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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How hard would it be for a transgendered 16 year old to find a job?
    Im not going to stop being bitched at until I find a job.

    do you have any idea how hard it would be for a 16 year old MtF transsexual to find a job? in a place like tennessee? Im pretty passable, my voice is still a little off tho.
    thank you :)

    I live as a female full time and take hormone replacement therapy, so yeah i cant go as a boy.

    • ANSWER:
      You'll never know until you try.

      There are many jobs where you don't need to talk much. I don't see why your Transsexualism even has to be an issue, but knowing you Denver, you'll find a way to make it one.

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  1. QUESTION:
    Do men make sperm all their life, or do they stop at a certain age ?
    Could a guy, say 70, 80, or 90, get a pre-menopause female preggo ?

    • ANSWER:
      Assuming a guy's body continues to manufacture testosterone, and his testicles aren't removed for some reason such as testicular cancer, a man will continue to make sperm cells until the day he dies. Now the number of sperm cells they make every day may decrease a bit as they age, but they will still be there assuming no external event of some kind interferes with the process. So, to answer your question, it is entirely possible for a 70, 80, 90, or even a 100-year-old guy to get a pre-menopausal woman pregnant, assuming conditions were right for pregnancy on her end of things. Ain't life great!

  2. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when a female start to menstruation?
    Do all female have menstruation?

    • ANSWER:
      It is a certain time in a young woman's life where she can become pregnant if she engages in sexual intercourse

      heres is more on it

      and yes, im pretty sure all women have them unless they are pregnant, have gone through menopause (or as i like to say it, men- on- pause), or if they have had a hysterectomy

  3. 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

  4. QUESTION:
    What age the female start to produce egg cell?
    This is related to science, some people say the female produce egg cell when the eperm cell is produced. but i think this is a certian age to froduce. so i am complicated.

    • ANSWER:
      Human females are born with all the egg cells they will ever produce.

      The egg cells are released approximately monthly starting during puberty and lasting until menopause.

  5. QUESTION:
    How is the female role of mother viewed from a feminist perspective?
    How is the female role of mother viewed from a feminist perspective?

    • ANSWER:
      That it should be voluntary, un-coerced, and accomplished according to her terms. She should be able to work and mother, as she sees fit.

      Some feminists believe she should be able to have a child without a partner, husband, etc. (not my view)

      I know some feminists believe this translates into 60+ aged women being able to have IVF or use other artificial means to have a child. (I draw the line at menopause- once that happens I don't think artificial fertility should be used.)

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between the male and female urinary system?
    Whats is the difference between the male and female urinary system? how come females are more likely to get to get bladder infections than men?

    • ANSWER:
      The urethral length is shorter in women, therefore bacteria have less distance to travel to get to the bladder to cause infection.

      Also The female urethra is contaminated from the vagina and its proximity to the perineum and anus, so gut bacteria are likely to cause urinary infection.

      There are additional challenges in women also in that as they age and go through the menopause, lower oestrogen levels cause vaginal and urethral dryness and increase infection risk.

      The only specific male difference is that the male share the urinary system with the reproductive system, the urethra being used to transport semen, also the mae has the prostate gland surrounding the urethra, with certain illness this can enlarge and can cause difficulty passing water and again subsequently causing increased risk of infection.

      The bladder ureters and kidneys are almost identical in males and females.
      I hope this is helpful
      Ps. this is only scratching at the surface. Anatomy and physiology are wonderful topics.

  7. QUESTION:
    What percentage of Coronary artery disease patients are female?
    I'm just wondering what the male to female ratio is among patients with Coronary artery disease is. If you could tell me where you got the information from I'd really appreciate it. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      After attaining the stage of menopause the percentage of CAD cases in males and females is almost equal. Before the menopause the incidence of the coronary artery disease (CAD) in females is very low due to the estrogen and other feminizing hormonal effect.

  8. QUESTION:
    How often female Great Dane comes into heat?
    how often female great dane comes into heat if she never has any contact with any dogs? if she is NOT spayed / desexed.
    how old she will be when the last heat comes?

    • ANSWER:
      Dane b*tches usually come into heat around 1 year old, however, some will go into heat earlier (6 monthsish) and some will come into heat later (15 monthsish)... each b*tch is different!

      Heat cycles are not determined on whether or not a b*tch has contact with any other dogs. B*tches will come into heat about every 6ish months.

      B*tches do not go through menopause like human females, so they will continue to go into heat up until they pass away.

  9. QUESTION:
    What happens if you give females a female hormone?
    They give transexual men who are becomming women the female hormones by pills or injections. They do this to help the man's body become more women like (deposit fat in the hips butt thighs and make breasts) etc, but what if they give this to a female? Would it cause her breasts to become bigger or her hips or butt to become bigger? what would happen?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for transsexual women essentially starts the onset of female puberty.
      At first puberty brings on body changes due to accumulated hormone exposure, but the body only has so much potential for change. If a cissexual (ie. non-transexual) woman has already gone through puberty she might see very slight puberty changes but nothing significant. Transsexual women also don't see more significant changes after the first few years of hormone treatment.

      That said, many cissexual women do take lower dose HRT during menopause.

      It's also worth noting that if one is already producing estrogens, and takes _more_ estrogens, there is an increased risk of certain cancers by having such a high estrogen count.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of taking estrogen if you not close to menopause. Will it increase your levels .?
    Will they make you more female if you don't feel like a woman.

    • ANSWER:
      No, it will not make you feel more female. It will cause your ovaries to shut down because your body will get the signal that you already have estrogen. It may also increase risk of cancer.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does a female dog goes in heat or?
    I want to know how many years. I got a female pitull,and my boyfriend does not want to fix's her.

    • ANSWER:
      Usually dogs go into their first heat around 6months. Heat cycle lasts about 21 days, and usually are every 6-8months. (so about two a year) Unlike woman; dogs do not go into menopause and have heat cycles until they die. Having a dog that isn't spayed can cause pyrometra, uterine cancer, pregnancies, false pregnancies, etc.

      So word to the wise is have your dog spayed.

  12. QUESTION:
    Do female dogs reach an age when they can no longer conceive, specically Basset Hounds?
    I have a female Basset, who is now 11 years old. She can't be spayed because of a heart murmur. I also have a young, male Borzoi. When my Basset is in season, it is problematic for both of them, but they can't be separated. They are best friends.

    • ANSWER:
      Dogs don't go into "menopause". As long as she is going into heat, she will still be capable of conceiving.

      When she's in season, you better seperate them. If she becomes pregnant, giving birth could kill her, particuarly by a dog so much larger.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    What age can a female cat have kittens until?
    I have a rag doll/siamese cat that is 2 years old. What age can cats have kittens until? Do they have menopause when they turn a certain age?
    Please no drama comments. I asked a question, if you don't know the answer DON'T ANSWER.

