are some reasons for a lingering menstrual cycle?
    The last few months my cycle has been off.It will start and stop several times I am now going on day 11 of this stopping and starting (36 yrs old) Is this possibly the start of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends if it is just spotting or actually bleeding as to what it is. The main cause of spotting is blood coming from the cervix due to cervical erosion or a polyp. Neither of these things are dangerous, but can be easily sorted at the hospital in about 15 minutes under local anaesthetic.

      If it was the menopause you would likely have other symptoms reflecting the hormonal change such as vaginal dryness, hot flushes, even headaches.

      Any bleeding of this sort in a woman who has gone through puberty needs checking out so I think the best thing you can do is book and appointment with your GP/Gynie/Clinic and have a full check-up.

      Hope that helps and you get some answers soon!

  43. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a spayed dog to still exhibit the symptoms of heat?
    My older dog was only recently spayed( a little over a month ago) and we have since added a new female puppy who is also recently spayed(two weeks ago). The older dog just went through a brief episode of spotting and other heat like behaviors, and I'm wondering if it's possible for the dogs to still have enough hormones in their bodies to account for that even though they've been spayed?

    • ANSWER:
      unspayed female dogs go into heat about once every eight months and it lasts for as long as three weeks each time. And they don't go into menopause. They regularly go into heat for their entire lives--unless they're spayed.

      http://tinyurl.com/55jmcr

  44. QUESTION:
    If a woman is in menopause and taking progesterone?
    If a woman is in menopause and taking progesterone for hyperplasia what does it mean if she is not bleeding? If I understood correctly, if a woman has hyperplasia and takes progesterone for 14 days on then 14 days off, then this should shed the lining of the uterus that is thick because of hyperplasia. What happens if there is not bleeding? Does this mean that its not working or there is nothing to shed?? What if there is slight spotting a few months after starting progesterone?

    • ANSWER:
      That's definitely a question for your doctor and not for Yahoo Answers, because you don't want to mess up when you have hyperplasia.

      The progesterone should be plenty to get her uterus to be thick, so there's got to be something to shed.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for breast to have pain in certain areas sometimes?
    Im only 12 and Is it possible their just developing? Even though I feel the pain in the same spot again and again at times?

    • ANSWER:
      Many women have breast tenderness and pain, also called mastalgia. It may come and go with monthly periods (cyclic) or may not follow any pattern (noncyclic).
      Cyclic pain is the most common type of breast pain. It may be caused by the normal monthly changes in hormones. This pain usually occurs in both breasts. It is generally described as a heaviness or soreness that radiates to the armpit and arm. The pain is usually most severe before a menstrual period and is often relieved when a period ends. Cyclic breast pain occurs more often in younger women. Most cyclic pain goes away without treatment and usually disappears at enopause.
      Noncyclic pain is most common in women 30 to 50 years of age. It may occur in only one breast. It is often described as a sharp, burning pain that occurs in one area of a breast. Occasionally, noncyclic pain may be caused by a fibroadenoma or a cyst. If the cause of noncyclic pain can be identified, treating the cause may relieve the pain.
      Breast pain can get worse with changes in your hormone levels or changes in the medicines you are taking. Stress can also affect breast pain. You are more likely to have breast pain before menopause than after menopause.
      Does breast pain indicate breast cancer?
      Breast pain is not a common symptom of breast cancer. But in some cases painful lumps are caused by breast cancer.
      What can I do for breast pain?
      You may be able to relieve breast pain by using nonprescription medicines, including:
      Acetaminophen, such as Tylenol.
      Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) , such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn), or aspirin (Anacin, Bayer).
      Be sure to follow all labels and instructions. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, talk to your doctor before using any medicine. Do not take aspirin if you are younger than 20 because of the risk of Reye syndrome.
      Danazol, bromocriptine, and tamoxifen citrate are prescription medicines used for the treatment of severe cyclic breast pain. These medicines are rarely used because they have significant side effects. It is important to determine whether the benefits will outweigh the risks of taking these medicines.
      You may also be able to relieve breast pain by:
      Using birth control pills (oral contraceptives). These may help reduce cyclic breast pain and breast swelling before periods. But breast pain is also a known side effect of birth control pills.
      Taking magnesium. Magnesium supplements taken in the second half of the menstrual cycle (usually the 2 weeks before the next period) relieve cyclic breast pain as well as other premenstrual symptoms.
      Reducing dietary fat to 15% or less of your dietary intake is likely to reduce breast pain over time. A small study has shown that making this long-term dietary change significantly reduces breast pain.
      Studies have not shown that avoiding caffeine relieves breast pain. But some women feel they have a decrease in breast pain when they decrease the amount of caffeine they consume.
      Can I prevent breast pain?
      You may be able to prevent breast pain, tenderness, or discomfort by wearing a sports bra during exercise. It is important that the sports bra fit properly. It should keep the breasts almost motionless and allow them to move together with the chest, not separately. It is important to replace your sports bra as the material stretches and become less supportive. A young woman with developing breasts may need to buy a new bra every 6 months.

  46. QUESTION:
    Is this a pregnancy or a miscarriage or what?
    A woman I've engaged in intercourse with, has a seriously confusing situation. We did it about a week before her period, which she still got. Then she experienced spotting for a few days beyond her period, which is abnormal for her. Now, its been about 30 days since the start of that period, and she is late. We took a pregnancy test several times in the past month, including yesterday, and all are negative. She is late, nauseus, and very concerned. She is also in her early 40's.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not a pregnancy, nor a miscarriage. You don't have to worry about anything (with regards to an unexpected pregnancy). One possibility is she might be experiencing an irregular period as a pre-menopausal symptom. She might also be just experiencing an irregular period, separate from pre-menopause. Have her consult a gynecologist because irregular menses can be cause by so many different things. By the way, if you don't have any intention of getting anyone pregnant, don't ever come inside a woman a week before her period. The "safest" period is 5-7 days right after the last day of her menses.

  47. QUESTION:
    My periods lately are much lighter than I usually experience. Is this perimenopause?
    I have noticed that the past few months my periods are a little bit irregular as they sometimes start a few days earlier than anticipated, they are lighter, and last shorter than what I usually have. I also have been noticing more irritable moods and some brief blurry vision from out of nowhere. I'm wondering if I'm starting the transition into menopause...I'm 41 in case you're wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptom of perimenopause, menopause signs symptoms associated with it is menstrual irregularity and spotting during the monthly cycle. Frequent periods for too long and heavy bleeding or light bleeding occur during peri menopause. While osteoporosis has now become common among women whose calcium intake is less, it also happens to women prior to entering this state.

      As women grow older they tend to lack in calcium that weakens the bones and osteoporosis settles in. Taking 1500 mg calcium daily can prevent this from happening. Elevated cholesterol levels are also one of the symptoms. With age, the good cholesterol decreases and bad cholesterol will increases leading to coronary disease.
      A rigid dietary control is essential during this period. The transition varies for each woman. Some experience it according to a mother’s or elder sister’s transition and changes at that time. With the decrease in the Estrogen hormone, some physical changes like hair loss, facial hair and weight gain are some problems that upset a woman.

      A good diet and regular exercises will help in maintaining a balanced metabolism. This includes flushing out the system by drinking water which should be at least 8 glasses a day. Natural herbs can be taken after consulting a doctor.
      Menopause Signs Symptoms:

      * Endometriosis
      * Bloating
      * Aching joints and muscles
      * Unexplained weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach
      * Cold or tingling hands or feet
      * Spotting, light bleeding
      * Hair loss, thinning hair
      * Depression, anxiety and mood swings
      * Craving sweets,
      * Craving for caffeine
      * Hot flashes
      * Facial hair growth
      * Unstable blood sugar levels
      * Allergy symptoms
      * Chronic fatigue
      * Sluggishness
      * Breast tenderness
      * Dizziness,
      * Lightheadedness
      * Dry wrinkly skin
      * Fibrocystic breasts
      * Headaches
      * Migraines
      * Heart palpitations
      * Heavy periods
      * Irregular periods
      * Uterine fibroids
      * Incontinence
      * Inability to handle stress
      * Irritability
      * Urinary tract and yeast infections
      * Lack of concentration
      * Memory lapses
      * Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
      * Night sweats
      * Leg cramps
      * Low metabolism
      * Lower sex drive
      * Loss of sex drive
      * PMS and menstrual cramping
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Insomnia
      * Osteoporosis
      * Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4 levels

  48. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my periods to be so weird?
    I missed a period in October (I had light spotting but no period), then for about 3 weeks I was experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms (Sore, enlarged breasts, sensitive nipples, nausea, stomach pains, food cravings etc) and then on Monday afternoon I got my period (About a week late) and it only lasted until Wednesday night (Usually my periods are about 6 days long) and it was heavier than normal on Monday (Had to change my tampon once every 2hrs or so) and then on Tuesday it was slightly lighter than normal and on Wednesday it was so light it was barely there, it was more like spotting than an actual period. Normally if I miss a period I get the next one early and its heavy. My periods usually last about 5-6 days and are heavy on the first 2-3 days and then lighten for the last 2-3 days. What could be causing these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Well if your young then its normal unless you older then 30 then it would just be menopause other wise consult a family doctor. Hope this helped!!

  49. QUESTION:
    I'm 47 and have not had a period in two months. Is my period blood building up in my body?
    The nurse has assured me that it is normal to skip periods at my age and I will get it at some unknown time. I wonder what is happening hormonally in my body. I don't have hot flashes or any other symptoms of menopause. I did take a pregnancy test and it was negative last at the end of August. I had a short period at the end of July.

    • ANSWER:
      You may be starting to enter perimenopause. Which is the beginning stage of Menopause. You may skip one or two periods initially, but you will be considered in Menopause after 12 period-free months. I am 51 and have not had a period for almost 11 months now. However, I still wear pads (Always Infinity) when I am out and about just in case I sneeze or cough and leak urine (it has happened) or I have some spotting (hasn't happened yet).

      Below is a link to a website that has good, clear information and a list of Menopausal symptoms and descriptions of each one. Take heart though, generally women don't get every symptom listed. The most common symptoms are: hot flashes, night sweats, irregular periods, loss of libido, and vaginal dryness. I have a few these symptoms with the exception of irregular periods (no periods), vaginal dryness and loss of libido ... which I have found myself desiring sex even more these days. But that can change later on down the road .. but I hope not.

      Hopefully this will help you better understand what is going on with your body.

      http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/

  50. QUESTION:
    Is bleeding after sex a premenopause symtom?
    I've been spotting now for a while, but this last time is was a little more blood than usual. I'm 36 and have 3 kids. I had a pap smear "cancer check" 2 months ago and it came back normal. Should I be alarmed?

    • ANSWER:
      You are way too young for menopause. No, you should not be alarmed.


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Menopause Thinning Hair

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a multivitamin help with female hair thinning, or do I need a specific vitamin for this?
    I have noticed I can see my scalp on the very front of my head, I always had thin hair but not this bad. I am not in menopause or anywhere close to this so that is not the cause, is there a vitamin supplement that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamins won't help. Check with your family doctor first as some conditions like low thyroid can cause hair thinning. Do you use curling irons, flattening irons, hot blow dryers? They can cause hair damage and thinning. The most common cause is inherited female pattern balding, for which their is no treatment.

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I make my hair look better before my wedding?
    I have quite thin hair that is brittle and always has split ends. I really, really want to improve its condition before my wedding in August 2011. Does anyone have any advice? It seems to fall out a lot, which I don't help because it feels so coarse that I continually run my hands through it in an attempt to smooth it out, and I end up pulling more hair out.

    Can anyone recommend a product/home treatment that will make my hair softer/shinier/thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you say you have thin hair and it's brittle, has split ends? Treat your hair like that of a baby's hair, LOTS OF TLCs. I know you're an adult now with adult hair, but there are symptoms for bleaching, hair straightening, relaxing, crimping hair even to normal hair types. Imagine that happening to your hair, I mean as you've experienced already no product can improve your style. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, but they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse', and hair loss happen more to people with thin or coarse hair.

      You have several problems with your hair here, let's go each one:

      1. Split Ends: Even healthy hair like mine get split ends, due to normal hair brushing & styling. Hair protectant doesn't protect hair 100%. Like sunscreen, you still get sunburned. Same with hair, as you've already experienced. Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the end, even somewhere in the middle. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming. Allowing healthier hair to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good trim.
      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      2. Thin hair comes from your good genes, You can set your hair in plastic curlers, after you towel dry, then curlers, briefly dry, take the curlers out & style as usual, or finger comb. Shampoos that says it makes your hair more volume, it's all marketing gimmicks to get your attention, it is a billion dollar business. Plastic curlers have been used for over 5 decades in the fashion & hair business. They're still being used today

      3. You hair fall out a lot: touching your hair has nothing to do WHY your hair falls out. Reasons why hair falls out easily: Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs), steroids, hereditary, hair dyes, perming/relaxers, straightening (have read many on YA HAIR, and have responded to them since 2009), diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/
      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      4. To get healthier, softer, shinier hair: Eliminate the chemicals and heating tools to style your hair. You get all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.

      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php

      Any OTC Shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair texture. None is better than the other, and salon is not better than OTC. Shampoos are meant to clean and conditioners are meant to condition curly/wavy, chemically treated & damaged hair.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can you get thicker hair?
    I have really thin hair and I want to make it thicker. But without damgeing my hair.

    • ANSWER:
      Good LUck

      &

      Enjoy life when you can!

      Washing your hair everyday damages your hair.. read on more tips below!

      Having Hair Problems??!?!?

      Check this ouT!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  4. QUESTION:
    How much hair loss is considered going bald?
    I'm a 16 year old girl. And the medication I'm on (Methotrexate, for arthritis) is causing LOTS of hair loss for me. I have very thin hair. It's not falling out in clumps, only strands. Anyways I'm curious on how much hair I would have to lose for it to become noticeable or be considered "balding"?

    • ANSWER:
      They say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take. I guess that must be normal~

      Are you sure you're not mixing other things to cause your hair to fall out in clumps? Ex:
      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have really bad thin hair and starting to go bald?
    I have really thin hair and I am starting to go bald, I am not liking it. I was just wondering what would be the best thing for me to have my hair grow better or thicker, or stop it from thinning more and just to look thicker. I have been using NuHair for a while, its not looking like it working, I just started using Nioxin shampoo, hopefully that might help. So I was just wondering if anybody had any suggestions, I love my hair, dont want to lose it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.
      Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why.
      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.
      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.

      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010, Vogue Feb. 2011 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, fish oil, etc. . Fish oil for example: Read the labels if they state that it contains: "one or more of the following: Cod, English Whiting, Shark."
      http://scienceblogs.com/effectmeasure/2010/03/fish_oil_or_snake_oil.php
      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumer…
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/default.htm

      MSN "Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good."
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/wid…
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature…
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair…

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Sources:
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's. When I was in HS, my hair grew from bob to waist length in 3 1/2 to 4 years, and cut 2x a year.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anything help to regrow and maintain hair for a woman?
    both my mom and grandma have thinning hair - they have tried some shampoo's n different oils but so far nothing has helped. My grandma wears a wig and my mom doesn't want to wear one yet - is there anything out there that can help my mom regrow some of her hair w/o surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      Heredity, hormones, stress, diet, illness, poor hair care – all are factors in hair loss.

      Stress, diet and illness are more temporary conditions and usually the hair loss is reversed when the anxiety-producing conditions dissipate, when the diet is improved, when hair care improves and when an illness is cured or gotten under control.

      Heredity and hormones are different matters, however. Heredity is an irreversible condition. You are a product of your parents, and hair loss is often inherited. Hormones are tricky, hidden things, however, and they have different effects on an individual basis.

      In a male, testosterone abides abundantly. There are also enzymes working on testosterone which product a substance called DHT. DHT is now known to circulate in the blood and cause other conditions, one of which is the shrinking of hair follicles. When hair follicles shrink enough, they are unable to produce and push a new hair through. As old hair dies, it is then not replaced.

      In women, hormonal imbalances can also cause hair loss. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause all cause significant hormonal change and imbalances with both physical and mental effects. These changes can also cause hair loss, both temporary and permanent.

      Hair loss and re-growth products have been around for centuries. In ancient times, a variety of herbal and oil-based remedies were concocted and used by Egyptians, Aztecs, Mayans, and American Indians, all with some degree of effectiveness for some people. Modern medical research has focused on ways to re-open and stimulate “dead” hair follicles, so that hair growth can re-occur naturally, as well as keep the healthy follicles healthy. Thus, a number of products have become available, both by prescription and over-the-counter. They are advertised on radio and television and all over the Internet. One need only do a “google” search on hair loss, and there are literally thousands of sites and products for investigation.

      One ingredient in many hair loss products is minoxidil. Research studies have shown that in about 80% of the participants, products containing this ingredient are effective in slowing hair loss and, in some, causing re-growth to occur.

      Probably the most well known is Rogaine, available at any drug store, in varieties for both men and women. Most scientifically-produced products do have separate products for males and females, because, of course, hormones in each are different and of different levels.

      An additional product containing minoxidil is Provillus, and, again, studies have shown it to be effective. The difference between Provillus and other similar products is that the makes have added Azelaic Acid, an additional ingredient which appears to enhance the follicle repair in both men and women. Provillus has been the subject of many studies, just as the other products, and level of effectiveness may be higher.

      Provillus is available for both men and women, and the treatment is a combination of a topical liquid applied to the balding areas, as well as a pill or capsule to be taken in conjunction with the liquid. The critical key to effectiveness, according to its makers, is the addition of the azelaic acid, however, the correct amount of this acid is most important piece of this treatment.

      As with most hair loss products, the makers recommend patience. It may take from 3-6 months for improvement to occur, however, there is a money-back guarantee up to 180 days if one is not satisfied that it is working for him/her.

      Medical research is far from finished in its exploration of products which will stop hair loss and promote re-growth of “permanent” loss. As this research continues, existing producers will undoubtedly alter their products accordingly.

      Fortunately, a lot of money is being poured into the research, so hair loss sufferers, take heart!

  7. QUESTION:
    What can a female do about thinning hair?
    I feel like my hair is thinning out. I don't know what to do. I have wavy hair. Am willing to try almost anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair may be falling out due to the onset of menopause, or stress. Also if you tightly braid your hair or have used harsh chemicals before.Prescription drugs could also be a reason so check any side affects from medication you have taken.

      Depending on your age this article may be able to help you out:

  8. QUESTION:
    How do u get thicker hair?
    My cousin has really thin hair. She's not going bald or anything it's just thin. Her hair is very healthy. She would like to know how to get thicker hair. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get thicker hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      :) good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    How to make hair thicker without cutting?
    I have really long hair (it reaches my hips) but it is extremely thin. i do not want to cut my hair but it is constantly getting thinner. my hair is a lot like my mother's hair and when she cut it for some reason it didn't grow back thicker or as long as before she cut it. idk if the same thing will happen to me. is there any product or method that makes hair thicker?
    i don't style, straighten, dye, curl, bleach, or highlight my hair.
    my hair is thinning, but i am not balding.
    if it has to do with anything, i tie my hair into a bun and wear a headscarf whenever i go out.

    • ANSWER:
      You say YOUR HAIR IS CONSTANTLY GETTING thinner?

      We get our hair from our good genes, and as you've experienced your mom had that. Here are reasons why . . .

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature…
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair…

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I prevent thinning hair?
    I use to have a lot of hair on my head until recent years. I started noticing more hair at the bottom of my bathtub and even more on my brush. My hair is especially thin in the crown region on my head. I don't have enough money to do the hair transplant. What are my other options?

    • ANSWER:
      On average, a person may shed anywhere from 40-100 hairs a day. So if you see some hair on your brush or in the shower, don’t panic. Chances are you are shedding the normal amount. Keep in mind that if you have long hair, it may appear that you are shedding more than you actually are.

      Hair loss is associated with hair follicles exposure to hormones, specifically, testosterone and DHT. Testosterone is converted to DHT by an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase. Once DHT is formed, it can interact with androgen receptors found in hair follicles. This association lowers follicle activity, shrinks the hair follicles, which then slows the hair growth cycle, and eventually leads to a reduction of hair growth. For females, the source of androgen is generated from the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Thus, hair loss is often associated with pregnancy and menopause and their effects. However, this phenomenon does not occur equally on all parts of your scalp, thus, thinning is observed only on specific regions of your head.

      If you are shedding more than normal, don’t feel like you’re the only one losing hair. Nearly 50-80% of Caucasian men experience pattern baldness (Androgentic Alopecia). Women’s hair loss is the best kept secret. For women, 20-40% of the population are affected by alopecia. Yikes! That's nearly half of the female population! Thinning hair is a result of a combination of environmental and genetic factors. For example, the number of Chinese affected by pattern baldness is only half that of their Caucasian counterparts. As you age, your hair follicles shrink. So if your hair appears thin, it’s just a part of life. Even celebrities can't get out of this. It has been reported that actress Kate Beckinsale and Brit Victoria Bechham are struggling with hair loss - like the rest of us.

      Other causes of hair loss: physical stress, emotional stress, medication, hormonal changes, chemotheraphy.

      Will Perming my Hair Cause Hair Loss?
      This is a common myth. Permanent hair loss is NOT caused by perms, colors, and other chemical treatments. This also applies to shampooing your hair too often.
      Here are several common hair loss myths:

      Permanent hair loss is caused by perms, colors, and other chemical treatments
      Shaving your head will cause hair to grow back thicker
      Dandruff causes permanent hair loss
      Stress causes permanent hair loss
      Hair loss does not occur in the late teens
      Smoking causes hair loss – though this myth is attractive, little scientific data supports this statement.
      With that being said, perming your hair can cause temporary hair loss (not permanent). Anytime you apply chemicals into your hair, you are changing the molecular structure and characteristic of your hair. As a result, the deformed hair will be more fragile (brittle) and can easily break. Also, be careful not to apply chemicals (relaxer, perming solution, dye, etc) to the scalp. These chemicals may destroy the hair shaft and irritate the skin. In extreme cases, permanent damage to your hair follicles may occur, which will result in irreversible hair loss. Thus, if you constantly use rollers and roll your hair into tight curls, you are inducing stress to your hair. The same applies to heat style. Introducing heat stress to your hair will damage it and cause it to become more brittle and fragile. In summary, hair styling and hair treatments do not cause hair loss if done properly and sparingly.

      Here are some tips to protect your hair:

      Apply chemicals to hair and not to your scalp
      Use minimal tension when styling hair
      Wear large, loose braids
      Use products with glycerin and not mineral oil or petroleum
      Use a mild relaxer at home
      Avoid applying chemicals to your hair when possible
      What are styling tips to conceal hair loss?

      Go short. Long hair draws attention to your hair loss. When choosing a hair cut, select a style that is above the short. Your hair may be a little longer if your hair is wavy or curly. Get a graduated or blunt layer style to add more volume to your hair. The best way to disguise hair loss is adopting a zigzag part and let the layers fall naturally. If this isn't your style, try combing your hair straight back if you are thinning at the top. Avoid using gel alone. This tends to clump hair together and emphasize your thinning hair.

      How to fix the hair loss:

      Thanks to modern techology and scientific research, hair loss is treatable. Doctors can implant, acutally transplant, hair follicles into the region on your head experiencing hair loss. This may be time consuming and a burden to your wallet. In recent years, several FDA approved topical products have been shown to promote hair regrowth (i.e Provillus(http://www.provillus.com/?aid=587078)). If you are interested in using any of these methods of treatment, please consult with a physician. This article is not sufficient information for self diagnosing.

  11. QUESTION:
    What doctor should I see about thinning hair?
    I've noticed for the past month now that the front area of my hair seems to be getting thinner. I saw myself in a mirror outside today and it looked considerably different. Now I'm starting to freak out and want to see someone about this.

    I'm only 19 so thats why I'm so concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Your primary doctor, will recommend you a doctor to see. He may even know what is wrong, he knows more about you than we do.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to prevent hair thinning and reason for it?
    Hey guys. My mom is 50, and her hair is thinning. It's not severe/super noticible but it's still pretty bad. Some spots in the back are much more noticible then others though. What can she use (as in shampoos, hair masks, creams, etc) and do to prevent this? Also, is there a known cause?
    Any help is greatly apperciated. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      From what I understand, hair thinning around age 50-60 is common in women and most likely hormonal (ie she may be going through or has gone through the menopause). If your Mum's hair thinning is hormonal then HRT may help, her GP would be able to advise on this.
      Other factors could include stress or diet. Also there are some good over the counter shampoos/lotions she could use, you would get these from your pharmacy and they include:

      Foltène
      Alpecin Caffeine shampoo
      LA Science
      Nourkrin
      Nutrasome

  13. QUESTION:
    How can you get more hair to grown on your scalp???????/?
    I have really thin hair, and i loose a lot of it...What can i do ?!?!?

    • ANSWER:
      If they're THINNING, there's a reason for why that happened.

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.
      Shampoos are meant for cleaning hair, eating is for growing and you can't speed up time, nor can you speed 'perfection.' "If you have no patience, you have no right growing long hair." ~ Hair expert of the 80's.

      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010, Vogue Feb. 2011 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, fish oil, etc. . Fish oil for example: Read the labels if they state that it contains: "one or more of the following: Cod, English Whiting, Shark."

      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11

      Google: MSN "Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good."
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      Best advice from Hollywood's well known hairstylist in the 80's once said: "Keep foods in your mouth and hair products on your hair."

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in.

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Best answer comes from people with Avatars, showing their healthy shiny, soft, silky, smooth hair.

      Sources:
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees, started growing them in 2003. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever tried Black Cohosh for menopause?
    Sleepless nights, fatique, thinning hair, mood swings= Menopause for me. Any advice will be appreciated I thinking about using Black Cohosh, but I need to know if some had used it and what is their opinion. Other options will also be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      If you are concerned about taking HRT then this article may be of some help to you.
      Use a step ladder approach to your health. Diet: First eat a health diet, limit coffee and alcohol as it can increase hot flashes. Exercise 1/2 hour a day with a walk at min. This helps your well being and increases certain hormones levels. Use vitamins and herbs such as estrogenic like from plants, doug quai, black cohosh, licorice, red clover or wild yam extracts. Any one of them can help, but do not use all at once or combine them. It is a waste of resouces. You can try one and see if it helps and switch to another one if it doesn't. You can add chaste tree berry or vitex, which is the only documented herb that shows in your blood life to increase progesterone. You can blend vitamins and herb's together, but be sure not to use more than one phyto-estrogen. When symptoms change or this is not effective enough, begin using a natural progesterone cream (aka wise women essentials a bio indentical cream) which will help the whole body and systems. If you are like me then you will be thinking 'I don't have the time, ability, resources to round up all these wonderfull natural ingredients. Well you could find the answer in Menozac.

      Menozac is Help from Mother Nature Menozac  is a botanical formulation containing a blend of natural herbal extracts. These are plants from Mother Nature that specifically ease your transition. They provide effective menopause relief, from the onset, and through the duration of typical menopause.
      Menozac has been developed as a natural alternative support, formulated with the best-known combination of well-researched phytoestrogen botanicals. These plants have a long history of helping to relieve menopausal symptoms and supporting the body’s hormonal balance.
      Your grandmothers and great grandmothers learned how to make this life transition smoothly, by studying the plants. Their long history is being shared with you in the Menozac formula.
      For more information about Menozac then Click Here

  15. QUESTION:
    How many hairs lost in a day would mean you have 'hair loss'?
    Im approaching the menopause and Im sure my hair is thinning a bit. It seems finer also and there are about 6-8 hairs that come loose after hair washing or styling. Do I have hair loss???? If so what can I do about it.

    • ANSWER:
      6 - 8 hairs a day is not significant. However if this is a change from what is normal to you there are things you can do. I am a 44 year old woman and am peri-menopausal. I began losing a significant amount of hair each morning when I showered. I don't know how many but I know it was a change from what was normal for me. I began taking Macafem (maca root), biotin, and MSM supllements, and I switched to Organix coconut milk shampoo and conditioner. Once a week I do a pure coconut oil treatment on my hair (leave oil on for one hour & wash out) I started these changes about a month ago and have noticed a decrease in hair loss and also have new hair growth. Hope this helps

  16. QUESTION:
    Can i use Nutrasome REVLON thickening serum on bleached, damaged, snapping + strands falling out hair?
    ...Its for really thinning hair. It works accerlating the scalp circulation and icreases supply of blood and nutrients to the hair folicles to optimise and nuture new hair growth

    • ANSWER:
      No. Your hair is thinning, and it could be from allergic reaction, that's like hiding the 'cause' under a rug.

      Your hair is also bleached, damaged, and snapping (reasons why now it's getting thinner). Your hair had been crying for help, and you've ignored it. I've responded to many girls under 15 experiencing in hair loss since 2009. Women 60-90 have those same symptoms but it took them years to get there. But for 15 & under, giving advice here? They can't predict the future of their hairs, until they're in their 30's, but 15 & under with hair loss? C'mon!

      When it does that, it is too late to do anything about it. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, their main job is to make tons of money and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss, due to 'abuse'. And certainly not from REVLON.

      Google hair dyes & cancer also. Some people smoke & tan all their lives and do not get cancer. But there are 2nd hand & 3rd hand smoke who are now carrying their oxygen tank so they can breath or have cancer. Same with hair dyes. If you're not affected today, or next month, you may never be affected and you're one of the lucky ones. It doesn't take overnight, it takes years of hair experimentation with hair dyes.

      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?
      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      You get all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.
      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.

      "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in.
      http://health.yahoo.com/experts/healthie…

  17. QUESTION:
    Does any hair loss treatment work?
    I am 22, and my hair is very thin. Did anyone use a thinning hair/ Hair loss treatment that worked?

    • ANSWER:
      The commonest cause of thinning hair is hormonal, and whether you suffer from female pattern baldness which is hereditary or not, the main culprit is a hormone called DHT and any quality hair loss treatment for women should be able to block it.

      DHT is a by-product of testosterone which women have as well as men, and it attaches itself to the follicles, causing it to gradually get smaller until the hair falls out, and no new growth can occur.

      This is particularly common after the menopause as estrogen levels which effectively keep the DHT in check fall rapidly, leading to an excess of DHT.
      Minoxidil 2% is the only topical medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for female-pattern hair loss.While Minoxidil does not grow new hair, it works by blocking the DHT and prolonging the growth phase of hair - providing more time for hair to grow out to its full density and returning your full head of hair.

  18. QUESTION:
    How many times per week should you wash your hair if you have night sweats?
    I am in my menopause years and I have night sweats really bad. I have shoulder length hair, and it rubs against my neck and gets wet when I sweat. I have constant salt content in my hair, and I am wondering if this is having an adverse effect on my hair. I am wondering how many times per week should I wash my hair. I am now experiencing split ends and my hair is thinning. I am trying to find a solution to this problem. I am a woman of color if this makes a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      Wrap up your hair in put it in a plastic shower cap. Or you could take a shower every morning. Another thing you could do is soak a small towel in cold water and keep it wrapped around your neck. Keep your hair up.

  19. QUESTION:
    Have you tried HRT or something similar to help with the dry skin from menopause?
    dry skin, increased wrinkles and thinning hair? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I thought HRT treatment was used only for only very severe menopause symptoms. I'm sure the dry skin and thinning hair is a concern for you, but are you taking vitamins and eating properly? You might want to start there because HRT is not without its side effects.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have female pattern hair loss with new growth?
    I've started losing my hair (breakage) due to a bad perm. On the sides of my head and in top. At first I thought it was female pattern hair loss, but then I have lots of new growth. Can you have female pattern hair loss and new growth at the same time? Oh and by the way, I'm also thinking of trying aphogee hair products. If anyone has heard of it, let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      A hair grows from its follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests, and then falls out. A new hair soon begins growing in its place. At any time, about 85% of the hair is growing and 15% is resting.

      Baldness occurs when hair falls out but new hair does not grow in its place. The cause of the failure to grow new hair in female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it is associated with genetic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones (particularly androgens, the male sex hormones).

      Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production. For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth.

      Female pattern baldness is usually different from that of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the frontal hairline is maintained. There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

      Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

      Temporary shedding of hair (telogen effluvium)
      Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
      Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata -- an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
      Medications
      Certain skin diseases
      Hormonal abnormalities
      Iron deficiency
      Underactive thyroid
      Vitamin deficiency
      Symptoms Return to top

      Thinning of hair over the entire head
      Hair loss at the crown or hairline, mild to moderate
      Exams and Tests Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss and by ruling out other causes of hair loss.

      A skin biopsy or other procedures may be used to diagnose medical disorders that cause loss of hair.

      Analysis of the hair itself is not accurate for diagnosing nutritional or similar causes of hair loss, although it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

      Treatment Return to top

      The hair loss of female pattern baldness is permanent. In most cases, it is mild to moderate. No treatment is required if the person is comfortable with her appearance.

      The only drug or medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil, used on the scalp. For women, the 2% concentration is recommended. Minoxidil may help hair to grow in 20% to 25% of the female population, and in the majority it may slow or stop the loss of hair. Treatment is expensive, however, and hair loss starts again when minoxidil use is stopped.

      Hair transplants consist of removal of tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas and carries a modest risk for skin infection. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive. Results, however, are often excellent and permanent.

      The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

      Stitching (suturing) hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp.

      Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise hair loss and improve cosmetic appearance. This is often the least expensive and safest method of dealing with female pattern baldness.

      Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is of cosmetic importance only and does not indicate a medical disorder, but it may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. The hair loss is usually permanent.

      Possible Complications Return to top

      Complications are psychological stress and a loss of self-esteem due to change in appearance.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

      Call your health care provider if hair loss occurs and persists, especially if there is itching, skin irritation, or other symptoms. There might be a treatable medical cause for the loss of hair.

      Prevention Return to top

      There is no known prevention for female pattern baldness.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can you stop thinning hair?
    It is genetic for guys in my family to lose some hair but not go completely bald! is there a way to stop or slow the process?

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' and eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you lose more hair and does it start earlier if it's genetic baldness? If so, is there any treatment to it?
    I'm 17 and I've noticed my hair is thinning. I'm starting to get like the widow's peak thing going also. I was wondering if that was because of genetic baldness because it started so early. Also, when I'm in the shower a lot of hair comes out from my head. Does shampooing increase baldness or any water to the head?

    • ANSWER:
      Shampooing doesn't cause baldness.

      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of the menopause?
    My mother is beginning to enter the menopause and I was wondering what health problems it can cause. Anything like depression? Anxiety? Heart problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms
      Every woman experiences menopause differently. Even the age at which menopause begins may be unique to you. Some women reach menopause in their 30s or 40s, and some not until their 60s, but menopause most often occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

      Your signs and symptoms also are likely to be very individual. You may breeze through menopause with few signs and symptoms. Or you may experience a number of physical and emotional changes, including:

      Irregular periods. Your menstrual periods may stop suddenly, or gradually get lighter or heavier and then stop. The unpredictability of your periods may be your first clue that menopause is approaching.
      Decreased fertility. When ovulation begins to fluctuate, you're less likely to become pregnant. Until you haven't had a period for a year, however, pregnancy is still possible.
      Vaginal and urinary changes. As your estrogen level declines, the tissues lining your vagina and urethra — the opening to your bladder — become drier, thinner and less elastic. With decreased lubrication you may experience burning or itching, along with increased risk of infections of your urinary tract or vagina. These changes may make sexual intercourse uncomfortable or even painful. You may feel the need to urinate more frequently or more urgently, and you may experience urinary incontinence.
      Hot flashes. As your estrogen level drops, your blood vessels may expand rapidly, causing your skin temperature to rise. This can lead to a feeling of warmth that moves upward from your chest to your shoulders, neck and head. You may sweat, and as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you may feel chilled, weak and slightly faint. Your face might look flushed, and red blotches may appear on your chest, neck and arms. Most hot flashes last from 30 seconds to several minutes, although they can last much longer. The frequency, as well as the duration, of hot flashes varies from person to person. You may have them once every hour or only occasionally. They can occur any time during the day or night. They may be a part of your life for a year or more, or you may never have them.
      Sleep disturbances and night sweats. Night sweats are often a consequence of hot flashes. You may awaken from a sound sleep with soaking night sweats followed by chills. You may have difficulty falling back to sleep or achieving a deep, restful sleep. Lack of sleep may affect your mood and overall health.
      Changes in appearance. Many women gain a modest amount of weight — about 5 pounds on average — during the menopausal transition. The fat that once was concentrated in your hips and thighs may settle above your waist and in your abdomen. You may notice a loss of fullness in your breasts, thinning hair and wrinkles in your skin. If you previously experienced adult acne, it may become worse. Although your estrogen level drops, your body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone. As a result, you may develop coarse hair on your chin, upper lip, chest and abdomen.
      Emotional and cognitive changes. You may experience irritability, fatigue, decreased memory and diminished concentration as you approach menopause. These symptoms have sometimes been attributed to hormonal fluctuations. Yet other factors are more likely to contribute to these changes, including sleep deprivation and stressful life events — such as the illness or death of a parent, grown children leaving home or returning home, and retirement.

      Complications
      Several chronic medical conditions tend to appear after menopause. By becoming aware of the following conditions, you can take steps to help reduce your risk:

      Cardiovascular disease. At the same time your estrogen levels decline, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as in men. Yet you can do a great deal to reduce your risk of heart disease. These risk-reduction steps include stopping smoking, reducing high blood pressure, getting regular aerobic exercise and eating a diet low in saturated fats and plentiful in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
      Osteoporosis. During the first few years after menopause, you may lose bone density at a rapid rate, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes bones to become brittle and weak, leading to an increased risk of fractures. Postmenopausal women are especially susceptible to fractures of the hip, wrist and spine. That's why it's especially important during this time to get adequate calcium — 1,500 milligrams daily — and vitamin D — 400 to 800 international units daily. It's also important to exercise regularly. Strength training and weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging are especially beneficial in keeping your bones strong.
      Urinary incontinence. As the tissues of your vagina and urethra lose their elasticity, you may experience a frequent, sudden, strong urge to urinate (urge incontinence) or incontinence with coughing, laughing or lifting (stress incontinence).
      Weight gain. Many women gain weight during the menopausal transition. You may need to eat less — perhaps as many as 200 to 400 fewer calories a day — and exercise more, just to maintain your current weight.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the menopause and what does it do to you?
    I'm only 14 so do not have the foggiest, but then I'm only 14 so do not really need to know the foggiest but I'm curious.

    Is that when your periods stop? Is it true you don't have to shave your legs anymore because the hair will stop growing? I heard a female commedian say something a bit gross about how her vagina went all weird cos she was old. Is that true? What else happens?
    What are hot flushes?

    • ANSWER:
      I went through the menopause in 6 weeks during chemotherapy and it was bloomin' awful. Hot flushes felt as if I was literally boiling from te inside and sweat used to drip of my ears it was so bad. You stop ovulating in the menopause which is why your periods stop. still have to shave my legs and under my arms, and as for what the female comedienne said well, mine is just the same as it always was! A lot of women need hormone replacement therapy after the menopause as it can affect your bones, and you are more vulnerable to osteoporosis where the bones go thin and are more liable to break. I've put you the best sits I could find for further reference. At your age you ought to forget about it and enjoy yourself...aah to be 14 again!

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to re-nourish my hair?
    My hair used to be straight, a bit wavy and healthy, then I shaved it off and when it regrew it was frizzy and dry. I've tried shampoos which claim to calm frizz such as John Frieda and Aussie. I use conditioners but nothing seems to work.

    Do I need to buy shampoos from highstreet hair salons?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair Problems!?!?!??!
      Check this ouT!!!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the tips! Hope these little tips have been useful! :)

      GoOD lUCK!

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the best solution for lupus sle patients whose hair either breaks or falls out?
    I am African-American was diagnosed several years ago with Lupus SLE. As a result, my hair is very dry and thin. My hair is long in most places and short in others (top and back). What is a good solution to my problem? Also, what is the best hair care regimen to follow/

    • ANSWER:
      We have a lupus nurse online who says the following:

      One of the important diagnostic pointers to lupus is hair loss. Everybody loses hair all the time, especially when they are 'under the weather' or when there is an acute illness present.

      However, in active lupus, hair loss is a particular problem, not just with hair appearing in the comb, but with hair on the pillow in the morning and, even worse in some patients, with the beginnings of patches of baldness. the good news is that, in the vast majority of patients this hair loss is not permanent.

      Hair loss in lupus very often occurs at the tail end of a 'flare'. It seems
      that the hair follicles are the last to recover. Hormonal changes can also cause hair loss, i.e. menopause and pregnancy.

      Sudden hair loss usually rights itself within a few months. Eating a healthy well balanced diet is important. Trying to reduce stress levels also helps.

      The most common nutritional cause of hair loss in women is low iron,
      indicated by levels of ferritin, a protein which helps store iron within the
      body (as opposed to haemoglobin, which helps store iron from animal-derived sources in the blood). Your GP could check your ferritin levels and if the level is low they may recommend an iron supplement, but it is advisable to take their advice before commencing iron supplements, as they can sometimes upset the stomach.

      Research shows that supplementing the diet with L-lysine, an essential amino acid, can help combat hair loss. Some scientists have reported that rubbing onion juice into your scalp can help stimulate hair regrowth!

      CO Enzyme Q10 can also be beneficial for healthy hair. It would be advisable to consult a herbalist as they may be able to advise you.
      Some specialist dermatologists have prescribed steroids for patients with severe hair loss.

      Cutting hair at regular intervals and the obvious use of enriched shampoos and conditioners are prescribed by experienced hairdressers. Colouring and bleaching hair at this time is not advisable.

      Viviscal a hairloss supplement seems to be well recommended.You may wish to visit the website. www.viviscal.co.uk

      Hope that helps, you can ask further questions at http://lupus.org.uk/onlinenurse.htm

  27. QUESTION:
    What could be causing my hair to fall out so much like it's not attached to my scalp?
    I'm a 30 yr old female and I've been on synthroid for 6 yrs now for an under active thyroid. I know a person sheds so many hairs a day but mine is coming out to much especially at night because I wake up with my bed cover in hair. My doctor keeps saying it's not from my thyroid or from taking the same medicine for so long because my levels are always normal.

    I've tried different shampoos and tips I've read on the internet but nothing is helping. I'm about to go insane over the hair all over my house and I can't get rid of it. I'd take vitamins if I knew it would help but I don't know what kind to take. I guess I'm going to have to find another doctor who can help me.

    If anyone can give me some advice or tips on how to stop my hair from shedding so bad than please contact me?

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss can be due to many different factors, and really only a Dermatologist or your doctor could evaluate that for sure.

      Here are some possible reasons I am aware of:
      1. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy and menopause.
      2. Stress.
      3. Diet. Not eating enough healthy foods such as fruits, and especially vegetables.
      4. Not taking good vitamins daily.
      5. Washing your hair every day, which depletes the hair of its natural oils.
      6. Blow drying your hair daily, especially on a hot setting, and using the blower too close to your hair.
      7. Not using gentle shampoos. Alternating your shampoos is good to do regularly to prevent build up.
      8. Using the wrong hairbrush that is pulling and splitting your hair.
      9. Heredity.
      10. Perhaps a scalp condition. This is where possibly a Dermatologist could be beneficial.
      10. Age.

      I don't know if you live in California, but there is a company I believe called Regenix, that makes products to help people combat hair loss. I believe their website is regenix.com. They sound like they may be pretty legit, and can possibly help you or perhaps guide you in the right direction.
      My hair is also thinning, and I am very self-conscious of it. I think for me, it's part of Menopause. I just try to be extra careful when I brush and comb it.
      I wish you the best, and I hope I have helped you.

  28. QUESTION:
    What foods are the best for thicker hair growth?
    I am worried that my hair is getting thinner and I don't know what to do. please give me some good tips or advice.

    thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Thickness refers to the number of hairs on your head (density), and you can't change that. You are born with a certain number of hair follicles -- you never get more throughout your life -- and that is that. Some of them go dormant (asleep or die) in your life, and some awaken (start growing hair) during puberty or menopause. As mammals, our entire bodies are covered with hair (with some places, like eyelids and lips having none).

      If you mean that you want each hair to be fatter, this refers to texture. You meant to say "coarse". There is fat hairs (coarse) and skinny (fine) hair. Again, there is no food that can change that. Your hair is programmed before you are born (genes) to have hair that is a certain density, texture, configuration and colour. That cannot be changed, if you are in good health, except by the application of cosmetics once the hair has appeared above the skin. But it will always grow in as it always has and should. That is why you need to re-colour your regrowth when your "roots" are showing.

      There are some hair styling tricks you can use to create the illusion of thicker hair, and some of them require a bit of work. And there is always supplementation with the use of hair pieces and extensions.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is vaginal discharge a symptom of menopause when you haven't had your period in a month?
    My mom has a lot of the symptoms such as mood swings, irregular periods, hot flashes, itchy skin, hair thinning, breast pain, cracked fingernails, things like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal discharge is normal. The amount/consistency will change with the balance of hormones which is usually out of whack during menopause/perimenopause. If it were a yeast infection, she would have severe itching.

  30. QUESTION:
    Could you please suggest some home remedies for Hair fall?
    My hair has thinned out a lot. Is there anyway I can get my hair to grow thicker naturally?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know the 'cause' of what happened, understand how, why, & what allergic reaction you had it could be from beauty or hair product, it could also be from medications . . . before you find 'solution'.
      When hair had thinned out, there are many reasons why that happened. When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products or hair loss growth can not reverse the problem. They are all billion dollar business.

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.

      Shampoos are meant for cleaning hair, eating is for growing and you can't speed up time, nor can you speed 'perfection.' "If you have no patience, you have no right growing long hair." ~ Hair expert of the 80's.

      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010, Vogue Feb. 2011 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, fish oil, etc. . Fish oil for example: Read the labels if they state that it contains: "one or more of the following: Cod, English Whiting, Shark."

      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. FDA has received numerous reports of harm associated with the use of these products, including stroke, liver injury, kidney failure, heart palpitations, and death. 3-15-11

      Google: MSN "Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good."
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      Best advice from Hollywood's well known hairstylist in the 80's once said: "Keep foods in your mouth and hair products on your hair."

      If you've straightened your hair in the past, it may grow slowly or none at all.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in.

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Best answer comes from people with Avatars, showing their healthy shiny, soft, silky, smooth hair.

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  31. QUESTION:
    My hair is thinning a little. How do I help it get thicker again?
    I'm a female. What can I use for my scalp to help stimulate hair growth?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best moisturizing shampoo to tame winter static and dry ends?
    I've got thin, dry, frizzy hair that still somehow gets oily enough at the scalp to get weighed down and flat easily. Any suggestions? Thanks! : )

    • ANSWER:
      Good LUck

      &

      Enjoy life when you can!

      Washing your hair everyday damages your hair.. read on more tips below!

      Having Hair Problems??!?!?

      Check this ouT!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can i do in order to stop hair loss?
    I have dyed my hair and now i'm losing very much hair. Any natural ways to stop hair loss?

    I'm desperate!

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone loses between 40 & 120 strands a day, depending on how much hair you have, your age & your hair's growth cycle. People with fine hair tend to have more of it & therefore will lose more of it than their thicker-haired sisters & brothers. Your hair also thins as you get older, particularly after menopause for women, but the thinning will stop & not continue as it will for men.

      Here are some factors to take into consideration for common hairloss:

      1. Seasonality. You'll lose the most hair in the fall -- typically November and December when hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.

      2. Diet. Hair loss can occur through poor dieting, tight ponytails, even with age.

      3. Pregnancy Some women experience hair loss with pregnancy or as part of post-pregnancy hormonal changes. Other women experience hair loss when going on or off (usually off) the birth control pill.

      4. Illness Sometimes it happens as a result of illness. Even stress, excessive weight loss, iron deficiency & thyroid problems can cause hair loss.

      If you're really worried, ask your doctor. I hope that this helps~

  34. QUESTION:
    How can i get thick luscious hair like Spanish or Arab women?
    My hair becomes finer and thin after lots of straightening and perming. Really regret it..=(. Not gonna do any of those ever again.
    Tess T, Caucasians have beautiful hair too, but i love the texture and the dark color of those Spanish, Arabs or even Indonesians and Thailand women. They used a lot of NATURAL REMEDIES for their hair. Got it? I just like it. Its none of your business.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.

      I think I can help a bit.

      You may want to consider trying all natural shampoo (bars?) and natural conditioners and rinses.

      I have used all natural products on my hair for the last four and a half years. I am 52 now. If I had started this 30 years ago, who knows where it would be now. But, at 52 and in the throngs of menopause, my hair is thick, soft, manageable, and beautiful. I so love it.

      I think it has something to do with taking the synthetic chemicals out of the equation, and entering all natural ingredients.

      Just google all natural shampoo bars on the web, and you will see tons of choices.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can you get severe fatigue or breathlessness during the onset of the menopause?
    I had a hysterectomy in December. I still have my ovaries,but lately, my hair seems drier and thinner. I also have this overwhelming tiredness during the day, and breathlessness.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      I hope you'll check with your health care provider about these symptoms. While they may be related to a surgically induced menopause, they may also be a symptom of another condition or conditions. As women enter menopause, they may begin to experience several symptoms typically associated with the changes that are taking place in their bodies. These symptoms include:

      Hot flashes. This is a feeling of warmth in the face, neck or chest that ranges from mild to severe. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about 85 percent of women approaching or going through menopause have hot flashes.

      Night sweats (evening versions of “hot flashes”) and difficulty sleeping. Lack of sleep can contribute to women feeling tired, stressed or tense.

      Changes in vaginal tissue, including thinning, dryness, itchiness or burning. In some cases, sex may become painful (dyspareunia) due to decreased vaginal secretions.

      Thinning of bones. Known as osteoporosis, this condition can lead to a reduction of bone mass that reaches 20 percent in some women. As a result, menopausal and postmenopausal women are susceptible to fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and other bones. In some cases, osteoporosis can lead to loss of height.

      Abnormal vaginal bleeding or “spotting.” This is a common sign of menopause. However, women who have not had a period for 12 consecutive months should see a physician if they experience spotting, as this can sometimes be a sign of other conditions, such as:

      Cancer

      Side effects of using birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy

      Hormonal imbalance

      Noncancerous growths in the lining of the uterus, such as fibroids

      Mood changes. These changes can include mood swings, depression and irritability. Some researchers believe these emotions are a result of changes in the brain caused by a decrease in estrogen. Others think menopausal symptoms such as sleep problems, hot flashes and fatigue cause the feelings. Still others maintain that a combination of these factors is probably responsible.

      Urinary problems. These may include leaking, burning or pain when urinating (dysuria) or urgency. Leakages may also occur during sneezing, coughing or laughing. An increase in urinary tract infections (UTIs) is also associated with menopause as a result of a thinning of the urethra that happens at this time.

      Other symptoms may occur, also. You can read more about them at this medically-reviewed site - an excellent one!

      http://obgyn.health.ivillage.com/menopausehrt/menopause.cfm

      Feel better : )

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I fix the frizzyness of my hair?
    I don't have split ends on the bottom of my hair. Just the top of my head/hair is frizzy. I've tried various sprays and shampoos, but nothing works.

    • ANSWER:
      Good LUck

      &

      Enjoy life when you can!

      For Frizzy hair.. these ussually work really good.. and i have some more tips at the bottom.. which are great for healthy hair... so good luck!
      - Anything from the brand FrizzEase works preety awesome. So does Infusium 23 shampoos.

      *Hair still frizzy? Take a curling iron to the top layers. It will only take a second, and the heat will zap the frizz out.

      *1 advacado, and 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Mash the advacado, and add the olive oil. Mix. massage into hair, leave in for 20 minutes. Wash hair as you normally would. You can double this 'recipe' if your hair is exceptionally thick or long.
      * Mayonnaise. Yeah, sounds pretty gross.. But it will make your hair smooth and soft. Apply it to hair, leave it in for 10-15 minutes Rinse out, wash hair as you normally would.

      Washing your hair everyday damages your hair.. read on more tips below!

      Having Hair Problems??!?!?

      Check this ouT!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can an increase in metabolism cause hair loss?
    If your body's metabolism suddenly or slowly increases, can you experience hair fall, or to be more specific Telogen Effluvium?

    • ANSWER:
      hi friend, because hair is primarily made up of protein, hair loss can be caused by insufficient protein in your diet. If you're troubled by hair loss, it might be helpful to increase the protein in your diet. In genetically susceptible people, certain sex hormones trigger a particular pattern of permanent hair loss. Most common in men, this type of hair thinning can begin as early as puberty. Hormonal changes and imbalances can also cause temporary hair loss. This could be due to pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you suggest some good lotions for body/face and also products for hair loss?
    I was looking for some good body and face lotions/creams/moisturizers. Also, my hair is thinning as it falls almost everyday.Can you please suggest some good products for both? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline Intensive Lotion or Cetaphil. For face, Oil of Olay, the orig. pink bottle.

      For hair loss, find the cause, before you find solution. Eliminate them and your hair will improve.
      Find the cause before you find solution. Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  39. QUESTION:
    What should i eat so that i can get vry vry thick black hair and which shampoo to use?
    Im experiencing lots of hair fall n my hair is thinning.

    • ANSWER:
      When it does that? It is too late to do anything about it, the damage is done, your hair is crying for help and thick hair comes from your good genes, BUT you're having hair falls so the only way to fix that is to eliminate the cause.

      I've responded to many girls (guys now too) under 15 experiencing in hair loss since 2009, due to hair straightening, relaxers and hair dyes. Women 60-90 have those same symptoms but it took them years to get there. But for 15 & under, giving advice here? They can't predict the future of their hairs, until they're in their 30's, but 15 & under with hair loss? C'mon! I've responded 7 in 2 hours 9-3-10 alone.

      Hair protectant doesn't protect hair 100%. Like using sunscreens, you still get sunburned. Same with hair.

      When it does that, it is too late to do anything about it. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, their main job is to make tons of money and they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss, due to 'abuse'.

      One example of hair loss on a 16 years old.
      I'm 16 years old, i don't really die my hair that much i probably died it like twice this whole year. well i lose soooo much hair EVEY SINGLE DAY, i lose soo much, that I'm literally almost bald :,( my doctor said she thinks its some kind of hormone change, then my hairstylist says its because its waaay to dry, but idk what it is because it wont stop falling out!!! It might be because i use to straighten it when i had mouse in it, but that was like 2 years ago.. helpp!!!

      Hair DYES & Cancer
      Google hair dyes & cancer spec. black hair dyes which is made from tar. Some people smoke & tan all their lives and do not get cancer. But there are 2nd hand & 3rd hand smoke who are now carrying their oxygen tank so they can breath or have cancer. Same with hair dyes. I've responded 3 in the last 15 mins. 9-26-10. If you're not affected today, or next month, you may never be affected and you're one of the lucky ones. It doesn't take overnight, it takes years of hair experimentation with hair dyes.

      Here's a new article I found re: henna, which is supposed to be better for you than reg. box dye. It's a good read!
      http://www.hennaforhair.com/ppd/pjackson.html

      One example on someone who had re-bleached her hair now they're falling out.

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100717233532AAFk6f9&r=w&pa=AptqD2bwHTHc6eiPYKA0tpdDGjt2NBPtjz3M.sEZY.iYLg--&paid=voted

      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      Other reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?
      http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php
      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  40. QUESTION:
    How to thicken hair/stop from falling out?
    My hair has been falling out so much lately and has gotten tremendously thinner! I don't know if it's from being cold outside, or hormones. BUT i need a cure before it gets too thin. Any recommendations for a good thickening shampoo or other products?

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoos are meant to clean (Google it), whatever they say on their labels: smoother, shinier, volumizer, thickening, etc. . . . are all part of marketing gimmicks.

      If your hair is falling out and had gotten tremendously thinner, your hair is crying out for help, and no hair product can fix that. It's probably an allergic reaction, how you style your hair, what tools you use to style your hair with.

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs) Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.
      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, etc. .

      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off.
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumer…
      MSN "Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good."
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/wid…
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature…
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair…

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  41. QUESTION:
    What can I do to stop my hair from thinning out?
    I have been having excessive hair shedding for the past 4 years. It started when I was only 19. I dont know if coloring my hair is doing this, I use to color my hair every 6 months or so..I will try stopping that. Any other suggestions as to what I can do would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons why you have hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing from girls under 15. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  42. QUESTION:
    Hello. Can anyone recommend an effective hair loss treatment for a female?
    Hi. I am a 55 year old female with thinning hair and some hair loss. Even before the menopause my hair was nothing fantastic but now of course it is much worse. I suspect it is genetic so I am not expecting miracles but I would be very grateful indeed if anyone can recommend something that is effective. I feel really desperate! Many thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You have some good answers here and I just want to add to them. Hair loss, as I found out, can be caused by so many things. You definitely need to talk to a doctor to make sure you don't have thyroid issues, low iron, low B12, or your hormones are out of whack,,,,just to name a few things you need to check on.
      It can be your diet, so if you are not eating a well balanced diet, you would need to start. You may want to start a multivitamin (senior formula since you are menopausal). It can be genetic and there really is nothing you can do except check into transplants, or good hair pieces.
      There are many types of alopecia--traction (from pulling your hair back), androgenic (from having too much DHT), telegen effluvium (all over hair loss),,,the list goes on. I had a scalp biopsy to try to help me figure out which battle I am fighting. I am waiting on the results. Gotta tell you, that kind of hurts, but it could be worth it.
      As far as shampoo, you can buy Nizoral in walmart, it is a bit more affordable than Nioxin and has the ketoconazole that is a mild DHT suppressant. But that will only work if DHT is the culprit. You can also try Mens forumla Rogaine (or walmart equivalent!!). I know they say its not for women, but my derm and many other derms have said its just fine and more effective. Its kind of oily but if you apply it at night, then rinse your hair out in the morning, and then later in the day, you can apply more, and wash your hair before you go to bed. It has to be on for 4 hrs to be effective.
      If you can determine any kind of nutritional deficiency, like iron, B12, B6, Biotin etc, then you might be on to something. You could try B12 sublingual (not the regular kind) to see if you notice a change. It this is the cause then you should notice your hair loss slowly rather quickly.
      I know if frustrating. I am 41 and suffering. I am desperate, I had pretty hair one time. I have considered, and that is a big CONSIDERED, bioidentical hormones, but it is so expensive, insurance does not cover it and I don't know if it would work, or make things worse. I hope you can find a resolution. Good luck!!!!

  43. QUESTION:
    What is a shampoo that will make my hair stronger?
    I have a lot of problem with split ends and shedding. I don't dye my hair or use heat products. It's just naturally thinning out and it worries me a lot. I need a shampoo that's not too expensive and will actually make my hair stronger. I have tried Redken, Biolage, Sleek Look, and Garnier Fructis. Please recommend something affordable. If not a shampoo, any recommendations on what I can do to make my hair healthier?

    • ANSWER:
      None, shampoo are meant to clean. Google it. It would be boring just to call it shampoo.

      Strength comes from all the good foods you eat from Mother Nature and from your good genes.

      What weakens the hair is if it's chemically treated, curly/wavy, fine hair or straightened/ironed. with heating tools.

      Even healthy hair like mine, get split ends from normal stress from brushing & styling.
      Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the same length. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming.

      They also get weaken from supplements, steroids, change in diet, having babies (yes I read twice it happened to them),medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything.
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      Try to eliminate what you think may cause them to shed.

  44. QUESTION:
    What causes ridges in nails(vertical) and hair loss?
    I recently started loosing my hair and I've had vertical ridges in my nails for about 6 mos. What could possibly be causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      Ridges or (corruguations) in nails occur when nail growth is uneven, usually because of illness or injury. Gentle buffing can minimize ridges. Try a Ridge Filler to help level the nail surface, making shallow ridges and other imperfections practically disappear while conditioning with Calcium and Pro-Vitamin B5.

      As for hair loss everyone loses between 40 & 120 strands a day, depending on how much hair you have, your age & your hair's growth cycle. People with fine hair tend to have more of it & therefore will lose more of it than their thicker-haired sisters & brothers. Your hair also thins as you get older, particularly after menopause for women, but the thinning will stop & not continue as it will for men.

      Here are some factors to take into consideration for common hairloss:

      1. Seasonality. You'll lose the most hair in the fall -- typically November and December when hair reaches maturity in its growth cycle.

      2. Diet. Hair loss can occur through poor dieting, tight ponytails, even with age.

      3. Pregnancy Some women experience hair loss with pregnancy or as part of post-pregnancy hormonal changes. Other women experience hair loss when going on or off (usually off) the birth control pill.

      4. Illness Sometimes it happens as a result of illness. Even stress, excessive weight loss, iron deficiency & thyroid problems can cause hair loss.

      If you're really worried, ask your doctor.

      Hope this helps! ~Bon

  45. QUESTION:
    What could cause a rash on the bend of the arm and break out in a sweet?
    Age 52--- Woman Rash looks like little red raised bumps.
    Could it be symptoms of menopause ?
    Can a high consumption of fish oil cause this condition ?

    • ANSWER:
      The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Elbow rash. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

      Heat rash
      Contact dermatitis
      Stasis dermatitis (type of Eczema)
      Seborrheic dermatitis
      Measles
      Chickenpox
      HIV infection
      Nummular eczema
      Dry skin
      Bacterial meningitis
      Melanoma
      Q fever
      Syphilis
      Erythema nodosum
      Atopic eczema (type of Eczema) - rash on the inside of the elbows.

      Technically, you don't actually "hit" menopause until it's been one year since your final menstrual period. In the United States, that happens about age 51, on average.

      The signs and symptoms of menopause, however, often appear long before the one-year anniversary of your final period. They include:

      Irregular periods
      Decreased fertility
      Vaginal dryness
      Hot flashes
      Sleep disturbances
      Mood swings
      Increased abdominal fat
      Thinning hair
      Loss of breast fullness

      The Mayo Clinic lists 195 causes of sweating.

  46. QUESTION:
    Who to see for hair loss and growth?
    I have been experiencing for a long time now hair fall. My hair used to be super thick and straight, now it is curly and thinned way out. When I am stressed, hair falls more than when I am not. So, what I want to know is if a dermatologist is the right doctor to see for these issues. If anyone has any suggestions for products I can use at home or some sort of home treatment please feel free to suggest some.

    • ANSWER:
      PROVILLUS: A PREVENTIVE CURE FOR HAIR LOSS

      To prevent hair loss from occurring Provillus, an all natural supplement has a positive outcome. Provillus is a supplement built to block the DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) in the body. Provillus contains compound ingredients such as, biotin, gotu kola, magnesium stearatern Muria Puania, pumpkin extract, Saw Palmetto, silicon dioxide, vitamin B6, and zinc.

      These compound ingredients help prevent thinning hair follicles form becoming thinner-leading to baldness. The nourishing blend of nutrients in Provillus helps the hair become thick. Provillus hair loss treatment is FDA-approved. No prescription is needed because it is stored as a supplement; therefore, it can be bought from over-the-counter from a local drug store.Provillus was created by the Ultra Herbal Company. It is a natural treatment for men and women suffering from hair loss, also known as Androgenetic alopecia. With men hair loss is caused by hormone testosterone.

      When DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) enters the body the hair follicles thins and cuts off the blood flow in the body. The more DHT in the body the more the man is at risk of experiencing baldness. In the United Stated two out of eight women experience hair loss. There is no pattern for hair loss in women. Few women experience hair loss at a young age, but it mostly occurs in older women. Unbalanced hormones, thyroid disease, and menopause are common risk factors of hair loss in women.

      Child birth is also a common risk factor for hair loss in women. However, hair loss in women is far more harder to deal with than for men experiencing hair loss.An effective cure for men and women who experience hair loss is Provillus. Not only will Provillus prevent hair loss from happening-it will also regrow the hair. With only being on the market for less than five years, Provillus has been rated the number #1 treatment for hair loss prevention. The topical ingredients in Provillus are FDA-approved and guaranteed to get hair back to being strong and healthy. No side effects have been reported from users of Provillus. Before using Provillus you should read the information provided carefully. You should also consult a doctor if any problems occur after usage.

  47. QUESTION:
    Oil or medication for growing hair?
    I am a guy, 17 years old. I have thin silky hair. I am going bald and have some patches on head where there are no hair.

    Do you know any medication for it? Any oil? Any home remedies that have worked for you or you know about.

    • ANSWER:
      In order to flaunt thick and beautiful hair we should moisturize and cleanse our scalp regularly. It can be a cause of worry for both men and women. There are various causes of balding such as aging, menopause, water, air pollution, hormonal changes, stress, depression and hereditary problems. Even poor lifestyle leads to hair fall and premature graying.

      There are many techniques and products available in the market which claims to diminish your hair related problems but it is always advisable to use nature based techniques and products for rejuvenating your scalp.

      Most people apply virgin olive oil for thickening their tresses. It is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid content. The emollient properties of olive oil make it a perfect choice for preventing hair fall. Olive oil comes in various different forms such as virgin, extra virgin, pure and light.

      Other nature based product for preventing hair fall is coconut oil, which is extremely beneficial for attaining thick and lustrous curls. It not only cleanses and moisturizes your scalp but also soothes your mind. It can easily penetrate into your skin and stimulate the growth of follicles. You should generously massage your head with this oil at night for flaunting a high quality curls next day. Coconut oil is more effective than olive oil in terms of managing your hair fall. It makes your curls strong and it also increases the resistance levels of your tresses. It can easily shed dandruff by removing the dry skin cells.

      Home Based Remedies

      * There are other ingredients, which can easily prevent this problem such as Apple Polyphenols, Rooibos and Green Tea. These constituents are rich in anti-oxidants which can easily flush toxins from your body and promote hair growth.

      * They are completely natural and pure. Most people take up artificial techniques such as hair transplantation and Follicular Unit Extraction which can be harmful for your body. It is advisable to eat healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts for re-growing your curls. You can also apply snake oil in your scalp. You should preferably get your scalp evaluated for knowing the exact reason behind your hair loss.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get my hair thicker?
    Over the passed year, I have dyed my hair a ton and it's definitely taking it's toll on my hair.
    I've decided to stop dying my hair for a while, but will that make it get any thicker?
    Do you have any tips on making it thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Wao! I am finally done!
      Jennifer♥XOXO

  49. QUESTION:
    If I maintain a healthy hair regimen can my hair grow back.?
    If I keep my natural hair in protective styles, and continue to get my hair deep conditioned and trimmed as needed, and taking vitamins will my hair grow longer?

    • ANSWER:
      drinking 8 glasses of water a day
      grease scalp everyday
      braid hair
      try to avoid heat on hair
      never pick at it
      never play with(breaking it off)
      best choice is to go natural
      try to avoid chemicals in hair
      try not to sweat it out
      find the right product for you
      take care of your hair

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to keep hair shiny?
    I ve tried using lemon ?! and beer is meant to work - does it? I dont know!!
    my hair is all shiny after i wash it but then it goes gloomy the next day!

    • ANSWER:
      Good LUck

      &

      Enjoy life when you can!

      For Frizzy hair.. these ussually work really good.. and i have some more tips at the bottom.. which are great for healthy hair... so good luck!
      - Anything from the brand FrizzEase works preety awesome. So does Infusium 23 shampoos.

      *Hair still frizzy? Take a curling iron to the top layers. It will only take a second, and the heat will zap the frizz out.

      *1 advacado, and 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Mash the advacado, and add the olive oil. Mix. massage into hair, leave in for 20 minutes. Wash hair as you normally would. You can double this 'recipe' if your hair is exceptionally thick or long.
      * Mayonnaise. Yeah, sounds pretty gross.. But it will make your hair smooth and soft. Apply it to hair, leave it in for 10-15 minutes Rinse out, wash hair as you normally would.

      Washing your hair everyday damages your hair.. read on more tips below!

      Having Hair Problems??!?!?

      Check this ouT!

      Take good care of your hair! It will add to your charm - who can resist a person with lovely, silky hair? So do try out the above tips! Hope these littles tips have been useful! :)

      Tips To Stop Hair Loss & Keep Healthy Hair Here are some hair care tips that you can use to help stop hair loss and keep your existing hair healthy and looking great. Please don't take these tips lightly. They are very important . The only thing they require is your time and commitment.

      - Massage your scalp with your fingertips (not your nails) daily to stimulate and promote circulation to your scalp and reduce excess fallout. Invert your head while you shampoo & massage your scalp. This helps promote blood circulation to the head.

      - Essential oils & tea . To stimulate scalp circulation, massage the scalp with rosemary essential oil or rinse hair with tea made from sage.

      - Comb or brush your hair and scalp gently in the morning and at night. This helps break up hardened oils (sebum) that are clogging your hair follicles. Doing this alone has produced new hair growth. Do not over do combing or brushing.

      - keep a distance from dryer's heat. When using blow dryers, always keep the heat a good distance from your scalp and hair. Avoid heating the scalp and hair excessively. Excessive heat will increase hair loss, and excess fallout.

      - Avoid getting hair creams, lotions, styling gels and sprays directly on the scalp as they will clog your hair follicles. Use a light hold spray if you must.

      - After swimming in a pool, shampoo your hair as soon as possible to remove any chlorine residue. Chlorine is extremely damaging to the hair and scalp.

      - Avoid over-exposing your hair and scalp to the wind and sun. Good hair care over a long period really makes a difference!

      - Avoid tight hats and caps as they contribute to poor circulation, depriving the hair of proper nutrition and stunting new hair growth. The sweat, dirt and grime around the rim inhibit follicle health and contribute to build-up.

      - Always consult your health care provider for extreme causes of excess fallout and thinning. A medical condition or medication could be causing hair loss side-effects.

      - Strive for balance and harmony in both your personal and professional lifestyle. High stress factors can cause your body to react by fluctuating hormone levels. This in turn causes excessive oil secretion (sebum) which results in hair loss.

      - Pregnancy, nursing, menopause, and even birth control medication can cause constant changing factors on your nutritional needs and hormonal levels which contribute to hair loss and excess fallout.

      - Avoid "crash and fad" diets. Proper nutritious meals along with vitamin and mineral supplements are a key factor for healthy hair and skin.

      - Good hair care starts with awareness. These hair care tips, if followed consistently, will reduce excess fallout, hair loss, and promote new hair growth.

      - Reduce hair loss effects by increasing your intake of vitamin C found in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruit and juices, parsley, broccoli, green peppers and black currants. Take a vitamin B complex everyday or brewers yeast. Increase your intake of protein found in meat, fish, liver, wheat germ, dried cooked beans and peas, tofu, cheese, milk and eggs.

      - Take dietary supplements such as Vitamin B6, zinc & saw palmetto. Supplements are useful when you can't get enough from natural food sources.

      - The Chinese believe that hair is nourished by the blood, and therefore influenced by the kidney & liver. Treatment is aimed at these organs using fleece flower root, wolfberry fruit or mulberry fruit.

      - Eliminate stress or else it can be disastrous to your precious hair!

      - Get enough sleep. Sleeping well is essential for the health of your hair as well as for the rest of your body.

      There are ways you can help stop the grease from appearing but you have to work at it.

      Do not wash everyday. The cleaner your hair is the more it can seep into your glands and harder it is to get rid of. When you do wash make sure you are washing with a cleaning shampoo and scrubbing the build up off. Take in mind that you also have to have a ph-balanced mild shampoo and lite scrubbing is recommended. Try to avoid conditioner at the roots, apply in the middle or on the ends.

      Try to avoid oil in your daily food intake. And do eat more vegetables. You could visit your doctor but only after you check and consider your diet, drugs, alcohol, and your fatty food intake. Let's face it we see what McDonalds can do to your heart in a month, can you image your hair. You would be dripping everywhere.

      Maybe it's time to change your shampoo. Ask your stylist what she or he would recommend. Avoid using shine products at all costs. Keep away from two-in-one shampoos and conditioners and any frizz serums.

      To fix at the moment, rub a little Talcum Powder on your dried hair at the roots. Just make sure you wash it out. I wish they would event that magic product, but this will help until they do.

      Here are 10 tips for to keep your hair strong, smooth, shiny and beautiful!

      1. Keep your diet balanced, and eat protein and calcium rich foods. Stay away from junk foods! This is essential for healthy hair.

      2. Foods and supplements to nourish your hair:

      * Beans
      * Yogurt
      * Almonds
      * Vitamin B
      * Fish
      * And of course, the magic potion for beauty - WATER

      3. Before washing your hair, comb it well to make sure all knots has been loosened from your hair.

      4. Before applying shampoo, use warm water (35 to 38 degrees Celsius) to run through your hair to rinse and wet it thoroughly.

      5. When applying shampoo or conditioner, don't use your fingernails to scrape through your hair. Instead, use your palm and fingertips to massage your scalp and hair gently, in circular motions. This will help the circulation and also help to keep your hair shiny and smooth.

      6. After rinsing away all the shampoo, run water over your hair for at least another half a minute (3 minutes is best) to ensure there are no remains of shampoo remaining in your hair, since this will cause a great deal of damage to your scalp.

      7. When applying hair treatment products, do so just after you have washed your hair, so that your hair can absorb all the good stuff while it is half wet. This will be the best time for it to absorb nourishment.

      8. NEVER go to bed with your hair wet! Hair that is half wet is most easily broken, and if you sleep during this time, your hair will be rubbing against each other, damaging your hair in the most terrible way.

      9. Too much pressure may lead to hair loss! Relax... try some good relaxation methods such as soaking in a nice scented bath, listening to music, and eating healthy comfort foods such as strawberries and grapes.

      10. Perming and coloring seriously damages your hair. Avoid it as much as possible. Also, when using hair setting products such as gel or putty, use as little as possible, because they hurt your scalp and hair. Wash them out thoroughly afterwards with a shampoo specially created for removing styling products.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to feel like your heart is going to jump out of your chest when having hot flashes?
    For the past two weeks, I've been unable to sleep at night due to night sweats and hot flashes. When I get a hot flash within a couple of minutes it feels like my heart is going to jump right out of my chest. Is this normal? Any remedies for relief?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh boy! I hear ya!...anxiety takes over when the hot flashes start... I know it's almost unbelievable and /or unbearable but you have to calm yourself..in my case the sweating won't stop until I wake up and get a glass of icy water. Put the fan on high, try to relax and as soon as your body temperature goes down you should be able to fall asleep again. If not, try Benadryl, one capsule just before bedtime or Melatonin, one 3mg pill. Try to establish a calm just before you go to bed routine.. it helps me.

  2. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of bad dizziness and hot flashes?
    For the past few days I've had terrible dizziness and hot flashes. The dizziness gets so bad that I'm scared to carry my 4 month old around for fear that I will fall over or drop her. The hot flashes are pretty much constant, I have them all day and they just come and go, they get the worst when I'm walking around. What could be the cause of these?

    • ANSWER:
      Kelsey, the dizziness could be the result of an inner ear issue. It is called vertigo and it can be treated naturally. It is a result of crystals blocking the canal in the ear.

      But if you are experiencing hot flashes with dizziness it could be a blood pressure issue.

      I would find a physician that can do a full evaluation of your estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, t3, t3, TSH, cortisol levels along with a full physical. Hormones fluctuations can cause interesting things too.

  3. QUESTION:
    what causes hot flashes when you have diabetes and your blood sugar goes up high?
    My granny has diabetes. At night she has hot flashes. A friend told her when that happens to check her blood sugar, so she did and her blood sugar goes up to 160+ so my question is what is going on? What causes this to happen?

    • ANSWER:
      If her blood sugar is higher than 200, then most probably this is the cause.

      - Does she have hot flashes during the day?
      - Has she noticed that after eating something, she gets hot flashes?

      The metabolism of an old person is slower than of a younger one, that's why their experiences are different. Help her keeping the blood sugar under control.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is your best remedy for hot flashes?
    I am 50 1/2 and I have started having one hot flash after another. I'm not sleeping well, gaining weight, forgetful, achy, and my cycles are coming about every 6-7 weeks. What are some remedies that have truly helped you?

    • ANSWER:
      i know some women use a herb called black cohosh, for their hormones

  5. QUESTION:
    How long will hot flashes continue after menestration stops?
    I stopped meninstrating about four years ago. I didn't really have a problem with hot flashes at that time. But it seems like here lately I am experiencing a lot of "fluxuation." What I mean is I am extremely hot one minute and cold the next. It's like my thermostat is off. Any suggestions what might be going on. I don't see my gynocologist until August I thought I'd put this question out.

    • ANSWER:
      Every person is different.
      For me...I started complete menopause at the age of 36 and I am now 45.
      I still have hot flashes about 15 times a day, and each of them last about 90 seconds each. (and they only affect my neck and face)

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have hot flashes during your period?
    I am only 24 and I get hot flashes during my period every month. Is this normal? I am on orthro evera( the patch) I know it is bad for you but could this be the cause?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is normal to get hot flashes, I get them a lot when I am
      on my period.
      If you don't normally get them then yes the patch could have something to do with the hot flashes.
      But more then likely it's your period.

  7. QUESTION:
    How to deal with hot flashes?
    I have been having tons of hot flashes (strange for a 25 year old woman) and I need advice on how to cool down immediately.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are a common part of menopause. It has been estimated that 60% of women will experience them. There are ways to deal with hot flashes, however.

      Hot flashes are vasomotor symptoms, meaning biochemical events resulting from your body's temperature control being "off". Basically your body thinks it's overheated but it's not. Your blood vessels then quickly discharge what your body perceives as heat.

      Fabrics You Wear

      Nylon, spandex, and close-knit polyester trap body heat, which is definitely not what you want to have on when you get a hot flash. Avoiding nylon pajamas and satin or polyester sheets will help with night sweats.

      Exercise

      Regular exercise may reduce the number of hot flashes you get. It can also decrease how long each one lasts.

      Cold Compresses or Water

      Cold compresses or cool water can help stop a hot flash. This can also help keep one you just had from coming back. The inside of the wrist, inside of elbows and the back of your neck are good places to apply a cold compress. Applying to either side of your groin can help with a hot flash too.

      Stay Away from Hot Water

      Hot showers and hot tubs raise your body temperature, which can stimulate a hot flash, so steer clear of these.

      Paced Breathing

      When in the middle of a hot flash, paced breathing can be key. The North American Menopause Society has shown that women who practice steadied breathing had many fewer hot flashes - 50% less.

      Smelling Flowers

      Even smelling flowers can help. Some scents calm the body, like roses, vanilla, lavender, lemongrass, geranium, ylang-ylang and clary sage.

      Don't Smoke

      Smokers may also experience more hot flashes, especially for thinner women. Cutting down on smoking will help but quitting is even better. Smoking triggers body changes that cause earlier, more frequent, and more intense hot flashes.

      Herbal Supplements or Vitamins

      Incorporating herbal supplements or vitamins into your diet can help, but you should consult your doctor before making a diet change. Vitamin E has been used to help with hot flashes but there's no concrete evidence it helps and it may be linked to breast cancer. Bioflavinoids have some of the same benefits as estrogen. Black Cohosh, an herb, may help with hot flashes.

      Stay Away from Caffeine, Spicy Food or Alcohol

      Some women have found that caffeine, spicy food or alcohol trigger their hot flashes. Avoiding these may help. Adding soy to your diet can help as well, but it may not be a good option for those at risk for breast cancer. As always, check with your doctor before making a serious diet change.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can you have hot flashes whilst still having your monthly cycle?
    I am having terrible hot flashes. I am 48 yrs old and I think it is the start of the menopause. Can the doctor confirm this for me through blood tests? Also, can you still have your monthly cycle and at the same time begin your menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      lol, i'm 49. i too still have my period. you could be pre menopausal. but to begin menopause would mean that you don't have your periods as much anymore. they may come only every couple of months and then cease. hate hot flashes

  9. QUESTION:
    Why do I get hot flashes on my right leg?
    Everyday I get these hot flashes on my right leg, it feels like a very warm heat overcoming my leg, once I got a tingling along my right leg and foot. I'm not sure if this is a sign of bad circulation. Anybody else ever have this feeling?

    • ANSWER:
      I would check it out with a doctor. I have been told that hot flashes in the leg can be a sign of blood clotting.

  10. QUESTION:
    what foundation can i use that is not affected by hot flash sweats?
    if i have a hot flash after applying foundation makeup ihave to keep re-applying.is there anything on the market that only needs to be applied once.

    • ANSWER:
      try a long wearing foundation like revlon colourstay foundation its up to 12 houres and its a fulll coverage drugstore foundation!

  11. QUESTION:
    Is having hot flashes a part of having thyroid disease, or am I still going through menopause?
    I have thyroid disease and I am taking synthroid for it. If I start to get hot I will break out into a sweat. It is like a hot flash. I don't have night sweats so I know I am over the menopause thing. Does anyone out there do the same thing that has thyroid disease? This is very bothersome to me... a real drag!

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of thyroid disease and menopause are almost the same. What you need to look out for are additional symptoms so that you can tell the difference between the two health conditions.

      Aside from hot flashes, thyroid problem symptoms include pain in the neck and swelling of arms and legs. Visual disturbances and extreme fluctuation of weight are also signs of a thyroid problem.

      If you are suffering from night sweats and vaginal dryness, you are most likely to be suffering from menopausal symptoms.

      I've been visiting this site to learn more about hot flashes. http://www.hotflashfreedom.com/

  12. QUESTION:
    How long after hot flashes start does your period stop?
    I'm only 40 and I started having hot flashes a few weeks ago and now my period is 8 days late. I have had a tubal ligation and I was worried that maybe it had failed so I took a pregnancy test and it was negative so pregnancy is ruled out.

    • ANSWER:
      I don't' know but i would like to know what they feel like so when i start to have them i will know. Do you feel hot like its a hot day or do you feel hot just in one place or other? Can you have a period and still get hot flashes? I guess i need to go find lots of information since they say you can get them very early in life.

  13. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a hot flash at age 14?
    Well, this morning, it was weird. I went upstairs to my room to get something, and as I approached my bed I felt extremely lightheaded so I had to lie down. Then I got up once the feeling went away, and then the lightheaded-ness came back- but I also felt nauseous, started gagging like I was about to throw up, and then a LOT of heat rushed to my face. My entire head was very hot. Then I lied down AGAIN, because I knew it would make the symptoms stop. But I couldn't leave my room without getting the thing I needed, so I got up- and all the symptoms came back. Once I got downstairs the hot flashes went away, the nausea mostly went away, and the lightheaded-ness mostly did too.

    So what the hell was this? Was that really a hot flash? I'm basing this inference off of what I've heard about hot flashes in the past and on the fact that my head got extremely warm so suddenly. But I wasn't expecting a hot flash for another 40 years.

    Someone explain?

    • ANSWER:
      I would be more inclined to wonder if you have a virus or bacterial infection.

  14. QUESTION:
    What do you women out there do for hot flashes?
    I am 55 years young and having hot flashes around the clock.
    The night sweats are wicked. My mother had breast cancer, so I am worried about hormone replacement.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know what to do. I am taking it as a mission to tell young women what a serious problem this is - all my life I heard Hot Flashes and scoffed. I live in Florida, I'm used to the heat, etc. I didn't know it meant hour-long shifts of discomfort in the nite, I can't sleep whether I'm sweating or not (I am, profusely).
      If younger women knew how bad it is, and we older women would talk about how bad it is, maybe they could find some safer solutions. I've lost a job and a boyfriend, and the best medical advice I can find is "stop smoking." That's great, but what about those of you who don't smoke?

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural medicine for hot flashes?
    I'm 44 and these hot flashes are making it hard to sleep at night!

    • ANSWER:
      I take wild yam root. black cohosh has been shown to cause liver damage.
      The Wild Yam Root acts like progesterone in your body
      it reduces the hot flashes and helps to balance the estrogen .

  16. QUESTION:
    Is there an average length of time for hot flashes to last?
    I had to get a complete hystorectomy June of 05 and these incessant hot flashes are kicking my A. I know that each situation is different but it's been a year and four months and they are as bad as when they started!!

    • ANSWER:
      My grandmother had hot flashes into her 80s. I've been on HRT for 10 years. Each time I try to go off, the hot flashes return with a vengeance. As you observed, it depends on the person. After putting up with hot flashes for three years, and after trying several "natural" remedies (which didn't work), I went on HRT. I'm quite willing to accept the very slight risk of HRT for the improved quality of life in the meantime.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I tell if I'm having hot flashes or just hot from the temperature?
    I'm 49 and think I may be having very subtle hot flashes but I also work a very physical job and get hot from the temperature.

    • ANSWER:
      If you get very irritable when you get these hot flashes or are feeling more hot than normal, then it could be hot flashes. You are at that age, so I think it's menopause. Go see your ob/gyn. He/she will be able to tell you if you are experiencing signs of menopause, and will probably prescribe you hormone replacement treatments. They may prescribe something else, but it might not even be menopause. But because of your age, I'm thinking it's more than likely menopause. But I'm no doctor so be sure to go see your ob/gyn.

  18. QUESTION:
    Hot flashes and chills a sign of pregnancy?
    Last week I spotted for 4 days (on and off), the past 2 days I've felt flushed and had the chills. My temp is normal, but it feels like a hot flash (which I've had plenty of before, but never with the chills). AF should be starting in 5 days, but these are not typical premenstural symptoms for me. We've been ttc for the past few months but don't want to get my hopes up just yet. I know pregnancy symptoms are different for everyone and every pregnancy, just wondering if anyone out there experienced anything like this. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I had hot flashes with my first pregnancy. But I recommend taking a blood test not a urine. My first child showed up negative 3 times and didnt show positive on a urine test until my 8th month. This could be symptom of something more serious. So please see a Dr.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to experience hot flashes during pregnancy?
    Early yesterday morning I woke up feeling very hot and clammy but also had a bit of the chills, it was very uncomfortable.I'm not sure it was a hot flash.If this were to happen in public I don't know what i'd do.I'm only eleven weeks and six days along, could this be normal? What are the side affects of a hot flash? I greatly appreciate your answers. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      i get them too i also had them with my first..

      ~MeL~

  20. QUESTION:
    How long will I continue to have hot flashes?
    55 yrs old. Quit having periods 4 years ago, but the hot flashes and insomnia are still going on. Hot flashes extremely severe, especially at night. I've read reports that these types of symptoms should only last about a year. I have congestive heart failure, so I cannot use hormone replacement therapy. How much longer am I going to have to live with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Eat dark leafy vegetables (mustard greens) and drink a hot tea with honey before going to bed and see. Take natural thyroid products too!

  21. QUESTION:
    Im a 16 year old male with a severe hot flash and headache. What is the casue and possibly a solution?
    m a 16 year old male with a severe hot flash and headache. What is the casue and possibly a solution?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal imbalance possibly. Get this checked out.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some of the possible causes of hot flashes in men?
    I am a 53 year old man in good health and I do not take any medications. Sometimes at night I have a hot flash with profuse sweating and practically soak the bed.

    • ANSWER:
      Mine was low testosterone, which was because I lost my testicles in an accident in 84. I'm 58 yrs old now. There is such a thing regardless what the younguns say on here. Go to the doctors, you have a chemical imbalance and if he checks your FSH TSH and chemistry he can find out. Good Luck! I can sympathize with women and you believe me. I still get them but not as often or as extreme as before.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for hot-flash meds to work?
    I just recently started getting my first hot flashes and was wondering
    which remedy works best and the fastest?

    I've been taking "Complete Balance" AM-PM by NATROL, with Soy, Calcium
    and Black Cohosh for 5 days now and it doesn't seem to make any difference.

    Am I expecting results too soon? How long should it take to feel improvement?

    I appreciate your advise.

    • ANSWER:
      In general, herbal medicines take time to act.
      Visit these sites-
      http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/BlackCohosh.asp
      http://www.menopause-black-cohosh.org/ ( you may ask a question here.)
      Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    Does any one have a good way to help with hot flashes?
    I have tried oestrogen, black cohosh and nothing seems to help.
    I don't mind the hot flash itself, it's the feeling that I get in the middle of my stomach, before the hot flash, that I mind.

    • ANSWER:
      It's so important to keep your hormones in balance. Because when they're out of balance, undesirable health problems can occur including night sweats, hot flashes, breast tenderness and poly cystic ovaries. I know of a specific dietary supplement called Balanced Woman from Trivita that has been clinically shown to help harmonize existing hormones that can cause hormonal imbalances.

  25. QUESTION:
    Which is better for hot flashes flax seed oil or fish oil?
    Which is better for hot flashes flax seed oil or fish oil? I have tried soy which doesn't work.

    Thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Probably fish oil. Hot flashes can get terrible is your stressed or even occur when your stressed and fish oil relieves stress and relaxes you. Relaxing is the best thing for hot flashes so take the fish oil and it shall help you. Flax seed has to do with fiber which is needed when your constipated. So, I doubt you need the flax seed oil, unless your constipated too.

  26. QUESTION:
    What causes hot flashes in a young woman?
    I am 22 years old, have 1 child (he is 4) and am on birth control. I am having hot flashes 4 or 5 times a day with flushing in my cheeks. My cheeks will turn bright red. I went to my gynecologist and she tested my estrogen and did and ultrasound of my ovaries and tested my thyroid and a few other tests. Everything came out normal except the estrogen test said I was a little low. Could that be causing my hot flashes? She says I'm not going through menopause or anything. What else causes hot flashes? My doctor is a bit clueless as to why I'm getting them otherwise I wouldn't ask here.
    I take women's vitamins, drink lots of water, I don't have diabetes, I never consume energy drinks or caffeine ever, I have never smoked, I don't ever drink, I don't have HIV, I rarely eat spicy food, I eat a very healthy diet of fruits and veggies and whole grains, and the only medication I'm on is birth control. Wish someone had a real answer for me! Even the doctor doesn't know. :(

    • ANSWER:
      These include diabetes, stress, alcohol, white sugar, energy drinks, HIV, smoking, caffeine, spicy food, and certain medications. learn what else causes hot flashes? here - http://goo.gl/LrhbJ

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to begin having hot flashes at age 66?
    I had a partial hysterectomy at age 32 due to cancer, then had my ovaries removed at age 57. I just recently began having extremely intense, uncomfortable hot flashes. I am taking numerous medications and wonder if this is a side effect or if I may need hormone replacement treatment. (I thought I was too old to need hormones). I will, of course, ask my Doctor, but wonder if there are any Nurses or Doctors or persons who have had such an experience who can give me any information. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      several of my patients in the nursing homes have hot flashes due to meds. I would consult dr. If you are taking a number of meds your body may just be adjusting to them. Definitely speak with dr. let them know what is going on.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get a hot flash when baby pushes hard on stomach from inside?
    Sometimes when my little one is pushing on my stomach from the inside I get an uncomfy hot flash feeling. My doc said some women experience this when they get their insides pushed around. I was just wondering if anyone else experienced this?

    I am 37 weeks but it's been happening for at least a month.
    Yes, it's just in my head! Love that answer! :)

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 32 weeks and I've been getting hot flashes at random times for quite a few weeks. I haven't noticed any connection to fetal movement though, but that's not to say that it isn't. I'm having twins and one is more in the back and I cant feel his movements as much as his brothers anyways... I didn't even think there could have been a connection, interesting.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to reduce hot flashes after the ovaries have been removed?
    I recently had partial hysterectomy ( I still have my uterus ) and the hot flashes began soon after.Night sweats very often disturb my sleep,anxiety with no apparent reason and depression.I'm not very good at taking medications and looked into natural remedies.Primrose oil,black cohosh,magnesium etc.However,studies show that there's no proven effectiveness and there are side effects too,like damaging the liver.I need help!!

    • ANSWER:
      Take hormones. The hormones are better than the menopause.

  30. QUESTION:
    Im 26 yrs old and I get hot flashes right before my period?
    I tend to get hot flashes 1 or 2 days before my period. This has been going on for the past 6 yrs or so. I was wondering is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I would think so, I'm 18 and I always get hot flashes, really bad ones right before my period. It's a girl thing!

  31. QUESTION:
    What can be done to relieve hot flashes without HRT medications?
    I have crisscross of the liver and must be very careful of what I put into my body but the hot flashes are getting worse and my doctors are reluctant to try HRT management any advise will be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Black Cohosh is an herb you can take to relieve some of the symptoms. Although herbs are natural does not mean they are always safe either especially in your situation. Before you take it ask your doctor. You can also use a Chillow it is a pillow that is supposed to keep you cooler at night. You can also find the cool wrist bands and a cooling headband to use when you are having a hot flash. Good Luck with the hot flashes. Even though I haven't reached menopause yet, I have experienced hot flashes after my last child was born. They are not fun.

  32. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural supplement to take for hot flashes?
    I had a hysterectomy in July, and I have really been having trouble sleeping, and a lot of problems with hot flashes. Does anyone know of a natural supplement that would help? I take medication for high blood pressure, so black co hash, is out of the question, along with ginseng, etc. I also cannot sleep, at all. I lay awake all night long, eyes wide open. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Mexican Wild Yam has been shown to be quite effective in alleviating hot flashes. It's available at Whole Foods or any health food store.

  33. QUESTION:
    What's your best home remedy for hot flashes?
    My girlfriend is having at least 20 hot flashes a day and is getting really bothered by it. She says she can't take prescription hormones because her mother and grandmother both had breast cancer, so it would increase her risk of breast cancer too much. She'd like to carry around a lake full of ice cubes everywhere but that's awfully inconvenient. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Install ceiling fans that have remote controls, in every room in the house. I am not kidding. I sleep with the fan remote in my hand. I turn it up and down all night. I don't even wake up to do it any more, I do it in my sleep.

      Dress lightly, have a glass or bottle of ice water near at all times. You can drink it of course, but also when a hot flash is coming on you can put the bottle on the pulse points, the artery in the neck and at the wrists. Carry a little folding fan in your purse. (The kind the ladies in the old south hid behind when they flirted with their beaus). I can not tell you the times that having that little fold up fan has meant the difference between being able to continue to sit in a crowded auditorium for a wedding, funeral, or town hall meeting, or having to get up and excuse myself so I could find a cooler place where I could breathe!

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for me to have hot flashes?
    I'm 16 and get hot flashes a alot at night. And if I take the covers off then I'm freezing and if I put them over me then I'm burning up, even though the temperature in my room is constant.And if I leave them on too long I start getting sweaty. What's wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      This definitely sounds hormonal. I had bad hot flashes during all three of my pregnancies, and also while I was on Depo. Talk to your doctor to rule out any other possibilities and to find out what to do about it.

  35. QUESTION:
    What's your best home remedy for hot flashes?
    My girlfriend is having at least 20 hot flashes a day and is getting really bothered by it. She says she can't take prescription hormones because her mother and grandmother both had breast cancer, so it would increase her risk of breast cancer too much. She'd like to carry around a lake full of ice cubes everywhere but that's awfully inconvenient. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      My mom told me that drinking root beer helps with hot flashes (or mixing some sarsaparilla into some tea works the best)

      Also try mixing about 3 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water and drinking it (make sure you ALWAYS dilute AVC really good before you drink it or else it will burn really bad)

  36. QUESTION:
    Can a man have a hot flash on his forearm?
    This sounds weird but my forearm has been having what I call a hot flash every now and then for the past month. Basically, it feels like someone is taking a hair dryer on high heat and waving it right on my forearm then it goes away just like that. It lasts maybe a second or two. It happens right below my elbow on the inner side of my forearm. I am not on any meds or anything and I am only 24. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Interesting!! But, no, men can't really have hot flashes. Women don't even have hot flashes in a specific area of the body. Maybe you have nerve damage? Arthritis?

  37. QUESTION:
    What could cause hot flashes other than menopause?
    I am 25 so it's obviously not that, but I wake up every night in the middle of the night with these horrible hot flashes and on top of that I have migranes(sp) from hell every night. I don't know what could be the cause of this.

    • ANSWER:
      I was having them too. I couldnt figure out why. My feet were on fire and so was the rest od my body. My doctor told me dehydration at night can cause these type of reaction.

      Try drinking some gatorade before you go to sleep and keeping the bottle by the bed. It cant hurt to try

  38. QUESTION:
    Foundation and menapouse? what is a great foundation that works well even when you have hot flashes?
    I get my makeup on in the mornings, and then when I have a hot flash, it all comes melting off! Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      i am 46, i use bare minerals by bare escentuals, it won't melt off, even when working long shifts in the hot & humid south. i put on minerals veil first, then the foundation, and finish with another buffing of minerlal veil. try it out for yourself at any ulta, sephora, macy's, or nordstrom store, to see, how it works for you, before making a decision. the 25.00 foundation lasts me about one year, that's how little is needed. the starter kits are 60.00 (i like the "original" one at ulta), it includes 2 shades of foundation, 2 brushes, mineral veil warmth, glee, and the how-to dvd.

  39. QUESTION:
    What causes hot flashes in kids around age 13?
    I know hot flashes are common in menopause but a 13 is not in menopause is there a reason why a 13 year old would get frequent hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      A 13 year old is in the early stages of adolescence and hormone surges and growth spurts and cause this particular symptom.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any natural remedies for hot flashes?
    I am 53 and am finally I believe in menopause. I am not feeling to bad except for a few headaches and exhaustion but mostly the hot flashes. Living here in Texas with the 100 degree heat sure didnt help (looking forward to winter), anyway I do not want to go on any drugs and prefer to do it naturally. Can anyone recommend any vitamins, teas, foods anything that will help my hot flashes. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      my sister who had bad hot flashes and did not believe in alternative health at all as she is very medically oriented in that field tried this product I recommended to her and later told me her hot flashes completely left

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      purchase it here

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      also try the female plus formula found on the products page under female formulas on the left of page here

      https://web2.herbdoc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=38

      more help can be found here

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Menstruation.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else get hot flashes while pregnant?
    I am coming up on 32 weeks pregnant and I keep getting hot flashes! I get short of breath, start to get a head ache, and I can feel my face heating up. Anyone else feel this, or just plain uncomfortable at this point? Now that our little girl has less room she is not doing as many gymnastics but definitely moving in uncomfortable ways!

    • ANSWER:
      OMG! Yes, i get hot flashes all the time. I could be cold one moment and then all of a sudden i need to sit down and i need a fan!

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there anything in chinese medicine that can stop hot flashes?
    I am getting a hysterectomy and will then have hot flashes and I don't want to take estrogen.

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't have hot flashes after mine.
      I did get headaches though and I use progesterone cream I got at the health food store. It's supposed to also help with hot flashes.

  43. QUESTION:
    What would cause hot flashes in one foot that feel like hot water is running over the side of your right foot?
    Im only 21 and about a couple weeks ago I started having hot flashes in my right foot. It feel like hot water is running over the side of my foot, and only last about a couple of seconds. idk why.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be to do with your nerves. Or maybe someone keeps giving you a hotfoot! XD

  44. QUESTION:
    Woman who have experienced hot flashes please answer?
    I started a new medicine today that I was told it will cause hot flashes until my body adjust to it. Even though I went through menopause 5-8 years ago, I have never had a hot flash. I want to know what to do when this happens? I want to know how long does a typical hot flash last? I get panicked over things easily, so I want to know what to expect and what I should do.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are as varied as there are individuals who have them. They can be as mild as facial flushing much like a hot blush to perspiration running down your forehead and dripping from your nose. Some hot flashes are so intense that you might have difficulty thinking.

      The treatment, as with any burning is to cool off. This can be done by moving to a cool environment or using ice bags; the kind you freeze and put in lunch bags are good. I use to put them under my arm until the hot went away.

      They can last from a few seconds to several minutes. Maybe you have nothing to worry about since you were not prone to have them before, you may not have them from this medicine. I wish you well. Hot flashes are the pitts.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why am I having morning hot flashes at 18 years old?
    I'm an 18 year old female. Every morning, about an hour after I get up, I have massive hot flashes. They are embarrassing as I am generally in class when they settle in. I thought at first it was just sweating after taking the stairs. I began taking the elevator, but they would still occur. I have Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome and am on Ortho-Novum 1/35 as treatment for the symptoms of the PCOS. Does anyone have any idea why these hot flashes occur every single morning?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Chels,

      The best thing you can do is to call your pharmacist and ask them if hot flashes are a side effect of this medication. It is a simple and quick answer on the phone that you can rely on.

  46. QUESTION:
    Suffering from sleeplessness and hot flash after operation, please suggest some cures ?
    I had my uterus operation 1 year ago and now i am suffering from sleeplessness and hot flash please suggest some cures I am in desperate need of it.

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    what causes a person to have hot flashes and lower abadom pain?
    Lately i have been having very bad pains in my lower abdomen, and a lot of hot flashes.
    I missed one period last month and now this month it was really light it lasted about a day.
    I have been eating less, I justdon'tt seem to be hungry, fo anything junk food. Im 18 ive never missed a period and ive never felt so bad, whats going on plz someone help me.

    • ANSWER:
      You could be going through some hormonal changes so I would go to your doctor for a physical and blood work to find out.

  48. QUESTION:
    What could be causing me to have hot flashes at the age of 23?
    Over the last few months I have been experiencing what I think are hot flashes. They hit me all of a sudden but don’t last long maybe 5 mins. Its just real annoying , any suggestion? Do you think it could be hormonal related?

    • ANSWER:
      It probably is hormone related.
      The question is which hormone?
      go in and get some blood work.
      Make sure you are not in premature ovarian failure.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is causing the evening nausea and night hot flashes?
    For the past couple weeks 2-4 times a week I've been waking up from hot flashes in the middle of the night. Then now the past 2 evenings I haven't had hot flashes but I've been extremely nauseous. I'm 16 so it can't be menopause. What are all the possibilities for the causes?

    • ANSWER:
      are you sexually active? could you possibly be pregnant? those are both things I experienced when I was. If not, then I recommend going to your doctor to get it figured out. If you are, schedule an appointment with your obgyn.

  50. QUESTION:
    What all natural herbal pill and what diet do you use for hot flashes?
    And does your method seem to help you? I'd appreciate any ideas on how I can control my hot flashes naturally. I use all natural progesterone cream now but it hasn't helped here lately.

    • ANSWER:
      I am unsure of your age but you can take Nutrilite Black Cohosh and Soy supplements. They are derived from organic farms. Go to http://arcameda.com and search for it for more information.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are some natural cures or herbs to combat menopause?
    Are there any natural cures to comabat the symptoms of menopause like moodswings, bloating, confusion, and hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      - Nordic Naturals Omega Woman supplement
      - Black Cohosh, scientifically proven to work.

      hope this helps.

  2. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to cure night sweats?
    I had a complete hysterectomy in 1998, and I'm done dealing with HRT, due to all the bad effects it causes, and it never did help with my night sweats anyway!! Is there anything out there I can take for them that is natural?

    • ANSWER:
      I entered peri-menopause and I simply refuse to take HRT. You are a smart girl to discontinue them but you do need some sort of help with your symptoms.

      What I use is a Bio-Identical Hormone Cream which comes from wild yam. I order mine online at www.askdrhelen.com. If you go to her website (Dr. Helen Pensanti) there is a simple questionaire that you can fill out and it will tell you which hormone cream is the best suited for you. It is very inexpensive and I have never had a problem with ordering from them.

      My periods were coming once every 3 months and since I started using the cream, approx. 6 months ago, I now have regulated back to a once a month menses. You rub a small amount of the cream, approx. 1/4 tsp., on your inner thighs or inner arms. I believe it states that if you have problems sleeping or have night sweats you can rub it on your face and the back of your neck. I personally don't get the hot flashes.

      Also, if you have questions you can click on to the section where it says "contact Dr. Pensanti" and you can write questions to her and she will respond back to you. I have gotten very prompt responses when I have written to her.

      A jar of her Phyto-Progesterone cream runs about .00 - .00 and one jar lasts me about 4-5 months because you use such a small amount. I have had NO side effects from this product and I am very pleased with it.

      Do a little check on her website and read through her material. I hope this helps you to feel better soon! Good Luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    how to stop hot flashes after menopause?
    I am a heart patient and my cardiologist would prefer that I not take HRT for my hot flashes. Is there a proven natural cure for these symtoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Japanese woman rarely have hot flashes due to a diet high in soy. Good product to try on the link...check out the ingredients if you can't buy this product and ask for something similar. >>>http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

  4. QUESTION:
    Natural ways to reduce extremely heavy menstrual bleeding?
    My mother had uterine fibroid tumors, and I think I may have them, too. I am bleeding extremely heavily, enough to soak a tampon within half an hour. I have made a doctor's appointment, but they cannot see for a month.

    Are there natural ways to reduce this bleeding? HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone out knows of any good natural fat burning supplements?
    I am trying to lose weight, I want a little more help than just diet and exercise. I am looking for a natural supplement, like an herb to lose weight. I have lost a good deal already I want to accelerate the fat lose though.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Obesity - Corpulence and Fatness (Without any side effects or Complications) :-

      OBESITY(Corpulence) along with :-

      Tongue thickly white coated; patient feels exhausted in warm water Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly

      With unusual tallness in children; chilly patient Silicea 30X or 30, 4 hourly

      When the tongue is constantly whitish coated; with liver disorders Kali Mur 30 or 6X, 4 hourly

      Fat, flabby and chilly patients. Profuse sweat on hand; worse at night, by exertion; easily fatigued; feet are cold and damp; craving for eggs; sensitive to cold and damp climate Calcarea Carb 200, 4 hourly

      Especially for fatty women approaching menopause; sensitive to cold weather; liver and spleen enlarged Calcarea Ars 200, 6 hourly

      Obese patient who suffers from constipation; flatulence; goitre or thyroid enlargements Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 -20 drops in a sip of warm water

      Intercurrent remedy; specially when obesity is due to thyroid disturbances Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once weekly (3 Doses)

      Obese,chilly, constipated patients, specially in women when there is a history of delayed menstruation; prone to skin ailments; feels cold; easily chilled and easily overheated Graphites 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      For fatty women; feels completely exhausted;(whether they do anything or not) Lac Def 200 weekly (6 Doses)

      To reduce weight(flesh and fat); to make the muscles hard and firm Calotropis 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      To absorb abnormal tissues; new growths and fat Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 drops in a sip of warm water. (also available in tablet form)

      Obese patient with weak heart; sensitive to cold; aversion to water; habits of uncleanliness; prone to colds Ammon Carb 200, 6 hourly

      FATNESS along with :-

      With excessive appetite; obesity after abdominal operation; craving for eggs; chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, once weekly (6 Doses)

      If Calcarea carb fails; specific for persons suffering from goitre Fucus Ves Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 20 - 30 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Accompanied with unhealthy skin. Obesity during menopause; stools constipated Graphites 200, 6 hourly

      In shy and emotional weepy individuals; loss of thirst; feels better in open air Pulsatilla 200, 6 hourly.

      When due to malfunctioning of thyroid gland Thyroidinum 200 or 1M, once fortnightly (6 Doses)

      To reduce fats from the body (also available in tablet form) Phytolacca berry Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 10 - 15 drops in a sip of warm water.

      Obesity with flesh decreases, muscles become harder and firmer Calotropis 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Fatness; more around buttocks and thighs Ammonium Mur 200, 6 hourly

      Fatness; due to gastric complaints; constipations; tongue thickly whitish coated as if white washed Antim Crud 200, 6 hourly.
      ______________________________________

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  6. QUESTION:
    where can i get natural remedies to eat or drink to solve lost of menstrual problems?
    what type of natural products in the supermarket that can help improve menstrual flow

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless

  7. QUESTION:
    How do we know when we have our menopause?
    I'm 43 and I would like to know what will tell me that I am entering the "wonderful world" of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.
      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.
      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.
      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  8. QUESTION:
    When did you first notice you were going into the menopause?
    How old were you when you started your period and how old were you when they finally ended? Is it true that if you start young you end later? Also, at what age did you first start noticing signs that you were becoming menopausal and what were these signs? Is there any test I can do to tell when I am likely to have my menopause? Thanks ladies for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      it's said that menopause comes at age between 48 and up. That depends on the moman health, behaviour, heredity etc.. And usually menopause comes with some health troubles such as :Lack of periods, hot flashes, heart palpitations, pain in your overies, some stress and some anxiety, but the whole diseases can be cured easily by natural hormones. Just check: http://menopauseandweight.com/sitemap.xml… and surf different links there to know everything about perimenopause and menopause.

  9. QUESTION:
    How often does a menopause aged women stop having her period & that is it?
    I have heard so many women complain about hot flashes & their period coming back, etc. Yet I have also heard women say they stopped having their period & never had a hot flash or anything else. What are the chances of that happening?