    • ANSWER:
      Searching around and having cat most of my life, its usually about 4-6month a female can get pregnant. There is no menopause.

      Though many would tell you to "fix" your kitty, just make sure to plan out how much cats you really want in your life. My friend is careful around his oldest female cat, not because of having more kittens but the stress it would place on an elder cat.

      Mind what you want, mind whats happiest for your kitty as well.

      Mew.

  15. QUESTION:
    What happens to your sex life once you hit menopause?
    Do you still get horny? Do you still get wet? (I know that at menopause you stop your period.) Do guys reach a certain point where they stop getting horny or stop getting erections or stop ejaculating? Just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not female (obviously), but from what I understand menopause it's your body shutting down the ovulation cycle. This means a change in hormones as your body transitions from being ready to have babies to not being able to do so anymore.

      It doesn't mean you don't have hormones anymore or lose your sex drive, but from the research I've read, the onset of menopause and years beyond middle-age means a decline in sex drive. Certainly this must vary from individual to individual.

      So, to answer your questions:
      1) Yes I believe you will though the frequency might decrease.
      2) I would imagine you would still. This natural lubricant doesn't occur from ovulation but to aid in intercourse. Worst case scenario, buy some lubricant.

      As far as men, I know that our drive decreases with age but very few ever stop getting horny or getting erections. I know that sperm production decreases dramatically after child-producing years but I've never read about a complete stop to ejaculation.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. QUESTION:
    Why do some women go through such a drastic change during and after menopause while others experience very?
    little change? Some women turn into completely different people post menopause, diffent voice, different personality, while others keep their voice and don't experience much change at all.
    Does smoking, drinking, and caffeine consumtion have anything to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends upon how harmonious their psychological spectrum is. Females are not supposed to suffer so in a well balanced world.... When they feel they live in that world, all this pain will go away.

  19. QUESTION:
    If A Female Donates Her Eggs, Will She Be Able to Produce More and Still Have Kids?
    I'm curious. Of course everyone knows men can donate sperm at the local sperm bank and they can of course produce more.,

    But if a female donates eggs and she is still childbearing age and having a monthly cycle, then will she be able to produce more eggs and have children?

    If a female donates eggs then will that mess up her chances of having children?

    • ANSWER:
      Women have a limited amount of eggs. Once you hit menopause you are all out. You would have to donate hundreds of eggs at an early age before even having to worry about it and nobody donates that many eggs.

  20. QUESTION:
    What is going on with my female pomeranian?
    We have an 11 yr old pomeranian, for the past two or three weeks the reddish part of her vagina has been hanging out. She constantly licks it like shes cleaning it. Is she possibly going through canine menopause (if there is sucha thing). Should I worry? Should I take her to a vet?

    • ANSWER:
      Has the dog ever been spayed??

      Best bet - call the vet...if this were your child, you would call her doctor, right?

  21. QUESTION:
    Any good ways to boost metabolism for a middle age female?
    I am beginning menopause and having a terrible time losing weight, it's coming off a pound a week but GAWD I'm working for that! Has anyone had any success with a metabolism accelerator actually working? Not looking for a pill to take, more along natural lines of diet or herbal supplements. Thanks!

    (I asked this yesterday but only got a few answers, was hoping some fitness people are on today that could help me, appreciate all the advice!)

    • ANSWER:
      While exercise and eating 5-6 times a day will help in not only boosting you metabolism and mitigating insulin secretion,drinking water has been proven to be helpful as well.
      Despite the fact that most diets call for drinking at least eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day, few studies have been done to determine if the practice actually speeds weight loss. In an effort to answer this question, Michael Boschmann, MD, and colleagues from Berlin's Franz-Volhard Clinical Research Center tracked energy expenditures among seven men and seven women who were healthy and not overweight.

      After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects' metabolic rates -- or the rate at which calories are burned -- increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.

      The study also showed that the increase in metabolic rate differed in men and women. In men, burning more fat fueled the increase in metabolism, whereas in women, an increased breakdown of carbohydrates caused the increase in metabolism seen.

      The researchers estimate that over the course of a year, a person who increases his water consumption by 1.5 liters a day would burn an extra 17,400 calories, for a weight loss of approximately five pounds. They note that up to 40% of the increase in calorie burning is caused by the body's attempt to heat the ingested water. The findings are reported in the December issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
      You must maintain a healthy lower calorie diet.Eat less carbohydrates and more whole foods and protein.Protein is helpful because it's the highest thermic food.

      Going for a walk in the evening can be helpful but weight training is one of the best exercises you can do to lose weight.

      One of the ways this works is by stimulating new muscle growth thus metabolizing more calories even at rest(about 50 cal per pound of muscle).
      The fact of the matter is you MUST just stick with it.Following some of the guidelines here will help.
      It is also unnecessary to drink 8 8 ounce glasses of water per day.

      Calculate you BMR and consume less calories than you burn.

      Consider some low carb protein bars.Stay away from granola and those type snacks.
      This will dispel that stupid cabbage nonsense among other things.This is excerpted from a Yahoo! Health e mail.
      The following diet myths come up over and over again at my nutrition center. My next two blog entries will help set the record straight. Hope you find this helpful!

      If you eat late at night, the food turns straight into fat.

      Not true.If your overall calories are appropriate for weight loss, you certainly can eat something after dinner. Late night calories will ultimately get used the next day (and even while you sleep).

      However, for the sake of energy, it is always better to eat your calories during the day when your body needs the fuel. Plus, eating consistently throughout the day will stabilize blood sugar levels -- so you’ll feel energized and experience fewer cravings. If you are going to snack after dinner, I suggest choosing something 250 calories or less.

      Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than frozen.

      Not necessarily. Frozen can be a great produce option (just avoid varieties with added salt, sugar, and sauce). Frozen foods are picked in the peak of ripeness, then frozen. You can eat them as you need them -- and most of the nutrients are locked in. On the other hand, fresh fruit and vegetables are typically harvested before they ripen, and can have nutrient variability. Also, the longer fresh produce sits around in your fridge, the less nutrients it will contain.

      Bottom line: Buy both fresh and frozen and eat as much as you can.

      Cravings are your body's way of telling you it needs something.

      This has never been proven. You normally crave what you like to eat (or smell or see someone else eating). Also, hormonal changes are sometimes responsible for food cravings. Ice cream and pickles anyone?

      Any type of water is always better than soda.

      No. There are a few caloric waters with sexy marketing ploys. In fact, some brands have quite a bit of sugar. Always check labels.

      Certain foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup can burn fat and make you lose weight.