    I would imagine the healthier a women is the better the chance of things going smoother? Any info. on that?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are going through menopause now i can give you some suggestions about hot flashes and you can find your answers at http://menopauseandweight.com/

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the safe and effective means of curing menopause symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      There are no cures, but there are ways of dealing with them. First of all, there is hormone replacement therapy. If you don't want to go that route, you could try the over the counter soy formulas. If you don't want to do that, you can use things like fans, chill pillows, those cooldanas, etc. for the hot flashes. I have tried all three from HRT to just dealing with things as they come, and for me, the least invasive have been the best. A lot of it is your attitude. If you consider that you are going through a natural process and don't see it as something wrong with you, it helps a lot. I have a plaque in my office that says, "I'm still hot, but now it comes in flashes." And instead of calling them hot flashes, I call them power surges. I laugh at it and see it as just another stage in life.

  11. QUESTION:
    What could bleeding after menopause mean?
    My grandmother is 55 and has some heart conditions. She has been menopausal for 11 years, and for the past two weeks she has been bleeding vaginally. She has an appointment at St. Joseph's hospital for December [they're that booked]. I'm still worried though. What could this mean?

    I think the nurse on the phone said it could be ovarian cancer, but is that true?

    • ANSWER:
      check this out
      http://hubpages.com/hub/Natural-Cure-for-Menopause-Symptoms-Cure-hot-flashes-and-weight-gain

  12. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to lose acne without prescriptions or proactiv shit? Thanks?
    Its not very bad acne but some, blackheads are constant, I have tried several products, and some work, some don't , just wondering what a natural way might be to lose them. thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Rosey

      Here is a method I just learned about and it;s worth exploring.

      INTRODUCTION TO OIL PULLING ("OP")
      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:

      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; Acne, High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels,.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health.

      According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed.

      For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Here is the link for more info

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

      Best of health to you

  13. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can you get a rash from Menopause?
    I am getting this rash that really itches all over my neck and chest. Can it be related to Menopause? Or maybe and allergic reaction to something?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Stephanie

      Here are a few ideas to heal the issue.

      Cause
      Although most rashes are not symptoms of a serious health problem, they can be signs of allergies, liver and gallbladder problems, lupus, bleeding disorders, nutritional deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases.

      Rashes can also be due to the elimination of toxic wastes through the skin, or of an active immune reaction to an invading organism. Suppression of such a rash can lead to chronic disease states. Rather than try to suppress the rash, in such cases watchful waiting may be more advisable.

      Caution: If your rash becomes chronic, forms a "butterfly" shape over your cheeks, or is accompanied by high fever and joint pains, seek immediate medical attention to rule out more serious illnesses.

      ------------------------------...

      Natural Cures

      Diet: Screen for and eliminate any foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of green leafy vegetables and yellow vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Also drink plenty of pure, filtered water, and avoid all processed foods and chemical food additives.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically to the affected areas.

      Herbs: The following herbal remedies can speed healing: A tincture of equal parts burdock root and gentian root, the fresh juice of coriander, and/or aloe vera juice or gel.

      Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Belladonna, Sulfur, Graphites, and Calc carb.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: Drink fresh squeezed vegetable juices on a daily basis, especially carrot, beet, radish, and garlic juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful to speed healing: vitamin A and vitamin E (both orally and applied topically over the affected areas), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (EFAs), flaxseed oil, and amma linolenic acid (GLA). In addition, add half a teaspoon of baking soda to water and drink every fifteen minutes. Do this three times, and then every two to three hours for two to three days or until the reaction subsides.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating rashes: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Detoxification Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide), and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

      Best of health to you

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone got any good NATURAL remedies for hair loss?
    I'm looking for something that will naturally help me keep my hair. I'm not interested in products from the shop etc, I'm talking about herbal things that I can use and techniques I can use without purchasing any "hair loss cures". For example, I heard castor oil is good?

    • ANSWER:
      You found a solution, but do you know the cause? Eliminate them and your hair will improve.
      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  16. QUESTION:
    I am at the brink of menopause should I still get a hysterectomy because I have fibroid?
    Hysterectomy is still considered a big surgery and many painful days of recovery, the fibroid I have sits on my bladder that is making me very uncomfortable. My question is should I get it all taken out now?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally with the onset of menopause with the estrogen levels going down your fibroid tumors will shrink on its own. Hence is is worth to adopt a wait and watch approach in the hope that your fibroids will automatically clear up with surgery post menopause.

      In the meantime try making diet, lifestyle changes which can relieve you of fibroid symptoms to a large extent. Accupuncture is also very useful for treating fibroids naturally.
      http://ezinearticles.com/?Diet,-Herbs,-and-Exercise---3-Components-of-a-Natural-Fibroid-Cure&id=4147877

  17. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a good healty concealer to cover my acne scars. What would be a good one?
    I have tried all of MACS concealers and liked them. However, they clogged my pores. I am looking for a healthy alternative concealer. I am switching to mineral makeup but need a good concealer because mineral makeup doesn't give you much coverage.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is one of the most common skin disorders and affects mainly young people, but may even appear after the age of 30 years. This condition in many cases tends to disappear by itself after a certain period of time, however, if it is left untreated, it can cause deep scars in the skin. Acne can also cause psychological problems, especially among young people.

      These are the causes of this disorder:

      Excessive hormone production: Every square centimeter of skin contains about 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair and produce a substance called sebum. Sebum combined with sweat, form a liquid that acts as barrier against bacteria, parasites and fungus. However, under certain conditions the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary. These conditions occur when there is a major hormonal change, such as an increase in androgens during puberty and an increase of progesterone during menopause. It seems that certain people have a strong sensitivity to these hormones and are therefore more likely to suffer from acne.
      Genetic factors: If your parents used to suffer from this disorder you are more likely to have it yourself. What is more, oily skin (which can be inherited) predisposes to acne due to the fact that it produces excessive sebum that blocks the skin's pores.

      Stress: Stress can increase the production of hormones, which cause acne outbreaks.

      Dietary factors: The excessive intake of fats, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and dairy products seem to make the situation worse. Sugar, in particular, is very harmful. In fact, certain pharmacological experiments have revealed that taking small doses of anti-diabetic medicines (which lower sugar in the blood) can improve acne.

      Constipation: surprisingly constipation can cause acne. Constipation leads to the failure to eliminate the toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body and particularly in the skin. Many times in fact, mild cases of acne have been cured due to the correction of this intestinal disorder.

      How to cure this problem:

      Drink plenty of water: it may sound too simple, but the most important thing to do is to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Water is very beneficial for your skin's health.

      Drink green tea: another great natural treatment is green tea. It also has many other health benefits: it can reduce high cholesterol, infections, viruses, high blood sugar, headaches, and joint discomfort.

      Include fruits in your diet: There are many acids found in fruits that can help reduce sebum, which blocks the pores. Fruits can also eliminate excess toxins that build up in body and reduce the swelling and redness of spots. The best fruits to eat are apples, grapes and oranges. Also, including fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet can also help you get a better complexion.

      Although, these tips can be helpful but the only way to correct this problem permanently is to balance your hormones.

      .........

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it smart to use a BIRTH CONTROL PATCH prior to losing virginity?
    Hi, I am a 22 year old virgin who's planning to lose it to my boyfriend soon. Do you think it's a smart move to start on the patch already before actually doing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin). Hormonal birth control methods include; The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY
      http://www.womentowomen.com/bioidentical-hrt/index.asp?id=1&campaignno=getoffhrt&adgroup=adgroup2&keywords=hormone+replacement+therapy
      http://www.power-surge.com
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  19. QUESTION:
    If I start a new pack of birth control pills instead of having my period, am I still protected?
    My period is coming at a terrible time I have taken my pills correctly since I've started them and I just want to delay my period for a little bit. Am i still as protected as the rest of the month?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a couple of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, a condom with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  20. QUESTION:
    I get too much white blood discharge is there any home remedy to cure?
    I am 27. get too much white blood discharge with bad odur and lots of itching.

    • ANSWER:
      MENSES*
      1. Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life. The success depend up on the extent of compliance of all stipulated instructions.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days.
      How to develop aesthetically designed Big Boobs & to prevent breast cancer for life?
      Aesthetically designed boobs 'for a girl' are very beautiful and a source of inspiration for everyone. They can as well be good source of nourishment/nutrition and ready made antibodies for her kids. It is a natural gift to the female given by the God and it shall as well keep herself and her husband to enjoy free sex within her own wedlock. If the female is intelligent, to be well-secured, she can protect all her virtues and nature's gifts given by Him, to her own advantage vis-a-vis her husband and her progeny.
      [a]. Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle. Remote control acu points of 'breasts' are located in the ‘middle’ of Ur dorsal side of palms, where U can see nails. Massage on all these points, with Ur thumbs, for 2 minutes daily morning & evening.
      By virtue of regular menses cycles, girls may grow in height up to 21st birth day with aesthetically designed boobs, the study says
      [b]. Eat dry/raw coconut + jaggery, sweets and Laddu made of dry fruits daily one or two. They ensure good strength to the boobs vis-a-vis big size. Hence, most of the Indian women don’t have the problem of small boobs.

      3. Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      •2. PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to join ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health problem.

      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  21. QUESTION:
    What effects will I have stopping the birth control pill?
    I just stopped the birth control today after taking them for over a year, the pills got rid of the acne I had, will it come back? Though I noticed on the pill I was kinda moody, so I hope that goes away.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  22. QUESTION:
    What happens during a nervous breakdown?
    What causes it, what happens, how do doctors treat it, can it happen more than twice?

    • ANSWER:
      A breakdown is used to describe a stressful situation in which someone becomes temporarily unable to function normally in day-to-day life.

      Breakdowns usually stem from a change in a major life event such as a broken relationship, death of a loved one, a demanding job or financial difficulties. Stress, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, family history, coexisting medical conditions (such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, movement disorders, skin and limb problems, etc), and anxiety surrounding major life changes or disorders( such as pregnancy/after birth/labor, menopause) can all be risk factors.

      There is no standard cure. Choosing the right one depends on the diagnosis of the individual case. There are ways to prevent a nervous breakdown, conventional treatments, natural remedies, nutritional supplements and many other therapies to choose from.

      And yes it can happen more than once.

  23. QUESTION:
    This guy I know has terrible body odor, what can cure him of this?
    This guy we know who has started to hang out with us because he recently joined the baseball team and we noticed even we he's just got out of the shower he still have this terrible odor that linger on your furniture long after he's left. When we celebrate, I've noticed that he dont drink or smoke....What causes this and what can cure this?

    • ANSWER:
      Tips
      For excessive underarm odor, try using a mild solution of hydrogen peroxide (3%) that is cheap and can be picked up at the pharmacy. Put a teaspoonful in a glass of water and wash the underarm. If that doesn't work, increase the amount of peroxide.

      Since toxic overload may be one of the causes, try taking steam baths or saunas frequently as part of an overall detoxification program.

      Wellness program
      Lifestyle changes
      There are certain lifestyle changes to make if you have a constant problem with body odor. Occasional problems can be treated if you know the cause. We suggest a program of daily bathing, changes in diet, and changes in clothing.

      Bathing Bathe daily to remove bacteria from your skin, especially the armpits and groin area where the bacteria is most prevalent. Scrub the armpits with a soapy washcloth as that will work better to remove the bacteria than just soap in your hands. Deodorant soap is preferable as it helps fight bacteria more than regular soaps. If you have a serious odor problem, soak for fifteen minutes or longer in a tub of water with three cups of tomato juice added. Don't forget, tomato juice works on you and your pets if you have been "skunked"!

      Clothing Clothing is an area many people overlook. Loosely fitting clothes allow the body to breathe better than tight clothes. The perspiration escapes and doesn't become a breeding ground for bacteria. The type of fabric is also very important. Synthetic fabrics for shoes and clothes don't allow the body to breathe, so use all natural fabrics. Wash your clothes often!

      Dietary Dietary changes are also very important in eliminating various sources of odor. Certain foods, such as meat, onions, garlic, exotic spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol can lead to body odor. Try eliminating these from your diet for a week or two and see if this makes a difference. Although you can usually smell your own B.O. if it is from your armpits many people don't realize they have general body odor because they have become accustomed to it. Have someone you can confide in do a "smell test" - before and after you start eliminating certain foods. That may be the only way you will find out.

      Sweating As we mentioned above, excessive sweating may have underlying causes, so it is wise to be diagnosed to see if you have a medical problem. Women going through menopause and perimenopause may experience bouts of sweating accompanied by terrible body odor. The sweating may occur even when the woman is not warm. We'd like to thank Sue Berkenstock for this tip and the remedies she suggested as being quite effective, mentioned below, are baby wipes, vinegar, and bauxite crystal deodorant.

      Caffeine and medications may also be the cause of your sweating. Reduce your caffeine intake and note if there are changes when you stop taking medication.

      Tobacco Although we have mentioned it in the Bad Breath section, tobacco use is a major cause of body odor. Not only does it come back through your lungs, but it comes through the skin. It probably mixes with other elements of your body's chemistry to create a distinct odor. If you stop smoking it may take several weeks for the body to rid itself of odor causing substances.

      Supplements
      Chlorophyll One or two chlorophyll tablets or chlorophyll liquid taken with each meal may also help, as chlorophyll is a great deodorizer.

      Magnesium Take magnesium supplements or augment your diet with food sources high in this important mineral. Between 200-500 mg of magnesium have been recommended. You will have to try different doses until you get the amounts that are right for your body.

      Vitamins A high-potency B vitamin (50 mg or higher), when combined with magnesium, will help reduce certain secretions that can be a cause of odor. Make sure you are getting 100 mg of PABA and 100 mg of B6.

      Zinc If you have body odor, try taking zinc tablets. Zinc, plus magnesium, will help balance your body's metabolism and reduce the cause of bad odor. Studies have shown that taking 30 to 50 mg daily will dramatically reduce certain body odors, although you may need less. Zinc may also reduce perspiration and sweaty feet. However, it is wise to go above 15 mg only with a doctor's supervision as zinc may interfere with the absorption of copper, another essential trace mineral.

      Remedies
      Folk
      Alcohol/witch hazel Wipe your armpits with alcohol, white vinegar or witch hazel instead of deodorant.

      Alum Try using a crystal rock made from the mineral salt potassium alum instead of a deodorant. It won't keep you dry as an antiperspirant will, but they clog your sweat glands and contain aluminum chlorohydrate, which may lead to future health problems.

      Apple cider vinegar Apple cider vinegar eliminates under arm body odor when used in place of deodorant because it reduces the pH of the skin. Bacteria can't live in areas with low pH.

      • White vinegar is also helpful. Place some on a cotton ball and apply to the underarms instead of deodorant. The vinegar smell is gone in minutes and you should be smell-free all day.

      Baby powder Use baby powder or talc in areas of heavy perspiration.

      Baby wipes (see towelettes below) also work, but the results may be temporary.

      Baking soda Baking soda, the odor-eating standby, can be used instead of deodorant. Just apply the powder to your dry armpits. It will kill bacteria and help absorb perspiration. Cornstarch can also be used instead or mixed with the baking soda.

      Bauxite crystal deodorant works very well at controlling underarm odors.

      Parsley/alfalfa Chewing parsley, alfalfa and other leafy greens will help neutralize body odor, probably because of the deodorizing effect of the chlorophyll.

      Radishes Juice about two dozen radishes, add 1/4 teaspoon of glycerine, and put in a squirt or spray-top bottle. Use as an underarm deodorant or to reduce foot odor.

      Rosemary is an antibacterial herb. Put 8 to 10 drops of the essential oil in 1 ounce of water and appy it where needed.

      Sage Herbalists suggest drinking a cup of sage tea daily to reduce sweat gland activity. This is especially true for those who perspire excessively due to tension. Use 11/2 teaspoonsful of dried sage or two tea bags in one cup of water; steep for ten minutes; drink in small doses throughout the day.

      • Fresh sage leaves blended with tomato juice has been found to be very effective.

      Tea tree is an antibacterial herb. Make a deodorant by putting 2 drops of the essential oil into 1 ounce of water and apply where needed.

      Towelettes (baby wipes) Useful when a tense moment surges the sex hormones which produce fluid under the arms and around the genital areas that, when combined with bacteria, causes odor.

      Turnip juice Turnip juice will reduce underarm odor for up to 10 hours. Grate a turnip, squeeze the juice through cheesecloth, so that you have two teaspoonsful. Wash your armpits first, and vigorously rub one teaspoonful on each one.

      Wheat grass Take 500 mg of wheat grass daily on an empty stomach and wash down with a glass of water. The chlorophyll will dramatically reduce body odor.

      Homeopathic
      Silicea Homeopaths recommend dissolving three 6X tablets of the tissue salt Silicea under the tongue each morning and evening to knock out odor.

  24. QUESTION:
    Prescription drugs, what is your opinion of them? I have heard so much negative about them in the past years.?
    Are prescription drugs necessary or should we rely upon more natural remedies and lifestyle changes such as natural supplements, exercise, and diet? Do prescription drugs actually harm our bodies over time or do they actually improve our overall health? What is your opinion on this matter?

    • ANSWER:
      It totally depends on the drug. Would I trust a natural remedy for something like a cold? Probably. Joint pain? Menopause symptoms? Yes. But I wouldn't use herbs to treat strep throat, prevent malaria, cure a kidney infection, etc.

      Healthy lifestyle makes a difference in preventing illness, but for getting rid of infections I would go with conventional medicine. On the other hand, a lot of prescription drugs, like blood pressure pills, oral diabetes pills, etc. would not be necessarily if people took care of themselves in the first place.

  25. QUESTION:
    My girlfriend has endometriosis how do I best support her?
    She had an operation but she had lots of it and it may come back, she is scared she might not be able to have kids, I hae been with her for 2 years and I love her so much.

    • ANSWER:
      I understand completely - my sister and I have both been through the same thing, with my sister having additional problems. Hers was so bad that they were talking about Lupron shots (simulates menopause) and/or a hystorectomy (she's only 25). She got married in March, and was really worried that she wouldn't be able to have kids, and had even started reading about adoption. Well, turns out we found out a month ago that she's pregnant!

      It's natural for her to be worried, and yes, the endometriosis can come back, but fortunately they are able to use a laparoscopy to remove the implants fairly easily (I found out last week that I might have to have it done soon for a second time). Unfortunately, no one really understands endometriosis - what it is, why it happens, or how to cure it. The best thing she can do is stay on a hormonal form of birth control (the pill, Mirena IUD, Nuva Ring - I don't recommend depo provera, too many freaky side effects) because that's the only thing so far that has been found to help combat it, and when she gets to the point that she's ready to try getting pregnant, she should go to her OB-GYN and talk to him about it and keep him involved. Usually, once you stop using a hormonal birth control, your hormone levels stay changed for a couple of months (although you CAN still get pregnant during that time!!!) and continue to deter the endometriosis. Hopefully she'll be fortunate enough to get pregnant during that time - I'm terrified of the same thing myself.

      Also, the doctor that performed her surgery should be able to tell her if it appeared that there was any damage or problem that appeared likely to cause fertility problems. Remember, there are hundreds of things other than endometriosis that can make it difficult to conceive, and there are thousands of women with endometriosis who get pregnant and have happy, healthy pregnancies every year.

      The best thing you can do to support her is to understand her fears (I don't know a single woman who isn't afraid of being unable to have a baby, whether she wants children or not; it's almost an ingrained fear of a lack of femininity), and do research and learn as much as you can about endometriosis so that you can give her good, solid information about it and uinderstand what she's going through and what her doctor is saying. Hopefully you can at least help calm some of her fear with facts. And if you guys do get married or talk about starting a family, make sure she knows that you love her no matter what - kids or no kids. It's hard to believe that sometimes when you're the woman going through it, but eventually it sinks in and means a lot more than you'll ever know.

      Good luck - I hope things end up as well for her as they have for my sister!!

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of getting pregnant while taking birth control pill called Diane 35?

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  27. QUESTION:
    Im 41 years old and my period is 3 months late?
    Hey well im 40 years old and my period is 3 months late. I have never been on the pill. I already took 4 pregnancy tests and they were all negative. I think that im entering menopause. Im scared that when my period comes that it will come at a moment that im not expecting it like at work. What can I do so my period can come right now?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms And Things To Do

      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.

      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.

      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.

      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  28. QUESTION:
    Does the birth control pill Loestrinfe cause weight gain?
    Anyone with that experience? Please share any thoughts you may have on the pill and whether you have had a negative or positive experience. I received a prescription from my doctor to try it but want to receive more feedback from people that are actually on it or took it before. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few of links if you'd like to learn more about the big announcement about Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causing breast cancer. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control also began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain estrogen and progestin, hormones that are the most widely used in HRT. This is true for The Pill, The mini-pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, and Nuva Ring, Shots, and Rods under the skin. Levels in HRT, which have already been shown to cause breast cancer, are actually lower than that in hormonal birth control methods, on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with naturally occurring hormones in already normal levels. How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974 when BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress the natural processes of the female body.

      Just like menopause, the female bodily functions of ovulation and pregnancy ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks.

      If you must practice birth control, abstinence or a condom, diaphragm, cervical cap, with plenty of spermicide, when used correctly is STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to this, at least stop using hormonal birth control for the sake of your health!

      A + B = C

      How many more "news flash: drug causes bad side effects" announcements before we realize that the body does NOT need drugs, except in dire circumstances. Let's leave our bodies alone and live healthy lifestyles, and our bodies will take care of the rest!

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html
      THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BIRTH CONTROL AND HOW IT IS ANTI-WOMAN
      http://www.the-edith-stein-foundation.com/articles.asp?col=2

  29. QUESTION:
    I recently started feeling dizzy after my period whys that?
    I did blood test a few months ago and the doc said everythings looking good.

    • ANSWER:
      Irregular menses?

      The symptoms cited--------------an offshoot of heavy bleeding during menses. How to regulate menses?Details follow-----------------------

      MENSES*
      1. Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life. The success depends up on the extent of compliance of all stipulated instructions.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, dead cells running to millions produced during Catabolism [part of metabolism on daily basis], bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days. During menses, it is advisable to take maximum rest.
      [a]. Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      To activate Ur gonads—13 [vagina], No.14 [uterus]. No.15 [Testes & Ovaries] All these points are located in both wrists and ankles.
      Palms/Soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Cure is available by Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies.

      3. Regular menses with the best of Health for life? Yes, Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With Ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

  30. QUESTION:
    Who to see for hair loss and growth?
    I have been experiencing for a long time now hair fall. My hair used to be super thick and straight, now it is curly and thinned way out. When I am stressed, hair falls more than when I am not. So, what I want to know is if a dermatologist is the right doctor to see for these issues. If anyone has any suggestions for products I can use at home or some sort of home treatment please feel free to suggest some.

    • ANSWER:
      PROVILLUS: A PREVENTIVE CURE FOR HAIR LOSS

      To prevent hair loss from occurring Provillus, an all natural supplement has a positive outcome. Provillus is a supplement built to block the DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) in the body. Provillus contains compound ingredients such as, biotin, gotu kola, magnesium stearatern Muria Puania, pumpkin extract, Saw Palmetto, silicon dioxide, vitamin B6, and zinc.

      These compound ingredients help prevent thinning hair follicles form becoming thinner-leading to baldness. The nourishing blend of nutrients in Provillus helps the hair become thick. Provillus hair loss treatment is FDA-approved. No prescription is needed because it is stored as a supplement; therefore, it can be bought from over-the-counter from a local drug store.Provillus was created by the Ultra Herbal Company. It is a natural treatment for men and women suffering from hair loss, also known as Androgenetic alopecia. With men hair loss is caused by hormone testosterone.

      When DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) enters the body the hair follicles thins and cuts off the blood flow in the body. The more DHT in the body the more the man is at risk of experiencing baldness. In the United Stated two out of eight women experience hair loss. There is no pattern for hair loss in women. Few women experience hair loss at a young age, but it mostly occurs in older women. Unbalanced hormones, thyroid disease, and menopause are common risk factors of hair loss in women.

      Child birth is also a common risk factor for hair loss in women. However, hair loss in women is far more harder to deal with than for men experiencing hair loss.An effective cure for men and women who experience hair loss is Provillus. Not only will Provillus prevent hair loss from happening-it will also regrow the hair. With only being on the market for less than five years, Provillus has been rated the number #1 treatment for hair loss prevention. The topical ingredients in Provillus are FDA-approved and guaranteed to get hair back to being strong and healthy. No side effects have been reported from users of Provillus. Before using Provillus you should read the information provided carefully. You should also consult a doctor if any problems occur after usage.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is throwing up one of the side effects before a period?
    I've been having mood swings lately, and I know that's one of the effects of a period, so I was just wondering if that was one cause I've been doing that too.

    • ANSWER:
      yes. If your menses is regulated, you shall be fine. Details follow-------------------

      MENSES*
      1. Every young girl/spinster/woman must know the significance of Menses cycles, regularity of maintenance with the aid of acupressure techniques & to maintain ‘the best of woman’s health’ for life. The success depends up on the extent of compliance of all stipulated instructions.
      Menses------- is nothing but the God's Special gift given to the female. It is one of the routes of excretion of toxins, pus cells, dead cells running to millions produced during Catabolism [part of metabolism on daily basis], bad blood, bacteria, viruses, hormonal discharges, etc.
      So long as a female passes through regular menses right from puberty to menopause, she will be well balanced, pretty with natural and healthy glow, good moods of love and affection, excellent immunity/disease resistance power, excellent growth in height up to 21st birthday, etc.
      Irregular periods/heavy periods may be an offshoot of hormonal imbalance, psychological disturbances, indiscriminate consumption of birth control pills, steroids for other causes like allergy, thyroid problems, asthma/bronchitis, etc.
      By and large, the menses cycle ranges from 3 weeks to 5 weeks as and when it is regular. In certain ladies, it is not regular. It can be regulated just in 5 days. During menses, it is advisable to take maximum rest.
      [a]. Ur [Menses related gonads]-remote control-Acupressure points are located in Ur wrists and ankles on both sides to be activated for regulating Ur menses cycle.
      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      To activate Ur gonads—13 [vagina], No.14 [uterus]. No.15 [Testes & Ovaries] All these points are located in both wrists and ankles.
      Palms/Soles:
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Cure is available by Acupressure Techniques & Indian Natural Remedies.

      3. Regular menses with the best of Health for life? Yes, Acupressure & Natural Remedies may solve Ur problem of irregular Menses.
      ACUPRESSURE TECHNIQUES:

      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function upto optimal levels.

      With Ur thumb, press Ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

  32. QUESTION:
    i do mastuburate from 6 years and i stopped my mastuburation so then what medicine i take ?
    i am doing mastuburation from 6 years. tell me which medicine needed to cured me well for sex with girl.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Remedies for boosting-up Sperm count; LIBIDO*, to counter Early Ejaculation, Erectile Dysfunction & Impotency/Infertility—for a happy married life:
      By indulgence in frequent masturbation, most of the youth waste lot of semen--the nectar of the human body. Hence, such problem of early ejaculation, lack of self-confidence in sex, erectile dysfunction, impotency, heavy loss of immunity for life, etc.
      But, no regrets et all. Let the bygones be bygone.

      Early ejaculation & prolonged sex within the wedlock.
      1. I got the formula from a 80 years young man @ Lucknow who was sexually active almost unto death.
      Take dry and cleansed fruits-- one each of almond, fig, date, an-jeer, cashew soak them in a big cup of water overnight and on the next day morning bite & chew each fruit 25 times and drink the sweet water in an empty stomach.
      2. In the night. before going to bed, take one cup of hot milk + one cardamom [hindi-Ilaichi] after grinding/crushing + 1 tsp of misri/crystal sugar. We give these items to issue less couples too.

      It is not the question of enjoying no. of times.
      Fore-play is a MUST to arouse and lubricate the respective organ & talking vulgar language while on bed is a MUST.One should indulge in prolonged, slow but steady coitus--which every male/female relishes. The yard stick for success depends upon the counting of no. of shots given by the male. A young man should be able to count and deliver 1000 shots also. So that his anxiety shall be diverted to counting work. More over, if one is likely to ejaculate @ the 30th shot, one should foresee @ the 20th shot itself. By the 15th shot he should withdraw and indulge in talks to divert and postpone ejaculation. Resume coitus after 15 minutes to recoup and proceed to increase the number slowly, but steadily. Daily one should increase the yardstick with increased no. of counted shots.
      That's how every husband should target to reach and satisfy his beloved life-partner.
      1. Acupressure techniques-- With ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune SYSTEM gets invigorated to produce antibodies.
      2. Menopause & sex: As per records a man can enjoy sex up to 90 years and a woman up to 69 years, How to keep Ur potency Intact: Remote control acupressure points ‘for gonads’ are located In the wrists & ankles; wherein U must massage these points regularly with Ur thumb[s]. Enjoying free sex, within wedlock, even after menopause: During and after menopause, vaginal dryness can be treated with water-soluble lubricants such as Astroglide or K-Y Jelly. Do not use non-water soluble lubricants such as Vaseline because they can weaken latex (the material used to make condoms, which should continue to be used to avoid pregnancy until your doctor verifies you are not producing anymore eggs and to prevent contracting sexually transmitted diseases). Non-water soluble lubricants can also provide a medium for bacterial growth, particularly in a person whose immune system has been weakened by chemotherapymb[s].
      Five aphrodisiacs— Libido boosters--Water melon, chocolates, oranges, asperages, garlic
      .

      •PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  33. QUESTION:
    An important question about me for Catholics?
    I don't consider myself catholic or fully protestant, but I am christian.
    I was wondering about some of the catholic assumptions of Immorality.

    I realize that catholics believe that nearly any use of contraceptive is Immoral.

    However, what about my case? I have to take a birth control pill due to serious Illness. I have to stay on them for a long time - until I'd like to have kids or are in menopause.

    I understand that the pill could possibly "kill the baby", but this doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to have sex with my husband.

    So because of that, I'd like to use condoms so that I won't end up killing anything. Is this Wrong or "Immoral", and if it is, how so?

    The bible No where states that contraception is right or wrong. It's mainly the motive behind it that makes it right or wrong.

    So if I'm wrong for this, does this mean that I'm just simply Not allowed to have sex - at all?

    • ANSWER:
      1. In Catholic teaching, there is nothing wrong with taking the pill if you are using it specifically for medical therapy, not as contraception.

      2. To avoid the possibility of the pill preventing a child you conceive with your husband from implanting in your womb (thus leading to the death of your child), you can refrain from sex during ovulation. Natural Family Planning ought to allow you to track signs of ovulation, when/if it happens while you are on the pill.

      3. Condoms are always morally wrong because they are a barrier between the couple during the marital act, which is supposed to be 100% unifying, and also because you would be using them specifically as contraception.

      4. The Bible is not the only source of truth. Contraception is not specifically stated, but neither is pornography, and we know that's wrong.

      5. You should also know that a lot of doctors Rx the pill not to CURE your medical condition but to mask the symptoms so you shut up and stop complaining. Have you asked your dr. if the pill is actually curing your condition? Because it really sounds like it isn't. It sounds like your dr. expects you to be on it until you decide to have children or go through menopause. Women's health care is sorely lacking, I am afraid. What I highly recommend is that you google NAPRO Technology. This is a medical diagnostic and treatment system that might actually CURE your problem instead of masking it. Then you wouldn't have to take the pill indefinitely, and you could actually heal your body.

  34. QUESTION:
    what can i do to get rid of my acne scars?
    my acne has cleared up but now i am left with scars. is there anyway to get rid of it or make it less noticeable without having to go to a dermatologist?

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is one of the most common skin disorders and affects mainly young people, but may even appear after the age of 30 years. This condition in many cases tends to disappear by itself after a certain period of time, however, if it is left untreated, it can cause deep scars in the skin. Acne can also cause psychological problems, especially among young people.

      These are the causes of this disorder:

      Excessive hormone production: Every square centimeter of skin contains about 100 sweat glands and 15 sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair and produce a substance called sebum. Sebum combined with sweat, form a liquid that acts as barrier against bacteria, parasites and fungus. However, under certain conditions the sebaceous glands produce more sebum than necessary. These conditions occur when there is a major hormonal change, such as an increase in androgens during puberty and an increase of progesterone during menopause. It seems that certain people have a strong sensitivity to these hormones and are therefore more likely to suffer from acne.
      Genetic factors: If your parents used to suffer from this disorder you are more likely to have it yourself. What is more, oily skin (which can be inherited) predisposes to acne due to the fact that it produces excessive sebum that blocks the skin's pores.

      Stress: Stress can increase the production of hormones, which cause acne outbreaks.

      Dietary factors: The excessive intake of fats, sweets, carbohydrates, alcohol and dairy products seem to make the situation worse. Sugar, in particular, is very harmful. In fact, certain pharmacological experiments have revealed that taking small doses of anti-diabetic medicines (which lower sugar in the blood) can improve acne.

      Constipation: surprisingly constipation can cause acne. Constipation leads to the failure to eliminate the toxins that accumulate in different parts of the body and particularly in the skin. Many times in fact, mild cases of acne have been cured due to the correction of this intestinal disorder.

      How to cure this problem:

      Drink plenty of water: it may sound too simple, but the most important thing to do is to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Water is very beneficial for your skin's health.

      Drink green tea: another great natural treatment is green tea. It also has many other health benefits: it can reduce high cholesterol, infections, viruses, high blood sugar, headaches, and joint discomfort.

      Include fruits in your diet: There are many acids found in fruits that can help reduce sebum, which blocks the pores. Fruits can also eliminate excess toxins that build up in body and reduce the swelling and redness of spots. The best fruits to eat are apples, grapes and oranges. Also, including fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables in your diet can also help you get a better complexion.

      Although, these tips can be helpful but the only way to correct this problem permanently is to balance your hormones.

      ..........

  35. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies for painful, heavy periods?
    I have always had quite heavy periods, but since coming off the pill they are very heavy with alot of big clots, does anyone know of any naturals remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Menustrational Complaints (You must read it carefully) these are 100% cures which cure without any side effects or complications :-

      Dark, clotted; copious or scanty menses, during day time only; 1st menses delayed and painful; intermittent and irregular; changing moods; likes open air Pulsatilla 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; copious; during night on lying down; frequently; intermittent; painful Kreosote 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses dark; acrid, excoriating,during night only, after lying down Bovista 30 or 200, 4 hourly

      Copious and dark; worse after injury Hamamellis 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Dark, clotted, painful and frequent, due to displaced uterus; during night only Trillium p.Q or 6X, 3 hourly

      Copious; gushing and frequent; worse after exertion; every 2 weeks or every few days;lasting for a week or more Medorrhinum 200 or 1M monthly (3)

      Copious, offensive, clotted and painful,due to uterine fibroid; difficult to wash Platina 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses bright red, copious, clotted, painful and frequent; worse during menopause; walking ameliorates; history of abortion Sabina 30 or 200 6 hourly

      Menses bright red, mingled with dark clots; offensive Belladonna 30, 4 hourly

      Mense bright red; gushing; nausea or vomiting, clean tongue Ipecac 30, 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; copious and frequent Millefolium Q or 30 4 hourly

      Menses bright red; vicarious; patient desires icy cold water Phosphorus 30 or 200, 4 hourly(3)

      Menses acrid; excoriating;copious after miscarriage; frequent; intermittent China 6 or 30, 4 hourly

      Menses copious; continues upto next period; dark and clotted; irregular Secale Cor 30 4 hourly

      Menses profuse and early; copious with dark clots and abdominal distention Nux vomica 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Early and excessive; bright red, long lasting with headache; copious; worse after exertion; early in young girls lasting for long; late in adults Calc-phos 12X or 30, 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; lasting a week or more,frequent, every 2 weeks; intermittent Sulphur 200 or 1M, 4 hourly (3)

      Amenorrhoea; dark clotted blood; copious, frequent, delayed; first menses delayed; exhausting; pale, thin blood Ferrum met.3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Irregular; painful, delayed or frequent; worse after exertion Sepia 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3)

      Early; profuse and frequent; every 2 weeks; during lactation; lasting a week or more; returns after excitement; suppressed after working in water or becoming wet Calcarea carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious, frequent,dark, intermittent and irregular; during day time only; offensive, painful and thick Lilium tig.30 or 200, 4 hourly (3)

      Menstrual flow suppressed after fright or shock; in plethoric young girls; menses profuse with nose bleed; late; marked fear and restlessness Aconite 30 or 200, 3 hourly

      Menses frequent and copious; offensive; passive bleeding Helonias Q or 6, 4 hourly

      All complaints better during menstruation; copious or scanty; painful for very short period only; dark, lumpy and black Lachesis 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Copious; worse after injury or coition; bruised pains Arnica 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses copious; late or suppressed; worse while sitting; feels better after flow starts Zincum met.30 or 200, 3 hourly(3)

      Dark, clotted, stringy, offensive, painful and frequent; worse from least movements Crocus sat.Q or 6X, 4 hourly

      Delayed; specially first menses; irregular,painful,pale and scanty; stools constipated Graphites 30 or 200 3 hourly(3)

      Delayed and painful; flow aggravates the complaints; neuralgic, rheumatic pain;scanty or suppressed due to emotions or fever Actaea race.30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Delayed, scanty,stopped due to cold; putting hands in cold water, due to cold; breast becomes enlarged, sore and painful during menstrual cycle Conium mac.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Delayed or stopped; by putting hands in cold water; suppressed after drinking milk Lac-def.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early or delayed; exhausting,scanty or profuse; stools hard and constipated; haemorrhage between periods Thlaspi b-p.Q or 6 4 hourly

      Copious; alternate periods more profuse; frequent and painful;very slight (1st day only), 2nd day with vomiting; mentrual colic with large clots Cyclamen 30 4 hourly

      Painful and scanty;increases while sitting and less while walking Alumina 30 or 0/5 4 hourly

      Menses with neuralgic pain; dysmenorrhoea with pains flying to other parts of the body Caulophyllum 30 or 200 4 hourly (3)

      Early, dark and stringy with neuralgic pain; better after flow starts; menstrual colic; membranous dysmenorrhoea Magnesia phos.12X or 30 3 hourly

      menses lasts for long; thick and dark; irregular Nux mosch.200 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; menses returns after over exertion; long walk, passing hard stools etc; discharge of blood between periods Ambra gr.200 3 hourly (3)

      Painful; only for one day or one hour; late and scanty; amenorrhoea with opthalmia Euphrasia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Menses appear only for one day; scanty, pain in small of back and stomach during menstruation Baryta carb.200 4 hourly (3)

      Clotted,stringy, passive and bright red; profuse after miscarriage; worse after slightest provocation Ustilago Q or 6 4 hourly

      Early and profuse; suppressed after bathing in river or swimming pool; tongue thickly whitish coated Antim-crud.200 4 hourly (3)

      Suppressed with colic; better bending double and by pressure Colocynth 200 3 hourly (3)

      Acrid,early, profuse and prolonged; suppressed after getting feet wet Rhus tox.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Early and profuse; epistaxis instead of menses; worse by motion Bryonia 30 or 200 4 hourly

      Totally exhausted during menstruation, can hardly speak; lasting for long, though not profuse Carbo an.200 3 hourly(3)

      Menses early or late; scanty or profuse; pain with soreness about genitals; pain from back passes down through left labium Kali carb.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Gushing; exhausting with colic as from sharp stones rubbing together; irregular and painful Cocculus ind.30 or 200 4 hourly

      Scanty; early or delayed; clots of black blood; menstrual flow aggravates all the complaints Thuja oc.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent; early or delayed during day time only; no menses at night; scanty and offensive Causticum 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Frequent and gushing; membranous; painful and stringy; breasts swollen and painful before menses and better afterwards; excessive menstruation; discharge of bloody mucous after menses at the time of new moon Lac-can.200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Menses during lactation period; while nursing the child Silicea 200 or 1M 3 hourly (3)

      Membranous; early and profuse, with griping in abdomen; nausea and pain in stomach extending to small of back Borax 30 4 hourly

      Early with thick and strong odour; offensive; premature and too copious Carbo Veg.30 or 200 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Menses offensive; vicarious; mammae swollen and painful Psorinum 200 or 1M, monthly (3)

      Menses painful; suppressed; colic before the appearance of discharge Verat Vir 30X or 200 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Dysmenorrhoea; menses usually delayed Pneumococcus 30X or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

      For more information on Homeopathy and women's problems please look up under the appropriate header :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases

      I hope and pray that the provided information proves helpful to you.

      Best of Health to you.

      Take Care and God Bless

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pre or peri menopause?
    i'm maybe a bit young being only 45 but anyway, would erratic menses be one of them?? ie ~ occurring 2 weeks before they're due..... i've had a pap smear and there was no irregularity so my next thought is perhaps it's time for the change of life for moi.

    any help appreciated.... thanx in advance

    cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  37. QUESTION:
    I have to do a project on HRT has anybody suffered side effects.?
    Please could you let me know anything about HRT whether is be menopause symptoms to why you choose HRT to the facts you know. I have researched it but i now need personal stories. Cheers, much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I cured my symptoms in a natural way I eat a lot of soya anyway and supplemented my diet with linseeds which helped to promote natural hormones so soya and linseeds help try a bread that has these ingrediants its called Burgen and available from most major supermarkets

  38. QUESTION:
    what can you do about perimenopause BRAIN FOG,its horrible?
    im 51 and perimenopausal along with all the other horrible symptoms and I have ever darn one the brain fog and daily headaches are ruining my life what to do to get throught this horrible time.or do you ever.

    • ANSWER:
      Linda, welcome to the world of menopause! I've spent too much time around my mother and her friends talking about it and everything you're experiencing is pretty typical!

      You can consider hormone therapy - it does help with some of the symptoms. My mom was reluctant for a long time but after 5 years couldn't handle the hot flashes and night sweats anymore, and went for it. She's a lot happier. Many of her friends have been as well.

      For the brain fog, you could try something like gingko biloba or ginseng. They're supposed to be helpful.

      Earth Clinic is one of my favorite websites for natural cures to various ailments. They have a page on menopause cures here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/menopause.html.

      Most importantly, LAUGH - commune with your other girlfriends of similar age and phase of life. You can't get through it without a sense of humor. Remember to be patient with yourself - it's going to take a few extra seconds to remember what the heck you were saying or what you ate for dinner last night, and you have to be OK with that. Ask your loved ones to be patient with you also. Stay positive - it's hard to feel some of these signs of aging, but it happens to all of us. Good luck, sister.

  39. QUESTION:
    is there such thing as a disease that makes you prone to feeling cold?
    I am writing a story about a girl who is very sensitive to feeling cold, and I was wondering if that had a name.

    Not like a disease that ONE of the symptoms is coldness but where the DISEASE is coldness.

    • ANSWER:
      Sephira Clemmings,
      As answered by “Hovis,” there is not a disease or condition that only results in the symptom of a feeling of ‘cold.’ Normally chills and feeling very cold may be the result of an illness. When the body and the immune system are weakened, a natural response is often that of feeling cold. Paleness, shivering, the shakes, bluish lips and ‘goosebumps’ are visible outwards signs of the chills. Many diseases and conditions, often accompanied by fever, can cause a person to feel cold. These include, in alphabetical order, addison's disease, anaemia, cardiogenic shock, diabetes, exfoliative dermatitis, gallstones, fever, frostbite, heart attack, heat exhaustion, hypoglycaemia, hypothermia, hypothyroidism, hypovolemic shock, kidney stones, gangrene, malaria, menopause, panic attacks, peripheral vascular disease, postpartum hypothyroidism, postpartum thyroiditis, rabies, raynaud’s disease, rubella, shingles, shock and tetanus. I realise that you did not ask for these details, but I add them to try to explain some causes of the feeling of cold other than that of climatic conditions.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  40. QUESTION:
    I have endometriosis. Can anyone suggest a way to eliminate the pain with taking a derpo lupron shot?
    The doctor says that I have no other choice but to have a hysterectomy.

    • ANSWER:
      Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis, though in some patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy and/or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms of endometriosis will not come back. Conservative treatments usually try to address pain or infertility issues. Medical herbal treatments can sometimes be effective in controlling the disease.
      The treatments for endometriosis pain include:
      NSAIDs and other pain medication: They often work quite well as they not only reduce pain but also menstrual flow. They are commonly used in conjunction with other therapy. For more severe cases narcotic prescription drugs may be used.
      Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonist: These agents work by increasing the levels of GnRH. Consistent stimulation of the GnRH receptors results in downregulation. This causes a decrease in FSH and LH, thereby decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels.
      It is suggested but unproven that pregnancy and childbirth can stop endometriosis.
      Hormone suppression therapy: This approach tries to reduce or eliminate menstrual flow and estrogen support. Typically, it needs to be done for several months or even years.
      Progesterone or Progestins: Progesterone counteracts estrogen and inhibits the growth of the endometrium. Such therapy can reduce or eliminate menstruation in a controlled and reversible fashion. Progestins are chemical variants of natural progesterone.
      Avoiding products with xenoestrogens, which have a similar effect to naturally produced estrogen and can increase growth of the endometrium.
      Continuous birth control pills consist of the use of birth control pills without the use of placebo pills. This eliminates monthly bleeding episodes.
      Danazol (Danocrine) and gestrinone are suppressive steroids with some androgenic activity. Both agents inhibit the growth of endometriosis but their use remains limited as they may cause hirsutism. There has been some research done at Case Western Reserve University on a topical Danocrine, applied locally, which has not produced the hirsutism characteristics. The study has not yet been published in a medical journal.
      Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists (GnRH agonists) induce a profound hypoestrogenism by decreasing FSH and LH levels. While quite effective, they induce unpleasant menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis. To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be given back (add-back therapy).
      Aromatase inhibitors are medications that block the formation of estrogen and have become of interest for researchers who are treating endometriosis.[8]
      Surgical treatment is usually a good choice if endometriosis is extensive, or very painful. Surgical treatments range from minor to major surgical procedures.
      Laparoscopy is very useful not only to diagnose endometriosis, but to treat it. With the use of scissors, cautery, lasers, hydrodissection, or a sonic scalpel, endometriotic tissue can be ablated or removed in an attempt to restore normal anatomy.
      Laparotomy can be used for more extensive surgery either in attempt to restore normal anatomy, or at least preserve reproductive potential.
      Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and surrounding tissue) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries).
      For patients with extreme pain, a presacral neurectomy may be indicated where the nerves to the uterus are cut.
      Raising your serotonin level: low serotonin levels reduce the pain threshold, and make people more vulnerable to every pain. Women particularly need adequate amounts of light during the second half of their menstrual cycles, when their serotonin levels may already be low.
      Many people like sweets: eating sugar or chocolate temporarily increases serotonin levels, but creates a rebound effect, characterized by heightened PMS symptoms.
      Avoid coffee and alcohol.
      Melatonin and serotonin are increased by meditation, and the stress hormone cortisol is decreased. Melatonin causes you to go into delta-sleep, during which period Human Growth Hormone is released. As melatonin levels drop from childhood (100%) to age 20 (30%) and age 30 (20%), recovering takes more time, so good deep sleep is essential.
      Serotonin is manufactured by the body from a partial protein or amino acid called tryptophan. This amino acid is found in many foods, including soy, turkey, chicken, halibut, and beans.
      Lavender, primarily in the form of oil, has been found to reduce several physiological parameters of stress by stimulating serotonin and inducing a feeling of calm and happiness.
      Light therapy increases your serotonin levels.
      In many cases, Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) has proven to relax or suppress the pain and relieve stress. Although doctors consider this to be an unorthodox method given all the treatments available for this condition and the fact that it may not produce any long term effects, this may still be an effective way to combat endometriosis. Research on this method is minimal since the drug is banned in most countries.[citation needed]
      Complementary or Alternative medicine are used by many women who get great relief from the pain and discomforts from a variety of available treatments.
      Nutrition There has been research showing that prostaglandins series 1 and 3 have an anti inflammatory effect which can help with endometriosis. Nutrition acan also help to boost the immune system, which is important if endometriosis is an auto-immune disorder.

  41. QUESTION:
    what medical discoveries have been linked to plants in Amazonian rain forests?

    • ANSWER:
      While every geographical area in the world features plant species that can be used as medicine, the Amazon rainforest contains more than two-thirds of the Earth's vegetation, according to the California Institute of Technology.

      The cocoa tree: some of the more common medicinal uses for the cocoa tree include treating eczema, dry lip and burns. Internal uses for the cocoa tree include soothing a cough, reducing high blood pressure and treating headaches, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.

      Trumpet tree: the roots contain a chemical that is applied to wounds in order to expedite the healing process. Not only can chemicals be extracted from this plant, but the leaves in their raw form can be applied to an abrasion as a poultice in order to reduce inflammation. The leaves can also be used to treat skin warts and calluses and the tea made from the leaves is known to help treat asthma and other respiratory infections.

      Wild yam: found in the Amazon rainforest is used by women around the globe due to its reproductive-system benefits. The chemical diosgenin, which is extracted from the underground stem and root system, is used as a natural birth control and is the foundation for most modern birth controls. The most common use for this rainforest plant is to treat menopause due to its hormone balancing qualities. Other extracts from the wild yam are used to reduce pain and inflammation.

      Avocado: antibiotic properties of its skin are exploited to treat dysentery, while the leaves are chewed as a remedy
      against gum disease. New shoots are boiled to treat coughs in Cuba, and in Mexican traditional markets the
      fruit is sold as a remedy for intestinal worms.

      Rosy periwinkle: this plant yields two of the most important anti-cancer drugs—vincristine and vinblastine—in use today. Since the development of these medicines, the chance of surviving childhood leukaemia has risen from 10% to 95%.

      Golden trumpet: the flowers are used as a laxative, while the roots are used to treat jaundice, an enlarged spleen and complications with malaria. The plant has also been discovered to have antibiotic properties. (Allamanda cathartica)

      Angel’s trumpet: suppress glandular secretion and therefore the amount of mucous secreted by the lungs. The anti-spasmodic qualities are useful in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease.

      Annatto/Lipstick tree: extracts from the leaf and bark to treat snakebites. Oil extracted from the plant contains carotenoids (plant pigments), one of which, Bixin, has been found to protect against UV and also has anti-oxidant properties, opening up possible new applications.

      Pineapple: Bromelain has an anti-inflammatory effect so it helps to reduce swelling, pain and tenderness. It is often used after surgery, to reduce inflammation in injuries and to treat deep burns and wounds. It is also thought to improve absorption of antibiotics, generally help the immune system and be effective against intestinal parasites, some of which cause severe diseases in humans.
      http://www.livingrainforest.org/lib/pdf/rainforest_medicines_notes.pdf

      Cinchona Tree: an alkaloid, Quinine is extracted from the bark of the tree and is used to cure malaria.

      Curare Lianas: This large poisonous vine is full of alkaloids used for treating bruises, fever, edema and kidney stones. As it also helps to relax muscles, and thus, is used as an anesthetic agent.

      Saw Palmetto: berries used to treat certain urinary problems. The fruit contains 5-alpha reductase that inhibits the production of prostaglandins (related to prostatic treatment).
      Clavillia: contains vital active compounds like proteins, triterpenes, flavonoids, alkaloids, etc. used to treat infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a good natural cure for hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest all natural Menopause Balance Complex Cooling Lotion. It contains a blend of more than a dozen natural herbs including black cohosh, soy isoflavones, evening primrose extract, flaxseed, and jojoba seed oils.

      It's progesterone-free and may be used as often as needed without side effects.

      Hope this is helpful and feel free to contact me with questions.

  43. QUESTION:
    i want to know tha treatment and precautions for headache and migraine?
    im sufferin in severe migraine. i took many treatements. but ,still im suffering. i want to know the best treatments for migraine i need ur advice. that will help me to cure

    • ANSWER:
      A migraine headache is caused by hormonal fluctuations which
      cause blood vessels in the head and neck to contract and then
      dilate. The first phase, or contraction phase, may last minutes,
      hours, or days. During this phase, symptoms can be spots in
      front of the eyes, difficulty concentrating, and cold fingertips
      and hands. This is called an "aura". Many people recognize this
      phase of their headaches; many others don't notice any symptoms
      at this time. Some people who think they don't have an "aura"
      can learn to recognize it.

      When the blood vessels dilate, the headache pain starts.
      Apparently the hormones over-react. Instead of just going from a
      contracted state back to normal, the blood vessels dilate much
      wider than normal, causing pain. Other things also happen about
      the same time: swelling of the brain, release of certain
      chemicals, and perhaps muscle tension. These things add to the pain.

      The following are natural remedies:

      1) Chiropractic trement
      2) biofeedback
      3) Aupuncture, aromatherapy, and myotherapy
      4) multivitamin treatments.
      5)food sensitivity, increassed blood sugar
      6) nutritional supplements
      7) herbs
      8) sex hormones.

      Most of the treatments in this FAQ are used to prevent migraines
      from happening. This section describes things you can do when
      you're in pain, to reduce the pain.

      -- Have a bath or shower.
      -- Lie down to rest in a dark room.
      -- Avoid bright or flashing light.
      -- Put something cold on the back of your neck, such as
      a cold, wet cloth; or alternate hot and cold cloths
      where the pain is.
      -- Put a cold compress on your forehead and your feet in a
      container of warm water.
      -- Have a drink of water or natural juice, especially tomato juice.
      -- Have some food, or a nutritious drink, if you
      haven't eaten for a while.
      -- Massage your own face, head, neck and shoulders, or get someone
      else to do those and your back. Relax your muscles.
      -- Press on two pressure points at the back of the neck. These
      points are about two inches apart, just below the base of
      the skull. Press for a minute or two. This releases
      endorphins that help against pain.
      -- Massage or press on the fleshy area between thumb and
      forefinger.
      -- Gently lean the head to left or right to stretch the neck muscles.
      Massage and relax any tense muscles.
      -- Avoid sources of stress. Cancel activities so there's less
      to worry about.
      -- Avoid exercise during a headache if it makes throbbing pain
      in the head and neck worse. On
      the other hand, generally exercise improves health, and
      it may help you relax during a headache.
      -- Take some niacin (a form of vitamin B3). Taking enough
      niacin to cause a flush (blood rushing to the skin) can
      provide relief from headache pain, but this much niacin
      can also have side effects (flush, nausea, heartburn,
      liver damage, etc.) Niacinamide doesn't have such bad
      side effects, but isn't as much use against migraines, either.
      Smaller, safer amounts of niacin are also helpful.
      Niacin can trigger a migraine, though.
      -- Take some vitamin C, vitamin B6, choline, tryptophan and niacin
      and/or magnesium.

      .Common migraine triggers include:

      Hormonal changes. Although the exact relationship between hormones and headaches isn't clear, fluctuations in estrogen seem to trigger headaches in many women with known migraines. Women with a history of migraines often report headaches immediately before or during their periods, and this corresponds to a major drop in estrogen. Others have an increased tendency to develop migraines during pregnancy or menopause. Hormonal medications, such as contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy, also may worsen migraines.

      Foods. Certain foods appear to trigger headaches in some people. Common offenders include alcohol, especially beer and red wine; nuts, aged cheeses; chocolate; fermented, pickled or marinated foods; aspartame; overuse of caffeine; monosodium glutamate — a key ingredient in some Asian foods; certain seasonings; and many canned and processed foods. Skipping meals or fasting also can trigger migraines.

      Stress. A hard week at work followed by relaxation may cause weekend migraines.

      Sensory Stimuli- bright blights and sunglare can produce head pains. So can unusual smells -including pleasant smells such as flowers and perfumes. and unpleasant odors such as paint thinner and secondhand smoke.

      Changes in wake-sleep pattern- either not enough sleep or too much sleep may trigger migraines in some individuals.

      physical Activity- intense exercise even sex can trigger migraines.

      A change in the environment-- a change of weather, season, altitude levels; barometric pressure or time zone can promote migraine.

      Medications some meds have headaches as side effects.

      High blood pressure can also cause headaches. so will hypoglycemia or hunger

  44. QUESTION:
    Why do girls periods come at the same time after living with eachother or spending alot of time together?
    Wierd huh?

    • ANSWER:
      Say, "Thank you" to pheremones. A woman's natural scent changes just before she starts her period. This body odor (not bad, by the way, just sort of musky) contains chemicals called pheremones. They can "jump start" other women's hormones and cause them to have their period. Some women have a stronger pheremone content than others. I am known as a "leader." If you came to live with me, your period would be in tune to mine in about two months, which would really suck for you if your period was way off from mine. I would make you start early. We all know how much THAT sucks.... My pheremones even override birth control pills, which was very inconvenient for my college roomates because they had to stop taking their pills, then switch and start again. Hahahhaa! Pretty much all my female friends, family and co workers are on their periods with me. Which actually works out for some of the older women who started menopause. There was even one girl who came to work here and got pregnant after 6 years of trying. Her periods were never regular, but sitting at the desk next to me for 5 days a week cured that!

  45. QUESTION:
    What other methods can you use besides taking birth control pills since studies show the pill bc is?
    causing cancer. Or is their a bc method that is safe

    • ANSWER:
      Congrats for taking charge of your own health!

      All hormonal birth control methods have the same cancer risk as bc pills. Hormonal methods include The Pill, The Mini-Pill, The Patch, some types of IUDs, Nuva Ring, Depo Shots, and Nor-Plant. They all administer the same hormones by different delivery methods. Hormone levels in HRT are actually lower than levels found in hormonal birth control methods. Consider that on top of the fact that hormonal birth control methods are used by young healthy women with already normal levels of naturally occurring hormones. They’re getting MASSIVE dosages, even with the more modern low-dose pills being used.

      NOW TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION
      If you must practice birth control and cannot try abstinence; condoms, contraceptive sponges, diaphragms, or cervical caps used correctly with plenty of spermicide gel or foam, are STATISTICALLY JUST AS EFFECTIVE as hormonal birth control. Condoms also decrease your chances of contracting an STD and they don't work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, like hormonal birth control does. If you are pro-life and believe that life begins at conception, this last point should be of particular interest to you. Abortifacient types of birth control also include non-hormonal types of IUDs, which work exclusively by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg…they don’t even ATTEMPT to stop ovulation and subsequent fertilization…and they can cause uterine perforations and other complications. Even if you DON’T have any moral objection to the abortifacient birth control methods, at least stop using hormonal birth control and IUDs for the sake of your own health!

      Here are a few links if you'd like to learn more about the Big Announcement on Friday December 15th that, WITHOUT A DOUBT, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) causes breast cancer. Since the time when women were discouraged from taking HRT back in 2001-2002, breast cancer rates have sharply dropped by an unprecedented 7%! In the scientific community, this is a bombshell proof positive of the connection. Note that breast cancer rates originally started increasing rapidly when birth control pills and now other forms of hormonal birth control began to be widely used. Hormonal birth control methods contain the SAME hormones that are also the most widely used in HRT (estrogen and progestin).

      How long will we have to wait before the medical community admits to women that hormonal birth control methods are just as dangerous as HRT? I have a feeling that it will be much longer, as hormonal birth control is considered to be the "holy grail" of "women's reproductive freedom". Never mind that women are dying of breast cancer at alarmingly increasing rates since 1974, around the time when landmark cases were decided and BC pills began to be more widely used. Thirty years later, we are reaping the "benefits" of artificial hormones that are used to suppress and tinker with the natural processes of the female body.

      The female bodily functions of ovulation, pregnancy and menopause ARE NOT ILLNESSES. Medications should only be taken when it's absolutely necessary to prevent or cure ILLNESS, and then ONLY if the benefit outweighs the risks. If you have a medical condition that your doctor wants to treat with hormones, make sure to do YOUR research and challenge his or her opinion. Get a second or even a third opinion. Explore alternative treatments. Doctors are not infallible and in the end, only YOU can determine the best course of action with regard to your health. Only after you’ve exhausted your other options, if it is apparent that hormones are the only treatment that makes sense, then by all means, DO IT.

      HOW HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY AND HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL METHODS HAVE NOW DEFINITELY BEEN SHOWN TO CAUSE CANCER
      http://healthlink.mcw.edu/article/1025191125.html
      http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/12/15/gupta.breast.cancer/
      HOW SOME TYPES OF BIRTH CONTROL CAN CAUSE ABORTION WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ALONG WITH INFORMATION ABOUT NON-HORMONAL BARRIER BIRTH CONTROL METHODS THAT ARE JUST AS EFFECTIVE
      http://abort73.com/HTML/II-D-2-types.html

  46. QUESTION:
    menopause HOW DO I HANDLE THE AWFUL SYMPTOMS ?
    want can i do to stop the "yucky" feeling with menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the time when women lose fertility. So it is a very difficult period for them. This brings changes to their life. Thus they start to believe that they are getting older very quickly. Due to menopause, they experience some common effects. They also worry about these issues. As a result they suffer from insomnia. Hopefully this problem can be solved. This is also treated as a common side effect of menopause.

      Women feel a lot of grief in this period. They suffer from depression too. So they cannot sleep well at night and always worry about this. Physical symptoms, caused by menopause, are also responsible for this problem. Interruption while sleeping becomes disgusting and boring. However trying to take some steps to prevent these problems can help them. This attempt helps them to compare notes with other women who are also experiencing this problem.

      Insomnia can easily destroy the defense system of the body. As a result, virus, bacteria etc can easily attack the body. Getting sick become common phenomenon. It causes not only sickness, but also reduces thinking speed and productivity. In this time driving is not recommended, because women fall asleep easily. In order to avoid accident, they must be careful when they are affected by insomnia. Driving while drunk is similar to driving while tired. It is a serious problem. To avoid, this problem it is better to get a sleep remedy. Medication and natural, both types of sleep remedy are available. But it is better to use a natural remedy. One of the reasons is that natural remedies help to prevent insomnia as well as other symptoms that are caused by menopause. Another reason is that menopause insomnia is a natural problem. Nature is also enriched with remedies to cure these problems.

      There are some ways that help women to feel and sleep better. They should think about changing habits. They should eat healthy food because it is problem for health issues. Vegetables and fruits are very good for them. They should eat them regularly. Thus improving their diet will help them. Processed foods are not suitable for them. Avoiding these foods is a good idea.

      Women should not eat all the time. They must not eat before going to bed. This can cause interrupted sleeping. They can maintain a note of what they are eating in their daily life. They are allowed to have herbal tea and milk before bed.

      Physical exercise is very important. To lead a healthy life no one should deny physical exercise. Doing physical exercise is not hard. Women should do physical exercise by walking, riding on bike etc. They should make a plan and spend a little time for physical exercise.

      Most importantly, women have a lot of scope to improve their daily life to prevent insomnia. They will find new dimension by analyzing their daily life. If they can detect faults that go against the condition of keeping good health, they can avoid them easily. A little change of their life can bring happiness while reducing insomnia.

      There is no need to take drug or pill to sleep with insomnia. “Natural Sleep Made Simple” can help them in this case. Trying to sleep naturally is the best for women, nothing else is needed.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the natural cures of mental pause?
    Sorry if I spelled it wrong!!

    • ANSWER:
      Start thinking...

      j/k. Menopause is not a disease that needs curing. It is the NATURAL progression of a woman's life. If a woman does feel uncomfortable with her symptoms, she can ask her doctor about hormone replacement, however this carries a significant risk of BREAST CANCER. Advil, yoga, plenty of water and sufficient rest also help with menopausal symptoms.

  48. QUESTION:
    Does taking iron supplements and eating foods rich in iron promote the bacterial growth leading to prostatitis?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Prostate is a gland producing semen, located in between anus and the testicles. Nolink up between infection of prostate and diet cited.
      Lack of active participation in sex, male menopause, hormonal imbalance,bad hygiene of gonads, etc., can be the reason for prostate infection.

      •All the symptoms cited-----an offshoot of allergies.

      HOW TO IDENTIFY THE ALLERGY*** TRIGGERS: Maybe, U r taking certain foodstuff most regularly, unknowingly unsuitable to Ur body’s constitution. Fur of dogs/cats/rabbits, bird's excreta, semen of certain males, pollen grains, certain medicines, food stuff like spicy foods, horse gram powder, wheat, soya beans, hair dyes, shampoos, ointments, condoms manufactured by certain companies, certain jewellery mixed with spurious metals, etc., may be triggers of allergy to certain body-constitutions.
      For permanent cure, prudent to identify the allergy-triggers and discard them from Ur diet/vicinity.
      U can select ur own foods, medicines, creams, drinks, etc., whether suitable to u or not with the aid of acupressure techniques.
      • First stand straight, keep ur left hand fist closed on the heart, outstretch ur right hand parallel to the ground. Ask some one to pull down ur right hand as much as possible. Now, keep the eatable in ur left hand palm and close the left fist and keep it on ur heart and then outstretch ur right hand parallel to the ground.Ask some one to pull down ur right hand. now, if this eatable is beneficial to ur body, resistance power shall increase. If it is harmful ur resistance power shall decrease/reduce and ur right hand shall come down.
      in case of a drink, u can keep it in a metal utensil, like copper and do so as explained above. In this fashion, u can identify the foods which are suitable or not to ur body; not withstanding the disease conditions.

      TARGET THERAPY* for any incurable disease including cancer, HIV/AIDS, Thalassemia, Muscular Dystrophy, Autism, etc., ---it should aim @ [3] steps.
      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses[females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
      •2. Activating all the internal organs to make each & every organ to function up to optimum levels.
      3. Supplying vitamins, nutrients, micro-nutrients, minerals, trace elements for invigorating the entire Immune system to produce antibodies.


      •Acupressure techniques & Indian Natural Remedies [comprising Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Bio-chemic salts, Herbal Remedies, Yoga/Meditation, Magneto-therapy, Sidha, etc.,] can meet all the requirements.
      •Acupressure Techniques—NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. Costs Affordable even by the poor. An acupressure Therapeutist can, not only diagnose any disease instantaneously, but, also prevent/treat any disease & or the affected organ[s] with the aid of Indian natural remedies. All stipulated instructions must be followed most religiously. The % of success depends upon the extent of compliance.
      4. U may try acupressure techniques and natural remedies strictly for 45 days and If U find any perceivable improvements, U may continue it for another 45 days to have total cure.
      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse ‘Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      •Source:
      'Health In Ur Hands' by Dr.Devendra Vora,D.Sc.,M.D.,F.R.C.P., an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  49. QUESTION:
    what are some suggestions for cancer cures?
    i have breast cancer that has spreed to my bones(all over)
    Cancer treatment centers of American has refused me due to my insurance
    but MD And------ is treating me. They are doing very little ( hormones to put me into menopause, which they have told me will not be effective, because my receptors are low anyways. )
    they are giving up but , cancer treatment centers tell me there are other options.

    what re they?

    what natural methods might i try
    any studies? doctors in Houston? or around texas

    • ANSWER:
      i've just been diagnosed to have early onset stage 1 (invasive) breast cancer today. if it hasn't been for my faith in God and some help from a great support group, i've managed to keep my sanity and hope in check. below are some resources that you might wanna check out. and if you have Netflix, "The Gerson Miracle" is on Watch Instantly.

  50. QUESTION:
    Is there anything that I can use for menopause?
    I've been on Enjuvia .625 for a couple of yrs now..my pharmacy says it is on back order. The Dr prescribed Premarin .625 which is not at all like Enjuvia..in the meantime is there something OTC that I can buy instead of using the Premarin? Please help because my GYN doesn't care at all. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      yes
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Acute pain and berning sensation during intercourse,Is it symtem of any desease?
    The lady is 46 years old and married .Manopause occured two years back.

    • ANSWER:
      generally it is not the disease. after menopause woman lack proper lubrication inside vagina. so use K-Y gelly or any good lubricant available in your city. if problem persist consult a good doctor.

  2. QUESTION:
    My wife is 46, has a problem of excessive bleeding other than menstrual monthly periods. How we can stop it.?
    My wife is 46 years old and Gynocologist says she is in stage of pre - Manopause. She is having excessive Bleeding other than menstrual monthly periods. How we can stop it. She has performed DNC also. Biopsy is also done and clinical resulsts shows no signs of cancer. But she is worried about bleeding. She has also used contraceptive pills as some people say that those pills help to get the bleeding stoped. Does this situation affects on level of Hemoglobin, if yes what measures to be taken to improve it.

    • ANSWER:
      I had to have a hysterectomy, they tried all that with me too, then I started getting anemic from all the blood I was losingmy blod levels were monitord and kept going down!.I also tried birthcontrol (no help)
      They thought I had fibroids, but it ended up I had what is called adenomyosis, anyway the hysterectomy was one of the best things I ever did! you can keep your ovaries for the hormone effect. Fibroids are the leading cause of your wifes symptoms, this can now be taken care of with laser (less evasive) Talk to the gyno again, you have followed all the protocols so insurance should cover this.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can early stages of manopause be confused with feeling or showing signs of pregnacy?
    My wife 46 yrs old had her tubes tied in 1989 after being sexually abused by her ex-husband. For the past year, her periods have been irregular. At times they are monthly others 3-4 months, thus she thinks may be pregnant. And when her period starts, guess who is to blame, ME her husband.

    • ANSWER:
      she is definetly in menopause because she is crazy blaming you for her periods something is wrong with this picture just say yes honey no honey if you want to stay on her good side during this dificult time in her life some woman have a hard time with it.i have been going through it 6 yrs and i am breezing right through it my mom had an easy time i am lucky i guess i am glad and i have a six yr old daughter she makes me so happy i havent had a period in 9 months get that i am happy they say once you miss 1 yr its over with and i an 43 i think because i had a child late in life i started early my mom started early also matters what the mom did if her mom had hard time she will if her mom started early she will.just bear with her must be having hard time sayd it messes with your head they say you get moody alot i don't know i have someone to keep me happy.

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I find a legitmate and open minded doctor for testosterone therapy or manopause?
    I dont want to get ripped off by one of these high priced online clinics either.

    • ANSWER:
      If you haven't been to a doctor how do you know you need testosterone. The mostly likely hormone to be out of balance is progesterone, especially if you are in your 40's or older. Take a look at ProMC at healthquest.peoplesway.com. If you register for free it will create a website for you and you can then order through there at a 37% savings.

  5. QUESTION:
    Im 48 and I have realised I am not in love with my wife, I love her but its not the same. She says I am having?
    a mid life crisis and I say men dont get a manopause. I have been talking to a younger woman on a chat forum/ game and I have realised I have feelings for her, but she isn't free at the moment but she will be soon she says, she is in the USA, help, how do I dump my wife of 25 years for this other woman.

    • ANSWER:
      You ARE going through a midlife crisis
      Do you really think a younger woman would want a man who would betray his wife?

  6. QUESTION:
    Is prostate problem due to less sex with wife after manopause?
    is it true that due to the female manopause life partner does not agree for intercourse and production of semen without being discharged result into increase in size of prostate glands leading to painful urgency to urinate and sometimes to prostate cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry askall, you're getting old like the rest of us.

  7. QUESTION:
    does the problem of frequent urination during peri manopause goes away after manopause?
    i mean, does it go away when the periods stop completely, or a while after that, or is it permanent? if it doesn't go away completely, does it get better?

    • ANSWER:
      Frequent urination isn't connected to menopause at all. If you are urinating frequently you might have a urinary tract infection - go and get checked out by your doc, you might just need some antibiotics.

  8. QUESTION:
    what is"manopause " is it common to female after 40 yrs.?
    Female aged 51 yrs.problem of manopause.Pelvis scan reports are normal. still periods are irregular and using Tab.pause MF.Any remedy please suggest...

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause occurs when a woman's body is no longer capable of carrying kids, therefore she stops having her period!!...there are many symptoms that follow the process....heres a link to a site that i found...hope it helps!!

  9. QUESTION:
    some of my toenails are getting brittle and one broke. they also get a bit discolored.?
    i'm 46 and show all the signs of peri manopause. i've read it can cause brittle fingernails, but my fingernails are in excellent shape and it's just my toenails, some are ok but one or two isnt, and each brittle one is on a different foot.
    what could it be? i dont eat much fruit and vegetable and cant drink milk because it causes me stomach aches. anyone else had this problem?

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    I think its not fair men get off easily when women have alot to bare?
    Women have to worry about not being raped, abused, and used, we have to go 9 months carrying a child that may not even make it while we suffer sideaffects of your bust sizes shrinking, our hips get wider, we get stretch marks, we suffer sickness such as in vomiting all the freaken time, then have our monthly cycles that we are forced to deal with for the rest of our lives until we're like late in our 40's suffering from horrible cramps then we have manopause and breast cancer, and the sex hurts the women while guys just have their sick fantasy pleasure all day, men treat us like sex toys, expect us to be home and have dinner ready when they come home, we dont have much rights, we're nothing but baby machines to some men.

    Men just get to lie around being all relax, they dont have to worry about nothing, they always get what they want, i think its not fair, we are taken for granted and men dont care at all!!!
    thanks for proving my point Stan
    doesnt matter what country im from becuase its everywhere, look at countries like Iraq where women have no choice but to walk around in scarfs while men just walk freely as they please, is this world only for MEN?

    • ANSWER:
      I so agree with you. The most unfortunate thing to happen to someone is to be born a female.

  11. QUESTION:
    i have lesions on my hands about 11 arm chest and face?
    my doctor froze them but they look horrible and drip, also tender and red. why dint she hook me up with a dermatologist yet? its been 5 days, these things are unsightly will i die, past manopause age

    • ANSWER:
      Your doc probably froze several layers of your skin. This will take a while to heal. You have allot of questions that can only be answered by YOUR physician. Call him/her and ask.

  12. QUESTION:
    Do women lose interest in sexual activities after manopause?

    • ANSWER:
      I do agree with the previous post that there's a euphoric feeling of freedom and liberation when one knows for sure that there's no chance of pregnancy ever occurring during menopausal time. From my experience, there have been periods of disinterest in sexual activity and then there are periods of heightened sexuality during menopause.

      The periods of disinterest may not really be significant as a problem if one shares this feeling with the spouse or current partner. This is the time when one can truly appreciate the special qualities of your spouse/partner, his sensitivity to your needs and concerns, his patience and understanding, his creativity as he tries to put you "in the mood".

      Menopause, despite the many awful side effects (such as sweating and feeling hot all the time, short tempers, sometimes even incontinence- yeah you won't believe what I went through) and physical changes in the body, can be a very rewarding time of one's life. This is not because of menopause itself but it's the age group one is in. So one turns 13, then 18, 21, 30, 40, then the Big 50, this time is just another one of those numbers we have to go through life. Just try to get a handle on yourself and the situation. Above all, be positive, sex is not the be-all or end-all of our existence.

      Still, sexual freedom , WOW!

  13. QUESTION:
    I Think It's Not Fair That Men Get Off Easily When Women have alot to bare?
    Women have to worry about not being raped, abused, and used, we have to go 9 months carrying a child that may not even make it while we suffer sideaffects of your bust sizes shrinking, our hips get wider, we get stretch marks, we suffer sickness such as in vomiting all the freaken time, then have our monthly cycles that we are forced to deal with for the rest of our lives until we're like late in our 40's suffering from horrible cramps then we have manopause and breast cancer, and the sex hurts the women while guys just have their sick fantasy pleasure all day, men treat us like sex toys, expect us to be home and have dinner ready when they come home, we dont have much rights, we're nothing but baby machines to some men.

    Men just get to lie around being all relax, they dont have to worry about nothing, they always get what they want, i think its not fair, we are taken for granted and men dont care at all!!!
    i am not with anybody geez!! im a single!!! SINGLE!!
    Correction: worried about getting raped!

    • ANSWER:
      your wrong,in our on way we do care,my wife says i don't tell her i love her enough but i do love her very much she is my best Friend,i just have a hard time saying it because that is the way i was raised not once can i remember being told that i was loved when i was little,that is why i try and make everyday a good day and i hope you will try that to,women do go through a lot but we men do care i promise

  14. QUESTION:
    my wife is fifty this year ,,,she had a problem of manopause,,, she get suddenly feel cold n hot??? why???
    my wife is fifty this year,, she had a problem of manopause,,she got confused that she dont know when she feel hot and when she feel cold,, her periods comes very irregular ,,is this is cause of aged or is there anything else???? iIs there any sort of medicine she need or she will be okkk after a while

    • ANSWER:
      Insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness, depression, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, concerns regarding osteoporosis, urinary changes and fears regarding memory and dementia.

      Many women are leery of using “medication” to “treat” something considered a natural part of aging. However, they still wonder what they can do.

      More often than not – paying attention to dietary triggers (such as coffee), increasing ones physical activity, stress reduction techniques (such as visualizations) and acupuncture will often work wonders without taking anything extra.

      For women with severe symptoms, who want something more, we explore options such as bio-identical hormones, and herbal products such as black cohosh, and traditional hormone therapy.

      It’s important to understand that hormones are hormones regardless if they are bio-identical or not. These substances and indeed any herbal/nutritional product must always be used with caution – medications of any sort can be helpful as well as harmful.

      As always, it’s recommended you discuss your concerns and options with your health care provider. While not all providers are aware of the many herbal and nutritional preparations available today, they can help you explore what to look for as well as what to avoid.

      For further information on Menopause visit http://www.CelebrateMenopause.com , and http://www.HealthyAgingForWomen.com,

  15. QUESTION:
    My Dad Is Attracted To Girls My Age?
    I've been noticing my dad checking out girls who are my age, which is 16. I also saw in our computers history that he watches porn with teen girls in it. Its really weird that he does that, how am I going to look at him the same way?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you ever seen a twenty year old guy and though he was hot? My friends new celebrity crush is 41, and her dad is 42, and I'm even younger than you. Porn wouldn't exist if people didn't watch it, and I know this must be creeping you out, but you should just try to ignore it. Maybe it's a phase, maybe it's manopause :) good luck!

  16. QUESTION:
    what are manopause symptoms?
    my mum practically sayin she having gastric .the onli reason she said so is because she have bloted tummy so if u dont mind listing the syptoms of manopause

    • ANSWER:
      The common symptoms of menopause are:
      * Irregular periods
      * Decreased fertility
      * Vaginal dryness
      * Hot flashes
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Mood swings
      * Increased abdominal fat
      * Thinning hair
      * Loss of breast fullness
      but there are many other symptoms that I haven't listed, but I hope this helps.

  17. QUESTION:
    is my husband or is my menopause kicking in?
    i tend to find i have some erattic thoughts that my husband is having an affair with every female in the village is this a normal part of manopause do any other women get these thoughts

    • ANSWER:
      ONly you should know that answer. How does your husband behave? Is he flirtatious? does he come home late at night saying he worked late? taking regular showers (heheh ..its true )? If he is giving you reasons so be suspicious then you are normal .
      If not then its just you being erratic. If you really want to know why don't u spy on him?

  18. QUESTION:
    Manopause...?
    a man in his 50's is sitting on the couch watching TV and says to his girlfriend open the door or something it's hot in here

    and she answers it's not hot in here,
    are you getting hot flashes

    maybe you're going through "Manopause"

    hahaha
    it's a true story I was sitting on the other end of the couch lmao

    • ANSWER:
      Funny! 10!

  19. QUESTION:
    How to help husband with just being who he is, is it Manopause?
    My husband is struggling it seems to be at peace with just being who he is. He talks of dreams of what he always wanted to be (not just an artist but a great artist), of creating and inventing things, well I could go on. He is 48 yrs old, and Im wondering if he is going through, and I mean no offense, MANopause. And Im wondering what I can do to help him with his struggles. I am alittle older, I am going through menopause myself and I have no time to mess with my own mental things with this because to be honest I know I am the stronger one right now and he is struggling more. But I need help, maybe a book I could read, some tips, some words of wisdom. He talks and I listen and try to encourage but also to keep my feet on the ground. I have dreams, always have, hope I always will, but I have found peace with accepting most of the things that in reality you dont have control over and you do the best you can, and doing the best you can is enough for me. Anyway good advice?
    Yes, they are not life threatening and you dont die from it. I deal with dying before my eyes everyday and turn for God on that everyday.
    And yes, he is looking in that mirror and seeing an old man....I see the same man I fell for years ago and just want to help if I can.
    Im just wanting to understand and help.

    • ANSWER:
      my neighbors are in their mid 50's.
      wife has been battling breast cancer, (and unfortunately losing) and husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

      i've been shoveling their driveway, and in summers, i do their lawn. i don't ask for anything, but she bakes me some serious pies.

      i'm not saying your problems are easy ones... but people don't die from menopause and mid life crisis.

      im just putting things in prospective.

  20. QUESTION:
    If they remove your ovaries do you still have menopause symptons?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had yours removed? I hope that all women who have theirs removed do not have manopause symptons. Menopause sucks. Other than no more periods, there isn't one good thing about it.

  21. QUESTION:
    if you are on your period and take a pregnancy test would it come out positive?
    i took a pregnancy test today and it came out positive. i was going to take another one in the morning just to see what it would come out to be, but then about 6 hours ater i started bleeding like red not pink. ( i have been spotting for about a week pink) so i just took another test because the box came with 2 and i just wanted to use it, and it came out positive.

    • ANSWER:
      A "pregnancy" test is actually a test for hCG in your system.

      hCG can be there for a number of reasons unrelated to pregnancy - ovarian cysts, or being very close to manopause for example.

      Tests can also be faulty.

      If you are bleeding and getting positive test results see a doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    What can cause prolonged mentrual bleeding?

    • ANSWER:
      A fews things such as stress, manopause, a polyp, cyst, perhaps you should go and visit your gyn/ob to be on the safe side.

  23. QUESTION:
    dr naram what is the treatment for gall stones / and kidney stones?
    i am 52 year old and attained manopause since 6 month i have dyspepsia / belching and gas formation what ever i eat but no severe pain i underwent scan and showed multiple gall stones in my gall bladder which are are mobile i have i stone in my kidney also
    please advise me with your expert treatment

    • ANSWER:
      Get gal stones removed by laproscopy
      and kidney stones by medicine

  24. QUESTION:
    if u stop ur periods permently do u also
    become infertile permently
    2.does manopause mean u cant get pregnant again n cant have sex drive

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      There is no medical way to stop your periods completely.
      Some types of Birth control do stop your periods completely whilst you take them, and obviously they protect you against pregnancy, however they will not make any difference to sex drive.
      Sex drive is controlled by hormones and neurotransmittors in the brain, and unfortunately these cannot be controlled by humans.

      When you go through the menopause your periods do stop, and you stop producing eggs from the ovaries, so you cannot get pregnant.
      However, women do not go through the menopause until they are in their late 50's/ 60's - and there is no way to speed this process up.
      Sex drive doesn't reduce when you go through the menopause either.

  25. QUESTION:
    AUSTRALIANS...IS DONATING YOUR KIDNEY WORTH ,600 OR MORE TO YOU ?
    A new scheme which allows payment for 6 weeks has just been announced....how much are your organs worth to you...more...or less to save anothers life ?

    read more >http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-07/organ-donors-to-be-paid-six-weeks-salary/4614278

    and being in manopause I wonder how much the useless bits are worth ?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think it'll cause a stampede of volunteers somehow ....

      Yeah , gotta agree with you Phil , our ORGANS won't be worth a crumpet by the time we're done ...

  26. QUESTION:
    at what age do manopause start?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically, menopause is when a woman has gone 1 full year without a menstrual cycle. However, this process can take a wide variety of time to accomplish. Sometime between 45-55 is an average of when women can reach menopause. The symptoms of pre-menopause can begin in the early 40's and sometimes earlier. Some women do go through premature menopause, but it is most common sometime in the 40's-50's. I am 49 years old and have been having pre-menopausal symptoms for about 6 years now.

  27. QUESTION:
    Soy has been used throughout the globe. However its use in India is not much intended. Why?
    The entire globe has been behind Soy. The consumption of soya products in India is relatively less. Soya is rich in protein and prevents heart disease, solve problems related to manopause, obesity etc. Why heath workers are not recommending soya in India. Madya Predesh is bowl for soya production and most of the soya products from MP are exported. There should be some campagin to familiarise the taste of soya product such as (1)Soy milk (2) Tofu (3) Soy flaour (4) soy cooking oil etc.

    • ANSWER:
      lets open a business and sell some over there

  28. QUESTION:
    Do Most Adult Men Find Teen aged Girls Attractive?
    What I mean is looking and thinking.
    Going and "hitting" on one would just be wrong in so many ways.
    When my Daughter was a teenager, I never looked at her with a lustful eye.
    I guess there's a "disconnect" (or should be) when it's your kid.
    But I'd be like that guy from "American Beauty".
    I checked out and thought things about her team mates at a sporting event.
    That's as far as it ever went.

    • ANSWER:
      Men grow up different in the head as they grow older. Once they were 25, ok cool. Once they get around 40 they think their manliness is leaving 'em. So they have a manopause and try to recapture their youth. Some drive fast cars, run around with younger women to make them feel they still got it. That's not maturity. That's sad.
      Real men don't look at younger girls that way. They think of them as daughters. The ones that want to act on it are perverts.
      That's not you.

  29. QUESTION:
    always thinking and bummed! im in therapy, but i am always?
    so worried about what other people think of me. im 39 and the mother of 3, im not too bad looking. it seems like i'm always thinking or worried about something, my mind is always racing...yes i had a hysterectomy at 38 and was thrown into manopause...i want to do this without meds...i just want to be on an even keel with things! help, has anyone else experienced this?

    • ANSWER:
      I too have also had a hysto, and at 25 years old. I am not 28 and it was hard for me at first too. After about a year I settled down. I don't take any meds. I tried them but I felt that they made me feel worse. I had the worst time with hot flashes at night, so I sleep with a window ac and 3 fans blowing....I know that sounds like a lot but it helps...the better I sleep then the better I feel. It took my husband a while to get use to sleeping in the cold but he likes it now.
      I would suggest that you try and fill your days will stuff to keep your mind busy, Try and exercises, it helped me when I was having a hard time sleeping. Read a book or something to get your mind to turn off.
      I had insomnia for like 3 months and would only sleep like 2-3 hours a night. You will get through this....I am much better now.
      You need to talk, email me!

  30. QUESTION:
    whether after manopause a lady can enjoy orgasm?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Please help me asap?
    Is there any girl who can help me!! I got married in jan 2008. I have a question about my wife, she is suffering from pre-manopause. I don't know what is the reason of this… is it harmful for her please help me about it. And also tell me is there any medicine to solve this problem

    • ANSWER:
      No this should not be harmful as it is really a par to life. If she is feeling anxiety perhaps she should consult with her doctor.

  32. QUESTION:
    Please help me asap?
    Is there any girl who can help me!! I got married in jan 2008. I have a question about my wife, she is suffering from pre-manopause. I don't know what is the reason of this… is it harmful for her please help me about it. And also tell me is there any medicine to solve this problem

    • ANSWER:
      Its not harmful, but you both should go to the doctor, and he will answer all of your questions

  33. QUESTION:
    I seem to be going blind?
    and growing hair on my palms, are these signs of manopause?

    • ANSWER:
      well...could be...or maybe u become a werewolve

  34. QUESTION:
    Is this the menopause?
    I think I am going into the manopause, I am 45. Has anybody got any experiences that I could find helpful? At the moment sometimes I feel normal the other times I feel so miserable and destructive that I want to pick an argument with anybody. I dont have any hot flushes, but do feel hot most of the time ( my mum post menopause always sat with the door open becuase she was too hot). Have any of you tried HRT or do you know any more natural aids.
    I shall go to the doctors for a blood tst as I think they can tell you for sure, then atleat I will know and be able to decide how to see things through.
    Thanks in advance for any answers
    My periods have always been hit and miss but now they are more frequent and lighter.

    • ANSWER:
      hey we are the same age! I haven't had a period since april 2007 and have been through similar symptoms to those which you describe. Have you tried Ladycare magnet? Many of my friends found it reduced symptoms considerably. It is pretty discreet and you only notice it when you get stuck to your shopping trolley!!!! For £30 ish, worth a try??
      Definately go to the doctors to make sure it isnt something else you are going through
      good luck!

  35. QUESTION:
    Cranky Man?
    My DH is absolutely wonderful!
    Problem is, once in a while he'll go on a "crank-fest". I call it "Manstration" or "Manopause".
    You know, nothing is clean enough, the economy will go under (again), the kids all have problems, etc., etc....
    And then he's fine.
    I could deal with it, but he doesn't know when to stop!

    • ANSWER:
      reverse rolls stink,PMS,mental-pause,but there is any excuses,for bad behavior.give him a big smooch and tell him that you love him,then give a task to give him something to do,hes out of your hair

  36. QUESTION:
    I'VE GOT MY PERIOD!!!!!?
    I am 51 years old,
    i haven't had my period in 5 years,
    and i have already experienced ,manopause,
    but now, i have my period,
    am i at risk of having a tumor or cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Get a hysterectomy. I'm 16 and I have to deal with it. If you don't want anymore kids you should get your womb taken out.

      http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AryaGF.FcY9Xf9EF2oVzXtggBgx.;_ylv=3?qid=20100530072011AAzuWzm

  37. QUESTION:
    MEN : Why do some men grow Beards?
    what is it that causes a man to grow a beard?
    the thing i notice is men tend to grow beards AFTER they start a serious relationship or when there partner is pregnant .
    the other thing i noticed is when men reach 'manopause' they shave it off.
    what is this weird fascination with those damn beards
    is it gives a sense of machoism,
    is it depression
    is it something sexual? (like maybe incompetance or lack of interest)
    laziness
    are they trying deflect women
    do you want to appear less attractive
    please tell me.
    OMG
    you lot are really f****ing uptight bunch arent you?
    and to poster 'tramadol' have you been taking your medication lately? and i think you are wrong on so many levels some men DO care about how they appear to women - now go pull that caveman stick from out your a$$ .and dont forget to take your meds.
    p.s zackbarr if friends TELL a man grow a beard maybe they think he's to unattractive to actually show his face.
    ever heard the saying
    NEVER TRUST A MAN WITH A BEARD.

    • ANSWER:
      they use it as a food catcher

  38. QUESTION:
    Is anyone out there suffering from "Man"opause?
    My husband is going through something that both him and I are having a hard time coping with. He is irritable, tired, depressed, gained weight, lazy, snappy, sarcastic, etc. Just wondering if this could be low T or mid-life crisis or manopause what ever you want to call it and is any one else out there suffering also? If so, what have you done that has helped?
    Yes, "menopause" is for women but men have what is called "low T" or Mid-life crisis and some times call it MANopause. Get it?
    Thank you for the help"ok"

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you are right, it is also called andropause., and low 'T'. You can call a compounding pharmacy near you and ask them for a list of doctors that test and treat hormones. thehallcenter.com
      SM is wrong about all of it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it male p.m.s. or is he tired of us?
    So me and Sam* have been together for a year and we are happy 90% of the time. But in the past 3-4 months he has started having these mood swings and getting aggravated very easily. He gets very testy,angry and isolated during these periods. It usually last a day or two and then everything is ok again. At first it was only about once every few weeks, but now its becoming a weekly thing. Is it manopause or should I be worried that he is pushing me away? I just want my old boyfriend back. BTW he is almost 40 if that makes a difference.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Can I risk your c/c on an impromptu partial 8/6 poem?
    Today I watched the lightning dance
    as you stared at the rain.
    Within the beats of Batten's dance
    I fell in love again
    as Jeff translated all my dreams
    and all my subtle hopes,
    releasing us from how it seems....
    untying Lennon's ropes...

    I wish, I wish. I wish I was
    in more than a land of cotton
    but this, still is my manopause......
    let's hope, it's not forgotten..;¬)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yGB6d_3n58
    I hope and pray you watch the link,
    and here's another to make you think....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_mMzOQpe0I

    • ANSWER:
      I went through my teens and twenties as a peer of John;
      Back was all the new wave then
      yet my men-o-pause was accompanied by Stereophonics in situ.
      I am partial a little but not too much to Radiohead -
      the blue background to your link`s great
      but at 9.30., gmt..I can`t cope with the whole video Danny.

      Your `Spontane`: -

      I think if anything, Lennon untied all ropes well, well in advance
      Yet, we dwell in state-ruled cotton-wool, not by happenstance.
      George musical-ed on many levels - never assess a Scouser
      For whatever box you place one in, you`ll find lose at the out-er! :) (:
      I beckon you - please, come this way - avant-garde stuff you are!
      Perhaps - creating well-turned jewels within the spontane new genre!
      I assiduous, read each write you pen, admiring now your acumen.
      Maybe, you`ll wave back to me as we tap our feet through the era`s end?
      :) (:

  41. QUESTION:
    Should I suspect Asherman?
    have had abortion three times in different ages. last time at the age of 40, noticed less bleeding in my period, Doctor said it is ok and it take time till my priod gets back to normal. After several month I got my sort of better or normal mensturation. . It is now 2 years after that and recently in the last 5-6 months, I started to see very little mensturation during my period. I am having 3-4 days spotting, a very little cramp and then a little flow for one day and then spotting till I am clean. I took pregnancy tablet one month and then my period and mensturation was normal again. Then I stopped taking pills and the mensturation is back to little (almost very little). I did the hormonal test and Dr. told me I have years till my manopause. So I need some information from you guys to know if I should be checked for Asherman's syndrom?

    • ANSWER:
      this is personal advice, not medical advice

      it doesn't sound to me like asherman's? but by NO means am i an expert on woman's health. you might try webMD, but i think this is something to talk to an ob/gyn about. if you have one you trust, i would ask. if you have no insurance, then....i don't know. my GUESS is no, but if i were seriously worried, i would see a doctor out of my own pocket

      good luck

  42. QUESTION:
    Did Bwaney Fwanks go through "menopause" or "manopause"?
    Sorry how "homophobic" of me to ask such a silly question

    Is Bwaney Fwanks "heterophobic" would be a better question

    • ANSWER:
      yes he is and yes he did

  43. QUESTION:
    what happens to men when they are having the time of the month?
    girls have periods but what do virgin boys have

    • ANSWER:
      My husband is exactly the same as any woman.! Moody, short tempered and is generally a pain in the neck! Although his cycle seems to be every three months or so. Oh! He gets an itchy bum too! I think it's hormones. Obviously he dosn't bleed, but I do believe men have "man periods"! And they get MANopause in middle age.

  44. QUESTION:
    how a manopause lady be lubricated?

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    when i get my goiter removed,will it affect me as to haveing mood swings or premature manopause,?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on how much of your goitre is removed and if your thyroid still works after is what affects you afterwards. If it still works ok, and often it does, there will be no affects at all. If it doesn't work, you'll have to take thyroxin daily for the rest of your life. This will have no affect on mood swings or 'manopause', unless you have mood swings at the moment due to the goitre, in which case they'll disappear once the correct thyroxin dose is established.

  46. QUESTION:
    I feel really sick, what is it?
    I've felt this way since friday, it feels like all my blood is rushing to my head, I feel dizzy, like I need to throw up. Kinda feels like when I'm car sick except without the car. I also feel really sleepy. What are these symptoms of?
    15 year old male

    • ANSWER:
      it could be anaemia, lack of iron, that causes fatigue and light headedness. the blood rushing to your head could be the body's way of getting oxygen to your brin before you faint.
      otherwise it could be something different, manopause if your that age and a girl.

  47. QUESTION:
    manopause remedy?
    i am house wwife of 40 yrs old. my name is mala rao. i am fond of music i like to serve elders and like to entertain others

    • ANSWER:
      manopause remedy is a divorce

  48. QUESTION:
    A manopause woman can be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions? I think I'm going through manopause.?
    I'm a 48 year old male who is experiencing hot flashes, cold spells, and oddly inappropriate emotionalism, like tearing up at "touching" commercials on TV.

    • ANSWER:
      you should get your testosterone levels checked, if you are not on anti-androgen therapy or using some other medication

  50. QUESTION:
    Just as a woman passing through manopause and loses the sex desires, does the man too loses the power of sex ?
    I heard that men and a horse can not loses the power of sex at any age.

    • ANSWER:
      Incorrect. If that were true, men wouldn't need viagra. Although men can father children well into their 80's, their ability to have sex can diminish. Age, medical conditions, stress etc can cause erectile dysfunction or just a physical inability to have sex.
      As for women, they may have some diminished sexual issues like lubrication and such but the desire is still there and in many cases can even increase. Case in point: look at all these older women dating younger men.
      As for horses, I don't know. You'd have to ask a vet or an equine expert for that information.


manopause

Symptons Of Menopause

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What helps control the symptons of the menopause?
    GOING THROUGH THE MENOPAUSE, WHAT HELPS?

    • ANSWER:
      So much has been asked and answered here in Yahoo, you can read the replies here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/search/search_result;_ylt=AooiqFeNKTDwgl9OR2wjbbUazKIX?p=menopause

      more info:

      http://www.menopause.org/
      http://www.menopause-online.com/
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/menopause.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/menopause/article.htm
      http://www.menopausejournal.com/
      http://www.fbhc.org/patients/betterhealth/menopause/

  2. QUESTION:
    what happened if i used vaginal cream hormone to control menopause?
    I am using viginal hormene cream to control menopause symptons. i want to know if it could harm me in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      The vaginal cream to control menopause does not have any major side effects, but since it contains oestradiol it slightly increases your risk of getting cancer.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I still be having hot flashes at 58 that can be cured by hormones?
    Stopped taking hormones after five years and I am really suffering again from all the old symptons of menopause- hot flashes, insomnia and mood swings. Could hormones be a solution?

    • ANSWER:
      Who gets them
      Eighty-five percent of the women in the United States experience hot flashes of some kind as they approach menopause and for the first year or two after their periods stop. Between 20 and 50% of women continue to have them for many more years. As time goes on, the intensity decreases.

      If you have had breast cancer, your hot flashes can follow the same pattern as for women in general, or they can be more intense and last longer, particularly if menopause was premature, or if you are taking tamoxifen and your body hasn't adjusted to it. Rarely, women may not have hot flashes until they stop taking tamoxifen—an unpleasant surprise. In these women, tamoxifen develops an unusual estrogen-like ability to combat hot flashes.

      There is considerable variation in time of onset, duration, frequency, and the nature of hot flashes, whether you've had breast cancer or not. An episode can last a few seconds or a few minutes, occasionally even an hour, but it can take another half hour for you to feel yourself again. The most common time of onset is between six and eight in the morning, and between six to ten at night.

      How hot is hot?
      Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. For women who have had breast cancer, the number who suffer debilitating hot flashes is probably much higher. Randomized studies provide the most objective data: about 50–75% of women taking tamoxifen will report hot flashes, compared to 25–50% taking placebo.

      The faster you go through the transition from regular periods to no periods—the peri-menopause or climacteric—the more significant your hot flashes will be. Hot flashes are severe after surgical menopause, and they can also be quite difficult after a chemotherapy-induced medical menopause. If you haven't been warned about hot flashes, a sudden severe episode can be frightening; you might even confuse the flash with a heart attack.

      The intensity of hot flashes accompanying treatment with tamoxifen eventually improves for many women after the first three to six months. Because of the conversion of androstenedione from the adrenal glands into estrone by fat and muscle cells, heavy or muscular women experience less severe hot flashes than thin women. If you smoke, your blood vessels lose some of their ability to radiate heat, so you may suffer more severe hot flashes.

      Beating the heat naturally
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Recent studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      Avoiding triggers
      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      alcohol

      caffeine

      diet pills

      spicy food
      hot food

      hot tubs

      saunas

      hot showers
      hot beds

      hot rooms

      hot weather

      smoking.

      Hot flash survival tips
      Dress in layers, so you can peel off one layer after another as you get warmer.

      Don't wear wool, don't wear synthetics, and be wary of silk. That leaves cotton, linen, rayon, and more cotton. (Look at the bright side: You'll save on cleaning bills, and you can stop worrying about moths.)

      Avoid turtlenecks. Stick to open-neck shirts.

      Keep ice water at hand that you can sip to cool down your insides.

      Where possible, lower the thermostat. Maybe it's time for a decent air conditioner or a ceiling fan. Or maybe you'd prefer one of those little hand-held battery-operated fans or the foldable kind you flutter in front of your face. You can find perfectly adequate paper fans for about a dollar.

      Wear cotton pajamas or a nightgown. If you perspire a lot at night, your nightclothes are easier to change than the sheets.

      Use cotton sheets only, not synthetics.

      Get a bigger bed if you and your partner are on different heat planets but you still want to stay in close orbit.

      Take cool shower before bed.

      Try a mild medication like Tylenol

      Arrive at meetings early so that you can get the coolest seat.

      Use your freezer liberally. A number of women talked about opening the freezer at home (or in the supermarket) and sticking their head in when a hot flash hits.
      Lifestyle changes to alleviate hot flashes
      Exercise: Increasing your level of activity (for example, taking the stairs instead of the elevator) can reduce hot flashes and have a positive impact on just about every other symptom attributed to menopause and growing older, including:

      insomnia

      mood swings

      eroded self-image

      loss of libido
      fatigue

      elevated cholesterol levels

      heart, bone, and muscle health.

      Exercise also increases endorphin levels, increasing your threshold for pain.

      Relaxation and stress reduction: It isn't unusual to have trouble dealing with stress, especially if you've undergone treatment for breast cancer. You may find that one of the following techniques will help you minimize the devastating effects of stress on your body:

      relaxation exercises

      breathing exercises

      meditation

      visualization
      massage

      hypnosis

      yoga

      biofeedback techniques.

      Changing your diet: Over time, a low-fat diet helps some women with hot flashes. Losing excess weight helps, but losing too much weight, or being too thin, can worsen symptoms. As you consider other food changes, keep in mind that natural doesn't mean harmless. Herbal remedies and soy preparations may work because of their plant estrogens, but you can't assume that just because an estrogen comes from a plant it's a safe remedy.

      Chinese medicine: Chinese medicine has a long tradition of treating hot flashes. There are all kinds of hot flashes, and the Chinese have descriptions for all of them. Before treating you, a Chinese doctor takes a full history and performs a complete physical, with particular attention to your tongue and your pulse. He or she then determines whether you're suffering from a "hot" menopause or a "cold" menopause. If you have gone through a surgical or medical menopause, Chinese herbs are usually not considered strong enough to eliminate your menopausal hot flashes, but they can help.

      Chinese medicine usually involves:

      acupuncture, which moves your Xi (your inner wind, energy, or spirit). For every woman who's skeptical about this approach, there's a woman who's found acupuncture helpful for hot flashes.
      herbology, in which many different herbs are cooked together to make a tea customized to your particular symptoms. Common to all Chinese herbal mixes is dong quai, thought to be a plant estrogen. More plant estrogens that women have found effective in treating hot flashes over the centuries can be found in ginseng, evening primrose oil, licorice root, red raspberry leaves, sarsaparilla, spearmint, damiana, motherwort, chasteberry (also known as Vitex), black cohosh, and wild yams. These herbal remedies, Chinese and other, may be effective at reducing hot flashes but, again, their relative safety in women who have had breast cancer is not known. Avoiding, or using plant estrogens with great caution, is best, and never try them without telling your doctor. Even leading Chinese medicine practitioners caution women not to self-treat with Chinese herbs.
      Vitamins: Some women find that taking vitamin E every day (800 I.U., range 400–1000) helps. Actually, a placebo works almost as well. The National Cancer Institute's/National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project's Tamoxifen Breast Cancer Prevention Trial also recommends vitamin E, or one of the following: vitamin B6, 200–250 milligrams daily, and Peridin-C (containing antioxidants), two tablets taken three times daily. If vitamin E helps you, great, but if you have significant hot flashes, you will probably need something more effective.

      Relieving hot flashes with medications
      If you have tried these lifestyle, nutritional, and alternative medicine recommendations, and they have not helped, you may feel compelled to go on to stronger remedies, available only through your physician.

      Blood pressure-lowering medication

      Blood pressure-lowering medications such as clonidine (Catapres-TTS, 0.1–mg patch applied once weekly) and Aldomet (250 mg twice daily) can lessen the severity and frequency of hot flashes. They modify how the blood vessels respond to the brain's command to give off heat quickly. These drugs must be prescribed and adjusted carefully by your doctor.

      Antidepressants

      Low-dose antidepressant medication may help forestall a hot flash by rebalancing or intercepting the chemicals in the brain that transmit the hot flash alarm, epinephrine and serotonin.

      Effexor (venlafaxine) can reduce hot flashes by about 50% in nearly 60% of women with breast cancer according to a study done by Dr. Charles Loprinzi at the Mayo Clinic. Improvement happened relatively quickly: 80% of the eventual decrease in hot flashes occurred within the first week of taking the medication. Side effects, when they were noted, were mild. The dose used was 12.5 milligrams taken twice daily.

      A more recent study showed that some women may need a higher total dose of 75 milligrams daily to get significant relief. Extended-release preparations are available. Paxil (paroxetine) works in a similar way to Effexor and is a good alternative. Some women tolerate Paxil better. Its recommended dose is 10 mg once a day for the first week, then 20 mg once a day thereafter.

      Mild sedatives

      Bellergal-S simmers down overactive chemical activity in the brain. Taken occasionally, once or twice a day, it can be quite safe and effective—but not with alcohol. (It contains belladonna, phenobarbital, and an ergotamine.) Phenobarbital can cause drowsiness and, if you use it regularly, you can develop a dependency for it.

      Progesterone-like products

      Megace (megesterol acetate) can reduce hot flashes in approximately 80% of women who take it, and it is also considered a treatment for breast cancer when taken in high doses continuously. Megace is usually started at 40 milligrams daily, and it may take a few weeks to start to work. After a month the dose is adjusted up or down. The maximum dose is 80 milligrams per day. Those who reap its benefits and can tolerate its side effects (fluid retention and bloating) may do well on this medication.

      Estrogen therapy

      Menopausal hormone therapy, or estrogen therapy, is probably the most effective way to relieve hot flashes, but its use is highly controversial in women who have had breast cancer.

      Most physicians would not recommend estrogen therapy to remedy severe tamoxifen-related hot flashes because estrogen is not known to be safe for women who have had breast cancer, and may reduce tamoxifen's effectiveness. Estrogen therapy may also add to the potential side effects from these combined drugs—such as blood clots forming and traveling to the lung, and increased risk of endometrial cancer.

      However, if your hot flashes are severe and you have not had adequate relief from lifestyle modifications or non-hormonal remedies and medications, your doctor may suggest a limited course of low-dose menopausal hormone therapy to ease your transition into menopause.

      The therapy should last only several months, depending on the degree of your symptoms, tapering off over the last month. Dr. John Eden of the Royal Hospital for Women in Paddington, Australia, studied simultaneous estrogen replacement and tamoxifen therapies in women beyond menopause. The study showed no short-term problem from combined side effects. The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) is trying to launch a study that combines the two drugs. Share this information with your doctor, and decide together what you want to do.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons for shingles?
    I am 50 going through menopause and also on high blood medication low dosage.
    I have two little spots on my hand right now the size of a pimple.
    *Do I have shingles or chicken pox or is it something else?*
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      No, that's not shingles.

      Shingles is a re-activation of the chicken pox virus. If you have chicken pox as a child, your body stores the virus in your spine. The location where on the spine (nerve), shows when the virus re-activates.

      Shingles starts with a rash that wraps the body along same line as the storage area. It starts out a little itchy, and becomes intolerable. Without treatment, permenant nerve damage can occur.

      It sounds like you could have anything from a simple skin rash to common warts. If it really bothers you, see your doctor.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you know that you are ovulating while having sex?
    Like what does symptons .How do you feel before ,during,and after sex. How do you know you concieved?

    • ANSWER:
      You don't!

      Some women feel ovulation, but in the 'heat of the moment' I don't think they would notice that either! Most women feel nothing and have absolutely no clue that they're pregnant until their period is late.

      Ovulation happens about 14 days before the next period is due, starting for the time your periods begin until menopause (or perimenopause) with some breaks in the case of occasional anovulatory cycles. If you have sex in the days leading up to and the day of ovulation, you can get pregnant. The sperm can survive for 5 days inside the fallopian tubes, so that you don't have to be ovulating during sex, and can still get pregnant.

  6. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have menopause at the age of 18?
    i have been having abit of mood swings & minor bladder leaks lately, i have search on the internet and found that some symptons do apply to me for menopause, but im only 18, is it possible ?
    my periods hasnt come yet this month. so could i possibly really be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      They don't call it menopause, its called POF - Premature Ovarian Failure. I was diagnosed at age 21.