      These are anecdotal stories that have no scientific back up. It’s true these foods are low in calories, but they do NOT actually burn fat

      The combination of caffeine and aspirin before a work out will help to mobilize fat into your blood stream for use as fuel.Most herbal products with the exeption of ephedra do nothing for your metabolism.Ephedra has been banned by the FDA once again.
      Things like guarana and gotu kola only speed metabolism because of the caffeine they contain.Dehydroepiandrosterone(DHEA) may help people above the age of 35 to regulate their endocrine system

  22. QUESTION:
    With a partial hysterectomy how do I know when I go into menopause?
    I had my uterus out not my ovaries. I am a 43 year old female and had my uterus out do to bladder prolapse. Lately I feel hot and then back to normal again but it is very hot out I am not sure if I am having hot flashes and had my uterus out less than a year ago my ovaries are still there. My sex drive is still there but not as much as before surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      There are no specific age when someone will go into menopause but research found that the age are about 45 and above.

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    Is anybody else as tired as I am of hearing baby boomer women talk about menopause?
    I'm female, 55 and there are about 500 subjects I'd rather have a conversation about.

    • ANSWER:
      you dont have to listen to them, im sure there are more interesting things you could write about!!

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    What are some good natural remedies for female AND male menopause.?
    I am beginning menopause and dont really want to do the hormone replacement thing. Are there any good otc natural remedies to help with the many symptoms? also, lucky us, my husband, I believe is going through male menopause, are there any mens' otc help? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of women get relief from Remifemin which continas black cohosh.

      Can't help your husband. Are you sure he's going through menopause? Could he be going out in sympathy? A friend's husband would feel things on her behalf (no joke) and the doctor told her that it was so bad that he would likely feel the labour pains when she gave birth.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why did men evolve to be able to always have children, but women evolved to have menopause?
    Shouldn't evolution had eliminated menopause? The women with late or no menopause would reproduce more.

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy and childbirth are tremendously taxing on the female body. This is precisely why in almost every culture--no matter their level of "development"--women have strategies for spacing and preventing pregnancies. It's often in the health interests of women to end childbearing before it causes a) death, b) serious health concerns (tears, fistulas), or c) just plain exhaustion, and the longer it goes on, the higher the risks.

      Furthermore, there are cultural elements of preference that override that abstract sense of "we want to reproduce as much as possible"; specifically, that most adults actually want to reproduce at a far lower rate than they are physically capable.

      So, there's not really a beneficial element to eliminating menopause, but a few good reasons to maintain it.

  28. QUESTION:
    When a female dog is spayed, is only the uterus removed?
    Are the ovaries left inside? If the ovaries are removed, does the dog experience hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause? Do dogs get uterine and ovarian cancer? Are there any "cons" to having a dog spayed?

    • ANSWER:
      no

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  30. QUESTION:
    Will I go through early menopause if I get one ovary removed?
    I recently found out that I have a huge ovarian cyst on my left side and that I am going to need surgery ASAP! My gynecologist wants to remove the whole ovary because there is a very small chance that it could be malignant. Is there any possibility that it would cause me to go into early menopause if I keep the right ovary?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Jesus_is.., So sorry for your Medical condition and hope you will feel better soon. that said as to your question Your doctor may conduct an ovary removal, or oophorectomy, as part of a hysterectomy or if you have an abnormal growth. This surgery is often performed by laparoscopy so you can go home the same day or the following day.An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both your ovaries (female reproductive structure responsible for producing eggs and generating hormones). When one ovary is removed, the procedure is called a unilateral oophorectomy, and when both ovaries...Surgical menopause is the removal of a woman's ovaries during surgery. Only the ovaries may be removed, or the woman may have a partial or total hysterectomy. Removing the uterus and fallopian tubes will not cause surgical menopause, only the...If only one ovary is removed, the woman will not go through surgical menopause because there is still another ovary producing hormones.Know Who Needs Surgical Menopause, Women who have ovarian cancer may have their ovaries removed during surgery. Women who suffer from painful fibroid tumors may also opt to have the ovaries surgically removed. Some women who are genetically predisposed to breast and ovarian cancer opt to have their ovaries removed, especially if their sisters or mother have developed breast or ovarian cancer. Mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have a high risk for breast or ovarian cancer. If there is a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, get genetic testing to find out if you have the mutation.All surgeries have risks that are serious considerations for you. Excessive blood loss, infection and complications from anesthesia are just some of the risks of all surgery. Other complications for removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy) include unintentional injury to other internal organs during surgery and intestinal blockages.Predicting Hot Flashes, Yes! You will have all the symptoms of natural menopause after surgery to remove the ovaries. You may experience one or all of these symptoms immediately after surgery including hot flashes, mood swings, difficulty sleeping, night sweats, vaginal dryness, diminished sex drive and fatigue, unless you start on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) right away. HRT can be in the form of a pill, gel or a patch prescribed in the lowest possible dosage,Understand Hormone Replacement Therapy ,Estrogen Therapy alone does increase the risk of uterine cancer, so most women are given a combination of estrogen and progestin, called Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) or Hormone Therapy. If you've had a total hysterectomy and the uterus has been removed, you no longer have to worry about uterine cancer. Progestin protects the uterus from cancer, which is why it's combined with estrogen to provide protection against cancer in HRT. Most doctors agree that women should remain on HRT for no more than 5 years. Side effects of HRT can include headaches and breast pain. Some women temporarily gain water weight. More serious side effects of HRT include bleeding, cancer, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. Go for regular check ups while you're on HRT, and contact your doctor if you experience any unusual side effects. I hope all these information helped you with more knowledge which will take you from Zero to hero. Good luck best wishes hope you get better soon. Sorry for your problems but you will get better dear hope for the best.

  31. QUESTION:
    How many calves can a female elephant have in her lifetime?
    And do all female mammals experience menopause, if they live long enough?

    • ANSWER:
      6

  32. QUESTION:
    With aging, how does diminished testosterone production affect female muscle development?
    Testosterone plays a huge part in building/maintaining muscle. It also declines with age. CAN women build and/or develop muscle strength/mass as testosterone production decreases? Just wondered what the point of having elderly women lift weights is if they can't even develop muscle mass. I also am hoping to stay strong well past menopause. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me get straight to the point. Men have 40 times the amount of T than women do, even then it's very hard to naturally build muscle. So basically, building muscle for women is (and I don't use this lightly) ridiculously difficult. In terms of strength however, you should have no problem getting stronger... but physically getting bigger is near impossible (naturally of course).

  33. QUESTION:
    Estrogen and progesterone signal cell division. Why do women still get breast cancer after the menopause?
    What I mean is that tamoxifen and drugs try to cancel the effects of estrogen and progesterone. That shouldn't even be applicable to women past menopause!