      Here's more info on POF: http://pofsupport.org

      Good Luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    Can diabetes effect a girl's menstruation cycle?
    I've been having symptons of diabetes, and we are thinking of planning a trip to the doctor. I was just wondering if diabetes can effect a girl's menstruation cycle? I have not had sex recently and my period is a week late today. Keep in mind that I have never been this late before. The latest I have ever been since my period has gotten on a regular cycle was maybe two days. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think there is definite link between diabetes and delayed menses. However it is better that you see a gynecologist.

      Here are some of the common causes of deleayed menses:
      - Pregnancy.
      - Breast feeding.
      - Constitutional/normal delay. At the time of puberty ot before menopause.
      - Hormonal cause.
      - Causes in ovary.
      - Emotional causes.
      - Medicines.
      - Chromosomal causes.
      - Others. Excessive exercise, severe dieting, especially crash dieting, eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, severe illness, or sickness for an extended period of time can cause anovulation.

      Here are some of the symptoms:

      1. Loosing weight suddenly.
      2. Frequent urination.
      3. Always very thirsty.
      4. Dire need to eat, always hungry.
      5. Blurred vision.
      6. Itching of the skin.
      7. Numbness in extremities (arms & lags).
      8. Slow healing of wounds.
      9. Vaginal yeast infection.
      10. Fatigue.
      11. Irritability and changes in ones mood.

      These are only indicative and not conclusive. Sometimes diabetes can be without symptoms also. You will be said to have diabetes if you blood/sugar sugar level remains high normally. There are many free kits available that can help you figure out whether you have diabetes or not. Don't go by symptoms alone, use the free kits to make sure. Of course final confirmation should be done by a medical practitioner.

      To get free diabetes meter and more info click the link below (for US residents only):

  8. QUESTION:
    Are meopausal symptons common after a hysterectomy, where you still have your ovaries?
    Also, is there still monthly pain, if you retain your ovaries?
    Are there hormonal changes, if you retain your ovaries?
    Lastly, is depression associated with a hysterectomy, in the instance you retain your ovaries, shown to be caused by the physical changes or only psychological perceptions of a loss of femininity?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I still have the normal issues with having ovaries, but no more cramping!!! There are no hormonal changes when you still have your ovaries. If you keep your ovaries there are no psychological issues. In fact, since I got rid of those fibroids, I feel sooo much better. My fibroids were so big and many, my uterus was the size of a six month pregnancy.

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the average age for menopause and how long does it last for?
    How old do women get it at, on average?
    What are all the symptoms?
    How long a day do they have it?
    How many days a month?
    How many years does this last for?

    THANKS! :o)

    • ANSWER:
      Around the age of 50 is normal but this age can vary a lot. and you ask How long does it go on for , well menopause is the cessation of periods. so it last for ever but the symptons vary. you can get hot sweats for many months and for some people the sweats go on for years and usually at night time. But really your child bearing days are over after you have had your last period and it is great not to have to put up with them any more. some peoples last one can be very heavy or sometimes they may be light before they have finished completely also you could go for several months without having one

  10. QUESTION:
    I heard this can be a sympton of the menopause so I just wondering?
    Hello again! Im currently 10 weeks pregnant. (I dont feel like it though), I feel like my normal self. I cant wait for my bump to start developing lol! Anyways, I get really hot flushes throughout the day and night and I was just wondering if this is normal and what it could be due to?

    • ANSWER:
      its a normal pregnancy symptom. so dont worry it will stay with you until the birth (not so good in hot weather tho)its due to increase in blood volume and those blessed hormones

  11. QUESTION:
    How do i stop hot flushes / sweats ?, i am asking this question on behalf of my mother .?
    I often come out in hot flushes/sweats and no i aint smelly lol , i was recommended black cohosh and red clover supplements by my doctor to alleviate this, i have been taking these religiously at some cost to myself for the last 5 months and to be honest they dont seem to be working , these symptons have been occuring since i have been taken off hormone replacement therapy (HRT) i am 55 years old , any ideas would be greatly appreciated thanks .

    • ANSWER:
      my mom is 51 and going through menopause, she is going through the hot flashes and sweats and mood swings all of that fun stuff. so im not sure if your going through that also as it is not stated above and i dont want to assume anything, but the best thing that worked for her is the estrogen pills. there are like 20 different ones that are for any of the symptoms you may have. the hot flash one is the one she uses most. there is one for sleep, stress, depression, hot flashes and sweats, and many more. you can get them in the vitamin section at any drug store, walmart is where she get hers. i hoped this helped a little. and im not implying you are going through meno... :)

  12. QUESTION:
    I have these strange symptons for the last four years and no doctor find the cause?
    Since may 2005 I have started feeling a sensation of tingling all over my body. It started suddenly and last about 10 minutes ( I had four of these episodes until present) the rest of the time I feel all over my body like tickling specially in my arms, legs and trunk. What could it be? I have visited many specialist ( cardiologist,allergist,neurologist, internal medicine even naturologist) and no one find the cause.

    • ANSWER:
      Low levels or deficiency of vitamin B12 affect the nerves...have folate checked as well. Both cause tingling sensations. Good link to check out of others with your symptoms who were found to have low vitamin B12 levels>>> http://www.steadyhealth.com/Pins_and_Needles_All_Over_My_Body__t101425.html

      As vitamin B12 is quite easy to misdiagnose, two tests should be performed - a serum B12 test - over 800pg/ml or 600pmol/l is optimal and a urinary methylmalonic acid test (UMMA) which is more accurate and aids in diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 in sublingual (under the tongue) form is very effective in boosting vitamin B12 levels. In one clinical trial, it concluded that oral B12 may be superior to B12 injections.

      Vitamin D deficiency can cause tingling all over as well in some people. Test to request - 25(OH)D - optimal vitamin D level - 80ng/ml or 200nmol/l. 5000IU daily is recommended by the vitamin D council.

      Magnesium deficiency symptoms include tingling sensations all over the body but is listed as a more severe symptom and usually you would have muscle spasms as well.

      Long lasting or recurring paresthesia causes >>>

      * Brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerve disorders: trauma, stroke, intra-cerebral hemorrhage, multiple sclerosis, tumors, encephalitis, meningitis, herniated disc, cervical spondylosis, pressure on the nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica), repetitive motion or prolonged vibration, neuralgia

      * Circulatory (heart and vessels) disorders: angina pectoris, atherosclerosis, acute arterial occlusion, vasculitis, Raynaud disease, vertebrobasilar circulatory disorders

      * Metabolic and hormonal disorders: diabetes, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), hypothyroidism, hypoparathyroidism, hypoaldosteronism (Conn syndrome), menopause, abnormal blood levels of calcium, potassium or sodium, uremia, porphyria

      * Infections and post-infection syndromes: infection with Herpes simplex virus, Herpes zoster virus, arbovirus; canker sores, Lyme disease, AIDS (HIV), leprosy, Guillain-Barré syndrome, rabies, syphilis

      * Connective tissue and autoimmune diseases: rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjögren’s syndrome, pernicious anaemia, diabetes

      * Blood disorders: thrombosis, polycythemia, thrombocytosis, leukemia

      * Bones and joints disorders: arthritis, osteomalacia, osteoporosis

      * Fibromyalgia

      * Nutrient deficiency: vitamin B1 deficiency (beriberi), vitamin B5 and B12 deficiency

      * Malignancies

      * Skin disorders: burns, frostbite, Ito syndrome, acrodynia, acroparesthesia

      * Migraine

      * Psychological disorders: anxiety, panic attack, psychiatric disease

      * Medications: anti-convulsant drugs, lomotil, SSRI withdrawal, amiodarone, colistimethate, digoxin, dimercaprol, mefloquine, riluzole , tetrodotoxin, thallium, topiramate, overdose of lidocain or vitamin B6

      * Alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs

      * Poisoning: heavy metals (arzenic, lead, mercury), long term exposure to nitrous oxide, carbon monoxide, ciguatera poisoning, snake bites

      * Radiation exposure, chemotherapy

      * Hereditary diseases: Refsum syndrome, Fabry disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a hereditary disorder that causes wasting of the leg muscles), porphyria, Denny-Brown’s syndrome (a hereditary disorder of the nerve root), ataxia-teleangiectasia

      * Immune deficiency

      More information >>>

      http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/tingling/causes.htm
      http://www.healthhype.com/causes-of-tingling-and-numbness-paresthesia.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peripheral_neuropathy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paresthesia
      http://www.steadyhealth.com/about/symptoms_of_magnesium_deficiency_in_humans.html
      http://www.easy-immune-health.com/can-vitamin-d-deficiency-cause-tingling-all-over.html

  13. QUESTION:
    are there any symptons with cervical cancer?
    I was just wondering if and what they would be.

    • ANSWER:
      What are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

      Symptoms of cervical cancer don't usually appear until the abnormal cells invade nearby tissue.

      Symptoms can include:

      Abnormal bleeding

      Heavier, long-lasting periods

      Unusual vaginal discharge

      Pelvic pain

      Abnormal bleeding may occur:

      Between menstrual periods

      After menopause

      After intercourse

      After a pelvic examination

      These symptoms are not always a sign of cervical cancer. They can be caused by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or other conditions. Your doctor can determine the cause of these symptoms.

      Need To Know:

      Q. If I have no abnormal bleeding, does it mean I don't have to worry about cervical cancer?

      A. Early cervical changes, and early cervical cancer, may cause no symptoms at all. Unfortunately, abnormal bleeding often doesn't begin until the disease has become invasive, that is, until the abnormal cells have invaded nearby tissue.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have a irregular period?
    I have a few questions of these things:

    is it normal?
    does it occur only by age or just normal to any age to have it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, first of all, it can be normal depending on you and your age.How old are you? What I have learned is that what is normal for you , is more important than what may or may not be normal for someone else, even the same age as you.
      If you are very young, and have not been having your period for very long, than it can take awhile to learn what is normal for you. What is more important is to note what is normal for you. If you have allways had periods that last 3-5 days and you bleed moderately for 3 days and lightly for the remainder and bleed every 25-33 days and that is normal for you , then change to something like; bleeding heavily for 10 days straight, and your periods are closer together, having your periods come every 21 days, then that is abnormal for you and you should see a dr. to have it checked out.
      Also if you have new symptons regarding your period, other than the how many days they last, and how far apart your periods last, these are other things to note.

      Do you bleed very heavily;( soaking through a pad, overnighter or heavy pad, one every hour or more often is heavy.) do you pass blood clots, large as a peach pit for example, with painful cramps at the same time?Do you have lower groin pain, more than the usual cramps , do you have fever, urinary symptons of a U.T.I or other problem at same time as your period?If you have any of these symptons, then you should see your dr. or gynecologist to have them check you for hormone problem, problems with cysts, fibroids, etc.
      Sometimes taking hormones, ( the pill, patch, etc. can be an alternative if problem is severe, or very troublings.)
      If your periods become the opposite of heavy, very light, scant or stop all together, then other things should be considered; have you recently lost weight, are you on new medications, have you been sick, or experienced a lot of stress, had a baby or stopped nursing, etc.Sometimes women who are athletes, or women who starve themselves or are very thin may have their periods stop altogether. There are also different medical conditions that can affect your period, hormone problems, thryoid, etc.

      At the other end of normal, is when your periods get farther and farther apart, or change amount, etc, or they can become very heavy, is if you are going through peri-menopause, the period of time that can be years before you actually go through Menopause. Like I said, what is important is to know what is Normal for you, and discuss your concerns with a dr. who can tell you if you have anything to be concened about. You know your body better than anyone, including a dr. There are lots of good websites that discuss the Menses and can give you help with further information before deciding if you need, or want to see your dr. Good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    After the menopause do ladies still have period symptons monthly?
    only swollen stomach and other signs nothing scary. Is it in the mind or does this happen. Like phantom pregnancies and such like. Hope this makes sense No bleeding involved. This sounds awful.
    Oh Man!! Thanks folks

    • ANSWER:
      all possible 35 symptoms during menopause - read below

  16. QUESTION:
    about monopause what are there symptons and how do i care my mother?
    hi my mother suffering with menopause. she has spotting allthe time.
    her treatment going on... plz tell me obout this stage.. how do i save my mom from this

    • ANSWER:
      Hot Flushes
      But see your Doctor!

  17. QUESTION:
    Is my mother pregnant again or menopause ?
    My mother told me that she skipped her period, and she said that her breasts were real tender and sore, could this be menopause or what. My mom is 42 and she still have unproected sex and she does not have her tubes tied. PLEASE HELP!!!! what are the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      get a preganancy test. Even the ones at the dollar store work pretty accurately.

  18. QUESTION:
    After menopause do you still get the monthly headaches and other premenstrual symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      From what I understand, no. I have talked to my mother-in-law and some friends, and they said they are sympton free now. I'm going through perimenopause and that's bad enough.

  19. QUESTION:
    If they remove your ovaries do you still have menopause symptons?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had yours removed? I hope that all women who have theirs removed do not have manopause symptons. Menopause sucks. Other than no more periods, there isn't one good thing about it.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is my mother pregnant again or menopause ?
    My mother told me that she skipped her period, and she said that her breasts were real tender and sore, could this be menopause or what. My mom is 42 and she still have unproected sex and she does not have her tubes tied. PLEASE HELP!!!! what are the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is probably preggers, too young for menopause, unless she's had a hysterectomy

      Menopause

      * What is menopause?
      * What is ‘perimenopause’?
      * What are the signs of menopause?
      * Do all women experience menopause in the same way?
      * What is ‘induced’ menopause?
      * How should I prepare for menopause?
      * Where can I go for more information?

      What is menopause?

      Menopause is the end of menstruation. The word comes from the Greek mens, meaning monthly, and pausis, meaning cessation. Menopause is part of a woman's natural aging process when her ovaries produce lower levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone and when she is no longer able to become pregnant.

      Unlike a woman’s first menstruation, which starts on a single day, the changes leading up to menopause happen over several years. The average age for menopause is 52. But menopause commonly happens anytime between the ages of 42 and 56.

      A woman can say she has begun her menopause when she has not had a period for a full year.
      What is ‘perimenopause’?

      ‘Perimenopause’ refers to the several years before menopause when a woman may begin experiencing the first signs of her menopausal transition. But many people use the term ‘menopause’ for both the perimenopausal years as well as the few years following menopause.
      What are the signs of menopause?

      Menopause is a natural process that happens to every woman as she grows older, and is not a medical problem, disease or illness. Still, some women may have a hard time because of the changes in hormone levels during menopause.

      There are many possible signs of menopause and each woman feels them differently. Most women have no or few menopausal symptoms while some women have many moderate or severe symptoms.

      The clearest signs of the start of menopause are irregular periods (when periods come closer together or further apart), and when blood flow becomes lighter or heavier.

      Other signs may include some of the following:

      * weight gain;
      * hot flashes;
      * insomnia;
      * night sweats;
      * vaginal dryness;
      * joint pain;
      * fatigue;
      * short-term memory problems;
      * bowel upset;
      * dry eyes;
      * itchy skin;
      * mood swings; and
      * urinary tract infections.

      Most of the time, these symptoms will lessen or go away after a woman has finished menopause.
      Do all women experience menopause in the same way?

      Menopause experiences are different among individual women, and also among women in different cultures and in different parts of the world.

      Research has shown that women’s experience of menopause can be related to many things, including genetics, diet, lifestyle and social and cultural attitudes toward older women.

      For example:

      * Japanese women report fewer hot flashes and other symptoms.
      * Thai women record a high incidence of headaches.
      * Scottish women record fewer severe symptoms.
      * Greek women report a high rate of hot flashes.
      * Mayan women report no symptoms.

      Some scholars wonder if the North American emphasis on youth and lack of respect for older people contributes to a more difficult menopausal transition here.

      The typical North American diet, high in saturated fats and sugars, along with our in-active lifestyle and low childbirth rate, may also contribute to the physical complaints common to many North American women at menopause.
      What is "induced" menopause?

      "Induced", "sudden" or "surgical" menopause happens when a woman goes through an immediate and premature menopause. This occurs when her ovaries no longer produce the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

      This may be caused by:

      * surgery to remove your ovaries;
      * chemotherapy;
      * radiation treatment; or
      * ovarian malfunction.

      Women going through induced menopause may have more severe menopausal symptoms, and are usually treated with hormone therapy.
      How should I prepare for menopause?

      Menopause is one of women’s many important natural life-stages. For some, it is a challenging period of difficult physical and emotional changes. For others, it is a time of personal growth and renewal. And for many women, it is both at the same time. They don't call it "Menopausal Zest" for nothing!

      Here are some suggestions to help you enjoy your menopausal years to their fullest:

      * Learn about menopause through recent books, articles and other reading materials.
      * Talk to friends and relatives who have already gone through menopause.
      * Join a menopause or midlife support-group in your area.
      * Have a nutritious diet and enjoy regular exercise.
      * Manage your stress by balancing your work and social life.
      * Talk with your health care practitioner about your personal health concerns.
      * Know that you have choices and can take charge of your health.
      http://www.cwhn.ca/resources/faq/menopause.html

      Frequently Asked Questions About Menopause

      Print out these questions and answers to discuss with your doctor.

      1. Can Menopause Cause a Woman's Voice to Change?

      The majority of women do not experience a voice change during menopause. Rarely, some women may lose the upper register of voice.

      2. What Can I Do About the Facial Hair I've Developed as a Result of Menopause?

      Although many women do not experience any additional facial hair growth, it can be a problem for some. There are a number of hair removal options available to you, including waxing, depilatories (liquids or creams that remove body hair) and laser hair removal. Check with your doctor or a medical aesthetician to determine the right hair removal method for you and to ensure that it will not harm your skin.

      3. Now That I've Begun Menopause, Do I Still Have to be Concerned About Birth Control?

      You will know for sure that you have experienced menopause when you have not had your period for an entire year. Until you have gone one year without a period, you should still use birth control if you do not want to become pregnant. You should continue to practice safe sex techniques with use of latex condoms to reduce risk of sexually transmitted infection.

      4. My Hot Flashes Aren't As Intense As the Ones My Friends Describe. They're Actually More "Warm" Than "Hot." Is This Normal?

      While hot flashes (or flushes) are very common in perimenopause, not all women experience them, and not all flashes are of the same intensity. Hot flashes can be as mild as a light blush or severe enough to wake you from a sound sleep (called night sweats). Most hot flashes last 30 seconds to 5 minutes. They usually disappear within a few years after menopause. However, up to 10-15% of women experience hot flashes for years.

      5. I'm Perimenopausal And Have Been Told That I Should be Taking Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills. Why?

      Compared to regular birth control pills, the lower dose of estrogen in very-low-dose pills may be safer for perimenopausal women. (Perimenopause begins about 3 to 5 years before your final period.) While regular birth control pills contain 30 to 50 micrograms of estrogen, these low dose pills contain only 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol.

      6. What Are Some Other Benefits of Very-Low-Dose Birth Control Pills?

      In addition to preventing pregnancy, the pills can regulate heavy or irregular menstrual periods and may provide protection from ovarian and uterine cancer. The pills may also prevent bone loss, which can lead to osteoporosis . However, women with a history of breast cancer, blood clots, or heart disease, or women who smoke, should not take these pills.

      7. How are hot flashes treated?

      While menopausal hormone therapy (HRT) relieves hot flashes for many women, there are other drug treatments that may offer relief. These include both over-the-counter and prescription therapies. Over-the-counter therapies you may want to try include Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E, Ibuprofen and soy protein found in foods.

      Prescription treatments include:

      * Bellergal-S, a combination medicine used to treat some symptoms of menopause. However, based on side effects and the butalbital-an additive substance in Belergal-S-it is not recommended by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) www.menopause.org .
      * Catapres, Catapres-TTS and Aldomet blood pressure medications. However, based on the side effects, these drugs are not recommended unless a woman has hypertension.
      * Antidepressants Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor (Note: Paxil has been shown to reduce tamoxifen levels)
      * Other hormones, such as Provera and Megace

      8. Is Menopausal HT Safe?

      As with all medicines, there are risks and benefits. Scientists continue to study the long-term effects of HT. The most recent study found that Prempro, a type of menopausal HT, increased a woman's risk of blood clot and stroke, and slightly increased the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. Estrogen alone has not been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. If you are concerned about taking menopausal HT, talk to your doctor; there are other options.

      9. What Alternative Treatments Are Available?

      Botanical products containing or acting like estrogens may provide some of the benefits of estrogen in relieving menopausal symptoms, but are not as well studied. Other botanicals, including black cohosh, have also shown promise for reducing menopausal symptoms. However, more research is needed to define the benefits and risks of these alternative treatments, and you should always check with your doctor before using them.

      10. Sex Has Become Painful. What Can I Do to Make It More Enjoyable?

      The pain you are experiencing during sex is likely due to vaginal dryness associated with declining estrogen levels. There are a number of lubricants you can try. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a suggestion. There are local estrogen treatments-cream, tablets, and an estrogen ring-for women desiring treatment of vaginal atrophy.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=42719

  21. QUESTION:
    when a woman reaches 40-50 years old, her menstrual cycle usualy becomes irregular, what stage is this called?
    and what other symptons may she have?

    • ANSWER:
      Simple irregularity has no particular name, though depending on the details it may be pathological and require investigation. The menopause, which in the UK now occurs at 51, has a normal range of 45 to 55. It results in less frequent and lighter periods as it approaches.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons of a woman that has vagina cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Most vaginal cancers do not cause symptoms in the early stages, but cancer in more advanced stages can cause symptoms to occur. Women with vaginal cancer may experience the following symptoms. Sometimes, women with vaginal cancer do not show any of these symptoms. Or, these symptoms may be similar to symptoms of other medical conditions. If you are concerned about a symptom on this list, please talk with your doctor.
      The most common symptom of vaginal cancer is abnormal vaginal bleeding. Vaginal bleeding during menopause is not normal and, therefore, always a sign of a problem.
      Other symptoms of vaginal cancer include:
      Unusual vaginal bleeding
      Abnormal vaginal discharge
      Difficulty or pain when urinating
      Pain during sexual intercourse
      Pain in the pelvic area (the lower part of the abdomen between the hip bones)
      Pain in the back or legs
      Edema (swelling in the legs)
      You can read more about this type of cancer here
      http://www.cancer.org/docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_is_vaginal_cancer_55.asp

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some of the causes and signs of a heart attack?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes :
      age,gender, race, family history, hypertension, diabetic, premature menopause, smoking, obesity, physical inactivity,hyperlipidemia, diet, excessive alcohol,hormonal therapy

      Sympton:
      pain radiate to neck,jaw,sholder and arms that last more than 15 to 20 mins not relieve by GTN. pallor, rapid heart beat, anxiety, fear, sweating, peripheral pulse diminished, hypotension. nausea, vomiting, decrease level of conciousnes....

      there is no specific symptom..it must have a combination of the symptoms....

  24. QUESTION:
    what age do you start the menopause?
    and what are the symptons do your periods just stop completly? im 41 and id like another baby but nothing has happened in 2 and a half yrs of trying my peroids are regular

    • ANSWER:
      There are several factors that come into play when trying to determine when menopause will begin for a specific woman. Family heredity often influences when you will approach this milestone. For example if your mother was menstruating until her late 40s or beyond, the chances are good you will too. Other factors like women's health can influence menopause. Certain disorders and diseases of the reproductive system can result in a hysterectomy at a young age and change what nature intended. With no external influences, like illness, the average of menopause onset is 45 to 60.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am woman, experiencing extreme mood swings. Which are not normal to me. can you help figure out my problem?
    I am 31 and have my tubes tied. I am very emotional normally, but these mood swings are outrageous. I am filling with rage over the smallest problem, I start crying out of the blue, for no reason. The tiniest thing will trigger a major mood. I feel like I am going crazy because I can't control this. Can anyone give an idea of what is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      You are very young at 31 so it should not be the menopause but your symptoms are very similar to women going through the change of life. These symptoms you have are also the same for pre-menstrual tension (PMT).Many women suffer this on a monthly basis before their periods starts. Alternatively it could be a hormonal inbalance which is quite common and also shows up these symptons you have. A good natural remedy is St.John's Wort from a Health Shop (speak to the assistant there and describe your problems.) They are more than willing to help. It has been proven that St. John's Wort tablets taken regularly help many people with mood swings. tearfullness. feeling depressed etc., so give it a try. Failing all else you really must see your doctor maybe for a blood test to see if your hormones are all over the place. Good luck anyway. I sympathise with you. XX

  26. QUESTION:
    Which Mint herb do Mediterranean woman use to combat the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Black Cohosh.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      The first signs of impending menopause are irregular periods, night sweats and weight gain. As estrogen declines our hormones become imbalanced. Hot flashes, loss of sex drive, insomnia, fatigue, restless legs, dry skin....all these things can happen when we have hormone imbalance. There are tests available to check your hormone levels so that you know the route to go in your therapy.

  28. QUESTION:
    im getting so moody and taking it out on my loved ones?
    I have gone through an early menopause, usual symptons, loss of periods, more facial hair, weight gain and hot flushes,but perhaps the worst sympton is my iritability towards my family. i moan at kids constantly for not tidying away their cups, trainers. and try to find things wrong in words or actions of my partner of two years. when im in good mood we have a great time, but when i blow i blow. help

    • ANSWER:
      I am now in surgically-induced menopause and the feelings you are describing fit me to a T. I got to the point I would take myself outside and just walk around to ease my frustration, I knew my family didn't do things on purpose just to make me angry at them.

      I am now on a hormone patch and it helps to alleviate a good portion of my symptoms, and I am also on an antidepressant. The patch isn't a cure, just something to give me relief.

      You may want to visit your doctor or OB/GYN and see if there is anything they can help you with. If you do get on an antidepressant, you need to give it at least 3-4 weeks to really "kick in" for any results to show.

      (Your family knows you love them very much, they just don't understand the cycles of menopause).

      Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    please help!symptons for menopause?
    PLEASE HELP!!I GOT MY BLOOD RESULTS BACK FROM MY DR.YESTERDAY,TO BE TOLD THEY WHERE NEGATIVE,I WAS TESTED FOR MENOPAUSE,WHICH I AM GOING INSANE WITH.COULD SOMEONE PLEASE HELP,BECAUSE I HAVE ALL THE SYMPTONS FOR MENOPAUSE.COULD YOU STILL HAVE ALL THE SYMPTONS AND THE RESULTS BE NEGATIVE
    thanks for your reply denise,very much appreciated.my symptons are anxiety,depression,nothing is making sense,negative thoughts,im not able to concentrate at all.dry mouth,light headed,dizziness,really bad tempered,which i am not usually like that at all.strange body odour,i have no emotions or feelings,numb tongue & bottom lip,constantly waking through the night,taking me ages to fall asleep,lowered voice.i feel as if im on the outside looking in,period pains although i am not on my period,staring blank,i just want to cry a lot of the time.i woke up days ago with lumps in my breasts,and they are sore.

    • ANSWER:
      Possibly..it could be the on start of the menopause - I think you can have symptoms for a few years before you actually go through the change.
      If you are having trouble sleeping at night and have all the hot flushes etc, it might be worthwhile to invest in some Lavender essential oil and dab it neatly on your pulse points. This will help relax you and relieve any annoying symptoms you have associated with the menopause. Alternatively, you could try Geranium, Clary Sage or Patchouli as these too have hormonal balancing properties and are ideal for women. You could phone your local complementary health centre for more advice on holistic therapies which would be beneficial for you at this time

  30. QUESTION:
    I'm 38, In the last 3 months when my period starts I get nauseous, and right after my period why?
    I get extremely tired as well.

    • ANSWER:
      i'll be perfectly honest with u, i'm guessing because of the fact that ur 38 ur body is starting to chande and preparing itself for menopause, and the ultimate change that we women have to endure, i've had the same symptons when i was ur age, and now at the age of 48, i think i'm finally thru the whole ordeal, except for some occasional night sweats, but my advice to u is if it persists, seek some professional help, good luck

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of having a mayuma?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you mean myoma, which is a fibroid. What is it: It is a common benign tumor of the uterine muscle, commonly known as a fibroid.
      The Causes of it: Well, the cause of uterine myoma has not actually been determined. Most myoma develop in women during their reproductive years. Myomas do not develop before the body begins producing estrogen. Myomas tend to grow very quickly during pregnancy when the body is producing extra estrogen. Once menopause has begun, the myoma generally stops growing and may begin to shrink due to the loss of estrogen.
      Is it curable: I'm not entirely sure but there are treatments you can get if you go see your doctor.
      The symptons: -Abnormal uterine bleeding
      -Pain
      -Urinary frequency
      -Sudden pain
      -Impaired fertility
      -You will get excessive and painful menstrual bleeding.
      Hope I helped

  32. QUESTION:
    Get real answers from millions of real people.?
    i am 51 and yet to really have any symptons of menopause, like hot flashes, or being moody.........am i just lucky? or is just the calm before the storm?

    • ANSWER:
      I like the category you were put in. Consider yourself lucky. Perhaps you are already doing the things that make other women feel better when they get symptoms.

  33. QUESTION:
    I'm 16 days late with a negative test, am 40 and scared it's the menopause!?
    Other symptons are painfull breasts, frequent need to urinate and tiredness.

    • ANSWER:
      i just pray 4 u dear,take folic acid

  34. QUESTION:
    When you have one ovary removed, does it make you have any menopause symptons?

    • ANSWER:
      loralu is right your other ovary should kick in and do all the work but if that one isnt working properly then yes you would get symptoms.

  35. QUESTION:
    is this the start of the menopause?
    Hi, in my early 40's and not sure if i am at the start of the menopause. Last period early January, didn't get one in Feb or March, usually regularly every 28 days. however a few days before period is usually due get the chocolate/sweet craving and stomach cramps. Had 3 pregancy tests all negative. Only other symptons getting is the odd hot flush.I do have drs apt later this month, but have had to wait over 6 weeks for an apt with a female dr. Any advice appreciated. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You're in perimenopause. Very natural phase of life; just keep your yearly appointments with your gyn and everything should be just fine!

  36. QUESTION:
    I am 41 year and I thing iam going into menopause?
    I had a tubal ligation when I was 29, I have no periods for two months now!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, if you are sure that it is definitely two months (I never used to pay close attention!!) then I would go straight to the Docs. They do a blood test which can confirm if you are Peri Menopausal or in the Menopause. They may also do a pregnancy test because ...stranger things have happened but your mind will be put at ease. If you can, go straight to a Gynaecologist as they give you the results there and then (or mine did) which is cool. Just make sure if they want you to fast before the test. The Gynocologyst will also talk to you about the different stages, symptons Etc
      You can buy a test over the counter its about but, save your money. I did the test, it said I wasn't peri men and I was.....
      Check out knowmenopause.com its a fab site.

      Good luck. & welcome to the club :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Can a woman get pregnant?
    If she is 48 hasn't had a period in well over a year and has menopause symptons?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, women who are pre-menopausal are extremely fertile, it happens alot because women believe they cannot get pregnant and in reality it is very likely. Be careful....

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      "Menopause occurs as the ovaries stop producing estrogen, causing the reproductive system to gradually shut down. As the body adapts to the changing levels of natural hormones, vasomotor symptoms such as
      - hot flashes and palpitations,
      - psychological symptoms such as increased depression,
      - anxiety,
      - irritability,
      - mood swings and lack of concentration, and
      - atrophic symptoms such as vaginal dryness and urgency of urination appear.

      Together with these symptoms, the woman may also have increasingly scanty and erratic menstrual periods." (Wikipedia)

  39. QUESTION:
    I have premenopausal symptons am wondering how bad depression can get?
    I have the night sweats...occasional hot flashes and screwy periods. I wouldn't say I was "depressed" just not feeling right and definitely not happy, anyone know what I can do besides go on anti-depressants?

    • ANSWER:
      First, take advice from YOUR doctor, or YOUR nurse practitioner, or your homeopathic therapist...anyone but bulletin boards on the internet.

      Having said that, an increase in the consumption of soy products (including tofu, tvp, soymilk--I like "Silk" the best) has been shown to have positive effects on the symptoms of menopause.

      Some women buy pills that have soy extracts in them (over the counter, like garlic pills) but doing something as simple as adding soybeans to soup could be a significant enough change.

      The problem is, there are no "dosages" available as yet. It has even been suggested that too much soy might be harmful.

      As for your question about depression, it can get bad enough to kill you (or for you to kill yourself) so you need to be in regular touch with someone (medical/health care/clergy) who can refer you for psychological and psychiatric intervention if necessary.

      That would be therapy and medications.

      Many women report wonderful results from hormone replacement therapy, i.e. Estrogen. That's what has been discovered to be in Soy, so if you go on Estrogen therapy through your doctor, make sure that you advise her of your average daily intake of soy edibles and supplements.

      If you have no insurance, and this is serious enough to write here for advice, then you should seek out local charitable organizations that will assist you (The Roman Catholics have great programs for a lot of social needs, as do other organizations).

      Again, my answers are not medical advice...they are suggestions of things that you should talk over with your primary care giver.

      G. E. T., Registered Nurse (retired)

  40. QUESTION:
    Hot Flushes and tight chest can any one advise.?
    I know its probably the Menopause, but i thought i had got over that after 3 years it had all stoped, now its back.Please don't say go on HRT because i can't.I have tried Black Cohosh did not work for me. Its making life miserable as it come's out of the blue day and night.Can any one help please.It can't be a Heart problem as i have had test's done for that.My Doctor is not very helpfull.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes unfortunately they are both sypmtoms of the menpause which can go on for many years. Palpitations and Hot Flushes When they come on try really hard to focus on something elsde and you will find that this helps. It is very commendable of you not to go on HRT as most GP's try to commence you on same. Dis you know that women who live in hot countries i.e. Egypt do not go through the menopause with these symptoms, they are almost sympton free. Try Evening Primrose tabs if you need to try anything

  41. QUESTION:
    I'm going through the MENOPAUSE and am on HRT?
    My doctor was reluctant to put me on it because of high blood pressure. I was hoping it would help my symptons, but it hasn't. Has any woman got a tried and trusted natural remedy that's helped them. Thanks.
    Keats27
    Obviously male-it's ok I can take the flack....for now GGGGGGRRR. lol
    magalexander

    I am on a low dose of Premarin 0.625mg. Is it normal to still suffer PMS while going through menopause even after a hysterectomy 18 yrs ago? I am so confused!!!! I still get monthly signs, but a blood test shows I'm menopausal.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry! You are still hot....it just comes in flashes now...

  42. QUESTION:
    Early symptons of Menopause?
    My mom is going thru early menopause and she was wondering if anyone knew if drinking alot of water at nite & using the bathroom all nite is signs of menopause? It keeps her up pretty much all nite.
    she isn't having any hot flashes, its just that she can't quench her thirst.

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  43. QUESTION:
    menopause and the cycle?
    I am a 43 year old woman,and there are some things i do not know,and here it is. Can a woman of my age experience hotflashes and menopause symptons while having her period.

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  44. QUESTION:
    my doctor said i'm not going through menopause but to come back if i keep bleeding could he be wrong i have al
    l the symptons what can i do.

    • ANSWER:
      Read "What your doctor may not tell you about menopause". Then you can decide once you have some information to consider. Good luck

  45. QUESTION:
    menopause symptoms, heart palpitations?
    What menopause symptons have you experienced and any tips how to deal with them

    • ANSWER:
      I had a radical hysterectomy at 27, which meant early menopause GREAT 1!!!!

      Symptoms but a few....

      Flushes OMG flushes
      Sore boobs
      Mood Swings
      Bad skin
      Bloated Tummy
      Aches

      Is that enough for now , you need your levels checking by taking blood...

      All the above can be stopped by HRT or Natural remedies...

      Personally i have to do HRT implants for the next 15 +....

      Go and see a good alternative health pharmacist the one below he is fab and deals with people all over the world..
      For alternative HRT

      www.dennisgorepharmacy.com

      Good luck...

  46. QUESTION:
    What is mayuma? What are the causes of mayuma? It is curable? What are the symptoms/?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you mean myoma, which is a fibroid. What is it: It is a common benign tumor of the uterine muscle, commonly known as a fibroid.
      The Causes of it: Well, the cause of uterine myoma has not actually been determined. Most myoma develop in women during their reproductive years. Myomas do not develop before the body begins producing estrogen. Myomas tend to grow very quickly during pregnancy when the body is producing extra estrogen. Once menopause has begun, the myoma generally stops growing and may begin to shrink due to the loss of estrogen.
      Is it curable: I'm not entirely sure but there are treatments you can get if you go see your doctor.
      The symptons: -Abnormal uterine bleeding
      -Pain
      -Urinary frequency
      -Sudden pain
      -Impaired fertility
      -You will get excessive and painful menstrual bleeding.
      Hope I helped

  47. QUESTION:
    Menopause - going through the change. should it be painful? help?
    My mam seems as though she's going through the change. She is having heavy periods and lasting longer than normal. The worry is she's having really bad pain in her stomach. She said it feels like she's in labour at times. Her stomach is also bloated bigger than it normally is. Please share experiences or knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      hi babe if your mum has hada bloated stomach for longer than 3 months she should see a doctor with a referral to a gyni as this can sometimes be a sign that something is wrong with her overias plus with the other symptons she is experiencing this may not be her menopause but an overian proplem but either way if i was her i would just see the doctor and mention these symptons. Hope this helps and evrything is ok.

  48. QUESTION:
    menopause symptons with stomach pain?
    i am going through the menopause i think with various symptons can lower abdomen pain be a sympton

    • ANSWER:
      Others may feel same.

  49. QUESTION:
    what are the symptons of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      hot flashes...trouble sleeping, missing periods, heavy blood flow during periods. Menopause (the ceasing of periods)

  50. QUESTION:
    "menopause symptons"?
    if you think your menopausal,type on the internet "menopausal symptons" there's hunded of sites out there,i bought a 3pack of fsh testers,(follicle stimulating hormones) off ebay.some of the symptons are..irregular periods,dry mouth,headaches,no emotions or feelings,you just want to run from everythng and many more symptons.

    • ANSWER:
      Panic attacks, tearfulness,, aches and pains, weight gain, feelings like ants crawling inside you, I could go on and on but it passes, that is the good news.

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  1. QUESTION:
    What are the best treatments and products for endometriosis?
    Does anybody know of anyone who was cured by a specific treatment, product, or diet that had endometriosis? Or does anybody have any advice that would be helpful? Anything that can at least minimize or stop the pain? Please let me know, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was diagnosed with Endometriosis many years ago, it was already so bad that my ovaries were on the verge of rupturing so I had to have emergency surgery. The doctor removed one ovary and left the other teeny partial ovary so I wouldn't go into menopause at such an early age. He also removed massive endometrial tissue from my uterus and almost every other internal organ. Before the surgery Naproxen (Alleve) really helped but it was prescription strength back then.

      I remember hearing back then that a pregnancy would "cure" it but I don't know anyone (including myself) that would choose that option and I am sure it involves much more along with the pregnancy.

      My daughter was diagnosed too and had a laproscopy done to see how far along the disease was and it so bad that she had to have a total hysterectomy at age 27.

      It is a scary thing to go through but just like many other health issues, an early diagnosis helps a lot! Talk with your doctor about your questions and concerns because there may be other treatments out there now that weren't available when it happened to me or to my daughter. Good luck to you and please find out all that you can before the major worry sets in!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do you know when menopause is over?
    After years of hot flashes, night sweats, hormone replacement treatment, bad nerves, ........ After starting hormones they symptoms slow down almost don't know they are there. How do you know when it is over and you can stop taking the hormones? Or is this a life style for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      Here's the deal, from a guy with 5 sisters (all at various stages of menopause), and a partner who's had to wrestle with hot flashes / night sweats after coming off HRT at 61 -- I'm not sure the symptoms are ever done. All it takes is for your hormone levels to get out of whack, and you're off the the races. OK, maybe you shouldn't call it menopause, but anything from head trauma to bad diet to an overly warm shower can take you past the tipping point and light up a hot flash. So maybe menopause doesn't last forever, but some of the symptoms seem to. So watch your diet, exercise, do all the things you should be doing - but keep a small fan handy, use wicking pajamas, etc. My partner and I actually put together a web page with a number of issues attendant to the symptoms of menopause at the link below.

      Oh - and finally - in addition to the remedies we listed on the web site, her OB/GYN suggested that she try venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - and it stopped her hot flashes and night sweats almost immediately - although it did cause a dry mouth as a side effect. It was originally a prescription drug used to treat depression, but recently it was approved for use in treating menopause symptoms, and there are a lot of doctors who don't know of this benefit. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may stop the hot and cold flashes and night sweats. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary, however - or it may not work at all. If you'd prefer to avoid drugs, visit the web page below for other ways to attack the beast. Hope your symptoms stay at bay!

  3. QUESTION:
    how can you tell the difference from bipolar and menopause?
    my mother has always been a bit pissed off. I need to find out if it's menopause or bipolar disease. if bipolar, how would you get your mother to get checked out by a psychiatrist?

    • ANSWER:
      Bipolar Illness
      Bipolar Disorder: Mania and Mixed Episodes
      Bipolar disorder is an illness bipolar illness of severe mood swings. It is also called manic depression. If you have this bipolar illness illness, you may have periods of severe high or low moods. These periods may impact your day-to-day functioning.

      The high moods are called acute mania. They can make you feel restless, grouchy, or very happy. The low moods are called depression. They can make you feel very sad.

      Some people can have a mixed state. That’s when you have acute mania and depression at the same time.

      Both women and men get bipolar disorder in equal numbers. The disease is usually first seen in adults 18 and older.

      Technically, menopause is the stopping of periods or menses. The average age is 52; however, a woman’s menopause can occur at any point between her 30’s and her 60’s. This time in a woman’s life can be dramatic or quite simple — it is different for each woman — but every woman does stop having periods. Some people call it adolescence in reverse — a rocky time of fluctuating hormones and emotions. Perimenopause is usually the two to five years beforehand, but sometimes women have symptoms for 10–15 years before stopping their periods. When symptoms arise at a young age it is commonly called early menopause.

      Menopause symptoms can range from mild hot spells at night to constant dripping sweats all day and night. Some women spot for a few months, others bleed heavily for years. These symptoms are caused by hormonal imbalances and changes — not necessarily estrogen loss. They are also related to diet, lifestyle and genetic factors. Many menopausal women seek forms of menopause treatment that do not work and create even greater hormone imbalance.

      i hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    How do you know when will you be menopause?
    I had my first period when i was 12. Can we calculate the estimated time of our menopause? Somebody told me to add 30 to the age I had my first period and that'll be my age to be menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      34 Menopause Symptoms

      Menopausal symptoms affect about 70% of women approaching menopause. Typical menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes or night sweats, are caused by changing hormonal levels in the female reproductive system. Almost all women notice early symptoms while still having periods. This stage of gradually falling and fluctuating hormone levels is called perimenopause, which often begins in the early 40s.

      The symptoms of menopause usually last for the whole menopause transition (until the mid 50s), but some women may experience them for the rest of their lives. The most common symptoms are: Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Irregular Periods, Loss of Libido, and Vaginal Dryness.
      However, there are a variety of treatments that can be considered to deal with these symptoms.

  5. QUESTION:
    What was the first question you asked your mother the day she found out you were going through menopause?
    Because my mother will start going through menopause soon and I want to prep some questions for her to ask Grandma.

    • ANSWER:
      A person came to Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Who among the people is most deserving my companionship (of a kind treatment from me?) He said: Your mother. He, again, said: Then who (is the next one)? He said: It is your mother (who deserves the best treatment from you). He said: Then who (is the next one)? He (the Holy Prophet) said: It is your mother. He (again) said: Then who? Thereupon he (The Prophet (peace be upon him)) said: It is your father.

      http://youtu.be/PInPedCLGFo

  6. QUESTION:
    My wife will be going through menopause soon what should I expect?
    Because of Cancer treatment and a hysterectomy after that my wife will be going through menopause, pretty soon. The cancer treatment gave me a preview but the hysterectomy will be the full on thing. What should I expect? How can I be supportive?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause typically occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 55 year old. Symptoms include irregular periods, heavy bleeding, hot flashes, disrupted sleep, headaches, dry eyes, vaginal changes (dryness), hair loss, weight gain and a loss of interest in sex. Someone women may also experience extreme emotional distress. Some women also have short term memory loss, lack of focus and irritability. Some women describe feelings of “fuzzy thinking” and the inability to multi-task. Some also experience increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue and depression. Also, women should be cautious of extreme or drastic mood swings.

  7. QUESTION:
    What happens when a person doesn't take their menopause supplements?
    What happens when a female/male does/doesnt take it?
    What are some of the major signs of withdrawal?
    What do menopause supplements help with?

    • ANSWER:
      hormones are the only effective treatments to deal with menopause. Withdrawl will cause the return of menopausal symptoms.
      Hormone treatments effectively prescribed in the right dose will eliminate the great majority of unpleasant symptoms. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the main ones but these can be supplemented with low dose DHEA and melatonin for insomnia.

  8. QUESTION:
    what happens if my cervical cancer has not gone after treatment?
    I am 27 years old and I have recently undergone chemo and radiation therapy for cervical cancer and i am still waiting for my results. i was just wondering if anyone knows of my options if the treatment has not worked this time round. What if it is still there but has shrunk? would i have to undergo another round of chemo or would they just do a hysterectomy as i have already had two rounds of chemo and radiation? Can anyone please help me?
    if i have the surgery to remove the cervix would that mean that i would not be able to have children?

    • ANSWER:
      Please feel free to email me, and I can send you my regularly used email address (not the yahoo one) if you need to talk.

      I just turned 28 and I just found out last month that my stage 2B cervical cancer was gone. It had spread into lymph nodes and tissues in my pelvis. I was diagnosed in July, I was 27 also. I feel like your doctors should be informing you better because I don't know of any radiation and chemo treatments for cervical cancer which are fertility sparing. I did not have a hysterectomy, I still have my uterus AND cervix, as well as all of my other "parts" BUT my eggs were all destroyed throwing me into menopause at 27. This ALWAYS happens unless you have ovarian transposition and your radiation avoids the higher area above your pelvis (mine did not because it was in lymph nodes higher up) and on top of it, cervical cancer chemo is often Cisplatin which almost always causes infertility. If one doesn't get you, sadly the other probably will. And thats just the egg issue. I was lucky to have a few weeks to have them frozen before starting treatments. But even after all of this, I've done extensive research on the possibility of carrying my own child in the future, and I have found that this had never been successfully done, ever. There are cases of women with smaller doses of radiation, smaller than those used for cervical cancer, who occasionally are able to sustain pregnancy. Usually they are childhood cancer survivors for lymphoma or other cancers through the body and even then, it's not very common for them to be able to carry a pregnancy successfully. Removal of the cervix is called a trachelectomy and it's used for women who don't get chemo and radiation, but just have the cervix removed so that they can carry a pregnancy. If the surgeon doesn't get clear margins during the surgery (they test the edges of the removed cervix for signs of cancer) then they will proceed to do a hysterectomy because that means that the cancer has gone too high into the endocervical canal for a trachelectomy. BUT after chemo and radiation theres no way to have children naturally anyways.

      To answer your question correctly otherwise, I need more information. Why did you get chemo and radiation? Usually this is done because it's advanced stage, stage 2B or later like mine was. Any earlier, and theres a good chance you are getting a radical hysterectomy with complete lymph node dissection and removal in the area affected. Those lymph nodes are tested for cancer and then if any test positive, you will likely then get chemo and radiation or sometimes just radiation alone but chemo reduces recurrance A LOT.

      What stage is your cervical cancer?

      If the cancer is contained to the cervix after treatment (or was it contained to the cervix before treatment, and they for some reason did chemo and radiation anyways?) then you can have a hysterectomy to remove the residual cancer.

      Now here's the scary part...which had me on pins and needles for months. IF the cancer is spread outside of the cervix, into nearby tissues or nodes, theres a radical surgery they do, which usually involves removal of abdominal organs including possibly (and usually) complete hysterectomy, oophrectomy (ovaries removed), part of your bowels or intestines, tissues and muscles affected, and even sometimes the bladder, other affected organs which cancer would likely be in such as a kidney, etc. This is considered salvage surgery and it's used in the most desperate of situations as a last hope to save a patient who hasn't responded well to radiation and chemo.

      Most of the time, I found out that we will receive the max dose of radiation for cervical cancer, I know I did. That means that you cannot receive radiation to the same area ever again, as long as you live. This also scares the hell out of me. They can do pin point radiation elsewhere in the body should it ever happen, but not full radiation because theres a max that the body can handle without becoming toxic :/ Also theres a max dose chemo, although typically they use chemosensitization for cervical cancer which is not a high dose. Mine was a double dose because they thought I could handle it physically but it was still considered a fairly low dose.

      Also what do you mean by 2 round of chemo and radiation? For my treatment, I received a total of 8 weeks of chemo, radiation internal and external.

      Mondays were chemo days, every monday for 8 weeks.

      Then I did 8 weeks of external beam radiation, and the last week or 2 (can't remember) I received a total of about 5 internal brachytherapy radiation treatments.

      I wish I could give you more solid answers but I need more information. Please email me if you want to talk about this more. I have a few young cervical cancer friends I've met thru forums such as this and we support eachother, there are not many young cervical cancer survivors out there willing to talk, or so I've found when going thru my treat

  9. QUESTION:
    What do you do if your mom is going through menopause?
    Okay im a teenager with a mom who i think is going through menopause. seriously its hell. she picks on me all the time and doesnt give a break. she has weird moments which i never saw b4. how do you deal with this?

    • ANSWER:
      What you can do is to communicate openly with her about her physical and emotional condition. You may suggest her to talk about her symptoms and how they affect her mood with other women who experience menopause before. Try to establish some mutual rules for resolving family issues and avoiding unnecessary conflicts.

      You also can suggest her to take some herbal menopause treatment like the one mention in our website which will help her to relief menopause symptom.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can hair loss treatment such as Rogaine be used to help facial hair growth?
    I am a 22 year old man and my facial hair is still fine and patchy. I only have to shave about once or twice a week. Could rubbing a hair loss treatment for baldness onto the face every day cause my facial grow to grow out thicker and faster? If so, how long until the effect is noticeable? Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Like menopause, the story of unwanted facial hair is often all about estrogen, or to be more precise, the relationship between levels of estrogen and testosterone. Since rogaine will take over on the hormonal imbalance that it happening on your body it will likely cause some unwanted hair to grow. But typically, any rubbing treatment that was originally made for scalp care won't be effective if it will be use on some facial purposes.

  11. QUESTION:
    When to seek infertility treatment with different circumstances?
    My circumstances are a little different than most. One circumstance being in my late 20's I donated eggs two times (which i have read takes away years of fertility), and two, my mother went through menopause at an extremely early age (before 40). I am now 32 and trying to conceive with no luck. When should I seek help?

    • ANSWER:
      first try to follow recommendations concerning How to get Pregnant Fast (during minimum 6 months) - discover below

  12. QUESTION:
    Have you had any relief from menopause symptoms WITHOUT any HRT?
    I am interested in learning about treatments without any type of hormones. I do not even want the bioidenticals. Please let me know if you have tried anything else for hot flashes, dry skin, dry mouth, irregular sleep patterns, stiffness, etc. Thank You very much.

    • ANSWER:
      Get enough calcium. A woman going through menopause needs 1000 mg to 1500 mg of calcium a day. Avoid excessive amounts of salt to reduce bloating associated with hormonal changes. More information and remedies at http://useinfo4.blogspot.com/

  13. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of menopause?
    I am 47 years old and my periods have become very heavy. They have always been very light. Is this a sign that I am starting to go through menopause? What can I expect next?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be...everyone is different when it comes to the first stages of menopause - usually you have changes in your cycle (some get heavier and more frequent, some are the opposite) accompanied by symptoms of hormonal changes (moodiness, achiness, fatique, hot flashes, sweating). Talk to your doctor - if you're interested in hormonal replacement therapy (HRT), this can relieve some of the symptoms you're experiencing (as well as help to prevent bone loss that can occur during menopause). Some women will continue to have abnormal, irregular periods for years before they actually hit 'menopause'. Others will progress quite quickly...again, talk to your doc, they can give you an idea of where you are by testing the functioning of your ovaries (which excrete estrogen), as well as give you some treatment options.

      here's some general menopause info:
      http://www.fbhc.org/Patients/Modules/menopause.cfm

  14. QUESTION:
    What Is The Negative and Positive Feedback In Menopause?
    Can someone please tell me the positive and negative feedback for hypothalamus, anterior pituitary, ovary, ovarian follicles, gnrh, fsh, lh and oestradiol in menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause Scoop’s Free Menopause Social Network is a place where people interested in the topics of menopause, menopause causes, menopause signs, menopause symptoms, menopause treatments, early menopause, male menopause, and menopause effects can meet each other, invite friends, and join groups, while gathering and sharing first-hand information and experiences. Users can set up their own groups, participate in forums, engage in online chat, see the latest research, and enjoy menopause humor.
      Like Facebook, The Free Menopause Social Network is an online community of internet users. The only difference is that the community’s interest is geared around interacting with each other on subjects relating to menopause. Also like Facebook, it is a place where you can update your friends on your feelings and experiences and they can do the same for you. Not only is it a place to research facts, but it is also a source of entertainment, whether it is from the human interaction between friends or from the collection of humorous videos and links provided by the network.
      Once you have subscribed to The Menopause Social Network you can immediately begin to socialize, ask questions, get answers, read research, join groups, invite friends, share stories, and feel better about your own situation. The friends that you can make are just one of the many benefits to The Menopause Social Network. Another one of those benefits includes diversity because the network gives individuals from all around the world access to each other. This means that although you may be in the United States, you could develop an online friendship with someone in Denmark or India. Not only will you make new friends, but you just might learn a thing or two about how menopausal symptoms, menopausal treatments, and menopausal effects are dealt with in other cultures and learning is always a good thing.
      As mentioned, The Menopause Social Network often involves individual forming their own groups or sub groups around a particular topic of interest, geographical proximity, or some other attribute. As long as they have an interest in menopause, anyone can become a member, no matter what their hobbies, beliefs, or views are. However, once you are inside the network, you can begin to create your own circle of friends and eliminate members that do not share your interests or goals.

      http://menopausescoop.com/

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a good support group for young women going through surgical menopause?
    I am 29 and underwent a complete hysterectomy last december i have no ovaries or anything left. I am truly suffering with extreme severe hot flashes constantly and sweating alot as well. I would like to talk to others like myself who are young and experiencing severe menopause symptoms caused by surgical menopause.
    I live in a very small town. We have no groups like that here. I was wanting to meet other women online to discuss this problem. People who are going through this as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I can relate to your situation. I had a complete hysterectomy also when I was 27 and also live in a small town.There is just no support groups out there for young women like us! I can give you some advice on certain things.First of all you need some Hormone Replacement Treatment for those Hot Flashes and Mood Swings,Second you need to give yourself time to heel,it takes usually around a year for your body to get back to normal,so don't rush things.One more thing (Always Remember...Your Still Are and Always will be A Complete Woman) Please feel free to contact me anytime!! I do know what you are going through.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any suggestions about treatments for menopause other than hormone replacement therapy?
    My mom is 50yrs old and she has been going through menopause since last Jan. She uses progestercare cream from the health food store but she doesnt want to do hormone replacement therapy or premprose because they increase the risk of breast cancer. Her doctor is telling her that she will develop osteoporosis if she doesnt get on some sort of HRT though. Can anyone give her any advice on what to do? Are there any natural ways that anyone has tried that worked? And does anyone know if not going on HRT can really cause osteoporosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom is on the right track using natural progesterone. It's the ONLY substance that has been shown to REBUILD bone, from the inside out.