    • ANSWER:
      Scientists have identified two genes which are more likely to be defective in a breast cancer patient than someone without breast cancer.
      These genes are also blamed for some other cancers.
      However, even the two mutated genes are thought only to be responsible for approximately 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases.
      Hormones seem to have an important role in breast cancer. Research has shown a link between levels of the female sex hormone, oestrogen, and the risk of developing breast cancer.
      Women who take certain types of hormone replacement therapy are at higher risk of breast cancer.
      Women who have their first child later in life also appear to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer.
      Tamoxifen blocks the female sex hormone oestrogen. The hormone influences the growth of cells related to female reproduction, such as those in the breast or the uterus. If there is too much oestrogen in the system, cell growth can accelerate to the point where tumours start to develop. Tamoxifen competes with the sex hormone for the same proteins - called receptors - found on the surface of cancer cells. When the drug locks onto the receptors it blocks the way for oestrogen - which would otherwise activate the cancer cell to divide and make the tumour grow.
      Tamoxifen may cause cancer of the uterus (womb), strokes, and blood clots in the lungs. These conditions may be serious or fatal.

  34. QUESTION:
    Would it be possible to extend the life of the female reproductive system with hormone replacement therapy?
    When a woman enters menopause she no longer has the ability to bear life and she is given synthetic hormones to help her body maintain the levels of the natural hormones she was used to producing. Since these synthetic hormones help to keep her system functioning at the level it had been accustomed to over the years, would it be possible then that we could also use synthetic hormones to extend the life of her reproductive system.

    • ANSWER:
      To be brief, women are born with a set number of eggs in her ovaries at birth and cannot create any additional eggs. As women age, their ovaries become depleted from ovulation through the years and the ovum tend to develop genetic mutations over time that could result in embryos that are not compatible with life or have severe birth defects. Thus, it is not possible to use synthetic hormones to extend life of the reproductive system. Also, even if an ovum was available, the sensitive balance of hormones in pregnancy would be highly difficult if not impossible to reproduce with synthetic hormones. Hope this helps.

  35. QUESTION:
    how do you kno when a female dog is pregnant?
    Umm kan anybody tell me how kan i figure out whena female dog is pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Dog pregnancy is a very serious issue. It's something that a lot of people struggle with figuring out, and if 'diagnosed' incorrectly by an owner, could be harmful to the dog.
      The female dog comes into season approximately every 6 to 8 months, though this period becomes more erratic with age and is somewhat irregular when cycles first begin. The exception to the every 6-8 month rule are African breeds (Basenji, Rhodesian Ridgeback) who cycle once a year. When female dogs get older (say, age seven or older) they do not stop cycling (there is nothing similar to menopause).

      The first phase of the cycle is called “Proestrus” and is characterized by a swollen vulva, a bloody vaginal discharge, attraction of male dogs. She flirts with the male but will not allow him to mount. The bloody vaginal discharge is what seems to lead to the misconception that the dog is menstruating. In fact, the blood comes directly from the walls of the vagina rather than the sloughing of the uterine lining as occurs in menstruation.

      The second phase of the cycle is called “Estrus” which is characterized by the change in character of the vaginal discharge from bloody to “straw colored.” At this time the female begins to allow the male to mount. It is classically the change from proestrus to estrus that ovulation occurs and the female is most fertile.

      After the mating and the discharge is over, the period of “Diestrus” begins. The female is hormonally pregnant regardless of whether or not she is actually pregnant. During this time progesterone is produced by a structure in the ovary called a “corpus luteum.” This structure is produced by ovulation when the ova (eggs) are released. If the dog is pregnant, other hormones will take over to maintain the corpus luteum for the entire 63 days of the pregnancy. If she is not pregnant, the corpus luteum must simply wear out before she goes back into the period of hormonal inactivity in which she spends the bulk of her time. The corpus luteum wears out slowly (rather than suddenly as in pregnancy and puppybirth) over 70 days or longer. Remember, during this time her body essentially thinks she is pregnant. All the hormones are present; only the puppies are missing.

      CLINICAL FALSE PREGNANCY

      When false pregnancy persists it can be a nuisance. The female dog can show the following signs:

      Nesting

      Mothering inanimate objects

      Lactating (giving milk)

      Abdominal distension

      She can even appear to go into labor
      Some female dogs are very sensitive to the hormonal fluctuations of the cycle. Diagnosis is made by history and physical examination rather than by blood test. The key is to find symptoms of pregnancy in a female dog who is not pregnant. Symptoms generally become noticeable 6-3 months after estrus.

  36. QUESTION:
    why is menopause considered a highly evolved aspect?
    what is the significance of menopause ? why is it useful?

    • ANSWER:
      - menopause is not totally useful for a woman, but has some beneficial effects in her body systems.
      - menopause is the regression of the functions of ovary, so that the eggs are not produced and also the hormones level also goes down- estrogen
      - when estrogen is getting reduced, it has ill effects on bones producing a condition called osteoporosis and so the bones finally get fractured on its own or with some trivial trauma
      - but estrogen decrease has a protective effect on heart.
      it alters the level of good and bad cholesterol and finally reducing the risk of heart disease.
      - the important use is, she cannot reproduce anymore and controls the family growth.
      but not soon after the menopause, a lady becomes infertile, it takes few months for the ovaries to get completely shut down
      - as estrogen is reduced it no more can maintain the moisture of the female genital outlet, vagina, and this gets dried leading to what is called senile vaginitis
      - but the risk of breast cancer gets reduced with increase in the risk of cervical cancer

      yes, menopause is highly evolved and from various research studies, it now possible to take necessary actions like hormone replacement therapy to avoid the detrimental effects of menopause.

  37. QUESTION:
    Are there any women out there prepared to talk about the menopause?
    It's still such a taboo subject and I'm going through it. I can't talk to my friends as they're younger than me and haven't experienced it yet. Also there are no female doctors at my local surgery. I'd like advice on HRT as there's not much happening in the bedroom with my husband as I've been robbed of my hormones. It's not fair on him.

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Can you start menopause when you are on birth control pills?
    Or, will you know you are starting menopause when you are on the pill? Will you still have normal periods? I am 32 and a bit young but the females in my family go through menopause young. I was just wondering because I am having horrible hot flashes at night and was wondering if the pill would mask menopause? Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      The oestrogen provided in the BCP (birth control pill) may be enough to control menopausal symptoms if you happened to be going through it whilst on birth control pills so in a way yes it could mask the fact that you were going through the menopause (depending on the level of oestrogen you are on) . Having said that, the night sweats can be side fx of the pill.
      With regards to periods, the bcp causes a monthly period so there is no reason why that would necessarily stop because you may be going through an early menopause. They would stop however, if you were definitely going through menopause and not on the bcp!

      If you are concerned and really want to know then a trip to the Doc to check your hormone levels esp FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH ( lutenizing hormone) (used to determine if you are in or about to enter menopause) would be best but am not sure if they can test that if still on the bcp, but I'm sure they'll clarify that for you!

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  39. QUESTION:
    Why does being a female get all the crappy stuff like menstruation?
    And men get kids but we have to work our butts off all our life with periods and labour and menopause and all they have to do is have sex and they get a child

    • ANSWER:
      Cause men are whimps and God knew they wouldnt be able to handle it

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a female to be a eunuch? Has there ever been?
    In other words. Can a female be deprived of their sex hormones so that they can work in the palace? Is it unnecessary?

    • ANSWER:
      A woman whose overaries are removed is the female equivalent of a eunuch. Also, women naturally go through menopause in late middle age and stop making female hormones. However, the effects of losing female hormones are different than the effects of losing male hormones, which women have in low quantitities. So it's not that the women lose aggression and become compliant the way a eunuch does, in fact, women tend to become more aggressive, confident, and "masculine" when their female hormone levels are reduced because the testosterone/estrogen ratio goes up. You'll see this is a lot in elderly people, men and women become more like one another physically and behaviorally as their hormone levels fall off.

  42. QUESTION:
    Can human females die of a testosterone overdose?
    it's a thought i wondered about cause i thought females were sensitive to testosterone!

    • ANSWER:
      Not to be a smart alec, but yes, you can overdose on everything given large enough quantities, including water. Anything that upsets the delicate hormonal balance is going to cause a lot of trouble. Menopause is an example, but I've never heard anyone dying from it...except maybe a husband or two....

      We women are very sensitive to testosterone: over-production of hair in places we'd rather not have it, loss of hair in places we want to keep it (just like men), early-onset menopause, tumors, etc.

  43. QUESTION:
    How long is a female's sex drive?
    How long does a female's sex drive stay up throughout her life? Is there anything in life that can cause a female's sex drive to not be as high? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Women peak at 40-43, which is sad for them because "boys" peak at around 21-25 - Which is why we have cougars, I suppose. Even after "peaking" though, women can still have a strong sex drive until they have menopause, which generally happens in the late fifties to around sixty. I know plenty of 50 plus women who are horny and talk about it.

      Having children, having a boring husband, working and keeping house and family together at the same time, all of these can make a woman's sex drive go into hiding, but if the pressure is released and a new boy-toy comes into her life, it comes roaring back.

  44. QUESTION:
    Any good ideas to boost metabolism for middle age female?
    I am beginning menopause and having a terrible time losing weight, it's coming off a pound a week but GAWD I'm working for that! Has anyone had any success with a metabolism accelerator actually working? Not looking for a pill to take, more along natural lines of diet or herbal supplements. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i had better luck losing weight when i did an early morning workout. Vitamin b6 supports your metabolism i take it but i didn't notice a difference in weight but it does give you more energy.
      good luck and please stay away from things that can raise your heart rate such as stuff with caffiene or ephydrine.

  45. QUESTION:
    Why is fat stored differently in males and females?
    This is something I have observed, but isn't necessarily applicable to everyone:

    Human males usually get their fats stored in the area near the intestines.
    The females, on the other hand, usually get the fats stored in the area of the butt.

    Is there some biological explanation behind this?

    • ANSWER:
      Male Fat Storage

      Fat in males tends to be distributed around the belly region. For men who are overweight, this sort of distribution poses a health risk, as belly fat is associated with obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
      Female Fat Storage

      Females tend to store their fat in the hips, butt and thighs. For this reason, women are less vulnerable to obesity-related ailments than men, at least until menopause, when ovarian hormone levels decrease and fat moves upward toward the waist.

      Biological basis

      There are significant differences in the type of fat which is distributed around the body. Belly fat, or visceral fat, surrounds the internal organs, which contributes to the health risks associated with it. Lower body fat, however, is subcutaneous and located outside the muscle wall. There are genetic differences between these types of fats. In addition, male and female hormones appear to play a role in fat distribution and vulnerability to inflammation.

  46. QUESTION:
    What is with this argument against a female president in the USA?
    Whenever I ask someone why they wouldn't want a female president in America they usually come up with the silliest argument: her period/menopause.

    As if when a woman is on her period she's an uncontrollable beast with no rationality?! Being on your period doesn't really change a girl at all. Yes, some can be bitchy, but that doesn't mean all are like that.

    Why do people always use this silly argument? Does anyone agreement that this is ridiculous?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you miss Hilary snapping at a person asking her a question in Africa? Remember she could have been elected President.

      Everyone on the liberal news blamed it on female issues. A CNN (woman) commentator said that she had a bad hair day and felt fat and was a little cranky.

      I don't think this should rule out a female president, but women can't go around blaming bad behavior on female issues then say don't use them against me when I want to do something.

      PMS was a legal defense for killing someone at one time

      Most of the time I have heard about the "it's that time of month" it came from a woman trying to excuse her actions and mood, very rarely have I heard a man say that is why she was acting that way. Women can't have it both way of being able to blame it on the monthly problem and then saying we shouldn't consider it as a liability

      The Silly argument as you call it is still being used because the silly excuse is still being used by women to defend their actions

  47. QUESTION:
    why does the female brain shut off nurturing part of the brain?
    When a woman reaches menopause, this "maternal brain" shuts off. Hormones that have driven women to care, nurture and tend to others and to avoid conflict are no longer produced. why is this everyone? i think it should never turn off. thats why these old women start acting like men lol, and seem mean. that wont be me, i'm a loving caring person.

    • ANSWER:
      Hormones (estrogen) is what produces overly maternal, sensitive, loving feelings in women and this is what makes them better caretakers as women and mothers. Menopause reduces the generation of those hormones and thats the reason. You may have no choice but to change a little, but it doesnt mean that you will turn into a cold, unfeeling monster unless your personality was alrady kind of like that.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

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  50. QUESTION:
    Waking up during the night to find myself drenched in sweat?
    I am a 21-year-old female and recently I keep waking up in the middle of the night and finding myself absolutely drenched in sweat, especially my legs, to the point where it is soaking the bedsheet. I have no other symptoms to indicate an illness and it's not due to overheating. Anyone know what could cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      Pop along to your doctors. despite you youth, it could well be a horribly early menopause. There are tests which can be done to ascertain this. Good luck


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why does going through the menopause make you put weight on your tummy?
    Im going through the menopause, and coping mostly! But im finding i put on weight so easily around my middle and tummy. Why is this and is there anything I can do? Im not taking any medicines to help with my menopause symptoms, so far. Has anyone found any usual treatments or supplements to take? thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this the one that my auntie is taking right now. But tried to research about the health supplement MX Menopause Factor. I've read good reviews about this supplement. They said it's the best supplementation that offers relief from night sweats and hot flashes; Balanced moods and sleep support; Support for other body systems and conditions and more. Might you researched for that to know more. Hope this helps you :)

  3. 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/

  4. QUESTION:
    What are you perimenopause symptoms and treatments?
    I'm 43 years old and seem to be starting into perimenopause. Tonight I have tingling in my cheeks and a hot feeling, although I'm not hot to touch. I don't know if it's symptoms of perimenopause or to do with my thyroid. The thyroid is gone and today they said my thyroid is low so they are increasing the dose. I hope that helps. Has anyone else experienced that with perimenopause? The hot flushing has gone on all evening. I'm tremendously tired lately during the daytime. I don't have health insurance so my doctor is treating me conservativly.