      (Natural progesterone does NOT cause cancer like synthetic HRT does. In fact, it helps protect against cancer.)

      Estrogen (in the synthetic HRT) only delays bone breakdown, and it only works for four to five years. The problem is that it actually stops the bone from performing its natural cycle - breaking down old bone and rebuilding new to replace it. If old bone is not being broken down, there is no new bone being rebuilt! After five years on HRT, bone will be brittle.

      Have her read Dr. John Lee's book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause". He explains it very well!
      He also gives guidelines for finding a quality progesterone cream. She may want to compare the one she's using to his recommendations.

      Your mom's doctor is not fully informed. Dr. Lee says, "You can educate your doctor, or find a new one."

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
    What are the side effects without treatment, and what is the treatment, and how do they diagnose it. Does it always affect fertility.

    • ANSWER:
      From the Endo Research Center (www.endocenter.org):

      "About Endometriosis:

      With Endometriosis, tissue like that which lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the womb in other areas of the body. Normally, the endometrium is shed each month through menses; however, with Endometriosis, these implants have no way of leaving the body. The implants still break down and bleed, but result is far different than in women and girls without the disease: internal bleeding, degeneration of blood and tissue shed from the growths, inflammation of the surrounding areas, and formation of scar tissue result. In addition, depending on the location of the growths, interference with the normal function of the bowel, bladder, intestines and other areas of the pelvic cavity can occur. Endometriosis has also been found lodged in the skin - and even the brain.

      Symptoms include chronic or intermittent pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation is not normal!), infertility, miscarriage(s), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, dyspareunia (pain associated with intercourse), nausea / vomiting / abdominal cramping, diarrhea / constipation (particularly with menses), painful bowel movements, painful or burning urination, urinary frequency, retention, or urgency; fatigue, chronic pain, allergies and immune system-related illnesses are also commonly reported complaints of women who have Endo. It is quite possible to have some, all, or none of these symptoms. Endo symptoms are varied and often nonspecific, so they can easily masquerade as several other conditions, including adenomyosis ("Endometriosis Interna"), appendicitis, ovarian cysts, bowel obstructions, colon cancer, diverticulitis, ectopic pregnancy, fibroid tumors, gonorrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cancer, and PID.

      Despite today's age of medical advances, researchers remain unsure as what causes of Endometriosis. There is NO CURE, despite the continued propagation of such myths by the uninformed who still mistakenly believe that hysterectomy, pregnancy and/or menopause can "cure" the disease. Invasive surgery remains the gold standard of diagnosis, and current therapies continue to remain extremely limited, often carrying side effects.

      Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," Endometriosis is more than just "killer cramps." It is a leading cause of female infertility, chronic pelvic pain and gynecologic surgery, and accounts for more than half of the 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US annually. Despite being more prevalent than breast cancer, Endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. Recent studies have even shown an elevated risk of certain cancers and other serious illnesses in those with the disease, as well as malignant changes within the disease itself.

      Research has shown that genetics, immune system dysfunction, and exposure to environmental toxins like Dioxin may all be contributing factors to the development of the disease. Endometriosis knows no racial or socioeconomic barriers, and can affect women ranging from adolescence to post-menopause. The disease can be so painful as to render a woman or teen unable to care for herself or her family, attend work, school, or social functions, or go about her normal routine. It can negatively affect every aspect of a woman's life; from her self-esteem and relationships, to her capacity to bear children, to her ability to be a contributing member of society.

      The disease can currently only be diagnosed through invasive surgery, and the average delay in diagnosis is a staggering 9 years. A patient may seek the counsel of 5 or more physicians before her pain is adequately addressed.

      Once diagnosed, it is not unusual for a patient to undergo several pelvic surgeries and embark on many different hormonal and medical therapies in an attempt to treat her symptoms. None of the current treatments are entirely effective, and virtually all synthetic therapies carry significantly negative side effects; some lasting far beyond cessation of therapy. The exception to this is excision; see www.centerforendo.com to learn more about excision as the leading treatment.

      Though Endometriosis is one of the most prevalent illnesses affecting society today, awareness is sorely lacking and disease research continues to remain significantly under funded. For instance, in fiscal year 2000, the National Institutes of Health planned to spend .5 billion on research. Of that funding, only .7 million was earmarked for Endometriosis - amounting to approximately $.40/patient. This is in stark contrast to other illnesses such as Alzheimer's and Lupus, which received approximately 5.00 and .00 per patient, respectively. American businesses lose millions of dollars each year in lost productivity and work time because of Endometriosis. The cost of surgery required to diagnose the disease in each patient alone adds greatly to the financial burden of both consumers and companies alike.

      Once erroneously believed to be a disease of “Caucasian career women who have delayed childbearing,” we know that in fact, Endometriosis affects women of all ages, races and
      socioeconomic status. Endometriosis also can and does exist in the adolescent female population. Far from the “rare” incidence once believed, studies have found that as many as 70% of teenagers with chronic pelvic pain had Endometriosis proven by laparoscopy. Other reports indicate that as many as 41% of patients experienced Endometriosis pain as an adolescent. The illness can be quite disruptive and cause significant dysfunction, especially at a time in life when self-esteem, school attendance and performance, and social involvement are all critical. Many adolescents with Endometriosis find themselves unable to attend or participate in classes, social functions, extracurricular activities, and sports due to significant pain and other symptoms of Endometriosis. Sometimes, teens and young women lack support and validation from both the home and the school; told the pain is “in their head,” that they are “faking it,” that their debilitating cramps are “normal” and “a part of womanhood,” that they are merely suffering from “the curse,” or that they should just “grin and bear it.” Their symptoms may also be dismissed as a sexually transmitted disease, which Endometriosis absolutely is not. Failure to acknowledge and address symptoms early in the disease process can lead to significant delays in diagnosis and necessary, subsequent treatments. Lack of support from family and loved ones can also add to the patient’s pain and fear - at any age.

      Recent studies have also shown that Endometriosis may in fact have an even bigger impact on younger patients than older women. One such study discovered that in patients under 22 years of age, the rate of disease recurrence was
      double that of older women (35% versus 19%). The study also revealed that the disease behaves differently in
      younger women; leading some researchers to believe it is a
      different form of Endometriosis altogether. Surgery, considered necessary to accurately diagnose and
      effectively treat the disease, is often withheld from younger patients based on the injudicious belief that early surgery somehow negatively influences a young woman’s fertility. Extensive, cumulative research has shown this concern to be unfounded. What can impact fertility, however,
      is neglecting effective treatment of the disease. Some
      researchers also feel that symptomatic, adolescent-onset
      Endometriosis is most often a lifelong problem that will
      progress to severe fibrotic disease.

      While it is possible to become pregnant with Endometriosis, the key is to obtain early, effective treatment such as that offered by specialty treatment centers like the Center for Endo Care (see www.centerforendo.com to learn about the success of excision as treatment). Hysterectomy is not a cure for Endometriosis. Any disease left behind by the surgeon (whether by design because he or she 'couldn't get it all' or accident because they don't recognize the disease in all manifestations) will continue to thrive and cause pain and symptoms. It does not matter if the ovaries are removed or if HRT is withheld; Endo produces its own estrogen-synthesizing enzyme known as aromatase. Thus, it enables it's own vicious life cycle and sustains the disease process. You would be better off getting all disease truly excised from all locations at a specialty center like the CEC (www.centerforendo.com).

      Due in part to the efforts of foundations like the ERC, research is ongoing in some places as to the causes of Endometriosis and potential cures for the disease. Our organization will continue to push for more widespread research into the many facets of the disease, and ultimately, a cure.

      For more information:

      http://www.endocenter.org/

      Endo Self Test:

      Not sure if you have Endometriosis? While pelvic surgery is the only current way to definitively diagnose it, symptoms can lead you and your doctor to suspect the disease. Review the following and consider if any of these common symptoms apply to you. Review your answers with your gynecologist for further discussion.

      Do you experience so much pain during or around your period that you find yourself unable to work, attend school or social functions, or go about your normal routine? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have any relatives diagnosed with Endometriosis? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you find yourself with painful abdominal bloating, swelling or tenderness at any time in your cycle? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of painful ovarian Endometriomas ("chocolate cysts")? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of miscarriage, infertility or ectopic pregnancy? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you experience gastrointestinal symptoms during your cycle, such as nausea or vomiting and/or painful abdominal cramping accompanied by diarrhea and/or constipation? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of fatigue and/or a lowered immunity (i.e., "sick and tired" all the time)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you have a history of allergies, which tend to worsen around your periods? _____YES / _____ NO

      If sexually active, do you experience pain during sexual activity? _____YES / _____ NO

      Do you suffer from autoimmune diseases or other conditions (i.e., thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, chronic migraines)? _____YES / _____ NO

      Have you ever undergone pelvic surgery like a laparoscopy, in which Endometriosis was suspected but not definitively diagnosed?
      _____YES / _____ NO

      If you have answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, you may have Endometriosis. Talk to your doctor about getting an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment today. Dull aching and cramping can occur during menstruation in many women and teens, due to uterine contractions and the release of various hormones including those known as prostaglandins. However, period pain that becomes so debilitating it renders you unable to go about your normal routine is not ordinary or typical! Pain is your body's way of signaling that something is WRONG. If you are suffering from pelvic pain at any point in your cycle, an Endometriosis diagnosis should be considered.

      Know the Facts:

      - Endometriosis can affect women and teens of all ages, even those as young as 10 or as old as 85!
      - Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis; in fact, there is no definitive cure!
      - Delayed childbearing is NOT what causes Endometriosis; in fact, no one really knows for sure what causes the disease, but research points to multi-factorial origins like heredity, immunology and exposure to environmental toxicants!
      - Endometriosis can only be accurately diagnosed via surgery; diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive!
      - GnRH therapies like Lupron should never be administered in those patients younger than 18 yrs. of age or before a surgical diagnosis!
      - You CAN live well in spite of Endometriosis. WE ARE HERE TO HELP!" ~ www.endocenter.org

  18. QUESTION:
    How difficult would it be to get pregnant as a thirtysomething?
    My ob-gyn told me today that my age (mid 30's) was nothing to worry about in regards to being fertile and that the average age of menopause was 51. She didn't endorse me getting the ovarian reserve test (to test how many eggs I have left). How difficult would it be to get pregnant as a thirtysomething year old woman? I want to know if I should relax or start planning. Thanks for your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      I've known lots of people pregnant in their 30s. And some have to keep trying, and trying. Some resort to spending all of their money on medical treatments, when they could just adopt. If it's something you want, give it a whirl, but keep your wits about you..

  19. QUESTION:
    Can acupuncture help with chronic pain and menopausal symptoms?
    What are the best alternative methods to help cope with chronic pain and menopause. On HRT but is there a better one for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese Medicine can help with chronic pain and menopausal symptoms. Acupuncture excels on its own for the treatment of pain. However, a combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine is generally more effective for menopausal issues.

      Chronic pain will often *start* responding to acupuncture within the first or second treatment.

      Menopause treatment can take somewhat longer to start showing more lasting positive effects.

      If you are in the United States you can find a board certified acupuncturist in your area at: http://www.nccaom.org

  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  21. QUESTION:
    Are there any options for fibroid treatment?
    I am working on my research on fibroid; how does it effect women and what are the sign/symptoms. But the question is: what type of treatment that can be much safer and curable for women when recover from a fibroid.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids can be treated with medication or surgery.

      Treating fibroids with medication

      GnRHA

      GnRHA (gonadotropin released hormone agonist), administered by injection. GnRHAs make the woman's body produce much lower quantities of estrogen, which makes the fibroids shrink. GnRHA stops the woman's menstrual cycle. It is important to remember that GNRHAs are not contraceptives, and they do not affect a woman's fertility when she stops treatment.

      GNRHAs are also very helpful for women who have heavy periods and discomfort in their abdomen. GNRHAs may have menopause-like symptoms as their main side-effect, this might include hot flashes (UK: flushes), a tendency to sweat more, and vaginal dryness. Although thinning of the bones (osteoporosis) is also a possible side-effect, it is rare.

      GnRHAs may be administered to the patient before surgery in order to shrink the fibroids. GNRHAs are for short-term, not long-term use.

      GNRHAs combined with HRT (hormone replacement therapy) are sometimes prescribed to prevent menopause-like symptoms.

      Other drugs may be used to treat fibroids; however, they are less effective for larger fibroids. These include:

      Tranexamic acid - they are presented in tablet form and are taken by the patient from the day pre menstrual period starts for up to 4 days. This is done each month. If symptoms do not improve within three months the patient should stop taking this medication. Tranexamic acid helps blood in the uterus clot, which reduces bleeding. A woman's fertility will not be affected by this treatment as soon as it is over.

      Anti-inflammatory drugs - these medications are taken for a few days during the patient's menstrual period. They may include such drugs as mefanamic and ibuprofen. Anti-inflammatory medications reduce the amount of prostaglandins the body produces. Prostaglandins are hormones which are associated with heavy periods. These drugs are also painkillers. They do not affect a woman's fertility.

      The contraceptive pill - these are used to stop menstruation from occurring.

      LNG-IUS (Levonorgestrel intrauterine system) - this is a plastic device which is placed inside the uterus. LNH-IUS releases levonorgestrel (progestogen hormone). This hormone stops the lining of the uterus from growing too fast, which effectively reduces bleeding. One of the side-effects of this treatment is irregular bleeding for up to six months, headaches, breast tenderness, and acne. In very rare cases it can stop the woman's periods.

      Surgery to treat fibroids

      When medications have not worked, the patient may have to undergo surgery to cure the Fibroids. The following surgical procedures may be considered:

      Hysterectomy - removing the uterus. This is only ever considered if the fibroids are very large, or if the patient is bleeding too much. Hysterectomies are sometimes considered as an option to stop recurrences of fibroids (stop them coming back). Hysterectomies have two possible side-effects: 1. Reduced libido. 2. Early menopause.

      Myomectomy - the fibroids are surgically removed from the wall of the uterus. This option is more popular for women who want to get pregnant (as opposed to a hysterectomy). Women with large fibroids, as well as those whose fibroids are located in particular parts of the uterus may not be able to benefit from this procedure.

      Endometrial ablation - this involves removing the lining of the uterus. This procedure may be used if the patient's fibroids are near the inner surface of the uterus. This procedure is considered as an effective alternative to a hysterectomy.

      UAE (Uterine Artery Embolization) - this treatment stops the fibroid from getting its blood supply. UAE is generally used for women with large fibroids. UAEs effectively shrink the fibroid. A chemical is injected through a catheter into a blood vessel in the leg - it is guided by X-ray scans.

      Magnetic-resonance-guided percutaneous laser ablation - an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is used to locate the fibroids. Then very fine needles are inserted through the patient's skin and pushed until they reach the targeted fibroids. A fiber-optic cable is inserted through the needles. A laser light goes through the fiber-optic cable, hits the fibroids and shrinks them.

      Magnetic-resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery -" an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan locates the fibroids, and then sound waves are aimed at them. This procedure also shrinks the fibroids.

      Most experts say Magnetic-resonance-guided percutaneous laser ablation and Magnetic-resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery are both effective - however, there is some uncertainty regarding their benefits vs. risks.

  22. QUESTION:
    What is a natural way to deal with menopause?
    I had cancer of the cervix, and the radiation treatment threw me into early menopause. What is a natural alternative to hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know, and I have read all the latest info about natural alternatives to hormones, nothing really helps. The only remedy (partly a remedy) was to take some of the anti-anxiety medication like Prozac etc. Of course there are natural anti depressants (look at this site)
      http://www.menopause.realage.com/content.aspx/topic/17
      but I am not sure how well they alleviate the symptoms. I wish I kept these medical journals I get to give you the reference. If I find it I will let you have it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Possible for early menopause in early 20s?
    I have the symptoms, no reason to really have started menopause (no cancer treatments, etc.) Is it possible, and for what reasons? Any other symptoms I should look for other than the obvious ones?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition called Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) or Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI). It's when the ovaries stop working for some reason. It could be an obvious reason, like cancer, or it could be for no reason that can be determined. Most cases are for reasons that are undetermined. The way to diagnose it is to get your FSH tested. Pretty much the only thing that causes a menopausal-level FSH in a young woman is POF. If she has other problems, other hormone irregularities, then her FSH will likely be normal, even though other values, like estrogen and progesterone and testosterone may be off for some reason. So there are many reasons why one might not be having a period, and to find that out you need to see a gynecologist or endocrinologist. Be sure they do the FSH test--a lot don't do it because they just dont' think of POF since it's pretty unusual. But it's just a simple blood test and so easy to do! I hope that this is not your situation, but you can read all about POF at this website support group: http://www.pofsupport.org/
      They'll have a list of symptoms for you. If you do have it, then you should go on hormone replacement. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Good luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    How can women have periods yet unable to conceive?
    My great aunt had her period (before menopause of course), and she tried to conceive, but she was unable to have kids but her husband had 3 kids before her though, so we don't think it was him? How is this so?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps her fallopian tubes were scarred and the ova couldn't make it through. Perhaps she simply didn't produce ova that were capable of fertilization. There are folks who are infertile for reasons that are never really discovered. In fact, the majority of couples in fertility treatment are infertile for unknown reasons. It is also always in the realm of possibility that the three children did not belong to the uncle. After all, prior to DNA testing, fatherhood was a matter of faith and not science. The only person you could be sure of was the mother. And in these days of donated ova, and test tube babies, even that isn't a promise anymore. It might also have been the uncle in question had troubles that weren't made public. One never really knows, unless you happen to be told. And in those days, you didn't ordinarily discuss it except with the doctor.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know of any treatment for arthritis following chickungunya- homeo or ayaurveda or whatever?
    My mother who is 57 got chickungunya a year back and is still suffering from severe joint pain and swelling, arthritis due to chickengunya. Anybody who has gone through the same , please advise on what treatment would help? Does taking long periods of rest help?

    • ANSWER:
      HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR RHEUMATISM / ARTHRITIS without any side effects or complications of any sort, (Arthritis including Gout, Arthritis Deformans/Osteoarthritis and Rheumatism) :-

      Pain knee joints, worse by movements; better initial movements, continuous pain in joints, worse while rising from seat; pain in heels, worse by movements. Cassia Sophera 30X, 4 hourly

      Acute attack of gout of joints of the feet.Pain with bright red swelling Aconite Nap 200, 2 hourly

      Pain with inflammation, worse by movements. Bryonia Alba 200 or 1M, 6 hourly

      Complaints worse after rest and exposure to cold Rhus tox 200 or 1M, 4 hourly

      Complaints worse during menstruation; beginning at the time of menopause; more in hands and feet Caulophyllum 30X, 4 hourly

      When the origin of complaints is gonorrhoeal; worse during day time. Medorrhinum 1M. fortnightly (3 Doses)

      When the origin of complaints is tubercular Tuberculinum k, 1M fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of small joints with red or pale swelling; tenderness and shifting pains; worse by motion. Main remedy for gout during cold weather Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly

      When Rhus Tox cease to work; pain is worse in cold damp weather and better by movements Calcarea Carb 200 or 1M, 6 hourly (6 Doses)

      Nodosities in the joints with gastric complaints. At last nodules become painless (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Tongue whitish thickly coated Antim Crud 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Complaints of feets and ankles; stiffness Drosera 200 fortnightly (3 Doses)

      Complaints of long bones; contraction of ligaments Causticum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain worse at night; in wet weather; Rheumatism of large muscles Cimicifuga 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism; worse in damp cold weather. Gout.Pain in limbs and hip joints Natrum Sulph 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain travels downwards affecting the large part of a limb and passes through quickly along course of nerve Kalmia Lat 30X or 200, 6 hourly

      Pains worse during rest, night and warmth, better by cold, open air and movements Pulsatilla 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain :- violent; bruised or as if sprained ; cannot bear touch, feels somebody coming near him may touch him and hit the affected part Arnica Montana 200, 4 hourly

      Gout of great toe and joints with swelling; soreness and drawing pain on stepping; worse in warmth, pressure and motion. Pain travels upwards; better cold compresses Ledum Pal 200, 4 hourly

      Gouty nodosities of joints; tearing pain and extremities and contraction of the muscles Guaiacum 30 4 hourly

      Chronic nodosities of joints; hands twisted, out of shape due to deposits of water of soda Ammonium Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      Gouty complaints with offensive urine Acid Benzoic 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      When there is red sand in urine in gouty patients Lycopodium 30, 4 hourly

      Severe pain with enlargement of the joints; worse during rest and when storm approaches Rhododendron 200 or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Almost a specific for gout (to drain out uric acid and urates) Urtica Urens Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 -10 drops in hot water

      Arthritic deformans (chronic rheumatoid, particularly of fingers) Picric Acid 30X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pains or arthritis after checked diarrhoea Abrotanum 30 or 200 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Specific for pain with numbness; Pain so severe patient says that he would prefer death than the pain Chamomilla 200 or 1M, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Pain appear diagonally as right arm and left leg with sensation of cold, numbness and tingling Agaricus Mus 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      In weak persons; burning pain with chilliness, feels better by heat, while eating, and worse in cold open air Capsicum 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Unbearable pain; rigidity and stiffness. Superiority / inferiority complex Platina 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Pain flies like electric shock; due to exposurse of damp cold weather. Better by warmth and rest Phytolacca 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Rheumatic pain, worse after washing clothes, doing laundry work Sepia 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain in long bones; may be due to injury or rheumatism Ruta Grav 200, 6 hourly

      Pain worse on slightest touch specially after loss of vital fluids like excessive bleeding, diarrhoea, vomiting China Off 6X or 30, 3 hourly

      Pain in the small joints of extremities with swelling. Backache, worse in the morning before rising Staphysagria 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Pain heels; better by putting most of the weight on them Berberis Vulgaris Q (Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8 - 10 drops

      Stiffing pain in all parts of the body; worse by movement Stellaria Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly, 8-10 drops in warm water

      Rheumatic pain without swelling; pain joints; worse at night Iodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Osteo-arthritis of large joints with degeneration. Pain, swelling, stiffness and tenderness of joints; worse by motion (cracking joints) and cold ; better by warmth O.A.Nosode 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      Chronic muscular rheumatism of back and neck. Intense pain along with sciatic nerve. Numbness alternates with pain Gnaphalium 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      Muscular atrophy; rigidity and stiffness Strychninum 3X or 6X, 4 hourly

      Rheumatism accompained with skin ailments and itiching; cannot walk erect Sulphur 200, 10 min (3 Doses)

      Rheumatism of knee joint; with round worms Natrum Phos 6X or 30, 4 hourly

      For defective bony growth; better by warmth and worse by cold Calcarea Flour 12X or 30, 4 hourly

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms.
      No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.

      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      For more information on Homeopathic Treatment of ARTHRITIS/RHEUMATISM/GOUT etc please check these articles :-
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/arthritis...
      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/rheumatis...

      Best of health to you my friend get well real soon.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  26. QUESTION:
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in th?
    Do you think that medicalization of women’s bodies was an intentional act to control women and keep them in the subordinate group? Or did physicians simply see women as an easy target for success? Also, what may have been some of the unintended consequences that came out of this widespread medicalization? And by "medicalization" I mean, the process by which human conditions and problems come to be defined and treated as medical conditions, and thus become the subject of medical study, diagnosis, prevention, or treatment. Thanks for any thoughts or ideas!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Female bodies are overmedicalized. Menarche is not a medical issue, yet menopause is.

      Pregnancy can become life-threatening. But in general, we approach this natural passage as if some crisis were imminent.

      Men's bodies could use a bit more medical attention. Rather than look at erectile dysfunction as a symbol of waning masculinity and prescribing a pill, they should consider it as a symptom of perhaps a larger systemic problem.

      Not a doctor but still ... I do see what you are saying.

      No I do not think that there is some conspiracy to keep women down. I think it is the opposite. I think that too many women died in the past of childbirth, and they are over cautious.

      Yes, there is also a massive industry surrounding women's bodies and women's health products. Absolutely there is. From Insurance policies, to publishers, to baby accessories, to bras, tampax ... you bet!

  27. QUESTION:
    Could you recommend a really good womens clinique in UK?
    I need to consult about early menopause (infertility) problems and I am 25 now. So this is not a usual case and not every GP can consult me well. I would appreciate it if you could recommend me a quality professional doctor, any place in UK is good, London, York or Leeds prefered. Many thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There's no need for a private clinic. Ask your GP to refer you to the relevant consultant at a hospital (you should get a list online to choose from). GPs don't normally carry out infertility treatments or deal with early menopause problems directly. If you're Up North, then LGI may be on your local list.

      If you are a member of BUPA, then ask them for a referral to a suitable hospital on their list.

  28. QUESTION:
    Can a multivitamin help with female hair thinning, or do I need a specific vitamin for this?
    I have noticed I can see my scalp on the very front of my head, I always had thin hair but not this bad. I am not in menopause or anywhere close to this so that is not the cause, is there a vitamin supplement that can help?

    • ANSWER:
      Vitamins won't help. Check with your family doctor first as some conditions like low thyroid can cause hair thinning. Do you use curling irons, flattening irons, hot blow dryers? They can cause hair damage and thinning. The most common cause is inherited female pattern balding, for which their is no treatment.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do you deal with women going thru menopause?
    I'm pretty sure my mom is going through menopause right now because she is really irritable and moody and she's giving my dad the silent treatment because he got mad at her. Today was her birthday but she didn't even want to eat the cake we got her. I'm really pis$ed off about this and I want my family back. Anything I can do or do I just have to wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the period marked by the natural and permanent cessation of menstruation. A woman begins to see changes in her menstrual cycles usually between the ages of 45 and 55. It's the time in a woman's life that the function of her ovaries begins to cease. Most people recognize this as the "turning point".

      Some women may have few or no first signs of menopause, while others experience multiple psychological and physical symptoms. The symptoms and severity of them varies significantly from woman to woman.

      Every woman's experience will be different but some of the common first signs of menopause are:

      -Irregular Periods -Hot Flashes -Problems with the Vagina and Bladder -Loss of Sex Drive -Fatigue -Mood Changes -Headaches -Sleep Problems -Water Retention

      Can you imagine having to deal with all that and nobody understands what you’re going through?

      Spend some time and talk to her about your concerns (Your Mom’s Health and Well Being). Show empathy for her. The more you can learn on your own about this change, the more your mom will open up to you about it.

      This could help tremendously.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why would my feet hurt and feel stiff without having an injury and continue to feel worse over the last month?
    My feet started feeling stiff going down stairs in the mornings some months ago. My right foot now feels like it's been injured - it hasn't and is painful to bend and hurts in the arch area. My toes are stiff to bend and my feet ache even when they are resting and not weight bearing. I am a relatively fit woman of 50, going through menopause and am about 10 kilos overweight. I like walking and am continuing to do so as I can't bear not to!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Helen,

      Arch pain is the term used to describe symptoms that occur under the arch of the foot. When a patient has arch pain they usually have inflammation of the tissues within the midfoot. The arch of the foot is formed by a tight band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.
      This band of tissue is important in proper foot mechanics and transfer of weight from the heel to the toes. When the tissue of the arch of the foot becomes irritated and inflamed, even simple movements can be quite painful.

      Plantar Fasciitis
      The most common cause of arch pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the name that describes inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain early in the morning and pain with long walks or prolonged standing.
      Arch pain early in the morning is due to the plantar fascia becoming contracted and tight as you sleep through the night. When awakening and walking in the morning, the fascia is still tight and prone to irritation when stretched. When walking or standing for long periods, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful.

      Treatment of plantar fasciitis is best accomplished with some simple stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, and inserts for your shoes.
      ___________________________________________________________________________________
      Ankle pain is an extremely common complaint with many causes. It is important to accurately diagnose the cause of your symptoms so you can get appropriate treatment. If you have ankle pain, some common causes include:

      •Arthritis
      Arthritis causing ankle pain is much less common than degenerative changes in other joints. However, ankle cartilage can wear away and is often quite painful. Ankle arthritis is most common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or in patients with a previous injury to the ankle joint.

      •Sprains
      Ankle sprains cause an injury to the ligaments around the ankle. Sprains can cause significant ankle pain, as well as swelling and a feeling as though the joint may 'give-out.'
      •High Ankle Sprain A high ankle sprain is a specific type of ligament injury to the ankle. In a high ankle sprain, the ligaments on top of the joint are injured. The treatment and rehabilitation from a high ankle sprain is different from a usual sprain.

      •Tendonitis
      Tendonitis can occur in any of the tendons around the joint and cause ankle pain. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons, the attachments of muscles to the bone, become irritated and inflamed.
      •Posterior Tibial Tendonitis
      Posterior tibial tendonitis cause ankle pain on the inside part of the joint. If left untreated, posterior tibial tendonitis can lead to significant walking problems.

      •Achilles Tendonitis
      Achilles tendonitis causes ankle pain in the back of the joint. Achilles tendonitis is the most common type of tendonitis around the ankle joint.

      •Fractures
      Ankle fractures are a common type of broken bone. However, there any many different types of ankle fractures and each of these must be treated individually. Some ankle fractures can be treated like sprains, and others require surgery.

      •Cartilage Damage
      The cartilage of the ankle joint is susceptible to injury if you sustain an ankle sprain, fracture, or other traumatic injury. Cartilage injuries can run the spectrum from a limited area of damage to more widespread ankle arthritis.

      •Gout
      Gout is an uncommon cause of ankle pain. However, in patients who have a diagnosis of gout, it must be considered as a cause for new ankle pain.

      YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CHECK INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF THIS BEING SIGNS OF DIABETES.

      Take care! Mama Bear

  31. QUESTION:
    What is the condition called where a female cannot engage in sexual intercourse?
    I am trying to figure out what the condition is called when a female is told by her doctor that intercourse is not possible. I think it has to do with inflammation around the vaginal region. There is no cure for it and treatments sometimes do not work. There is surgery that can be performed with a 93% success rate. Although I know all of this information, I cannot remember the name of the condition. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      pray about it because unless you are a eunuch, i dont know what else to say.....is it that you have never engaged sexually or that you are getting older and sex is now impossible? The older women get, esp during menopause, the vagina tends to become inflamed and sex is less enjoyable to women...i dont know the details of your problem so maybe if you were more specific

  32. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of these hairs on my chin?
    I have hair on my chin! I have tryed plucking them and facial remover but within a few days they are back. My gyno told me I had started early menopause, could this be the cause? Any ideas on how to get rid of them or at least slow the growth?

    • ANSWER:
      you could try bleaching them and trimming them really short or just keep plucking them. i wouldn't recommend shaving because that will make them thick and stubbly :(

      if you have the money, you could get them removed with a laser treatment

  33. QUESTION:
    When does fertility start to decrease?
    I'm 28 now and have one beautiful daughter. But, we're not planning to have another child anytime soon for a number of reasons. But, there is a part of me that still wants to have another (biological) child. So, at what age do the chances of getting pregnant start to fall or drop dramatically? What are the chances of getting pregnant past 35 w/o the use of any fertility treatments? Does anyone know where I can find reliable information or statistics??? Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my question!

    • ANSWER:
      More women today find they want to put off pregnancy until their careers are well established, or until they've gotten more life experience. However, research shows that pregnancies in women over the age of 35 suffer from more problems than those in younger women. How great are the risks compared with the benefits, and what do you really need to be concerned about?
      How Old is Too Old to Have a Baby?
      According to the Mayo Clinic, a woman's fertility peaks between the ages of 20 and 24. However, fertility rates remain relatively constant through the early 30s, after which they begin to decline:

      At age 30 to 35, fertility is 15 to 20 percent below maximum. From age 35 to 39, the decrease is 25 to 50 percent. From 40 to 45, the decrease is 50 to 95 percent.

      Technically, any woman who has not gone through menopause, and who does not have other reproductive problems, can become pregnant. Successful pregnancies have been reported in women as old as 59.

      Pregnancy Risks After 35
      The risk of miscarriage increases after age 35; by the early 40s, more than 50 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Many of these occur at an early stage and may not even be detected, or may be mistaken for a late period. The majority of these miscarriages are due to the chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus.

      Other age-related factors affecting fertility include less frequent and/or irregular ovulation, and endometriosis, in which tissue that attaches to the ovaries or fallopian tubes interferes with conception.

      When they do get pregnant, women older than 35 may have a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and placenta previa. There is also a potentially higher risk of having a baby with low birth weight, and of chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome.

      Aiming for a Positive Pregnancy
      Although older women may find it somewhat harder to achieve pregnancy, the overall outcomes are excellent. In fact, birth rates for mothers in their 30s and 40s have increased dramatically over the past 25 years. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the birth rate for women age 35 to 39 nearly doubled between 1978 and 1998. Between 1981 and 1997, the birth rate for women in their 40s increased 92 percent.

      If you're over 35 and thinking of getting pregnant, a few simple tips will help minimize the risks:

      Start taking prenatal vitamins
      See your doctor for prepregnancy checkups
      Eat well
      Exercise regularly
      Cut out nicotine, alcohol, and drugs

      Finally, if you don't succeed in getting pregnant within six months, see a reproductive endocrinologist (fertility specialist) to discuss next steps.

      Sources: The Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy and Baby's First Year (Morrow, 1994); March of Dimes: 888-MODIMES, www.modimes.org, www.nacersano.org

      The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

      Content courtesy of American Baby.

  34. QUESTION:
    How aware are you of your fertility?
    Women could be told how many eggs they have left in their ovaries by a simple blood test that could be sold over the counter. Australian researchers say the ‘egg timer’ blood test will cost about £38 and could revolutionise family planning and fertility treatment.
    But how aware are you of your fertility? Would you like to know how many eggs you have left?

    • ANSWER:
      My concern isn't with my eggs, it's with my fallopian tubes. I only have one left.
      I do think I'd like to know more about my fertility, but not now. I've already been blessed with two healthy children, while we would like another, I'm not sure I could handle being told that it may not be possible. I need to have hope :-)

      One of my friends was told last year that her fertility was done, she was already well into earlly menopause, aged only 37. She's due to have a little boy in May :-D

  35. QUESTION:
    What kind of product should one uses to stop her hair from falling off because of aging?
    This is for older women whose hair start to fall off. Any recommendation on good brand of Shampoos and Hair Treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many reason for hair loss.. in old age also the reason are related to hormones . Ladies might exp hair loss after menopause..

      there are some very successful product out there which have proven there effectiveness even in old age.. check out the links below

  36. QUESTION:
    What options are available to fix Hair Loss for Older Women?
    I am a 50yr old women and I am losing hair in a few spots in my head and I wanted to know what are some great products or treatments available to help me with new growth in those affected areas. I am trying to avoid wigs.

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took months even years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons for hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.About 23-25 if I shampooed/brush my hair, which is every 4th day.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing from girls under 15. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  37. QUESTION:
    My period have stopped from one year is this a serious condition?
    Due to some mental tablets treatments, my periods have completely stopped from one year. I am 40 years. Is this a serious condition and could it turn to cancer or something else serious?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be menopause
      Pl consult a gynaecologist

  38. QUESTION:
    How many hairs lost in a day would mean you have 'hair loss'?
    Im approaching the menopause and Im sure my hair is thinning a bit. It seems finer also and there are about 6-8 hairs that come loose after hair washing or styling. Do I have hair loss???? If so what can I do about it.

    • ANSWER:
      6 - 8 hairs a day is not significant. However if this is a change from what is normal to you there are things you can do. I am a 44 year old woman and am peri-menopausal. I began losing a significant amount of hair each morning when I showered. I don't know how many but I know it was a change from what was normal for me. I began taking Macafem (maca root), biotin, and MSM supllements, and I switched to Organix coconut milk shampoo and conditioner. Once a week I do a pure coconut oil treatment on my hair (leave oil on for one hour & wash out) I started these changes about a month ago and have noticed a decrease in hair loss and also have new hair growth. Hope this helps

  39. QUESTION:
    My wife's frequency of menstrual period has increased and are irregular. Whats the cause and remedy?
    My wife's frequency of menstrual period has increased and are irregular. Whats the cause and remedy/treatment?
    What are the do and donts?

    • ANSWER:
      what is her age? just go and check with doctor whether there is any cyst or some growth in the uterus.it may happen at the time of pre menopause too.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can partial seizures occur once a month regularly and last for the whole day recurring about every hour?
    My friend has been having them since her menopause started. Her EEG and MRI were normal and her doctor says it is depression.

    • ANSWER:
      This is from the Ontario Epilepsy website
      http://www.epilepsyontario.org/client/EO/EOWeb.nsf/web/
      which describes as many seizure types as there are(a lot!). I looked up both partial seizures simple and complex. Then I looked at this types. The key here is that these are rooted in emotional issues, there is no EEG abnormality and that medication for epilepsy is ineffective. Since she only gets the seizures once a month, it could well be tied into some kind of menstrual issue surrounding menopause. I hope this helps you out.

      Psychogenic Seizures

      (Pseudo-seizures)

      Psychogenic seizures are not classified as a form of epilepsy. They affect between 5 and 20 percent of people thought to have epilepsy. Psychogenic seizures can occur at any age, but are more common in people under the age of 55. They occur 3 times more frequently in women than men. They may arise from various psychological factors, may be prompted by stress, and may occur in response to suggestion. It has also been found that such disorders may be self-induced. They may be used to get attention, to be excused from work, to collect financial compensation, or merely to escape an intolerable social situation. They seldom occur in the absence of others. Trauma related to physical illness has been found to trigger these seizures in elderly individuals. People with early-onset psychogenic seizures often have a history of sexual abuse.

      Psychogenic seizures can be characterized by features common with epilepsy like writhing and thrashing movements, quivering, screaming or talking sounds, and falling to the floor. Psychogenic attacks differ from epileptic seizures in that out-of-phase movements of the upper and lower extremities, pelvic thrusting, and side-to-side head movements are evident. However, psychogenic seizures vary from one occurrence to another and are not readily stereotyped. Indicators like pupillary dilation, depressed corneal reflexes, the presence of Babinski responses, autonomic cardiorespiratory changes, tongue biting and urinary/fecal incontinence are more probable with epilepsy and are not usually manifested in psychogenic seizures.

      Psychogenic seizures may last a couple of minutes or hours, ending as abruptly as they began. Anxiety may be experienced prior to an attack, followed by relief and relaxation afterwards, leading some to postulate that psychogenic seizures may occur as a direct response to stress in order to relieve tension. Afterwards, patients usually have a vague recollection of the seizure, without the usual postictal symptoms of drowsiness and depression.

      It is difficult to differentiate between psychogenic and epileptic seizures. However, one highly reliable indicator of a psychogenic seizure is eye closure during the seizure; when people with epilepsy have seizures the eyes tend to remain open. Still, statistics indicate that, in 20-30% of cases, epileptologists are incorrect in attempting to distinguish one from the other. Although psychogenic seizures are not caused by electrical discharges in the brain and thus do not register any EEG abnormalities, they are often mistaken for epileptic disorders. It is also possible to have both psychogenic seizures and epilepsy. Most patients with psychogenic seizures are misdiagnosed and consequently treated with epilepsy drugs or other epilepsy therapies, sometimes with severe and fatal side effects.

      Medications are ineffective in the treatment of psychogenic disorders. Patients who are diagnosed with psychogenic seizures are usually referred to a therapist, to learn to control stress and become familiar with coping techniques. Since the vast majority of psychogenic seizures operate on a psychological level, behavioral manipulation methods may be used.

  41. QUESTION:
    Can I go through menopause at 32 years old?
    I am 32 years old.. About 5 years ago I had an IUD put in and my periods stopped. I had the IUD removed in December of 2005 and got pregnant in Feb of 2006. After I had my baby I got another IUD and then a little while later had my tubes tied. So I haven't really had a period in 5 years. I am having symptoms of menopause. Could I be going through menopause this early?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you could be going through early onset menopause. There are even gals in their 20's that are going through menopause. You need to go to your doctor and ask for a FSH blood test. This test will tell your hormone levels and what stage of menopause you are in. If you have symptoms then discuss the treatments with your doctor.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is your current or past experience with the Lupron Depot shot?
    I am on the 6 month (2 shot) treatment for endometriosis. I am suffering unimaginably from the side effects and endo pain. If anyone could share their current experience or past experience, it might help. My current doctor does not think add back therapy is appropriate and suggests that it will counteract with the Lupron treatment and its effectiveness. Any feedback is appreciated on this sensitive subject.

    • ANSWER:
      I am a man - have been on it for four years. It knocks out release of the pituitary hormones that stimulate the ovary, inducing a menopause. the side effects will be essentially those of menopause. If you are going to be it for awhile take lost of Calcium and vitamin D.

      Short term, it is pretty harmless, but expensive.

  43. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever been prescribed to get a shot called Lupron Depot?
    I have been recently diagnosed with endometriosis and my treatment is to get a Lupron Depot shot, every 3 months for 9 months and I am very weary about medications especially injections. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The injection throws you into menopause without removing your ovaries. Its supposed to get rid of your pain. Get ready for menopause symptoms. Dont worry about the injection. Thats the easy part. If your having heavy bleeding. It will stop that too.
      Also, its only a temporary fix. You will return to normal after you stop taking the shots and be back in pain again and have to have an alternative treatment.
      Sorry.

  44. QUESTION:
    Natural remedies to prevent early menopause and increase a sperm count?
    I am tired of of all S h i t t y treatments, and need to know , is there any natural remedy?
    For your information.. my age is 29 and my husband's age is 35.. is that too old for a treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doctor about these things. "Natural " remedies are useless for most things....why would you even bother with them, if you are trying to conceive at the end of your fertile life ...see a fertility specialist.

  45. QUESTION:
    At what age do you think a woman is too old to become a mother?
    I know nature puts a stop to having children with the menopause kicking in.

    But I just want your opinion: When do you think a woman (or a man for that matter) is too old to become a parent and most importantly: Why that particular age or age range?
    Oh my, some people can't read:

    WHY that particular age or age range??

    Just plain numbers doesn't explain anything.

    • ANSWER:
      When an "older" woman fights menopause and gets IVF/fertility treatment pushing her aging body to the limit to have a child, then it is too old for kids.

      The DM had many articles recently of the birth mothers aged 55-60+ who had kids way too late in life with fertility treatment and admit how they do not think they made a wise decision to have a midlife crisis concerning childbirth. The don't have the energy or the time left to dedicate to their kids as they would in the 20's, 30's and 40's. Women their age usually have children out of the nest, not first graders. There is a natural reason why a females body ends its fertility period when they age; medicine isn't going to make these women younger. Parenthood is consuming, energy draining and work. It isnt for someone entering their elderly years, hence why nature ends a woman's ability to conceive naturally. Nature knows that a 60 year old woman isn't the prime one to give birth and raise a child to an age of independence, it is all about a species survival. Let's not got all PC and 21st century on this either, when we started walking upright and evolved into the species we are today, the female did the birthing, nursing, primary care and more; that is why the female body is designed perfectly to support a fetus, nurse an infant and programmed to give birth in a certain time frame so the mother has a better chance of ensuring the child's survival to independence.

  46. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if sperm can be extracted from a man who has had a vasectomy in order to impregnate a surroga?
    My fiancee had a vasectomy many years ago and now--3 marriages later, we are considering having a child since he has never had one. We are considering surrogacy as I am already through menopause. Also, I guess that brings into question as to whether I have eggs that can be used also. I doubt it but thought I would ask.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is called sperm aspiration. You can read about it here

      http://www.infertile.com/infertility-treatments/sperm-aspiration.htm

  47. QUESTION:
    Did you know that cancer treatment can cause gynaecological problems?
    It doesn't have to a gynaecological cancer: it could be leukemia, for instance. Apparently the treatment affects the skin of the vagina and causes dryness, hence pain or discomfort during intercourse. There may be damage to fertility as well.

    (I heard this on ABC Radio National, Australia, today, 26/11/07).

    • ANSWER:
      yup can also cause your overies to temporarily shut down causing early menopause during treatment and can cause lymp nodes in the groin area to swell all the time after treatment

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptons for shingles?
    I am 50 going through menopause and also on high blood medication low dosage.
    I have two little spots on my hand right now the size of a pimple.
    *Do I have shingles or chicken pox or is it something else?*
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      No, that's not shingles.

      Shingles is a re-activation of the chicken pox virus. If you have chicken pox as a child, your body stores the virus in your spine. The location where on the spine (nerve), shows when the virus re-activates.

      Shingles starts with a rash that wraps the body along same line as the storage area. It starts out a little itchy, and becomes intolerable. Without treatment, permenant nerve damage can occur.

      It sounds like you could have anything from a simple skin rash to common warts. If it really bothers you, see your doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of adult acne. I'm in my 30s and keep getting big spots on my chin that just won't go.
    Please help!! I am even considering laser treatment which will cost hundreds. My job is about image and I can't go on much longer suffering these dreaded spots that I thought I had outgrown as a teenager.

    • ANSWER:
      I am in my 30's as well and I sufferd the same problem for about a year and a half then they vanished just as quickly as they came. Our bodies go through mega hormonal changes when we are in our 30's and there is even a name for it, it is called peri menopause. You can find more information by going to google and typing in peri menopause. (hope I spelled that right)

  50. QUESTION:
    Can Fluoxetine be used to treat menopause?
    How is the antidepressant Fluoxetine used in the treatment of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fluoxetine:
      Therapeutic Category: Antidepressant, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor.
      Use: Treatment of major depression; treatment of binge-eating and vomiting in patients with moderate-to-severe bulimia nervosa; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

      No relationship between menopause and fluoxetine.

      If we offered you a miracle remedy that prevents after effects of "Menopause" would you buy it? Certainly you would. You won’t find it in a Pharmacy but at the Grocery Store.

      Try the Natural Cures for Menopause.

      Treatment: Although menopause cannot be avoided, it can be postponed for as long as 10 to 15 years and it can be made a smooth affair when it comes, with a proper nutritional programme, special supplements and the right mental attitude. When a woman is affected by the menopausal change to any marked extent, it is a sure sign that her body is in a toxic condition and in need of a thorough cleansing. For this purpose, she should undergo a course of natural health building treatment. Diet is of utmost importance in such a scheme of treatment. In fact the problems at menopause are often much more severe than that at puberty largely because the diet has been deficient for many years prior to its onset, in many nutrients such as protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins D, E, and pantothenic acid. The diet should be made up from three basic food groups, namely (i) seeds, nuts, and grains (ii) vegetables and (iii) fruits. The emphasis should be on vitamin E-rich raw and sprouted seeds and nuts, unpasteurised high quality milk and homemade cottage cheese and an abundance of raw, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Plenty of freshly made juices of fruits and vegetables in season should also be included in this diet.

      All processed, refined and denatured foods, such as white sugar, white flour and all articles made with them, should be completely eliminated. Take special supplements such as vitamins C, B6 and pantothenic acid, which have a specific property of stimulating the body’s own production of estrogen or enhancing the effect of the existing estrogen. During menopause, the lack of ovarian hormones can result in a severe calcium deficiency. For this reason, a larger than usual intake of calcium may help greatly. Vitamins D and F are also essential for assimilation of calcium. Any woman having difficulty at this time should supplement her daily diet with 1,000 units of natural vitamin D, 5000 milligrams of magnesium and two grams of calcium daily, which can be supplied by one quart of milk. During the menopause, the need for vitamin E soars 10 to 50 times over that previously required. Hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms of menopause often disappear when 50 to 100 units of vitamin E are taken daily. The symptoms recur quickly if the vitamin is discontinued.

      Of late, it has become popular to take estrogen to prevent or postpone menopausal symptoms. Although hormone therapy is apparently successful and will, in many cases, help the patient to feel and act younger, it cannot be recommended in all cases because of its carcinogenic effect. If, however, estrogen therapy is undertaken, it should never be administered at the same time as vitamin E therapy. Ingestion of estrogen and vitamin E should be separated by several hours. Beet juice has been found very useful in menopausal disorders. It should be taken in small quantities of 60 to 90 ml at a time thrice a day. It has proved much more permanently helpful than the degenerative effects of drugs or synthetic hormones. Carrot seeds have also been found valuable in menopausal tension. A teaspoonful of the seeds should be boiled in a glassful of cow’s milk for about 10 minutes and taken daily as a medicine in this condition.

      Plenty of outdoor exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, horse riding, or cycling, is imperative to postpone menopause. Other helpful measures in this direction are avoiding mental and emotional stress and worries, especially worry about growing old, sufficient sleep, and relaxation and following all general rules of maintaining a high level of health. The healthier a woman is, the fewer menopausal symptoms she will experience.

      The menopause can be made a pleasant affair by building bodily health and a sane mental outlook. From puberty to menopause, a woman has been somewhat of a slave to her female glands. At specified intervals she was inconvenienced by her menstrual periods. She bore children, enduring the pain and discomfort of pregnancy. Menopause relieves her of this bondage to her femininity. She can now experience some of the happiest days of a woman’s life. A whole new life is given to her, if she is wise enough to prepare for it and accept it as such.

      Hope this helps, Good Luck.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Peri-menopausal Women: What vitamins do you take to COMBAT some of the perimenopause symptoms?
    My aunt is 47 years old & is experiencing HORRIFIC peri-menopause symptoms.

    She & I have researched HRT & have decided she WILL NOT be taking it, due to the MANY negative side effects.

    We know there is a better way to great health, i.e. diet, exercise & nutrients, basically, a life-style change, if you will.

    That being said, what vitamins have helped you to COMBAT the perimenopausal symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I've researched peri-menopause & the vitamins listed below will COMBAT some of the symptoms

      Omega 3
      Multi-vitamins
      B-Vitamins
      Calcium Tablets
      Vitamin D3

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the peri menopause symptoms?
    My mother was 58 when she had the menopause but her periods slowed down 20 years before. Im 34 and have noticed that mine have shortened to 3 days. Everything Else is normal. They are still regular. I was wondering if its the start of peri menopause or is it simply old age lol.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have the symptoms of peri-menopause yet. You'll get hot flashes and night sweats, cold flashes, and your periods will get heavier and you'll join the 'black pants society' (due to sudden and intermittent bleeding) ... then you'll go into a 'strange period' where your periods may 'shorten' or you may have one agonizingly long period (one whole year). Menopause is when you 'stop having periods entirely' that LASTS one full year. If you take birth control pills, you may continue to 'have periods' because of the pills, and the same goes with taking hormones for the 'hot flashes.' I'm one of the few who went through the whole of peri-menopause and menopause with 'no hormones' of any kind, not because I 'wanted to' but because my doctor was very worried about me, due to the fact I had two major heart attacks a month apart, and had two 'stents' put into my heart. Hormones were 'seriously contraindicated' for me. I'm now about 5 years 'past menopause' ... no more heart attacks (so far, knock wood) and am 'healthier than before' ... I also have no more night sweats and hot flashes, but my hands and feet are constantly freezing, and I have trouble with my 'inner thermostat' ... my husband says I'm 'schizothermic' which seems to be the 'worst' of being a 'crone' ... so far. I'm 58, and very happy to answer your questions.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can the symptoms of menopause start in your early thirties?
    I am experiencing hot flashes at night, especially, and wondering how likely it is that I am in peri-menopause? ( pre menopause) I heard you can get symptoms years before you turn barren.

    • ANSWER:
      you can experience this even in your 20's. I would check with your doc for proper diagnosis.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can women still go through menopause even if they had a partial hysterectomy?
    I had my uterus removed but my tubes and overies remain. I am on no medications. I have just been having so many mood changes lately and some other symptoms of peri-menopause. I hope that's what it is and I'm not going nuts!!

    • ANSWER:
      I guess my first question would be how old are you?
      Normal menopause happens at about age 52, but it can occur anywhere from your 30's to your 60's. Sounds to me like you are getting the normal symptoms associated with perimenopause. Check with your doctor. If you are experiencing mood changes alot - might want to suggest having him put you on a low dose anti-depressant med.

  5. QUESTION:
    can i still get pregnant if i am experiencing peri menopause?
    i am 30 and have been experiencing peri menopause symptoms, can i still concieve

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else thought that they might be peri-menopausal in their 30's?
    I am 35 and for about 6 months I have been having a lot of symptoms and last weekend I went on the internet and looked up peri-menopause symptoms and out of 35 I had 33. Has anyone else experienced it also at a young age? I developed really young. I started to wear a bra in 3rd grade and got my period when I was 11. I have outlived my mom so I really don't have any history to compare to.

    • ANSWER:
      First, try to seek the advice from your doctor. Then getting proper information on Women's Health is also very important.
      I personally have addressed such women's issues by regularly visiting a comprehensive website dedicated to help women. Such website contains valuable resource information on all topics related to WOMEN HEALTH, OB GYN & MEDICAL EXAM. All the information is updated daily on a continuous basis.
      I invite you to have a look at it. Like myself, I am convinced that you will find all the appropriate solutions/answers as well as all the precautionary means and tools to keep in good health for many years to come.
      http://www.gynecography.com

  7. QUESTION:
    How can you differentiate PMS from peri-menopause from depression from bipolar disorder?
    All of these have very similar symptoms. All of them make you feel crazy. How do you know which one you really have?