    • ANSWER:
      You periods will change, heavier or lighter or longer or more irregular. Every person's hot flashes may be different. Insomnia is a big part of menopause, even above and not associated with the hot flashes. It seems that I don't need as much sleep as I used to.

      I was always against taking exogenous estrogen, until the hot flashes hit with a vengence. First I tried all the over the counter stuff, which, by the way, does not work in the least. Now that is what I get a "jones" for-my estrogen patches. I always keep an extra estrogen patch in my purse, just in case I need extra.

      I understand that the estrogen pills are not very expensive, as they are not under patent, and they can prescribe the generic ones for you. WalMart sells all generic drugs for four dollars a prescription.

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I am going through Early Onset Menopause?
    The only real symptom I have is a screwed up menstrual cycle. I work with menopausal women that say I am about to go through the change. I am only 42. No night sweats, in fact I am always cold.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your doctor but here's some information.
      http://www.epigee.org/menopause/early.html

      Early and Premature Menopause

      When we hear the word menopause, we usually think of older women above the age of 60. Very rarely do we ever think of ourselves. However, menopause is not a stage necessarily relegated to elderly women. Early or premature menopause is more common than most women realize - it affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45. Early or premature menopause can occur for a variety of reasons, but in the end it leaves an imprint on the lives of all of the women it affects.

      What are Early and Premature Menopause? Early onset menopause is often confused with premature menopause, but actually the two are different things. These terms hinge on the age of the woman involved; if menopause occurs before the age of 45, it is considered early menopause; if menopause occurs before the age of 40 it is considered premature menopause.

      Because doctors are finally beginning to recognize the symptoms of menopause in younger women, more and more women are being diagnosed with early or premature menopause. As a result, women who are experiencing infertility or are dealing with menopause symptoms at a young age no longer have to wonder why.

      What Causes Early and Premature Menopause
      More often than not, doctors are unable to determine a cause for menopause in younger women. This can be very frustrating for women as it makes it difficult to accept and deal with this new stage of life. Sometimes though, there are very obvious causes of premature or early menopause.

      Premature Ovarian Failure (POV): Premature ovarian failure is another name for naturally-occurring premature menopause. Women with POV have ovaries that aren’t functioning properly. Either they stop producing eggs or no longer produce the hormones needed to ovulate. POV can occur for a variety of reasons. Autoimmune disorders are responsible for more than 65% of POV cases. With these disorders, the body sees itself as an invader and develops antibodies to its own products, including ovum and menses. Genetic factors may also be involved in POV. Five per cent of women seem to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, entering into menopause early. Some women are born with irregularities in their X chromosomes, interfering with egg production before menopause should begin. Other women are just born with very few eggs, causing menopause to occur years before it should.

      Surgical Menopause
      Surgical menopause involves the conscious decision of forcing women into menopause for specific health reasons. Women who suffer from endometriosis, polyps, or ovarian cancer may have to undergo an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries). These surgeries dramatically cut off ovarian function causing estrogen levels to drop suddenly and forcing the woman into menopause.

      Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
      Menopause can be caused by chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells but, unfortunately, they also kills healthy cells. Hair cells, digestive cells, and ovarian cells are particularly at risk. Some women who have undergone cancer treatment temporarily enter menopause, while others permanently enter menopause.

      Infection
      Infection is also linked with premature menopause. Infections such as the mumps and tuberculosis can infect the ovaries, affecting your hormonal balance. This is extremely rare, however.

      Early Menopause Symptoms
      Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.

      Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body’s functions.

      Early and premature menopause tends to be associated with more severe symptoms than menopause occurring after the age of 45. Because early menopause is often due to illness, surgery, or genetic issues, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as "estrogen crash") in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. 90% of these women complained that their symptoms were severe and lasted more than 8 years.

      Treatment Options
      Unfortunately, there are no menopause cures. Menopause treatment has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, though. It is suggested that most women who have undergone early or premature menopause seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Menopause symptoms will be very sudden and severe, especially after surgery, and can be lessoned by taking appropriate doses of estrogen. If oral medication is too difficult to take directly after surgery, estrogen patches that release hormones through the skin can be used to help lessen symptoms.

      A good support network is also recommended to help you through the difficult times. You may be unprepared for such an immediate entry into menopause and friends, family, and other menopausal women can really help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living life after menopause isn’t so bad – in fact, it can be a very rewarding time when you have the right support.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & 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.

      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.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ______________________________________

      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

      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)

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    What kind of treatments are you on for your menopause symptoms?
    I want to know whether to use over the counter or go on the drugs the doctors have that cause cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      My mam takes Udos Oil which she thinks is really good. There are alot of them so ask in the chemist

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the symptoms of thyroid problems are?
    My sister told me see was having blood work done because her doctor thinks her symptoms may be explained by a thyroid problem. What are some common symptoms? She says one of her symptoms is her hair falling out. I can't find anything about that symptom as related to thyroid problems!

    • ANSWER:
      The thyroid gland, which is in your neck, sets the rate at which you produce energy from your body's stores by the release of thyroid hormones.

      Hyperthyroid
      If you're producing too much hormone, and the gland is overactive, you're said to be hyperthyroid. You'll have too much energy, lose weight, feel warm and may have symptoms such as palpitations.

      There are many causes of an overactive thyroid and you may need blood tests and scans to find out what's responsible.

      The most common reason is when your body's defences falsely recognise your own tissue as an invader and begin to attack it. This is called autoimmune disease and it stimulates the thyroid to produce more hormones.

      If you have a cyst or growth in the thyroid, it may also produce too much hormone.

      Hyperthyroidism symptoms may include:

      weight loss
      rapid heartbeat
      tremor
      excessive sweating
      heat intolerance
      anxiety
      muscle weakness
      goitre
      irregular periods

      Hypothyroid
      If your thyroid is underactive - not producing enough hormone - you'll have too little energy and will feel slow, tired and lethargic. You'll become hypothyroid.

      Again, there are many causes, but for some it seems to be part of the ageing process. Hypothyroidism is especially common in women after the menopause. Look for the following symptoms:

      exhaustion, tiredness, sleep problems
      difficulty concentrating or remembering
      weight gain
      dry hair, skin and nails
      depression or anxiety
      constipation
      poor libido
      breathlessness and swelling of feet
      hoarseness
      cold intolerance
      face swelling and puffy eyes
      in women, heavy periods

      How many people are affected?
      Hyperthyroidism affects up to one in 50 people and is ten times more common in women than in men. It can occur at any age but is most common between the ages of 20 and 50.

      Hypothyroidism is ten times more common in women than in men and usually occurs over the age of 40.

      What's the treatment?
      It's difficult to prevent thyroid illness. Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid hormone medication. Treatment of hyperthyroidism may involve medication to reduce the production of thyroid hormone, radioactive iodine therapy or a thyroidectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland).

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks in July 2006

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the the best treatment for pre-menapause symptoms apart from hormone replacement therapy?
    I am a lady, 44 years of age and am going through the pre-menapause symptoms especially headaches, hot flashes, irregular periods and digestive disorders. Ive been to my GP and said he can only prescribe HRT if my symptoms get worse and only gave me some pain killers. I understood clearly the reasons why the GP could not prescribe the HRT and i would like to go through the process without them. I have done some browsing on the internet and im trying a few things which are not giving me an immediate relief i need as i have to work almost daily. If there is someone who knows what i am talking about, can they share their experiences so i can learn from them.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.nutrihealth.org/pages/menopause.html

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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!

  16. 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/

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. QUESTION:
    What's the best thing for menopause symptoms, that you can buy over the counter?
    There are so many things on the shelf loaded with vitamins and herbs. What really works? Does anyone have any experience with these. I'm over 40 and had a total hysterectomy at 37. I'm on the patch, but my GYN doesn't want to raise it. I still get hot flashes, and I'd like to go natural. I also take a progesterone pill at night.

    • ANSWER:
      I would like to suggest Menozac which is one of the best menopause symptom relief product on the market. Why?

      First, because it is made to meet pharmaceutical standards. Second, it uses only the finest, most bio-available natural nutrients. Third, every production batch is tested in a lab to ensure its purity and potency.

      Even some herbal experts also highly recommend using this type of herbal, safe and natural menopause treatment. By taking this natural alternative you will avoid the side effects and health risks, and help treat your symptoms naturally.

  20. QUESTION:
    Could Hashimoto Thyroiditis cause similar symptoms to premenopause?
    I'm 21 years old, and I am going to be tested in the next week or so for Hashimoto's.

    Because I am showing all symptoms of this disease, I also got thinking if one of my other problems could be connected to this: hot flashes, and no periods.

    For about three years, I had my period without a break in between cycles (yes, three years of constant bleeding) and doctors were unable to figure out why. For about two years now, I have been suffering from very long breaks during my periods along with very intense hot flashes. My mother, who is going to menopause, has similar symptoms.

    Has anyone with Hashimoto's ever had menopause-like hot flashes?

    In case this helps, I am adopted but do know that my biological mother had ovarian cancer in her late 20's. Could this be a sign of that?

    • ANSWER:
      It is odd for someone to skip over HypOthyroidism & go straight to Hashi's. It is, however, the main cause of HypO. Yes, there can be hot flashes. Likely to be cancer? NO!

      Thyroid disease is missed more than found. Three reasons: 1) not checking for antibodies; 2) going by wrong TSH 'normal' range; and, 3) not listening to symptoms.

      You need testing for thyroid ANTIBODIES as well as TSH. TSH ‘norm’ should be .3 – 3 (w/ most feeling best at < 2, like maybe ONE) but, for diagnosis, may not mean much if ANTIBODIES are present which is indicative of Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis (cycles between HYPER & HYPO at start)…it is the main cause of eventual HypOthyroidism but worse (...OR Graves Disease – HypERthyroid from beginning [different antibodies]).

      You will have to INSIST they test for the antibodies. [anti-TPO and TgAb for Hashi’s] They can code so that ins will pay.

      WARNING: Doctors seem not to want to find/treat thyroid disease. You may have to go to more than one doctor before you get the right tests, interpretation, and treatment. Best wishes.

      ALWAYS GET COPIES OF YOUR LABS.

      Ck these:
      http://thyroid.about.com/bio/Mary-Shomon-350.htm
      http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/
      http://www.thyrophoenix.com/index.html
      http://thyroid.about.com/cs/newsinfo/l/blguidelines.htm

      God bless you

  21. 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.

  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:
    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.

  24. QUESTION:
    How long does menopause last? When will I start feeling better?
    I am 45 and I think I have been dealing with the symptoms for about 2 years do i still have Much longer?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your GYN and tell what symptoms you are having. She should check your hormone levels with testing. She will tell you about natural hormone replacements, what foods to eat or not to eat and certain vitamins that might help. If she doesn't help you there are other Doctors that will. Menopause may last a long time but with your doctor's help your symptoms might get better to handle. Do some reading up on this subject too. The more knowledge you have about menopause the better you be able to decide what to take or decide what is the best treatment for you.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    Could someone go with untreated undetected breast cancer for 10 years?
    What are the symptoms besides lumps and how big are the lumps usually? Do they grow fast? What do people with cancer feel like?

    • ANSWER:
      In early stages when the Grade of the disease (multiplication of cells and spreading) low and slow it may take time to get detected. These days most of the women are aware about the harms of this disease and they have ultrasound and mammogram and other tests done every year. This will definetely show the exsistance of the disease. Ultrasound can often show abnormalities which might go undetected on mammography due to extremely dense breast tissue.

      But it will not prolong to such a long period of 10 years without showing up or undetected. As the time elapse the speed of multiplication of cancerous cells also will increase and definetely it is bound to show up in about 1 or 2 years.

      The symptoms of Breast cancer including lumps are -

      Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer may help save your life. When the disease is discovered early, you have more treatment options and a better chance for a cure.

      Most breast lumps aren't cancerous. Yet the most common sign of breast cancer for both men and women is a lump or thickening in the breast. Often, the lump is painless. Other potential signs of breast cancer include:

      * A spontaneous clear or bloody discharge from your nipple, often associated with a breast lump
      * Retraction or indentation of your nipple
      * A change in the size or contours of your breast
      * Any flattening or indentation of the skin over your breast
      * Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

      A number of conditions other than breast cancer can cause your breasts to change in size or feel. Breast tissue changes naturally during pregnancy and your menstrual cycle. Other possible causes of noncancerous (benign) breast changes include fibrocystic changes, cysts, fibroadenomas, infection or injury.