    • ANSWER:
      the best answer to these symptoms are evening primrose oil capsules - but not if you take medication for BPD, and natural progesterone cream - this calms you down - I get mine from Biovea co.uk

  8. QUESTION:
    I am 42 and for the last 5 months my urine has been cloudy and very foul smelling. No other symptoms.?
    Could this be due to Peri menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Its most likely a uti (urinary tract infection) or a bladder kidney infection. You should go to you doctor because if untreated it could damage your kidneys.

  9. QUESTION:
    Women: What menopause symptom remedies do you recommend?
    There is a bewildering array of herbal remedies on the shelves, and they are pretty expensive.
    Can you please tell me which ones you have tried?
    Which ones have relieved which symptoms?
    (I suffer from mood swings, depression, breast tenderness, and overheating.)
    Did you experience ill-effects from any of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Dr. John Lee is an advocate of NATURAL progesterone to treat both peri-menopause and menopause. Go to the health food store and get Life Flo Progesta Care. Here are some other brands that have the amount of progesterone recommended by Dr. Lee: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/resource_progesterone.html

      Hope this brings some relief to you. All the best

  10. QUESTION:
    Ladies: Generally, at what age does peri-menopause usually end?
    Hello Ladies,

    For those of you who have gone through peri-menopause & are willing to SHED some light on it, at wage age does it end & do the symptoms lesson, get better, or get worse, as one transitions into FULL BLOWN MENOPAUSE?

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I have a mother, TONS of female friends, aunts & sisters & have seen the traumatic effects of peri-menopause & menopause!

      From what I've been told & read, peri-menopause usually ends between the ages of 47-49.

      That being said, full-blown menopause, as you so eloquently stated begins immediately, right around the ages of 49-50.

      The menopausal symptoms are supposed to become a little more bearable, if you will, but MOST women beg to differ!

      Although it is the CHANGE of life, soooo... many women suffer horrifically & are ASHAMED of the many symptoms they endure!

      I would suggest to women who are on their way to this milestone, to form some type of support group so that other women can discuss this topic & hopefully enlighten & help each other navigate themselves through this inevitable period.

      I have witnessed sooo... many women go through this alone & help is available, without using HRT.

      It is evident, the media are not shedding any light on it because it is a women's issue & is swept under the rug.

      That being said, as soon as COUNTLESS men begin to complain about andropause (Male Menopause) then the issue will be addressed!

      Ladies, although I am not a doctor, I can truly say, exercise, low-stress, a diet rich in fruits & veggies & the proper supplements will COMBAT some of the symptoms!

  11. QUESTION:
    im 49 and havent had a period in 2 months and did xeperience some hot flushes?
    im 49 and have not had a period for 2 mnths and did have a few hot flushes which have stopped at the moment.
    i know im at that peri menopause stage but will my periods return or have they gone for good.
    i was always so regular and now aint seen them for two months....
    wats next for me?

    • ANSWER:
      More than likely you will have a few sporadic periods for the next year or so...this is the time that you really need to see your doctor. They will do a blood test to see what your hormone levels are and this will let them and yourself know how far into menopause that you are. Keeping and eye on your levels will help them to keep you from experiencing some of the more severe symptoms that some women experience..it is also very important now that you increase you calcium intake as bones become more brittle as we enter menopause...really see your doctor this can be a hard time for a woman...

      Hot flashes, mood swings, depression, fatigue all symptoms that you may experience and the doc can help you get thru this...

  12. QUESTION:
    How long do you have hotflashes after menopause?
    My mom started menopause a few years back and still has severe hot flashes. Her doctor doesn't want to put her on estrogen because of the increased risk of stroke. Is this normal for her to still be having hot flashes? Thanks to anyone who helps.

    • ANSWER:
      The years you have hot flashes for are actually referred to as peri-menopause. You don't hit menopause until you finish these symptoms. A women can perimenopausal for 5-10 years.

  13. QUESTION:
    My period has lasted for 24 days and is not letting up. What's wrong?
    It was really heavy then went to spotting and now it's back to a regular flow. I am 47 and am experiencing symptoms of peri-menopause. Could this just be another one? Is there anything I can do or am I at the mercy of nature?

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    I am 54 years old, been going through peri-menopause for 6 years now. I have been taking progesterone for 12?
    I have been taking progerterone for 12 days of the month each month to help with the mood swings-just been doing this for this year. I noticed lately that my joints were hurting and had a slight headache and a light rash on my chest with a little rash on my ankles. Could this be because of the hormonal changes I have been going through. Peri-menopause for me has been very rough.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello LJ,

      During the perimenopausal period some subtle — and some not-so-subtle — changes in your body may occur. Some things you might experience include:

      Menstrual irregularity. As ovulation becomes more erratic, the intervals between periods may be longer or shorter, your flow may be scanty to profuse, and you may skip some periods. Early perimenopause is defined as a change in your menstrual cycle length of more than seven days. Late perimenopause is characterized by two or more missed periods and an interval of 60 days or more between periods.

      Hot flashes and sleep problems. About 65 to 75 percent of women experience hot flashes, most commonly during late perimenopause. The intensity, duration and frequency vary. Sleep problems are often due to hot flashes or night sweats, but sometimes sleep becomes erratic even without them.

      Mood changes. Some women experience mood swings, irritability or increased risk of depression during perimenopause, but the cause of these symptoms may be sleep disruption caused by hot flashes. Mood changes may also be caused by factors not related to the hormonal changes of perimenopause.

      Vaginal and bladder problems. When estrogen levels diminish, your vaginal tissues may lose lubrication and elasticity, making intercourse painful. Low estrogen levels may also leave you more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone may contribute to urinary incontinence.

      Decreasing fertility. As ovulation becomes irregular, your ability to conceive decreases. However, as long as you're having periods, pregnancy remains a possibility. If you wish to avoid pregnancy, use birth control until you've had no periods for 12 months.

      Changes in sexual function. During perimenopause, sexual arousal and desire may change. But for most women who had satisfactory sexual intimacy before menopause, this will continue through perimenopause and beyond.

      Loss of bone. With declining estrogen levels, you start to lose bone more quickly than you replace it, increasing your risk of osteoporosis.

      Changing cholesterol levels. Declining estrogen levels may lead to unfavorable changes in your blood cholesterol levels, including an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol — which contributes to an increased risk of heart disease. At the same time, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol — the "good" cholesterol — decreases in many women as they age, which also increases the risk of heart disease.

      I hope this answers a few of your questions,

      Mama Bear

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest people start goin threw menapause?
    I am 26 yrs old and I have 24 out of 36 symptoms already. I am having a lot of female problems and the doctor can't figure out why. I have talked to a lot of family members and they believe I am going threw the change already.

    • ANSWER:
      All the studies I have read state 45 is the average age but, they say there is a marked increase in women in their 20's showing peri-menopause signs. Smoking is an external factor that can cause some women to experience early menopause.

      Another big possiblity might be an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body’s own antibodies and immune system, normally employed to fight off diseases, to suddenly attack and destroy healthy tissues within the system. While a common trigger for premature menopause, the category of autoimmune disorders is a wide one and covers a variety of conditions, ranging from thyroid disease to lupus or Graves’ disease. Of all of these, hypothyroidism is perhaps the most common; a condition in which the thyroid gland fails to produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone to keep the body’s metabolism running. It is believed that over 5 million Americans suffer from this condition and at least 10% of all women in the United States suffer from some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. In many cases, people with hypothyroidism don’t even realize they have it until a condition, such as a premature menopause, draws attention to its presence.

      Genetics and defects in the chromosomes can also cause premature menopause. If a woman’s mother or sister has experienced menopause on or before the age of 40, there is a greater risk that she will also experience this condition. Chromosome defects can also cause problems, as in the case of women who are born without a second X chromosome (Turner’s syndrome). This causes the ovaries to form abnormally and prevents them from working properly, thereby triggering a premature menopause.

      In your specific case, it sounds like all has been normal until now so, I would bet it is auto-immune related. Has your Dr. done the auto-immune antibody titer blood test, looking for signs of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis? If you feel that you have hit a wall with your Dr. you might ask to be referred to an Endocrinologist. In my opinion they are so specialized in their field that they might get you to an answer quicker, especially if your problem is auto-immune related Hope this helps and you are able to find out & treat what the cause is for this hormone disruption.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between perimenopause, menopause, and post menopause?
    What are the differences between these and what are some symptoms of them?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptom of perimenopause, menopause signs symptoms associated with it is menstrual irregularity and spotting during the monthly cycle. Frequent periods for too long and heavy bleeding or light bleeding occur during peri menopause. While osteoporosis has now become common among women whose calcium intake is less, it also happens to women prior to entering this state.

      As women grow older they tend to lack in calcium that weakens the bones and osteoporosis settles in. Taking 1500 mg calcium daily can prevent this from happening. Elevated cholesterol levels are also one of the symptoms. With age, the good cholesterol decreases and bad cholesterol will increases leading to coronary disease.

      A rigid dietary control is essential during this period. The transition varies for each woman. Some experience it according to a mother’s or elder sister’s transition and changes at that time. With the decrease in the Estrogen hormone, some physical changes like hair loss, facial hair and weight gain are some problems that upset a woman.

      A good diet and regular exercises will help in maintaining a balanced metabolism. This includes flushing out the system by drinking water which should be at least 8 glasses a day. Natural herbs can be taken after consulting a doctor.
      Menopause Signs Symptoms:

      * Endometriosis
      * Bloating
      * Aching joints and muscles
      * Unexplained weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach
      * Cold or tingling hands or feet
      * Spotting, light bleeding
      * Hair loss, thinning hair
      * Depression, anxiety and mood swings
      * Craving sweets,
      * Craving for caffeine
      * Hot flashes
      * Facial hair growth
      * Unstable blood sugar levels
      * Allergy symptoms
      * Chronic fatigue
      * Sluggishness
      * Breast tenderness
      * Dizziness,
      * Lightheadedness
      * Dry wrinkly skin
      * Fibrocystic breasts
      * Headaches
      * Migraines
      * Heart palpitations
      * Heavy periods
      * Irregular periods
      * Uterine fibroids
      * Incontinence
      * Inability to handle stress
      * Irritability
      * Urinary tract and yeast infections
      * Lack of concentration
      * Memory lapses
      * Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
      * Night sweats
      * Leg cramps
      * Low metabolism
      * Lower sex drive
      * Loss of sex drive
      * PMS and menstrual cramping
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Insomnia
      * Osteoporosis
      * Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4 levels

  17. QUESTION:
    How does the body react and compensate when one fallopian tube is removed?
    This Q is specific to two things does the other ovary with tubes compensate and puts out an egg every month. or will the person be fertile only every other month. and will this cause menopause to happen early?

    • ANSWER:
      Excellent questions...

      Several of the cases studies I found on line suggest that on months where the missing ovary was to provide the egg, the woman had lighter period with no cramps. This is assuming the other ovary is taken along with the one tube. If the tubeless ovary is still present, an egg will still be released, but will float around randomly until it decomposes and is removed by the immune system. There is even a tiny, tiny, tiny chance that egg could find its way to the uterus if an opening still exist on the tubeless side.

      The side with ovary and tube will still produce, and on those months pregnancy is still possible. If only one ovary is present, certain hormones will be lacking and conception might be more difficult, but the number of cases proves it can be done and happens frequently.

      I didn't find any concrete info on bringing on earlier menopause, but my instinct is that while it might not bring on actual menopause, it quite possibly contribute to "peri-menopause" which carries many menopause-like symptoms, so the practical effect could be the same.

      Hope that gives you some ideas to keep looking under...
      Best,
      Ed, RN

  18. QUESTION:
    How long does thed menopause last for?
    I haven't had a period for 18 months so does thois mean the menopause is over? I haven't had any symptoms either. I do feel quite depressed does this have anything to do with my hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      The person who answered 'forever' is actually right! Menopause means when you have had your last period, which you can only know retrospectively! I believe that you have to have had no period for 2 years if you are under 50, and no period for 1 year if you are over 50, before you can safely abandon contraception. However, unless in a monogamous relationship you would still need condoms to protect against std's.

      You may well now be menopausal, or you could still be in the peri-menopause. If you feel depressed, what have you done about it? Ideas:

      See the doctor for a chat, and get your blood tested.
      Look at other areas of your life to see if the depression comes from some other aspect of your life.
      Look to your diet, and exercise more.
      Go online and join other menopausal women in forums to get support.
      Go to the Health Food Shop and see if any supplements might be beneficial.

      I hope some of this helps. I am 49 and get depressed too sometimes, but life goes on and you must do what you can to make it the best you can.

      Good luck,

      Faith x

  19. QUESTION:
    Could peri- or menopause be making me feel masculine?
    This is a repeat. I got one good answer the last time, but I wanted to post this during a higher traffic time to see if anyone else had suggestions. 'm a 41yo woman. Lately, much to my chagrin, I've been feeling a sort of hypermasculinity. I also have acne along my jawline, which I've read can indicate an excess of androgens. Could both of these things be indicative of menopause? Are there any natural, vegan, non-hormonal remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hypermasculinity" could mean many different things, so I can't address whether perimenopause can make you feel masculine. It can certainly make you aggressive and irritable due to hormone imbalances.

      Many women in perimenopause, due to testoserone imbalances, can experience acne. Just like being an adolescent again.

      It sounds as if you've educated yourself well on perimenopause and menopause. (Perimenopause is the years leading into menopause, which is defined as having gone one year without menstruation).

      It's always interesting when women want "treatment" for menopause, since it's a natural transition. However, the hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain, acne, irritability, mood swings, libido changes, and skin/hair changes can be disturbing. All these signs/symptoms certainly don't feel natural.

      Some women find that the herb black cohosh (marketed as Estroven and Remifemin) helps these signs and symptoms. You may want to visit the websites for these; sometimes they offer free samples.

      After almost 8 years of perimenopause misery, including dozens of daily hot flashes, palpitations, and weight gain, I am now on hormone replacement therapy. Most of my signs/symptoms have improved. HRT does have its dangers, though, so my physician and I are monitoring my health very carefully.

      If you decide to check out black cohosh, be sure that it doesn't affect any medical conditions you may have or any other drugs you may be taking. Herbs may be all-natural, but they still can have adverse effects.

  20. QUESTION:
    My periods lately are much lighter than I usually experience. Is this perimenopause?
    I have noticed that the past few months my periods are a little bit irregular as they sometimes start a few days earlier than anticipated, they are lighter, and last shorter than what I usually have. I also have been noticing more irritable moods and some brief blurry vision from out of nowhere. I'm wondering if I'm starting the transition into menopause...I'm 41 in case you're wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptom of perimenopause, menopause signs symptoms associated with it is menstrual irregularity and spotting during the monthly cycle. Frequent periods for too long and heavy bleeding or light bleeding occur during peri menopause. While osteoporosis has now become common among women whose calcium intake is less, it also happens to women prior to entering this state.

      As women grow older they tend to lack in calcium that weakens the bones and osteoporosis settles in. Taking 1500 mg calcium daily can prevent this from happening. Elevated cholesterol levels are also one of the symptoms. With age, the good cholesterol decreases and bad cholesterol will increases leading to coronary disease.
      A rigid dietary control is essential during this period. The transition varies for each woman. Some experience it according to a mother’s or elder sister’s transition and changes at that time. With the decrease in the Estrogen hormone, some physical changes like hair loss, facial hair and weight gain are some problems that upset a woman.

      A good diet and regular exercises will help in maintaining a balanced metabolism. This includes flushing out the system by drinking water which should be at least 8 glasses a day. Natural herbs can be taken after consulting a doctor.
      Menopause Signs Symptoms:

      * Endometriosis
      * Bloating
      * Aching joints and muscles
      * Unexplained weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach
      * Cold or tingling hands or feet
      * Spotting, light bleeding
      * Hair loss, thinning hair
      * Depression, anxiety and mood swings
      * Craving sweets,
      * Craving for caffeine
      * Hot flashes
      * Facial hair growth
      * Unstable blood sugar levels
      * Allergy symptoms
      * Chronic fatigue
      * Sluggishness
      * Breast tenderness
      * Dizziness,
      * Lightheadedness
      * Dry wrinkly skin
      * Fibrocystic breasts
      * Headaches
      * Migraines
      * Heart palpitations
      * Heavy periods
      * Irregular periods
      * Uterine fibroids
      * Incontinence
      * Inability to handle stress
      * Irritability
      * Urinary tract and yeast infections
      * Lack of concentration
      * Memory lapses
      * Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
      * Night sweats
      * Leg cramps
      * Low metabolism
      * Lower sex drive
      * Loss of sex drive
      * PMS and menstrual cramping
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Insomnia
      * Osteoporosis
      * Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4 levels

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i know if i am going through the menopause.?
    I wake up regularly with my pyjamas dripping with sweat, i only have a 7 tog quilt and wear cotton pjs. This is the only symptom i have as i still have regular periods. Is it possibly the menopause, i am 41.

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible you are peri-menopausal although you are a little younger than average; the peri-menopause can last for several years.
      I would advice you make an appointment with your GP as your doctor will be able to check your hormone levels. However at this stage you often don't get a conclusive answer as the hormones are fluctuating so much. Have you noticed any change in your periods, i.e. lighter, heavier, shorter or longer than usual ? These are symptoms that can occur in the lead up to your menopause.
      As another answerer says, it may be worth having your thyroid level checked too although if you are having no symptoms other than 'night sweats' then it is unlikely to be that. With an over active thyroid you would get sweats night and day.

  22. QUESTION:
    Whats the average age for the menopause to start in the US and UK?

    Anonymous - Yes, I'm not saying its different. Just want to know the average age.

    • ANSWER:
      Women who start early may begin experiencing symptoms of peri-menopause as early as their late 40's. The majority of women start peri-menopause during their 50's. Then of course we have the late bloomers who may continue menstruating into their sixties. Most women have reached the post menopausal state of things by the time they turn 70.
      This is of course generally speaking, for the women of the USA / UK and more pointedly caucasians. For example : women of southeast asian descent tend to live longer, and that may affect the different developmental aspects of their lives regardless of where they live. I'm not certain though as I am not a doctor.
      I did watch my own mother go through menopause while I was growing up. (She didn't have me until she was in her early forties.)

  23. QUESTION:
    what is a natural way to cure night sweats?
    I had a complete hysterectomy in 1998, and I'm done dealing with HRT, due to all the bad effects it causes, and it never did help with my night sweats anyway!! Is there anything out there I can take for them that is natural?

    • ANSWER:
      I entered peri-menopause and I simply refuse to take HRT. You are a smart girl to discontinue them but you do need some sort of help with your symptoms.

      What I use is a Bio-Identical Hormone Cream which comes from wild yam. I order mine online at www.askdrhelen.com. If you go to her website (Dr. Helen Pensanti) there is a simple questionaire that you can fill out and it will tell you which hormone cream is the best suited for you. It is very inexpensive and I have never had a problem with ordering from them.

      My periods were coming once every 3 months and since I started using the cream, approx. 6 months ago, I now have regulated back to a once a month menses. You rub a small amount of the cream, approx. 1/4 tsp., on your inner thighs or inner arms. I believe it states that if you have problems sleeping or have night sweats you can rub it on your face and the back of your neck. I personally don't get the hot flashes.

      Also, if you have questions you can click on to the section where it says "contact Dr. Pensanti" and you can write questions to her and she will respond back to you. I have gotten very prompt responses when I have written to her.

      A jar of her Phyto-Progesterone cream runs about .00 - .00 and one jar lasts me about 4-5 months because you use such a small amount. I have had NO side effects from this product and I am very pleased with it.

      Do a little check on her website and read through her material. I hope this helps you to feel better soon! Good Luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    After a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, when will the feelings of Menapause start?
    How long until the body stops producing hormones?
    My boobs still leak and its 14 weeks tomorrow since the op.
    I had hot flashes the first couple of weeks and I had them on and off before the op too, but I haven't had any symptoms since......
    I'm 50.
    A Total Abdominal Hystrectomy means everything was removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I learned that taking out the ovaries has another name for it (oophorectomy I think is the name of it). I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

  25. QUESTION:
    Suspect I have early menopausal or underactive thyroid symptoms, is this difficult to detect from blood tests?
    Over the past 2-3 years I've had 2 lots of blood tests taken by my GP, both came back normal.

    They told me that it can be difficult to accurately test hormone levels, and also that, at 39, I'm too young to be experiencing any menopausal symptoms (although I've read that some people can experience perimenopause for up to 10 years before the actual menopause).

    I was also tested for thyroid problems, but understand that they don't do all the tests available to check for problems.

    Basically, my periods started becoming irregular 3 years ago. At one point I had one that lasted for 3 weeks. Sometimes they would settle down, but now I'm having one every 2 weeks.

    I also started having a lot of hair loss about 2 years ago. My hair is now so thin (and is probably the main reason why I'm trying to find out what is causing this).

    Apart from physical problems, my mood these days is very low. I have no motivation at all, and my memory is terrible.

    I'm due to see an endocrinologist (hopefully soon), and I'm wondering how accurate their tests will be.
    Thanks for you answer. I had my iron levels checked, and nothing abnormal, so probably not anaemia.

    Not on the pill, not losing weight, and my mum hasn't experienced any hair loss.

    ' You have to kinda be your own advocate with the doctors and ask a lot of questions.' Totally agree, that's why I'm trying to gain as much info as I can, beforehand, so that I don't just get fobbed off with 'your results are negative' again. :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you are having a full blown period every two weeks chances are good you are anemic. You have to kinda be your own advocate with the doctors and ask a lot of questions. Did they do a pelvic exam and check for fibroids? What about an ultrasound of your pelvis? Are you on the pill?

      They can tell a ton from blood work but they don't check for everything unless the doctor orders it. They can check your thyroid from it, and it is accurate...if they do the right tests. Are you losing weight?

      My hair started thinning when I turned about 40, 41. Peri-menopause can happen around your age.

      I hope you get it figured out soon.
      Just a thought, if your mom is alive or any other woman relative ask if they started losing hair at your age. Sometimes that is hereditary.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is the youngest age you can start having menopause? What are the signs?

    • ANSWER:
      It vary's but you can start having symptoms as early as 35, it's called peri-menopause. The first symptoms are usually periods that stop and start or don't come when they should or aren't as heavy as usual. Hormone levels go up and down so crankiness and being upset sometimes comes with it. There are other signs too. It would be good if you put menopause in yahoo search and looked at the web sites it calls up. There is soooo much info about menopause and the effects of it.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does "change of life" last for most women?
    My wife is going through female menopause and there seems to be a wide variance in what age it kicks in, and when it subsides. What was it like for you? What was it like for someone you know?

    • ANSWER:
      Ten years usually.

      The normal age to hit menopause (Periods stop) is 51.

      When going through peri-menopause (the period of time when things go crazy until the periods stop) can last ten years. This can begin as early as age 36.

      When you hit menopause (periods stop and hot flashes go on), the symptoms can go another five to ten years.
      My mom had hot flashes for five years after she hit menopause at 53.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of pre or peri menopause?
    i'm maybe a bit young being only 45 but anyway, would erratic menses be one of them?? ie ~ occurring 2 weeks before they're due..... i've had a pap smear and there was no irregularity so my next thought is perhaps it's time for the change of life for moi.

    any help appreciated.... thanx in advance

    cheers

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause and Pre-Menopause

      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Signs & Symptoms of menopause
      Decreased sex drive
      Hot flashes and skin flushing
      Insomnia
      Irregular menstrual periods
      Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      Night sweats
      Spotting of blood in between periods
      Urinary tract infections
      Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      Vaginal infections

      The long-term effects of menopause include:

      Bone loss and eventual osteoporosis
      Changes in cholesterol levels and greater risk of heart disease

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart.

      #Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      The above article is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp

      I hope this helps, take care and God bless.

  29. QUESTION:
    Are meopausal symptons common after a hysterectomy, where you still have your ovaries?
    Also, is there still monthly pain, if you retain your ovaries?
    Are there hormonal changes, if you retain your ovaries?
    Lastly, is depression associated with a hysterectomy, in the instance you retain your ovaries, shown to be caused by the physical changes or only psychological perceptions of a loss of femininity?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women don't have any symptoms of menopause. Some were in peri-menopause for years, and didn't realize it, so they may not notice the symptoms.

      I had a total abdominal hysterectomy too last year, but I kept my ovaries. I haven't had any feelings of menopause since then. Although, I have had hot flashes, shortness of memory, etc. for the last few years anyway. I may still be in the peri-menopause state since I still have my ovaries. But I tell ya, I don't miss the periods every month!!!

      I still have the normal issues with having ovaries, but no more cramping!!! There are no hormonal changes when you still have your ovaries. If you keep your ovaries there are no psychological issues. In fact, since I got rid of those fibroids, I feel sooo much better. My fibroids were so big and many, my uterus was the size of a six month pregnancy.

      I HIGHLY recommend you check out www.hystersisters.com. They helped me EXTREMELY with my questions and advice on hysterectomies. It's a support group and it's FREE.

      I wish I'd found the site before I had mine. A lot of my questions and concerns would have been answered with just looking at the responses on this website. But I stumbled on the site a few days after my hysterectomy and learned of various things I should do before the surgery, things I'm entitled to at the hospital (which the hospital doesn't tell you), questions to ask the doctor, etc. It's an awesome site for women.

      I hope it helps you, it has helped me and my family and friends

  30. QUESTION:
    PMS and mood swings is impacting my life, is there a way out?
    Hi Girls,
    I work in a multinational bank and am an IT professional. I feel that PMS causes mood swings, listlesness and mood swings.
    At home i don't get along with my parents and often fight over petty things.
    Is there a way to reduce the pms symptoms they last till 2 weeks and vanish with onset of my periods.
    I am 32 , virgin. I did not have PMS until 2-3 years ago.
    Help me some one?

    • ANSWER:
      if it is symptoms of PMS which can be terrible, they have ruined my week before! To rid yourself from this pain At Last Naturals has as this gel natural gel made with yam roots that helps balance your system by releasing phyto-progesterone into your system.

      http://www.atlastnaturals.com/categories/PMS-%26-Peri-%7B47%7D-Menopause-Relief/

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm 30 and I wanted to find out if anyone else this age has had peri-menopause (symptoms)?
    If you have had peri-menopause do you take anything to help with the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      I would have a chat with your female relatives (mom, sister or aunt), this would give you a better idea what normal is for you.
      All you have to do to "qualify" for premature menopause is to have menopausal symptoms before the age of 40 years old and not have had a period for a year! If you're still menstruating but have the symptoms, you are more likely to be experiencing "perimenopause," a condition that precedes menopause by up to 10 years.
      While the average age of menopause in American women is 51, many women enter menopause much earlier. If your symptoms are bothersome, your doctor should make sure they're not being caused by another condition (thyroid problems, for example) and she/he should discuss treatment options with you. This will depend upon which symptoms are the worst, your other medical history, and your preferences. One option might be to use low-dose birth control pills, so long as you're not a smoker and don't have any other contraindications.
      The good news is that perimenopausal symptoms themselves don't have any known impact on your health in the long run, so long as the symptoms themselves don't lead to any negative consequences (for example, don't drive if you're sleep deprived). If you are truly in early menopause, this could have long-term negative effects on your bones and cardiovascular system; if this is the case, you must discuss this with your physician.
      What are your symptoms, every woman has a lot of the same symptoms or not...you need to specify. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    Women; at what age did you start menopause?
    When do you know that menopause has started and what symptoms do you experience?

    • ANSWER:
      There are phases to menopause. The average age for menopause is 52-1/2 years old.

      During pre-menopause a woman's periods are regular. Symptoms such as worsening PMS, periods that are heavier or lighter than normal may be associated with "peri-menopause" or the time "around" menopause. Women in their late thirties may experience these symptoms, but may not enter menopause for another ten years. Symptoms such as this can also be caused by other more serious health conditions and sudden changes should be evaluated by a physician.

      About 50% of all women have hot flashes and/or night sweats during the phases of menopause. About 10% have them in their pre-menopausal years and the percentage gradual increases as menopause approaches. Researchers refer to these symptoms as "vasomotor symptoms", because circulation and blood vessel dilation are involved. The exact cause of hot flashes and night sweats are unknown.

      It's not called menopause until you've finished having periods. What that means is that you haven't had a period in a year.

      Typical symptoms are missed periods, hot flashes, interrupted sleep or insomnia, night sweats, joint tenderness, weight gain, hair loss, dizziness/loss of balance, change in body odour, osteoporosis, etc.

      You can easily Google the information for yourself or ask your GYN/family doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to tell when a woman is going through menopause?
    what are signs of menapause?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common symptom of perimenopause, menopause signs symptoms associated with it is menstrual irregularity and spotting during the monthly cycle. Frequent periods for too long and heavy bleeding or light bleeding occur during peri menopause. While osteoporosis has now become common among women whose calcium intake is less, it also happens to women prior to entering this state.

      As women grow older they tend to lack in calcium that weakens the bones and osteoporosis settles in. Taking 1500 mg calcium daily can prevent this from happening. Elevated cholesterol levels are also one of the symptoms. With age, the good cholesterol decreases and bad cholesterol will increases leading to coronary disease.
      A rigid dietary control is essential during this period. The transition varies for each woman. Some experience it according to a mother’s or elder sister’s transition and changes at that time. With the decrease in the Estrogen hormone, some physical changes like hair loss, facial hair and weight gain are some problems that upset a woman.

      A good diet and regular exercises will help in maintaining a balanced metabolism. This includes flushing out the system by drinking water which should be at least 8 glasses a day. Natural herbs can be taken after consulting a doctor.
      Menopause Signs Symptoms:

      * Endometriosis
      * Bloating
      * Aching joints and muscles
      * Unexplained weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach
      * Cold or tingling hands or feet
      * Spotting, light bleeding
      * Hair loss, thinning hair
      * Depression, anxiety and mood swings
      * Craving sweets,
      * Craving for caffeine
      * Hot flashes
      * Facial hair growth
      * Unstable blood sugar levels
      * Allergy symptoms
      * Chronic fatigue
      * Sluggishness
      * Breast tenderness
      * Dizziness,
      * Lightheadedness
      * Dry wrinkly skin
      * Fibrocystic breasts
      * Headaches
      * Migraines
      * Heart palpitations
      * Heavy periods
      * Irregular periods
      * Uterine fibroids
      * Incontinence
      * Inability to handle stress
      * Irritability
      * Urinary tract and yeast infections
      * Lack of concentration
      * Memory lapses
      * Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
      * Night sweats
      * Leg cramps
      * Low metabolism
      * Lower sex drive
      * Loss of sex drive
      * PMS and menstrual cramping
      * Sleep disturbances
      * Insomnia
      * Osteoporosis
      * Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4 levels

  34. QUESTION:
    Are these Abnormal periods just Menopause?
    I am 48 and understand that with Peri menopause a woman will usually start having fewer periods. I'm actually getting the opposite. I have a period, then a few days after it is "over" I'll spot bleed - or even have another full-blown second period. I have not missed any periods - so there is not big long wait between them. Just this very annoying double period almost. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm baffled by it - and frankly quite tired of it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Dear,
      you may just hit the menopause. Are you experience any other symptoms of menopause. If yes Consult your doctor . Add lots of vitamins to your diet. Do regular exercise this all help you out.
      Take care.

  35. QUESTION:
    What causes hot and cold flashes in women?
    What causes hot and cold flashes in women?
    are they more or less common at a certain age? Is getting them in your early 30s common?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes (as well as chills & night sweats) are all caused by hormone fluctuations and drops in estrogen levels.

      As women age, their estrogen production begins to diminish, starting as soon as the early to mid 30's. This is one of the first -- although least recognized -- symptoms of peri-menopause.

      Try supplementing your diet with soy, fish oil capsules, and B vitamin complex. If it becomes excessively bothersome, talk to your doctor.

  36. QUESTION:
    What exactly is causing this depression?
    Im on two medications which help keep the nervous breakdowns and anxiety under control (in other words, I can sleep.) But im still exhausted and mopey all the time... I really cant help it. I try to exercise everyday, as far as I know my diet is fine, ive had blood tests done and everything is normal... Not to mention my immune system is phenomenal. Just idk, ive been down for almost 2 years and idk the cause of it. What are some possibilities?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of factors that may increase the chance of depression, including the following:
      •Abuse. Past physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can cause depression later in life.
      •Certain medications. For example, some drugs used to treat high blood pressure, such as beta-blockers or reserpine, can increase your risk of depression.
      •Brain Chemistry Imbalance. Depression is believed to be caused by an imbalance in the neurotransmitters which are involved in mood regulation. Neurotransmitters are chemical substances which help different areas of the brain communicate with each other. When certain neurotransmitters are in short supply, this may lead to the symptoms we recognize as clinical depression.
      •Female Sex Hormones. It has been widely documented that women suffer from major depression about twice as often as men. Because the incidence of depressive disorders peaks during women's reproductive years, it is believed that hormonal risk factors may be to blame. Women are especially prone to depressive disorders during times when their hormones are in flux, such as around the time of their menstrual period, childbirth and peri-menopause. In addition, a woman's depression risk declines after she goes through menopause.
      •Conflict. Depression may result from personal conflicts or disputes with family members or friends.
      •Death or a loss. Sadness or grief from the death or loss of a loved one, though natural, can also increase the risk of depression.
      •Genetics. A family history of depression may increase the risk. It’s thought that depression is passed genetically from one generation to the next. The exact way this happens, though, is not known.
      •Major events. Even good events such as starting a new job, graduating, or getting married can lead to depression. So can moving, losing a job or income, getting divorced, or retiring.
      •Other personal problems. Problems such as social isolation due to other mental illnesses or being cast out of a family or social group can lead to depression.
      •Physical conditions. Serious medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and HIV can contribute to depression, partly because of the physical weakness and stress they bring on. Depression can make medical conditions worse, since it weakens the immune system and can make pain harder to bear. In some cases, depression can be caused by medications used to treat medical conditions.
      •Poor Nutrition. A poor diet can contribute to depression in several ways. A variety of vitamin and mineral deficiencies are known to cause symptoms of depression. Researchers have also found that diets either low in omega-3 fatty acids or with an imbalanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 are associated with increased rates of depression. In addition, diets high in sugar have been associated with depression.
      •Personality. People who have low self-esteem, who consistently view themselves and the world with pessimism or who are readily overwhelmed by stress, are prone to depression. Whether this represents a psychological predisposition or an early form of the illness is not clear.
      •Substance abuse. Nearly 30% of people with substance abuse problems also have major or clinical depression.

  37. QUESTION:
    My mother started experiencing pre menopause symptoms?
    she is 51 and she started experiencing it since 46 or 47!
    she got her periods now..3 days earlier and is hardly bleeding and has a lot of pain..!
    when will her menopause start any idea?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, her 'menopause' has already started. (It is not full menopause yet, because she is still having periods)

      She is going through what is called -peri-menopause - which is the few years before her periods actually stop altogether.
      When her periods stop, totally, for a full year (no periods at all) then she has actually entered menopause (meaning no periods)
      Most women usually stop their periods altogether when they are around 51 or 52.
      And the periods before these years can be irregular and can cause distress.
      Has she seen a physician lately?
      This might be a good idea for her to get a good check-up to see that everything is o.k.
      Encourage her to see her doctor -
      And continue to give her support - She is lucky to have you for her daughter because you care about her.
      Take Care.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some of the symptoms of peri-menopause? Is cycles getting shorter one of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Because hormone levels fall, changes occur in the entire female reproductive system. The potential symptoms include:
      * Hot flashes and skin flushing
      * Night sweats
      * Insomnia
      * Mood swings including irritability, depression, and anxiety
      * Irregular menstrual periods
      * Spotting of blood in between periods
      * Vaginal dryness and painful sexual intercourse
      * Decreased sex drive
      * Vaginal infections
      * Urinary tract infections

  39. QUESTION:
    treatment for peri menopause?
    hi i am 47 and think that i have symptoms of the peri menopause.

    Can any one advise me what treatment there is for the mood swings/depression associated with the above?

    Should i try alternative remedies ? do they work? i dont want to waste money.
    should i ask gp for the pill or hrt?

    i just dont want to go on feeling like this .
    can anyone advise?

    • ANSWER:
      The average UK age at menopause is 52, however 47 is not uncommon. Generally the diagnosis is based on symptoms rather than investigation. HRT is still the most effective symptom management, though you must weigh up the risks against the benefits. Discuss this with your GP.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait to see a doctor?
    I am 3 weeks late for my period. I have never missed one in my 36 years, unless I was pregnant. After having bloodwork done and after about 4 HPT's, I am not pregnant. How long should I wait to see a doctor to find out if there is anything else wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Shocking as it may seem, 36 is not particuarly early for peri-menopause. So you may skip the odd period or have a longer-than-normal cycle here or there. Unless you're having pregnancy symptoms or other signs of trouble, I wouldn't worry. You probably AREN'T pregnant and missing a period is not, in itself, something that a doctor would worry about or try to 'fix.'

  41. QUESTION:
    How long does menapause last?
    I remember my mom complaining about it 5 years ago and she still takes pills for it and complains about hotflashes...i heard that it can last for the rest of your life is it true? in no where near menapause but im still curious. do you have to take special medicine? is it more painful than having a period?

    • ANSWER:
      Technically, menopause is when you stop having periods for a year, and it's for the rest of your life. What your mother was going through 5 years ago was probably "peri-menopause". That's where I'm at. I've been trying to get to menopause for years now. I am so sick of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and HEAVY irregular periods. Birth control pills are supposed to help with some of those symptoms, but my doctor refuses to prescribe them for me due to my family history. The only pain I'm having is cramps from those damned periods.

  42. QUESTION:
    Okay, so something else happened with my girlfriend who may be pregnant?
    She had missed her period for four days, then she started for a whole day _just spotting she said_ but was showing symptoms of pregnancy such as: eating weirdly, and peeing a lot, but today her period has completely stopped. Shes shown other symptoms for the past week as you can see in my other questions. Could she for real be pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a test. It is better to find out sooner than later. She could very well be pregnant and she could not be pregnant. A lot of things can cause women to miss their periods. The top 10 reasons are: Stress, Illness, Change in schedules, Change in medications, Being overweight, Being underweight, Miscalculation, Peri-Menopause, Menopause, and of course Pregnancy. The websites RightHealth and WebMD will help you answer a lot of your questions. Also if your girlfriend has changed female friends recently and they spend a lot of time together, then their cycles can regulate to each other. But you need to get a test. And if it is negative, wait 3-5 days and take another test to be sure. Some women take longer for the hCG to build up in their system enough to show positive. Yes, there are tons of reasond that she could just miss or spot or be really late, but you don't want to take a chance. The earlier you find out the better off your girlfriend and the child are. Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    How do you know for sure that you're in peri-menopause?
    Are the systems really difficult to live with?

    • ANSWER:
      Most premenopausal women experience changes in their menstrual cycle. When estrogen levels begin to drop, the follicular phase of the cycle may be shortened, and this can shorten the total cycle from 28–30 days to 24–26 days, resulting in more frequent periods. On the other hand, some women begin having longer cycles because they are not ovulating as frequently. These changes can be quite different on an individual basis. Additionally, this declining/fluctuating estrogen level can produce a host of disturbing symptoms: hot flashes, increasing vaginal dryness, sleep problems, mood swings, breast tenderness and many other complications.

      There is a relatively small number of women who hardly notice any changes before menopause. Their periods just stop overnight with few, if any, symptoms.

      Another small percentage of women experience significant, dramatic symptoms that, when left untreated, ultimately lead to surgical intervention. Many women find at this time too many physicians strongly urging surgery and failing to provide information about the alternatives to, and consequences of, hysterectomy.

  44. QUESTION:
    Do Hot Flashes work on a time schedule?
    My mother is going through menopause, and she has hot flashes, almost exactly every 30 minutes. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      How hot is hot?
      Most women have mild to moderate hot flashes, but about 10–15% of women experience such severe hot flashes that they seek medical attention. For women who have had breast cancer, the number who suffer debilitating hot flashes is probably much higher. Randomized studies provide the most objective data: about 50–75% of women taking tamoxifen will report hot flashes, compared to 25–50% taking placebo.

      The faster you go through the transition from regular periods to no periods—the peri-menopause or climacteric—the more significant your hot flashes will be. Hot flashes are severe after surgical menopause, and they can also be quite difficult after a chemotherapy-induced medical menopause. If you haven't been warned about hot flashes, a sudden severe episode can be frightening; you might even confuse the flash with a heart attack.

      The intensity of hot flashes accompanying treatment with tamoxifen eventually improves for many women after the first three to six months. Because of the conversion of androstenedione from the adrenal glands into estrone by fat and muscle cells, heavy or muscular women experience less severe hot flashes than thin women. If you smoke, your blood vessels lose some of their ability to radiate heat, so you may suffer more severe hot flashes.

      Beating the heat naturally
      The best way to beat a hot flash is naturally. Hot flashes have a lot to do with the low levels of estrogen in your body, but other factors can cause your temperature control to go out of whack. Studies show that medication is not always helpful. Instead of estrogen therapy, look at less drastic measures first, partly because estrogen therapy is not known to be safe for women with a history of breast cancer—but also because you should always begin with the least aggressive approach to treating your menopausal symptoms.

      Avoiding triggers
      If you can identify the things that trigger your hot flashes, you've made the first step in getting the upper hand. Keep a record of when they occur and what you were eating or doing, or how you were feeling at the time. Many women find that stress tops the charts as a trigger. Was that hot flash in the boardroom a random hit, or were you feeling under pressure at the time? Was it a full day of pressure without a break?

      Solution: Ease the pressure. Give yourself more time to plan your work, to rehearse your presentation, to deliver your assignments, to arrive where you're going. If you are doing a series of presentations, give yourself a chance to relax and cool off between sessions. And plan your schedule so you avoid meetings or decision making when you're most likely to be in a sweat.

      Other hot flash triggers:

      alcohol
      caffeine
      diet pills
      spicy food
      hot food
      hot tubs
      saunas
      hot showers
      hot beds
      hot rooms
      hot weather
      smoking
      http://www.breastcancer.org/tips/menopausal/facing/hot_flashes.jsp

  45. QUESTION:
    I keep hearing a lot of controversy. Is soy good or bad for you?
    I am in the process of becoming vegetarian. I want a better health for myself and my family. I also think we need to do our part to improve the world we live in.

    • ANSWER:
      According to an FDA scientific review, soy does not interfere with childhood growth, does not cause pancreatic or breast cancer, does not significantly interfere with mineral absorption as long as dietary consumption is adequate, does not induce early puberty, and does not interfere with fertility. There is even some evidence that eating soyfoods can enhance fertility in men. One of the isoflavones in soy may be used to treat male sterility because of its positive hormonal effect on normal sperm production.
      http://www.soymilkquick.com/shouldmenworry.php

      Soy consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The mechanism for this association may involve the effect of soy on the endocrine system.
      http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/10/3/179

      Some experts contend that the anti-soy campaigns have gone too far. Kenneth D.R. Setchell, PhD, a researcher and professor of pediatrics at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, believes the fears about soy milk causing developmental problems are unfounded. He points out that the studies that sparked the New Zealand outcry were done in animals, not people. And while soy can cause some endocrine disruptions in animals, humans metabolize soy very differently, he says.
      If soy formulas caused problems, Setchell says, physicians would have noticed it by now. Soy milk has been given to infants for centuries in Asian countries, according to the AAP, and in this country since 1909.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51615

      Studies show that the typical Asian diet results in lower rates of breast, prostate, and colon cancers, compared to the typical Western diet. The mortality rate from breast and prostate cancers in Japan, which has the highest soy consumption, is about one fourth that of the USA.

      Studies so far have revealed that women in Japan rarely report the symptoms of peri-menopause so common in the West and that post-menopausal women in Japan experience lower rates of heart disease and osteoporosis along with a longer life expectancy. Many western women also report that soy helps with hot flashes and headaches.

      Soymilk and other soy foods contain high concentrations of isoflavones. Studies from 1998 up until now have provided evidence that isoflavones promote bone health. The protein content in soy is also lower in amino acids which contain sulfur, compared to animal proteins. Sulfur amino acids raise production of sulfates in the urine, which blocks calcium from being reabsorbed back into the blood by the kidneys. Thus, one theory holds that soy protects the bones due to its low concentration of sulfur containing amino acids.

      The FDA has stated that consuming 25 grams of soy protein per day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce heart disease by reducing cholesterol in the blood. Soy protein achieves this health benefit by acting to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, leaving HDL (good cholesterol) levels unaffected. Various studies have shown that soy can reduce cholesterol levels by 15% to 20%. For every one percent drop in total cholesterol levels, the risk of heart disease goes down by two percent.

      A number of research studies indicate that soy foods may help with diabetes and kidney disease.

      New research shows that the isoflavone genistein protects against x-ray induced cataract formation in rats. Soy is particularly high in genistein. Other recent research indicates that soy may also act as a radioprotectant.

      Research conducted at the University of Minnesota looked at fifteen classes of phytochemicals that show anticancer activity. Phytochemicals are compounds that, while not classified as nutrients, do have profound health benefits. These compounds occur naturally in fruits and vegetables, including soy.

      http://www.qtessencesoymilkmaker.com/soy-health-benefits.html

      I don't listen to all of that anti-soy propaganda crap. See the sources and statements above to get the other side! I come from a Japanese family and know that soy is consumed daily in Japan and they are healthier overall than us. They have been consuming unfermented soy, not just fermented soy as they have historically, on a regular basis since at least the early 1900s. If there were some horrible thing about soy, they would have known it by now.

  46. QUESTION:
    Doubts about peri menopause symptoms?
    I am 45 years old and I am experiencing symptoms that I relate to peri menopause. My confusion is that I always thought the symptoms will come before the period and I wonder if they can come any time because I had anxiety and extreme fatigue mid period cycle when I always used to have it just before my period. But at the same time I don't know if I am getting obsess about menopause and all the unpleasant symptoms that come with it therefore I am constantly paying attention to my body in case I get symptoms.

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  47. QUESTION:
    Questions about possibly being pre menopausal?
    What are the symptoms of being pre menopausal? Can a woman be pre menapousal at almost 39? What are the treatments and how can one be tested for this?

    Thank you for you anwers.

    • ANSWER:
      My back injury at 30 - and the long term use of powerful narcotic pain killers caused permenant damage to my ovaries - among other systems in my body putting me in peri-menopause by 34 or 35. It increased the difficulties with my Endomitriosis and I've taken natural estrogen boosting supplements now for years.

      Signs and symptoms:
      Perimenopause causes some subtle — and some not-so-subtle — changes in your body. Some things you might experience include:

      Menstrual irregularities. The intervals may be longer or shorter, your flow may be scanty to profuse, and you may skip some periods. As ovulation becomes more erratic, the lower levels of progesterone may lead to longer and heavier periods. (Mine are so heavy now I LITTERALLY do not get to sleep for the 1st 48 hours of each cycle. -- I thank Jesus for my diabetes medication: Metformin, which has the unusual side effect of regulating a woman's cycle.)

      Hot flashes and sleep problems. About 75 percent to 85 percent of women experience hot flashes during perimenopause. Their intensity, duration and frequency vary. Sleep problems are often due to hot flashes or night sweats, but sometimes sleep becomes erratic even without them. I litterally can only sleep 45 minutes at a shot - so I began taking a supplement called Melatonin in the 1 mg form. It lets me sleep up to 3 hours at a time. Regular exercise weekly has also helped with my sleep.

      Mood changes. Some women experience mood swings, (but NOT as severe as is experienced by someone who is BiPolar. BiPolar Disorder is remarkably more severe.) Irritability or depression can occur during perimenopause, but the cause of these symptoms may be sleep disruption or other menopausal symptoms more than the hormonal changes of menopause. Note: Depression is NOT a symptom of menopause itself.

      Vaginal and bladder problems. When estrogen levels diminish, your vaginal tissues may lose lubrication and elasticity, making intercourse painful. Low estrogen levels may also leave you more vulnerable to urinary or vaginal infections. Loss of tissue tone may contribute to urinary incontinence.

      Decreasing fertility. As ovulation becomes irregular, your ability to conceive decreases. However, as long as you're having periods, pregnancy remains a possibility. If that's not what you want, use birth control until you've had no periods for 12 months.

      Changes in sexual function. During perimenopause, sexual arousal and desire may change. But for most women who had satisfactory sexual intimacy before menopause, this will continue through perimenopause and beyond.

      Loss of bone. With declining estrogen levels, you start to lose bone more quickly than you replace it, increasing your risk of osteoporosis.

      Changing cholesterol levels. Declining estrogen levels may lead to unfavorable changes in your blood cholesterol levels, including an increase in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol — which contributes to an increased risk of heart disease. At the same time, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol — the "good" cholesterol — decreases in many women as they age, which also increases the risk for heart disease.

      Your Gynecologist or an Endocrinologist can run blood work to do a hormone panel to see if your estrogen is in decline. They can determine if you are experiencing Perimenopause.

      Peace.

  48. QUESTION:
    What do those menopause testing kits cost from the chemist?

    • ANSWER:
      The menopause is actually a clinical diagnosis. During the peri-menopause, the bit where you get symptoms, hormone levels vary from day to day, this results in even formal lab tests being very inaccurate. Better to chat with your GP than waste money on a very dubious test kit.

  49. QUESTION:
    How long does peri-menopause typically last?
    I've gone from my cycle shortening, now lengthening and my last time of the month lasted just one day??? Can it just go away NOW! :)
    Li, you have responded to every female question with a similar website to go to??? Are you a gyno.? Something is a miss ...

    • ANSWER:
      menopause goes on in some form for years. my wife went thru it within two years. do a little research. i found out symptoms of greater or lesser degree can last for ten years. one of my girl cousins wanted a hysterectomy to avoid symptoms. her doc said no.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can anybody give me an understanding of the mental confusion symptoms of Peri-menopause? Please?
    Horrible, waking up one day, with the inability to think, remember, maintain, let alone...function? Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It's called brain fog. Isn't it fun??? You describe it perfectly.
      This is one of the many symptoms of estrogen dominance.

      I use natural progesterone, and my brain fog went away! I can't even tell you how good it is to be able to think again.


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What can I do now that I am in menopause and not interested in sex?
    I am 47 years old and am in menopause. I am not interested in sex but I do want to have the love making, a relationship, and everything else. I am single and tired of men just wanting sex. What can I do without having to get medicines to get back into the swing of things? I am financial strapped for the medicine thing. Can anyone make suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Use your hands and your mouth to give your partner pleasure. Lots of hugs. Massage. If you don't want penetration, try watching each other m**turbate. Libido is in your head. Eat properly, cut out junk. Lots of soy products. No sugar or sodas. Cut out wheat. Reduce salt and meat. Get fit. Read sexy books, watch sexy movies. Have fun.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the best treatments and products for endometriosis?
    Does anybody know of anyone who was cured by a specific treatment, product, or diet that had endometriosis? Or does anybody have any advice that would be helpful? Anything that can at least minimize or stop the pain? Please let me know, thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      When I was diagnosed with Endometriosis many years ago, it was already so bad that my ovaries were on the verge of rupturing so I had to have emergency surgery. The doctor removed one ovary and left the other teeny partial ovary so I wouldn't go into menopause at such an early age. He also removed massive endometrial tissue from my uterus and almost every other internal organ. Before the surgery Naproxen (Alleve) really helped but it was prescription strength back then.

      I remember hearing back then that a pregnancy would "cure" it but I don't know anyone (including myself) that would choose that option and I am sure it involves much more along with the pregnancy.

      My daughter was diagnosed too and had a laproscopy done to see how far along the disease was and it so bad that she had to have a total hysterectomy at age 27.

      It is a scary thing to go through but just like many other health issues, an early diagnosis helps a lot! Talk with your doctor about your questions and concerns because there may be other treatments out there now that weren't available when it happened to me or to my daughter. Good luck to you and please find out all that you can before the major worry sets in!

  3. QUESTION:
    Besides HRT, is there anything I can do to deal with skin changes at menopause?
    I am 50 years old. As I get closer to full menopause, my skin is becoming dry, scaly and itchy (severe at times). My family doctor has prescribed an ointment and then a lotion which did not help. OTC's have not helped. Other than HRT, is there anything that I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Here I go with the thyroid again but it does play a major role in menopause. It acts like a cranky little thermostat and is the cause of our nuclear hot flashes in the middle of the night...whew!! During menopause it tends to go bonkers on us and cause a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms like dry hair, dry itchy skin, heavy periods, scattered light periods, sudden chills, sudden flashes. Oh, it is a beast of a gland to be so small. Your dry skin could be the beginning of many menopausal symptoms due to spontaneous low or high thyroid activity. Your doc must have prescribed a steroidal ointment? That should have worked but since it didn't try to see an endocrinologist, a gland specialist. A simple blood test should reveal any thyroid problem. As for OTC products, I have many adopted troops in the deserts of Iraq and they ask specifically for "Aveeno" lotion for their cracked dry skin. It's dermatologist recommended and there are several kinds for specific skin problems but for dry, scaly skin the "Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion" is absolutely wonderful! The plastic pump bottle says, "Calms and relaxes with lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang". "Moisturizes for 24 hours...with colloidal oatmeal". Thanks to my troops I finally have something that works for my dry hands, too and I am hypothyroidal. I know how you are suffering and I hope this helps. Most pharmacies like Walgreens carry it. I think I paid around 9 or 10 dollars for 12 fluid oz. but you really don't have to apply much to get great soothing results.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to help with hot flashes and night sweats? (recent surgical menopause & unable to take HRT)?
    I am unable to take hormone replacement as my cancer was hormone sensitive. I am 7 weeks into surgical menopause and went straight from regular ovulation to losing my ovaries , and everything else. I am coping with the hot episodes (and am grateful to now be cancer free) but would appreciate any tips anyone could give me on how to lessen them or ease them. I can't take any hormones, not even plant based ones. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I agree. Check out soy based products.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are some alternative ways to treat menopause symptoms without using any hormone replacements?
    I really do not want to use any HRT therapy, even bio-identicals. Can you recommend a type of Dr. to see that can treat menopause symptoms without a prescription of some type?

    • ANSWER:
      I was told years ago by a dental hygenist that when hot flashes and mood swings begin to up the intake of calcium. This I have done for nearly 10 years. What a difference this has made! I breezed through menopause. It really works for me. So, I tell all women about it. With calcium, you want to be sure you are getting a 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. Be sure if you are taking at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, that you get at LEAST 400 mg magnesium. The very best form of magnesium is magnesium glycinate with the Albion chealate process. Unfortunately, this is not found in every store and for sure it is not found combined in calcium supplements. I got mine on line. A good calcium supplement is better than none though. You also want to be sure you are getting enough Vit.D and Vit.D3 is the best form of that. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium as does magnesium. You can get the best VitD from the sun. 15-20 minutes a day is usually sufficient. Those who live in mid-northern states probably do not get enough sun in the winter, which means we have to supplement. Calcium is always in combination with magnesium, so one has to add a tablet of the gylcinate form of magnesium to reach the correct daily ratio. Women in this stage of life need 1500 mg of calcium, 400-700 mg of magnesium and 800-1000 units VitD3. Try this and see if you notice some changes within a week or so. If you notice some loose stools gradually add the magnesium. Many women I know also use wild yam extract cream which is a natural product women have been using for centuries without problems. Try the calcium trick first. If it doesn't work then add the cream. All one usually needs of this is 1/4 tsp once or twice a day rubbed on the thin areas of the skin. Directions where, are found on all containers of wild yam cream. Another thing I have found that works for me is a product found here: www.stemcellfacts.info I would try these first before looking for a naturopathic doctor or a holistic doctor. I do consult these doctors once in a while for other matters, but I have had no problem with menopause once I added the calcium program. When you get everything in balance, IF you should have a hot flash again, look to adding a bit more calcium for a day or two. Good luck! Let us now here how it is working for you.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can soy products cause issues with menstrual cycles or fertility?
    I have heard lots of mixed reviews about soy products(tofu, soy milk, soy beans) causing fertility issues for women and was wondering if this is true? I love soy milk-especially silk's chocolate soy-and wonder if there is any negative effects to consuming soy on a regular basis?

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably the reason you have heard conflicting reports is that it really hasn't been studied enough to know for certain.
      Right now the thought is that some is good, a lot is not. The amount that would put you in the "too much" category had yet to be determined.
      There are studies that show soy products help reduce the risks of breast cancer after menopause. There are benefits.
      It is recommended that you discuss this issue with your doctor. However, if you are vegetarian or vegan, make sure the doctor you discuss it with doesn't have a bias against these lifestyle choices.

      Silk's chocolate soy milk is wonderful. You are not the only one to feel this way - it sells better than the commercial chocolate cow milk brands!

      Keep searching for new information, though. It's always good to stay infomed. Dr. McDougall is a doctor and has a hospital that treats many diseases with a low-fat vegetarian diet. His site one of many good resources to check out.

      I am not a doctor and have not studied medicine in any way, but I am aware of dietary health issues since I am a mom and am responsible for making healthful meals for my family - a task I do not take lightly. My humble opinion in this is that if you have two servings of soy most days (but not every day) you will be fine if you mix it up with plenty of whole grains, beans and a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good product for dry menopausal hair?
    Since menopause my hair is so dry, it's ridiculous.

    • ANSWER:
      Use a moisturizer like Garnier Fructis and leave it in your hair for more than hour with a shower cap over your head. After a while take shower cap off and seal in moisture with an oil like olive, jojoba or coconut. Depending on how much you wash your hair a week I would recommend that you at least once a week wash your hair only with conditioner,. This is called a co-wash and it leaves your hair soft and conditioned.

  8. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend a good product for the face of dry post menopausal women?
    I am 47. My skin is really taking a beating from this menopause.
    I am not taking hormone therapy.
    My face is dry and getting like leathery. I am fair skin.
    Any suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      I buy the Vit.C/E caps. I squeeze it out and apply it my face. Works better than all the expensive stuff I purchaced so far. And I take Fish oil twice a week and Flaxseed caps. My skin doesn't seem to have created anymore cracks and crevices over the last year. I'm 49. And for awhile there, I thought my only hope was a tube of Bondo or Spackle! ha!

  9. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if your mom is going through menopause?
    I don't even know if I spelled the word 'menopause' right, but how do you know if your mom is going through it? What are some signs?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mom would experience hot flashes, night sweats and chills which are the common menopause symptoms. Such symptoms are extremely uncomfortable where most women definitely looking for a relief to ease the discomfort. Try an all natural health product for such condition just like Hot Flash Freedom.

  10. QUESTION:
    Do you eat or drink soy products? If so, which ones are tasty to you?
    I'm beginning to go through menopause, and I've heard that soy would help with some of the symptoms.
    Black Cohosh -- I will definitely look into that! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I enjoy Silk light soy milk, SoyaKaas soy cheese, there are also some ready to eat, marinated tofu products that are really quite tasty. Also "veggie slices" soy cheese. Try the sharper flavors like Swiss (it tastes more like a good American cheese, while the "American" flavor is quite bland) You could even try Edemame, unprocessed soy beans in the pod. They are now available frozen in most larger supermarkets. I like to toss them into salads or stir-fry.
      Black Cohosh also helps immensely with menopause symptoms and is available in capsules or drops. Love and Luck--MissDelanne

  11. QUESTION:
    Products to help with menopause hot flushes?
    I'm looking for some products to help with hot flushes that aren't tablets or supplements. Something like a chillow (a pillow that helps cool you down) any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was having hot flashes every 15 minutes, I found that sipping a very cold drink helped.

      If it's any consolation, for most women the hot flashes diminish over time. I had them for about 2 years. My last period was 4 years ago, and I have perhaps half a dozen hot flashes a week now.

      Hang in there!

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the best and cheapest product out there for Cellulite?
    I have been excersizing for a year and I try to gain muscle in my legs to get rid of it. I dont have the money to be splurging on things that dont work. Please anyone know of an awesome cellulite product?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason that so many women, even slim women, get cellulite on their hips and thighs, is because the female hormone oestrogen makes women get fat there; and they store more of their fat just under the skin's surface, whereas men store some of their fat internally, underneath muscles. After menopause, women deposit more fat on the upper parts of their bodies, but this can be reversed by hormone replacement therapy (HRT). As women grow older, surface skin becomes thinner and less elastic, and the dimpling becomes more exaggerated. Therefore cellulite is a natural characteristic of the female body. It may be upsetting for women who have it, but it does not cause physical harm. Dimpling is made worse by sunbathing because excessive exposure to sunlight is known to cause the skin to lose its elasticity. Injections, liposuction and electrical treatment do not have a long term effect but massage is supposed to help.
      Doctors believe that the best ways to improve the appearance of cellulite are regular exercise, walking, swimming, cycling, dancing; going on a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables; cutting down on fatty foods such as meat, dairy products, ice cream, hot chips, biscuits, chips, cakes, tea, coffee and alcohol. Rapid weight loss can make the problem worse so it is recommended that weight loss is done slowly.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can you suggest some good lotions for body/face and also products for hair loss?
    I was looking for some good body and face lotions/creams/moisturizers. Also, my hair is thinning as it falls almost everyday.Can you please suggest some good products for both? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Vaseline Intensive Lotion or Cetaphil. For face, Oil of Olay, the orig. pink bottle.

      For hair loss, find the cause, before you find solution. Eliminate them and your hair will improve.
      Find the cause before you find solution. Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of an over-the-counter product to alleviate hot flashes?
    One that works obviously -- can be pill or a cream. Anyone have any positive/negative experiences with certain products? What are some good ones? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      There are several natural menopause products that will help with hot flashes. Black Cohosh and Dong Quai, both which have been shown to tremendously help reduce the symptoms of menopause. Many women do very well using a natural intervention for menopause treatment. Always start with something that is natural first before you progress to prescription drugs. (antidepressants...which may come with a whole host of side effects) or HRT. The risks and rewards of hormone replacement therapy should be carefully considered before undertaking this protocol.

      Dress in layers, buy a small inexpensive hand held fan and turn down the furnace. Also avoid food s that are known to trigger a flash – like spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol. Add foods that contain “phytoestrogens” — like soy, flax, certain beans, peas and lentils – these may also help to reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. It goes without saying that good nutrition and regular physical exercise is a critical component to improved overall health.

  15. QUESTION:
    Having a period two times a month,is this related to menopause?
    How can I stay healthy even though symptoms of menopause seem to effect me with arthritis in my knees?

    • ANSWER:
      Try an all natural health product like Hot Flash Freedom instead of using chemical based treatments for your symptoms in order to stay healthy while treating such discomfort.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do we know when we have our menopause?
    I'm 43 and I would like to know what will tell me that I am entering the "wonderful world" of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a stressful time for woman. It usually occurs when women reach the age of around 50. So it is easily understandable that women face this only one in life and forever.
      As it is not a common phenomenon, most of women cannot understand whether their menopausal period has started or not, though they can diagnose themselves easily. But there remains some confusion. It is always best to go to doctor and check for this problem. It is the best way to understand whether menopause has started or not.
      As mentioned earlier that menopause occurs when women turn the age of around 50, but some may experience it between the age of 46 and 55. It is a natural phenomenon. So women should be positive. Certainly this is a fearful or uncomfortable matter for women. Here is a matter for thinking. They should realize that though it is a great grief, they need to think of it as natural event. They should educate their mind. Menopause happens to all women around the age of 50, so every woman at this age face this trouble. So challenges should be taken and learned from others who have passed that time. Discussion is very necessary here. Thus they can feel and take it easier and can continue their daily life.
      Discovering menopausal symptoms in the body does not mean menopause has started. Actually when any woman’s period is missing for about a year, then she experience menopausal period.

      To prevent this mentally, education is so very important. Education brings light. So women should know and learn much about menopause. Thus light will clear all of the grief. It is notable that superstition is not education and believing superstition is harmful. Education can also help them to prepare mentally. This brings a change to the life. With menopause, some menopausal symptom may come as painful and disgusting. But changing the mind to feel happy is great. However menopausal symptoms can be cured. So they need not worry about that. They should take all hormonal changes as easy and natural.

      Women should take care of their health. Too much worrying reduces defense system of the body as a result diseases can easily attack. Thus they become sick. To make this period easy, they can look for some helpful things such as a natural progesterone cream made from natural element can improve their symptom. But they must remain conscious of the usages rule. It is better to check whether that product is appropriate for them or not.

      Some herbs are very useful. The herb red clover brings many benefits. It contains vitamin B and Gamma oryzenol.

      Let’s not think about it too much. If any problems occur, nutritionists and doctors can help them a lot. But they should look for a qualified person.

      Eventually it is clear that there is no factor for women passing menopausal periods to fear. There is lot of women, who have passed that time and with a lot of natural elements near at hands. Now is the time for understanding these.

  17. QUESTION:
    Does a girl have a period every month of her life until menopause?
    I studied the menstrual cycle at school already... but I failed to understand some key concepts..

    Does a woman have a period every month of her life until menopause? If she does, how come I've never seen my mom's bed sheets with blood?
    Now this other question is a serious question... when in porn movies, they sometimes don't use protective gear like condoms. Doesn't the female get pregnant when sperm is injected into her vagina?
    What's a tampon and how is it used?

    • ANSWER:
      1) a women has a period for 5 - 7 days every month from puberty until the menopause and then it stops, a women can go through the menopause (also known as the change) at any age but usually late forties early fifties.

      2) You probably haven't seen blood on your mums sheets as us women are very good at hiding these things, as we like to keep it private. Also she will use things like sanitary towels (pads of material worn in her underwear to absorb the blood, these are thrown away and changed every few hours) and also tampons which i will explain in a minute.

      3)The women in porn movies will usually be using another method of contraception for example the contraceptive pill (a tablet taken every day to prevent an egg being released and there fore preventing pregnancy) or an injection (which works in the same way, the injection is given every few weeks/months) or an implant under the skin of her arm which also stops an egg from being released.
      These do not protect from STI's though. These are infections passed through sexual intercourse or sexual contact and can be very unpleasant and dangerous. Usually both the man and the woman will be tested so that they are certain neither have any of these infections.

      4) a tampon is a small tube of absorbent material that is inserted into the vagina during menstruation to absorb the blood flow, they come in few different sizes to suit the woman's flow (ill post some links)

      Please don't be embarrassed to ask your teacher any of these questions, this is what they are there for :)

      tampon information
      http://www.tampax.co.uk/tampons-products/

      any other questions
      http://www.connexions-direct.com/

      :)

  18. QUESTION:
    What are ithe best products for hair loss ?
    can you tell mi what are the best products for hair loss ?

    • ANSWER:
      Find the cause before you find solution by ELIMINATING them your hair will improve. You DON'T need products.
      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

      Negative experienced: Advance Hair Studio - Fraud Company posted 1-8-12 & others.

  19. QUESTION:
    Why only primates does have menopause and why females?
    And why females and why so young, really? for some of us life at 45+ is at peak and not ending... Human species are really miserably weak compared wild animals who can be fertile until the very end or old age.

    What is natural evolutionary purpose to this kind of early menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      I suspect it's simply a by-product of some other aspect of the reproductive system and there was never any pressure to correct it. In terms of evolutionary timescales, people rarely lived long enough for it to be a serious issue. The vast majority of children were born earlier and then the parents were busy raising the ones they had. Losing out on a few possible children at the end, didn't make much of a difference.

      It's important to remember that not everything needs to be beneficial. It's quite possible for non-adaptive traits to be passed on, by a variety of mechanisms. Genetic drift and population bottlenecks spring to mind as examples.

  20. QUESTION:
    what are the concerns with soy based products?
    We are trying to cut-out Diary products and have heard some people mention some concerns over soy based stuff but I haven't found anything for sure on it.

    • ANSWER:
      This is going to be a question that you'll get a very wide variety of answers to, most likely, because the answer to it is largely governed by opinion and backed my favorable research, with disregard for unfavorable research. It's hard to give an unbiased opinion either way since research is fairly divided, but overall comes out supportive of eating soy products.

      There are concerns about naturally occurring estrogens in soy, but to be honest with you, you would have to consume very large amounts of soy (I am talking about the obscene amounts that they force-feed rats in experiments, something that very few if any humans can parallel) to experience some of the extreme side effects many mention.

      There are estrogens that are far more dangerous (the phytoestrogens in soy occur naturally within the plant) - there are unnatural, man-made endocrine disruptors in tupperware, plastic wrap, and other plastic substances. Plastic lining that is on the inside of canned fruits and vegetables leeches chemicals into the food at a slow rate. Heating things in plastic containers releases endocrine disruptors into food.

      Some people are scared enough of this research to even discontinue use of all plastic bowls, cups, spoons, etc. If you have ever heard about dangerous toxins in plastic infant bottles (which are released into the formula through heating and wear of the bottle) - that's the same sort of stuff that is in a large majority of plastics that are domestically used.

      Others are scared stiff of the estrogen in soy, which they say is a dangerous endocrine disruptor. However, if you do your research you will find that soy protein is very beneficial for the heart (many doctors even encourage 25 grams of soy protein a day for a heart-healthy diet, as opposed to relying on meat for your protein).

      Soy products are in just about everything - soy lecithin is used in everything from crackers to cookies and a great majority of commercial meat in the US is raised on a soy-heavy diet because soy is cheap (as is corn).

      I don't think it is dangerous in moderation. A few cups of soy milk a week will not wreck you. Fermented soy products like tempeh are especially good in my opinion.

      In fact, in Japan (where women consume much more soy than here in the states), women's menopause is much easier on them and they often don't have to take the (oftentimes unhealthy) hormone replacement therapies that women here do to deal with the rapid hormonal changes in their bodies.

      People in Asian countries have been consuming soy products for generations and they are some of the healthiest people on the planet. I've worked with a company in Yiwu, China and I can guarantee you that people there eat bean curd (tofu) and even raw soy (edamame) daily or more. My husband was a US Marine and had spent extensive amounts of time in Japan and traveled through China, Korea and Vietnam and soy consumption is high everywhere.

      If you have any concerns you can always switch to rice milk or almond milk instead, which are both tasty. There are rice-based ice cream substitutes and rice-based cheese substitute, and walnut-based cheese substitute. People with soy allergies manage to be vegan or vegetarian too, so there's many products out there that they can rely on too.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is a shampoo that will make my hair stronger?
    I have a lot of problem with split ends and shedding. I don't dye my hair or use heat products. It's just naturally thinning out and it worries me a lot. I need a shampoo that's not too expensive and will actually make my hair stronger. I have tried Redken, Biolage, Sleek Look, and Garnier Fructis. Please recommend something affordable. If not a shampoo, any recommendations on what I can do to make my hair healthier?

    • ANSWER:
      None, shampoo are meant to clean. Google it. It would be boring just to call it shampoo.

      Strength comes from all the good foods you eat from Mother Nature and from your good genes.

      What weakens the hair is if it's chemically treated, curly/wavy, fine hair or straightened/ironed. with heating tools.

      Even healthy hair like mine, get split ends from normal stress from brushing & styling.
      Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the same length. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming.

      They also get weaken from supplements, steroids, change in diet, having babies (yes I read twice it happened to them),medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything.
      When your teeth falls or get cavities, do you blame the toothpaste?

      Try to eliminate what you think may cause them to shed.

  22. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between Indoplex and DIM?
    I always see products that have one of these two, or a combination of them, and I know they are similar. Although, I do not know the difference between them both.

    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Indolplex contains diindolylmethane (DIM), a naturally occurring phytochemical found in cruciferous vegetables.
      The role of DIM in the body is to support healthy estrogen metabolism and hormonal balance, two factors known to prevent estrogen dominance. Caused by surges in estrogen and deficiencies in progesterone, estrogen dominance frequently appears during a woman’s reproductive years, the many years of perimenopause, and the onset of menopause.

      Take 1 capsule once daily for women or 2 capsules once daily for men. Take with food or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
      Jason Homan

  24. QUESTION:
    Are there any preventive measures to delay the onset of menopause at an early age?
    What are the psycho-bio causes that cause menopause at an early age?

    • ANSWER:
      My dear Geyamala....

      Ohhhhhhhh honey....you should "jump for joy" for the fact that you won't have to deal withe the monthk cycles baby...By all respect, nut the several people above were not medicallyy correct, because the amount of your eggs were given to you by birth...such being a hereticall aspect...and once your eggs in your ovaries are "used up"...there you enter menopaus honey...

      and by all means....follow "Mother Nature" and don't let no one tell you to but "such-and-such" product...it's all wasted money baby !

      i've done some reseqrch on the matter and here's what I came up with:

      http://www.medindia.net/news/Scientists-Have-Found-Way-to-Delay-Menopause-21940-1.htm
      http://www.womentowomen.com/menopause/faq.aspx

      Don't let some chemical stuff mess up your health honey and let ife take it's cause....For everry "season" is a reqson...and even life's cyclesare seasons we live through...acccept this new pleasant time of life...were you's free from all those "Cotex, tampax"-times and be happy baby !!! Life is much easier and enjoyable...so look forward to it...and don't take any of those stupid hormon pills the GYN wants to prescribe you....

      First of all 1/2 the time they don't work...and the side effects are too risky to the equivillance of comfort if any. I haven't taken and doing just fine for the past 7 years ...so don't worry my friend...All will be fine without interfering into the nature's plan is...---makes sense--- doesn't it ? and you're a wise and intelligent lady, so you will take my advice because you kow I care about you !

      Send you my best wishes for the "autume" pf your life....-smile- best time if you ask me....Greetings from Germany with all my care, concern and my unconditional LOVE....your friend...Annette***

  25. QUESTION:
    If you are in menopause and medication brought back spotting, should I stop using it?
    Certain medications that I noticed that have an affect on my head from allergies to mood swings, seem to be connected to my female functions. When I tell the doctor, he acts like that is highly impossible but I heard from the natural health book promotions, that there is a natural turn on product for women that is sprayed in the nose. To me, it must be something to this situation. Sometimes I wonder if the medication is worth continuing if the side effects become uncomfortable if not life dangering?

    • ANSWER:
      see your doctor. The bleeeding can be from a number of causes, and you need to make certain that your assumption the cause is the medicationn is correct.

  26. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about the components of soybeans called isoflavones?
    On a molecular level, I've read that they're similar to the female sex hormone estrogen, so similar that they can bind to estrogen receptors in the body. I understand research is continuing, but I've developed a thyroid problem, yet I'm approaching the age of menopause, so I can't determine whether I should be limiting soy in my diet or boosting it.

    • ANSWER:
      From the research I've found on the web, it appears that studies have shown soybean products to be a problem ONLY in humans who were iodine deficient.

      Iodized salt is the primary food source of iodine, however Iodine is also widely available in seafood; and the vegetable Kelp.

      A deficiency in iodine alone can cause thyroid problems. This is a particularly interesting article.
      http://www.qfac.com/articles/august/iodine.html

      There seems to be a lot of information on the link between iodine, thyroid, menopause and soy. If you google all 4 together you will have plenty of information available to browse through.

      I'm sure your doctor will be able to advise you further.

      Why do people give you a thumbs down for a well-answered question?

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for hair to become naturally curlier?
    Some people tell me that they put products in their hair overnight and after a while (4 months- a year, different people said different time periods) their hair became naturally curly, where it was straight or wavy before. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      Your hair can become naturally curlier. Many people notice this at puberty, or after a pregnancy, or at menopause; major hormonal shifts can definitely change the texture of your hair.

      Damage to the hair can also give it more body or curl, as it weakens the hair shafts. Many people notice that their hair gets more body, fullness or curl if it's been colored or highlighted, for example.

      I don't see how a product applied to the hair at night would actually make the hair curlier unless it damaged it or happened to coincide with a major hormonal shift, although intense conditioning could make frizzy hair curl in a more organized pattern.

  28. QUESTION:
    What options are available to fix Hair Loss for Older Women?
    I am a 50yr old women and I am losing hair in a few spots in my head and I wanted to know what are some great products or treatments available to help me with new growth in those affected areas. I am trying to avoid wigs.

    • ANSWER:
      Find the 'cause' before you can find the solution, then eliminate them. Your hair will improve. Remember, whatever it was that caused them to fall out in the first place, it took months even years to get in your system, it will takes years to flush them down, so don't expect miracles overnight.

      So many reasons for hair loss:

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary, hair dyes perming, straightening, diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/

      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      They also say you normally lose 100-200 hair a day, but I don't. I lose about 7-8 every time I brush it, so that's about 100 per week, give or take.About 23-25 if I shampooed/brush my hair, which is every 4th day.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Now, I'm answering more problems re: hair fall or hair not growing from girls under 15. Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      Source(s):
      Hair DX
      I know hair. I am in my early 60's, and I've been having menopause, and I am not experimenting hair loss, for those who said I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to hair. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy long hair. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing. What you see on my profile is what I have now. It's as thick as when I'm in my teens.
      Stress, seldom. I went through stress when both parents died, plus sister taking me to court & selling the house, on my own and still no hair loss here!

  29. QUESTION:
    Can I reduce the chance of hair loss like how women reduce the chance of wrinkles?
    I read about a year ago women can reduce their chances of facial wrinkles by applying cream early before the wrinkles starts to develop.
    Can this apply to men too in terms of hair loss?
    Would any damage be done if I used products from Hair Club for Men right now to reduce the chances of hair loss later on?
    Does the Hair Club for Men work and is it obvious that a person is using their products?

    • ANSWER:
      You can! Find out what, when, why and HOW and your hair will improve by eliminating the 'cause'.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 7,430,000 results (0.15 seconds) Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 4,250,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls.
      Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      Google: Glossary of Hair Loss Terms. There are 179 entries in this glossary. Stress is just one of the 179 listed.
      Again, a simple rule of thumb: Look for the American Hair Loss Association seal when considering purchasing any product or service to treat your hair loss.

      > > > ONE treatment called DNCB -- applying an ointment that burns the scalp in hopes of stimulating hair growth. It was a treatment so painful that her head was at times left feeling raw.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are there any products to increase a girls sex drive?
    My girl friend says that she does not get turned on easily. And usually the night goes by with us having sex and she saying she does not 'feel' it, like in does not get excited. Usually she is only a little bit wet. She says it has been like this with all her ex's and told me to search some products like tablets etc to increase her sex drive...

    • ANSWER:
      There is not such thing as products to increase sex drive.

      Unless she is going through menopause or just has a natural low sex drive, you're just not doing your job right. It's called foreplay. Sex is not just intercourse and she won't have an orgasm after only that. The brain is the biggest sexual organ in the body and you must stimulate it. Make her feel desired. Play around for a while. Ask her what she'd like.

      If she still doesn't "feel' it after that, she probably just doesn't want to have sex with you at all. Have an honest conversation about it. Good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    What difference does fermentation do to soya?
    I've heard that fermentation of soya can reduce the negative health effects associated with soya. Is there anywhere I can check this claim?

    Which products use fermented soya (vs unfermented?)

    • ANSWER:
      Tempeh is about the only product I know which is fermented soya. Rhizopus mould is introduced to cooked soya beans, a recipe which originated in Indonesia, if I remember correctly. It is a firm texture and has a nutty flavour. I buy it in frozen blocks from a health food shop (Goodness Direct) but I think it's available in some of the larger Chinese or Asian food shops. I slice it and fry it as a (passable) alternative to bacon for "non"BLT's & fry-ups. It can also be used in spreads, soups & stews as well as being used in salads and sandwiches. The fermentation process produces natural antibiotics and leaves all the goodness of the isoflavines found in soya. It is also a complete protein food that contains all the essential amino acids. Soy protein and isoflavones have many health benefits. Isoflavones strengthen bones, help to ease menopause symptoms, reduce risk of coronary hearth disease and possibly some cancers. The process of making Tempeh doesn't reduce any of the natural fibre of soya and the enzymes produced make it more easily digestable. It can be home made too, but you need to be able to get hold of the tempeh starter. In case you hadn't guessed I love the stuff LOL

  32. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any natural remedies for hot flashes?
    I am 53 and am finally I believe in menopause. I am not feeling to bad except for a few headaches and exhaustion but mostly the hot flashes. Living here in Texas with the 100 degree heat sure didnt help (looking forward to winter), anyway I do not want to go on any drugs and prefer to do it naturally. Can anyone recommend any vitamins, teas, foods anything that will help my hot flashes. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      my sister who had bad hot flashes and did not believe in alternative health at all as she is very medically oriented in that field tried this product I recommended to her and later told me her hot flashes completely left

      http://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fp%3Dnatural%2Bprogesterone%2Bcream%26b%3D21%26ni%3D20%26ei%3DUTF-8%26pstart%3D1%26fr%3Dytff1-%26fr2%3Dtab-web&w=300&h=320&imgurl=www.physicianformulas.com%2Fstore%2FProdImages%2Fprogesterone.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.physicianformulas.com%2Fstore%2FScripts%2Fprodview.asp%3Fidproduct%3D153%26name%3DProgesterone-Cream&size=21k&name=progesterone+jpg&p=natural+progesterone+cream&oid=c5afa88d2dc45b36&fr2=tab-web&no=22&tt=4031&b=21&ni=20&sigr=13121qnpt&sigi=11r2bmr1r&sigb=13sf8amgc

      purchase it here

      http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&fr=ytff1-&p=source+natural+progesterone+cream&SpellState=n-1935705323_q-Ouw0bXd.mrMROAoIypuh1QAAAA%40%40&fr2=sp-qrw-corr-top

      also try the female plus formula found on the products page under female formulas on the left of page here

      https://web2.herbdoc.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=38

      more help can be found here

      http://www.herballegacy.com/Menstruation.html

  33. QUESTION:
    How to reduce and remove dark circles?
    I have noticed that without makeup i have quite dark circles around my eyes. I get about 7 - 9 hours of sleep a night, drink about a litre if not more of water a day, i don't smoke, i moisturise.

    I have tried the cucumber technique (mushing up cucumber and dipping cotton pads in the juice and leaving on eyes) but that made one of my eyes go puffy and swell up.

    Does anyone have any remedies or products that they swear by?

    • ANSWER:
      truth is...there are no products on the market that will remove dark circles. they may hide them temporarily but will never rid you of them properly

      most people think that having dark circles is because they are getting older or just not getting enough sleep. yes, dark circles under and around the eyes can be due to lack of sleep, but most of the time it is because of your diet or an allergy. the lack of nutrients in the diet, or the lack of a balanced diet, can contribute to the discoloration of the area under the eyes

      dark circles can be caused by under eating and overeating to the point of flooding the body. so if you have dark circles under your eyes, start eating the right portion sizes and the right foods for your body

      iron deficiency- dark circles under the eyes can be caused by anemia, which makes the skin look pale and the area around the eyes look darker. a common cause of anemia is not getting enough iron in the diet to make the right amount of red blood cells the body needs. eat foods like red meat, green vegetables, beans, raisins, iron cereals, eggs, and wholegrain breads that contain iron

      dehydration- dark circles can also form due to dehydration. drink at least 6-8 glasses of water everyday. there is no stressing this enough. If you do not drink water everyday, you are not providing your body with as much water as it requires for flushing out toxins. do not wait until you are thirsty before drinking because by the time your body tells you it is thirsty, you are already dehydrated

      caffeine- caffeine may need to be eliminated from your diet if they are the cause of your problem. caffeine stimulate your hormonal glands causing exhaustion if consumed too often. start drinking decaffeinated teas and water

      hormonal changes- during pregnancy, or menopause hormonal changes in the body can cause eye puffiness and dark circles

      not getting enough sleep- if you are having trouble sleeping, it could be due to caffeine or sugar, which can keep you awake at night. also drinking any liquids right before bedtime might make you wake up during the night to use the bathroom, which could keep you from getting a full night’s rest. a lack of sleep or tiredness can cause paleness of the skin, which again allows the blood underneath the skin to become more visible and appear more blue or darker, especially under the eyes

      allergies - allergies can also cause dark circles. you could be allergic to a chemical you may be cleaning with, or a pet, food, or food additives

  34. QUESTION:
    How to grow long hair. I have ethnic hair, and I have never been sucessful growing my hair past my earlobe.?
    My hair shreds and breaks really bad. Do you know of any products that might help me grow long hair or is someone people genetically prone to have short hair.

    • ANSWER:
      What is your hair type? We are all blessed with healthy beautiful hair.

      Many reasons why your hair snaps & shreds. Afro-Amer (didn't say you do, just guessing) hair is the worst hair type and is fragile.

      Supplements, steroids, hereditary,hair dyes perming, straightening, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxics found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your body is crying for help!

      If you're Afro-Amer . . . there's a website just for your hair type. They have lots of tips & suggestions. Check them out.

      The majority of hair problems here are from girls in their 30s, asking how to care for their damaged hair, what product to make their hair grow, why their hair falls out, and why their shampoo or conditioner don't work. Women between 60-80 have that same problem, but it took them years to get there. And those same 30 & under girls are giving advice here? Go figure!

      Even the cheapest shampoo can do magic for your hair, so it must be what you're doing AFTER you wash it. Shampoos and vitamins might make your hair look and feel healthier, but they won’t put more hairs on your head.

      Hair products can NOT REVERSE what is happening to your hair.

  35. QUESTION:
    What product will soften my hair which has turned to "straw"from menopause?
    All of a sudden my hair has the feeling of straw,which it never had.Im 49 and 5 yrs into menopause and I cant seem to find ANYTHING to soften my hair.I use a different conditioner every 3 days,which I have never had to do.My hair is just below shoulder length,coloured and thick.

    • ANSWER:
      There is a new shampoo and conditioner produced by Neutrogena that works really well. I think it's called Triple Moisture although they have a whole line. It really puts the moisture back in your hair and makes it feel soft. My mom has had the same problem as you and was using expensive shampoos that was just making her hair even worse. She started using this product and said she was not going back. I've been using it also and am verhy pleased. So far I have found it at Rite Aid and Walmart. It was about 3 dollars cheaper at Walmart but runs about - a pop.

      Hope this helps!

  36. QUESTION:
    Does macafem really work for hormonial balance?
    So I was reading up on it and it's suppose to help with menopause and PMS, im thinking about trying it for PMS. If it works well where would I get it? Should I use it everyday?

    • ANSWER:
      It's another of the numerous fake products making outrageous claims that have no scientific basis. At for a month's supply, it's an expensive scam too. There's a multitude of these hoax products out there that make every claim from increasing height to enlarging breasts; all from some obscure plant you've never heard of.

      If it worked, you know that you'd be able to get it from a doctor.

  37. QUESTION:
    For hot flashes and getting the feeling back of wanting to have sex again, what can I use that is natural?
    I am now in menopause. I get warm at night time and need a fan on. But, I don't get that feeling of wanting to have sex. Is there something more natural to take. I don't want to take estrogen. I need something more for the love making feeling to come back. I can deal with being warm and having to have a fan on me.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to check out www.antioxidants.mypharmanex.com excellent tested and pure LifePak woman -cheaper when you order on automatic monthly delivery, and check out the Estera line - pure and natural & safe. When ordered with the LifePak it is significantly cheaper...these are extremely high quality products pure and free of toxins, have pure natural ingredients added to the vitamin suppliments to also boost your antioxidant levels - which is a really good thing. Also if you are a smoker, stop. Woman to woman...this can positively change your life and even slow down significantly the aging process.

  38. QUESTION:
    Why do commercials show that women have more trouble than men getting into jeans?
    This has always bothered me. Why do commercials (Special K, Fiber Con, Midol, etc.) always show women struggling to zip, button, and get into their jeans. It seems like there's always a commercial for a product showing women hopping around their bedroom trying to fit into jeans. Men go through the same thing, so why don't commercials show the trouble that men have trying to get into jeans?

    • ANSWER:
      women have more troubles then just jeans. and they all seem to have a lot to do with men.
      menopause
      menstrual cramps
      mental brake downs
      they all start with MEN

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have female pattern hair loss with new growth?
    I've started losing my hair (breakage) due to a bad perm. On the sides of my head and in top. At first I thought it was female pattern hair loss, but then I have lots of new growth. Can you have female pattern hair loss and new growth at the same time? Oh and by the way, I'm also thinking of trying aphogee hair products. If anyone has heard of it, let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      A hair grows from its follicle at an average rate of about 1/2 inch per month. Each hair grows for 2 to 6 years, then rests, and then falls out. A new hair soon begins growing in its place. At any time, about 85% of the hair is growing and 15% is resting.

      Baldness occurs when hair falls out but new hair does not grow in its place. The cause of the failure to grow new hair in female pattern baldness is not well understood, but it is associated with genetic predisposition, aging, and levels of endocrine hormones (particularly androgens, the male sex hormones).

      Changes in the levels of androgens can affect hair production. For example, after the hormonal changes of menopause, many women find that the hair on the head is thinned, while facial hair is coarser. Although new hair is not produced, follicles remain alive, suggesting the possibility of new hair growth.

      Female pattern baldness is usually different from that of male pattern baldness. The hair thins all over the head, but the frontal hairline is maintained. There may be a moderate loss of hair on the crown, but this rarely progresses to total or near baldness as it may in men.

      Hair loss can occur in women for reasons other than female pattern baldness, including the following:

      Temporary shedding of hair (telogen effluvium)
      Breaking of hair (from such things as styling treatments and twisting or pulling of hair)
      Patchy areas of total hair loss (alopecia areata -- an immune disorder causing temporary hair loss)
      Medications
      Certain skin diseases
      Hormonal abnormalities
      Iron deficiency
      Underactive thyroid
      Vitamin deficiency
      Symptoms Return to top

      Thinning of hair over the entire head
      Hair loss at the crown or hairline, mild to moderate
      Exams and Tests Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of hair loss and by ruling out other causes of hair loss.

      A skin biopsy or other procedures may be used to diagnose medical disorders that cause loss of hair.

      Analysis of the hair itself is not accurate for diagnosing nutritional or similar causes of hair loss, although it may reveal substances such as arsenic or lead.

      Treatment Return to top

      The hair loss of female pattern baldness is permanent. In most cases, it is mild to moderate. No treatment is required if the person is comfortable with her appearance.

      The only drug or medication approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat female pattern baldness is minoxidil, used on the scalp. For women, the 2% concentration is recommended. Minoxidil may help hair to grow in 20% to 25% of the female population, and in the majority it may slow or stop the loss of hair. Treatment is expensive, however, and hair loss starts again when minoxidil use is stopped.

      Hair transplants consist of removal of tiny plugs of hair from areas where the hair is continuing to grow and placing them in areas that are balding. This can cause minor scarring in the donor areas and carries a modest risk for skin infection. The procedure usually requires multiple transplantation sessions and may be expensive. Results, however, are often excellent and permanent.

      The use of hair implants made of artificial fibers was banned by the FDA because of the high rate of infection.

      Stitching (suturing) hair pieces to the scalp is not recommended. It can result in scars, infections, and abscess of the scalp.

      Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise hair loss and improve cosmetic appearance. This is often the least expensive and safest method of dealing with female pattern baldness.

      Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top

      Female pattern baldness is of cosmetic importance only and does not indicate a medical disorder, but it may affect self-esteem or cause anxiety. The hair loss is usually permanent.

      Possible Complications Return to top

      Complications are psychological stress and a loss of self-esteem due to change in appearance.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top

      Call your health care provider if hair loss occurs and persists, especially if there is itching, skin irritation, or other symptoms. There might be a treatable medical cause for the loss of hair.

      Prevention Return to top

      There is no known prevention for female pattern baldness.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a supplement to help with brain function?
    I am in Menopause and I can't take hormones. I am told that lack of hormones can cause dementia or Alzheimers. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Taking a supplement to improve brain function seems that it will only be addressing a symptom brought on by the lack of hormones. The better way to approach this may be to find a natural way to replenish hormones or support natural production, even if it's reduced.

      A good natural progesterone cream may be very beneficial. I'd used one by Nature's Sunshine that worked very well according to my body's needs. It's expensive, but one tube will last several months making it reasonable on a monthly basis. Medicine usually focuses on estogen replacement but doesn't pay enough attention to progesterone replacement. True, you lose a large % of estrogen in menopause, but can quickly lose all of your progesterone production. Balance between these two hormones is imperative to minimize negative effects of menopause, whether that's mood, bone loss, brain function or whatever.

      Another approach is to look at support of your entire endocrine system. Do a google search for 'natural endocrine support' and you will come up with a lot of good informative sites.

      The product that I've had and seen most success with (for endocrine support ) is by Mannatech called 'Plus'. It is wonderful for supporting your entire endocrine system, all natural and safe for anyone to take. It can be quite pricey while you're getting things in balance as you'd need to take more than the label recommends. I know of a few menopausal women who order this product by the case as it is the only thing they've found that gives their bodies what they need nutritionally to support their hormonal systems. This product also gives some people a mental boost, as serotonin is a hormone regulated by the endocrine system.

      Bottom line is that there are a lot of options. The trick is to find the one that supports your exact needs - and that's different for everyone.

      Blessings during this difficult time.

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I make my hair look better before my wedding?
    I have quite thin hair that is brittle and always has split ends. I really, really want to improve its condition before my wedding in August 2011. Does anyone have any advice? It seems to fall out a lot, which I don't help because it feels so coarse that I continually run my hands through it in an attempt to smooth it out, and I end up pulling more hair out.

    Can anyone recommend a product/home treatment that will make my hair softer/shinier/thicker?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you say you have thin hair and it's brittle, has split ends? Treat your hair like that of a baby's hair, LOTS OF TLCs. I know you're an adult now with adult hair, but there are symptoms for bleaching, hair straightening, relaxing, crimping hair even to normal hair types. Imagine that happening to your hair, I mean as you've experienced already no product can improve your style. That's another reason why the hair industry is a billion dollar business, but they do not give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse', and hair loss happen more to people with thin or coarse hair.

      You have several problems with your hair here, let's go each one:

      1. Split Ends: Even healthy hair like mine get split ends, due to normal hair brushing & styling. Hair protectant doesn't protect hair 100%. Like sunscreen, you still get sunburned. Same with hair, as you've already experienced. Spend 5-10 mins. trimming your hair strand per strand, section by section when the sun is shinning so you'll understand how the hair is split in several places, and not always at the end, even somewhere in the middle. Do it yourself trim, is the best. Use a 2" folding shears for trimming. Allowing healthier hair to take over. Then 2x a year, get a good trim.
      It may grow very slowly or none at all if you've straightened your hair in the past.

      2. Thin hair comes from your good genes, You can set your hair in plastic curlers, after you towel dry, then curlers, briefly dry, take the curlers out & style as usual, or finger comb. Shampoos that says it makes your hair more volume, it's all marketing gimmicks to get your attention, it is a billion dollar business. Plastic curlers have been used for over 5 decades in the fashion & hair business. They're still being used today

      3. You hair fall out a lot: touching your hair has nothing to do WHY your hair falls out. Reasons why hair falls out easily: Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs), steroids, hereditary, hair dyes, perming/relaxers, straightening (have read many on YA HAIR, and have responded to them since 2009), diet, having babies (yes I read once it happened to her), stress, medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne, and too much of everything. Add to that the 7,000 + toxic found in your home, plus pollution found outdoors. Your hair is crying for help!
      Ex. of relaxed hair. http://monicabtheorganicstylist.wordpress.com/tag/hair-relaxers/
      When your hair is crying for help, that's when it's too late to do anything about it, and hair products can not reverse the problem.

      4. To get healthier, softer, shinier hair: Eliminate the chemicals and heating tools to style your hair. You get all your vitamins & minerals & proteins FREE from the good foods you eat from Mother Nature, not made by man, and no shampoo can help grow hair, not even those made for horses. Horses don't abuse their hair, using heating tools, and they eat better than people, but it won't add more hair & make their hair longer faster.Shampoo intended for animals may contain insecticides or other medications for treatment of skin conditions or parasite infestations such as fleas or mange. These must never be used on humans.

      Prenatal vitamins don't make your hair grow. Pregnant women have to start taking care of their bodies when they're pregnant, meaning stop smoking, drinking, dyeing or perming their hair SO OF COURSE their hair start growing again. But it has nothing to do with their hair, it has something to do to help the development of their unborn child.
      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/features/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair/best-food-for-healthy-hair.php

      Any OTC Shampoo and conditioner formulated for your hair texture. None is better than the other, and salon is not better than OTC. Shampoos are meant to clean and conditioners are meant to condition curly/wavy, chemically treated & damaged hair.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is it still safe to eat soy products?
    Is it still safe to eat soy products when lot of the soybean crops are genetically modified? Genetically modified foods make me scared, but I love soy beverage a lot! :-(

    Anyone let me know?

    • ANSWER:
      The people who produce GMO soy say it's safe. Others say it isn't. There's no definite proof that it isn't safe. You'll have to make up your own mind.

      As a general rule, it's probably ok to eat soy (GMO or not) in moderation. If you have thyroid problems or a family history of thyroid problems, you probably should avoid soy. Soy is tied to early puberty in girls, low sperm count in men, and they promote it to women for menopause symptoms!

      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htm
      http://www.thyroid-info.com/articles/soydangers.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    Where can I get some diet pills that really work?
    I can't lose weight since I went thru menopause. I put on 15 pounds bam! and no matter what I do it won't go away. I need something to give me some git up n go. Diet pills nowadays have no git up n go in them anymore. any ideas on something that really works? I believe I have tried all the pills on the market.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom has been taking phentermine (as well as several friends of mine) and they got full resources, info about phentermine from: www.phentermine-cheap.com - there is a forum, articles and links to buy the products online (pretty cheap). :) Take care and I wish you success.

  44. QUESTION:
    How to thicken hair/stop from falling out?
    My hair has been falling out so much lately and has gotten tremendously thinner! I don't know if it's from being cold outside, or hormones. BUT i need a cure before it gets too thin. Any recommendations for a good thickening shampoo or other products?

    • ANSWER:
      Shampoos are meant to clean (Google it), whatever they say on their labels: smoother, shinier, volumizer, thickening, etc. . . . are all part of marketing gimmicks.

      If your hair is falling out and had gotten tremendously thinner, your hair is crying out for help, and no hair product can fix that. It's probably an allergic reaction, how you style your hair, what tools you use to style your hair with.

      During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductandIngredientSafety/ProductInformation/ucm127988.htm
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ByAudience/ForWomen/ucm118527.htm
      Those are 75% the reason why.

      Have you been taking supplements? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs) Another 5% why.

      Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Another 10% why.

      Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Another 10% why you have hair falls.

      Eliminate them and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that look to start the hair loss.
      Save your money instead of buying hair growth products or supplements. Vogue Dec. 2010 issue has a section on biotin, supplements, etc. .

      The FDA don't even approve of them. Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don’t apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
      Beginning in February 2008, they experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off.
      http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumer…
      MSN "Vitamins Can Do More Harm Than Good."
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16655168/wid…
      According Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. Americans spent an estimated 6 million on hair loss products last year, and chances are some of that money was not well spent. Don’t let charming salon owners, seductive ads or fancy gimmicks convince you otherwise.

      CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements.

      Google: "Foods for Healthy Hair" - the website had moved, type it in. Two others also:
      http://www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/feature…
      http://www.menshealth.com/spotlight/hair…

      Growing healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle or pills and hair products do not speed hair growth. Any hair oil, is another form to keep hair moisturized, nothing more. If you're in HS, your hair & nails should be growing normally, and as healthily as possible, since you're eating healthy foods. But when hair isn't growing as fast, it's because they've been tempered with: chemicals, hair straightening, etc. . .

      Source(s):
      I know hair. I have over 4 decades of hair know-how. I have silky, shiny, soft, smooth very healthy hair down to my knees. Previously damaged by perming & dyeing in the 80's & 90's. I've known people in their 30's whose hair stopped growing from ironing their hair in the 70's.

  45. QUESTION:
    What does the body lessen in as we reach menopause?
    I'm feeling so cranky nowadays. what should I be taking for menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the menopause transition doesn't happen overnight. The decrease in estrogen and other reproductive hormones can go on for two to eight years. It all depends on the individual woman and how her body works. Some women are fortunate enough to pass through this time in their lives relatively symptom free, while others have a hard time with hot flashes, fatigue, and very often depression. The important thing regardless of how you are handling all of the changes is to seek and get the help and support you need.

      From the beginning of perimenopause through the process's completion, take care of yourself and try an all natural product like Hot Flash Freedom to limit the stress of the common symptoms.

  46. QUESTION:
    What can i do to keep my hair from fallin out ?
    Im 30 i dknt use hair products n barley ever hair spray i blow dry after i wash but not completly dry i dnt straighten but mayb on occasion i curl it its long just more than half way down my back but its so thin n stringy n it just looks so blah its not really dry but breaks so easily what r some home remedies for fuller healthier hair mayb even over the counter

    • ANSWER:
      Find the cause before you find solution. Eliminate the cause and your hair will improve.

      Reasons why that might have happened, below is a short form of why.

      1. During the last 3 years, OK 2, how have you been styling or have you been straightening & dyeing or highlighting your hair?
      Google FDA website Hair dye & relaxers. Those are 75% the reason why.

      2. Have you been taking supplements or using hair oil? Supplements ( billions are wasted and could hurt your lungs, liver, organs even HAIR LOSS). FDA has found that from face creams to soaps and other items of personal care, cosmetics companies are taking the general public for a ride. Oil could be coming from eels or shark. Another 5% why. CNN, Slate, Consumer Reports, MSN, YAHOO have posted them online for years how people spend billion per year on vitamins and supplements.  According to Everyday Health, here's an article that will tell you why . . . those PRODUCTS by any other name do NOT WORK.  It is false advertisements. Google: Are Supplements Good For You? About 3,350,000,000 results results (0.13 seconds).  Google: Are vitamins & supplements good for you? About 230,000,000 results (0.14 seconds) Some can actually shorten your life! The Food & Drug do not approve of them!

      3. Have you been stressed out or changed your diet? Genetics of balding runs in your family? Another 10% why.

      4. Have you been taking medications with testosterone, certain antidepressants, menopause, anti-acne? Even birth control pills can cause hair loss. The medication most often prescribed for thyroid disorders can actually cause hair loss. Another 10% why you have hair falls. All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.

      5. Google "Boise teen goes on Today Show to talk about losing her hair." She's got Alopecia, 100% why you have hair loss.

      Dove hairfall facts:
      1. Humidity makes hair dry and brittle, leading to hairfall
      2. Colouring the hair damages the hair strands leading to breakage
      3. Pollution is also an unseen killer of healthy hair
      4. Tangled hair is the most common reason for hair fall
      5. While shampooing cleanses your hair, regular conditioning is required for adequate moisturization. Regular use of conditioner post shampoo also solves the problem of entangling which is the major cause of hairfall.
      For women: A simple blood test can reveal the root of the problem. Unfortunately, those who do see a physician right away make the mistake of going to a dermatologist rather than their primary care physician. Most dermatologists will review the physical signs of hair loss and diagnose it as female pattern baldness.  Your primary care physician will run tests to diagnose the problem so you can take steps to correct it.

      Eliminate cause and your hair will improve. Not overnight, it could take weeks, months, even years, since it took that long to start the hair loss.

      If you think they're from your beauty or hair products:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs & cosmetics to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      What should you do if you think that you may have hair loss? First, call your dermatologist today! If you don't have one, visit the "Find a Doctor" portion of the website of the American Academy of Dermatology. Secondly, when you visit your dermatologist, have a list of your medications, allergies, medical conditions and your hair care practices (for example: relaxers for 20 years, hot combs for 10 years, no weaves, braids with extensions for two years and natural styles for the last 5 years). Do not be afraid if your doctor suggests blood test, a scalp biopsy or culture. These procedures are recommended so that the doctor can determine the type of hair loss that you have and treatment can be started. ~Susan C. Taylor, MD

  47. QUESTION:
    Any old time remedy for menopause?
    A friend of mine has lost her ovaries to cancer recently. She is young, but due to this mishap, she is going through menopause. Any old time remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      She has lost a large percentage of ovary production by losing her ovaries. Now all the burden lies in the adrenal glands which normally produce 15% of the body's ovaries when the ovaries are still doing its job. So the adrenal glands need more support than ever. Vitamin C helps to support the adrenals as well as flaxseed oil, blackcurrant seed oil, Drenamin (from Standard Process Inc) has the best adrenal support supplement. Avoid things that weaken the adrenals: dairy products, caffeine, sugars, processed grain, sugar-free products, etc. Good luck to her!

  48. QUESTION:
    do any women out there think magnets help reduce menopausal symptoms?
    There is a product on sale at vast expense, but surely a magnet is just a magnet!

    • ANSWER:
      The heat wraps have several 'stones' in them. Some are shaped for the back, neck, or abdomen. During menopause, I had horrendous cramps, way worse than through my younger years when I only took Midol. The heat wraps helped me quite a bit, only problem, they took an hour to really heat up. Handy though, as I could go about my daily chores wearing one. An actual magnet never did a thing for me, nor does copper always work for arthrictic people.

      Hallie K. you are reported, that link is a virus!

  49. QUESTION:
    any suggestions for a natural lubricant safe to use for intercourse?
    i'd like to find something that is cheap where i'm not paying for the name brand more then the product itself.
    I'm looking for things I might be able to use that are home remedies and safe. Something I don't have to spend on. I am on Birth Control for a medical reason which could be why I don't produce enough on my own.

    • ANSWER:
      Natural lubricant is free, if you're engaging in enough sex/foreplay before intercourse then that itself should be enough, unless there is some medical reason for a lack of natural lubricant such as menopause or using hormonal birth control.

      If you're not using condoms then there are a lot of different natural oils that are good for natural lubricants, as well as being very good for vaginal health in general - olive oil, jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, coconut oil, and sea buckthorn oil - I cannot stress enough not to use oil with condoms, and never use oils like baby oil near your vagina.

      You can use saliva, but that only goes so far. Another common household natural lubricant is egg whites, as long as you clean well after sex egg whites are used often in sex when trying ti conceive as they are similar to fertile cervical mucus so safe to use during sex at any time. Or plain yogurt can be used too, obviously you're looking at the sort of unsweetened pro-biotic yogurt as you'd use to treat a yeast infection so it doesn't cause infections and of course it has the plus of helping prevent infections and can help counteract the effect of sex on vaginal flora (sudden change in pH between the vagina and semen can throw off healthy balance - you may notice this as a not-so-nice smell after sex).

      If looking for more mainstream lubricants then try Sensua Organics, O'My is very popular particularly the flavoured stuff, Firefly, Aloelife Personal Gel Lubricant, and SYLK I've heard very good things about.

      It all depends on what sort of lubes you are looking for - oil, water, silicone - what sort of activity you will be using it for - just intercourse or also foreplay and anal - whether by 'natural lubricant' you mean DIY or homemade or a more natural brand - I'm also wondering if there is any reason why you can't just use KY jelly if cost is an issue, and more so I'm curious which brands you are talking about when saying you don't want to pay for the brand name.

  50. QUESTION:
    Help I need a good moisturizer cream for my face to stop wrinkles, any suggestions?
    Now that I am through menopause my skin is getting dry and I am seeing wrinkles. I have tried all sorts of OTC skin creams (Olay, L'oreal etc) and none seem to really change things

    • ANSWER:
      I use and love Arbonne's NutriMinC® RE9 Anti Aging Line (i buy it online at: http://arbonnepuertorico.myarbonne.com .. under shop online) you will enjoy immediate visibly firming and moisturizing benefits. write them and you could receive their free samples, anyway the best thing is that they are formulatted with botanical principles and formulatted without mineral oil, animal prooducts or fragrances which all these ingredients are very harmfull for our skin.. Mineral oil is the 2nd worse thing we could do to our skins health for it is like rubbing car oil on our skin and exposing ourselfes to the sun, animal products come from dead animals and these come from rendering plants these plants pick all dead animal and dead animal parts (from meat houses, etc.) and they put it in a huge pot, squash everything and boils it, what ever comes to the top is the oil other companies use to elaborate thier products, gross I know...the lipstick... ewww anyway, that is why i use botanically based products which is way much better because they get absorbed and the nutrients inside the products is what helps our skin look and feel healthy...they are not sold in stores but it is a great way to buy becasue they have this money back guarantee if for some reason there is something you do not like from the products you get your money back guarantee (within 45 days from purchase) so you have nothing to loose, only wrinkles ;~).


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