      If you find a lump or other change in your breast — even if a recent mammogram was normal — see your doctor for evaluation. If you haven't yet gone through menopause, you may want to wait through one menstrual cycle before seeing your doctor. If the change hasn't gone away after a month, have it evaluated promptly.

      Finally when people come to know of cancer they get shattered as it is the most fearsome disease in the word. -

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat Menopause?
    Is there any medical patch that will take away the horrible symptoms of sweating, mood swings etc WITHOUT PUTTING ON WEIGHT from too much of one hormone.

    • ANSWER:
      As with most medical answers, a good diet and exercise is the best treatment. Also, if you smoke, quit. Eliminate caffeine. Check out these sites.

  34. 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.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can a teenage girl develop breast cancer?
    I understand that this question has been asked many times, but I am not asking because I am concerned for my health. I am simply curious. Also, I apologize in advance if this question evokes memories of loved ones lost to this awful disease.
    So, could a teenage girl develop breast cancer? And if she could, would treating it be easier/harder than treating an older woman for the same disease at the same stage? Lastly, what are some treatments that the girl may receive to try and rid her of the cancer?
    Thank you all in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,

      I am glad to see that you are curious about breast cancer and the actions you can take to help reduce your risks.

      First off, yes, teenagers can get breast cancer. The likelihood of developing breast cancer under the age of 30 is low, accounting for only 0.5% of cancers but it is possible.

      Treating breast cancer for a teenager, man, or women is the same, the best course of action would be discussed between you and your doctor but may include chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomy, etc. This all depends on what stage you are in among other things.

      The good news is that there are things you can do now to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer in the future. This includes eating a healthy diet, getting 30 minutes of exercise per day, limiting your alcohol intake, and not smoking. Another very important thing is early detection, early detection is key to saving lives because the sooner you can catch the disease the less invasive the the treatments will be. There is not right or wrong way to do this, do whatever feels comfortable for you, I like to use my fingertips and feel in a circular motion around my breasts, armpit and collarbone area for lumps. Keep in mind that not all lumps mean breast cancer, they should be checked by your health care professional.

      Here is a complete list of things to look for: Lumps either in the breast, along the chest bone, and in the armpit area (these lumps do not come and go, but remain and may grow over time), unusual change in breast shape or size, changes in the skin of the breast (dimpling or puckering, thickening and discolouration – “orange peel” effect, redness, swelling and increased warmth), nipple changes (crusting, ulcers or scaling, inverted nipples – if it is sudden and not your norm, nipple discharge, itching of the nipple or breast)
      While these signs and symptoms may be due to other breast conditions, they should be checked by a trained health care professional. Talk to your doctor if you notice any of the above!

      For some women these are not changes but rather they are how they breast normally are, this is important to note, you should become familiar with how your breasts normally are. Breasts will develop and change over time during various stages of life – puberty, menstruation (monthly period), pregnancy and menopause. As a teenager going through puberty, they may notice the following: hair around the nipples, inverted nipples, nipple discharge, sensitivity or discomfort, swelling, tenderness, increased lumpiness, stretch marks, Montgomery bumps, and/or different sized breasts
      Some of these will disappear over time but some remain. What is “normal” for one person may not be normal for someone else.
      Everyone should know what is “normal” for them, and know what changes are normal over the course of the month. If something changes which is unexpected, talk to a health care professional.

      I hope this information helps.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do women get through the change of life without HRT?
    Saw my doctor last night to discuss the menopause (which has been confirmed by blood tests). He is reluctant to prescribe Hormone Replacement Treatment as I have high blood pressure which he prescribed medication for instead. I get the sweats during the day which is really embarrassing cause I work in an office and have to keep having a quick blast of my desk fan. Has anyone got any real suggestions how I can combat this. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you are symptomatic, and many very fortunate women do sail though the menopause with few symptoms, then HRT has never been bettered as a method of relieving symptoms. Only yesterday I read a journal article critical of its current under-use due to a failure to balance risk with benefit. Both patients and doctors are almost as guilty in this respect.

      If your blood pressure is controlled and of course it should be, you can still be prescribed HRT. If as it seems your GP is very unsure of his ground, ask him to refer you to a Specialist Menopausal Clinic. Here you will get all the information as to both the risks and the benefits for you as an individual.

  37. QUESTION:
    Ladies I have a Q on menopause symptoms and how to dodge them?
    what have you experienced besides the (in)famous hot flashes and what did you do about it? (Apart from SHT hormone therapy which I can't do) Txs!

    • ANSWER:
      I went through menopause without really knowing too much that I was,as I was still on the pill. I still had the hot flushes tho. Many of my friends go to health food stores there are many alternative treatments there, most work really well Good Luck

  38. QUESTION:
    Has any woman experienced an enlarged uterus due to menopause?
    My mother has been "sick" for about a year now. She finally went to a Dr and had multiple tests run including a pap. It was during the pap that she learned her uterus was the same size as an expecting mother 20 weeks along! Of course a preg test was done--negative(she 56 so very relieved). She had an ultrasound and the results revealed nothing. She had pollups removed and tested but they to revealed nothing as to why she has been so ill. Her symptoms are a fever every evening and she is extremely achy. Her doctor told her that the enlarged uterus was most likely caused from Menopause. Has anyone else ever heard or experienced this? If so, what course of treatment or remedies helped? I would like her to get a second opinion just incase. Any information you have regarding her situation would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 and have started the hot flashes ect..absolutely miserable! About 3 years ago I was told that I had an enlarged uterus as well but fear has kept me away from the Drs office..I know thats a bad thing to do. I use a lot of homeopathic and herbal remedies for other things which have really worked when some of the prescribed medications didnt. You might have a look on this site. http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/7776/MENOPAUS.HTM#rem%20for%20menop I was just looking at this yesterday funny enough.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?
    I had a smear test booked for this Tuesday, but I had to cancel it as I came on. I'm bleeding very heavily every two weeks, plus I have all the risk factors for cervical cancer. Please help as I am very concerned.

    • ANSWER:
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      Cervical cancer develops if the cells of the cervix (the neck of the womb) become abnormal and grow out of control.

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      About cervical cancer
      In 2005, around 2,800 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in the UK.

      Deaths from cervical cancer in the UK have fallen over the last 20 years. This reduction is mainly because of the NHS cervical screening programme which may detect changes in the cells of the cervix at a pre-cancerous stage. If abnormal cells are caught early, cancer can be prevented or treated.

      The changes can be detected by a laboratory test on a small sample of cells. The cells are taken from an area called the transformation zone on the surface of your cervix, and preserved using a procedure called liquid-based cytology.

      The cervix and transformation zone

      Types of cervical cancer
      There are two main types of cervical cancer - squamous cell cancer (the most common) and adenocarcinoma, although they are often mixed. They are named after the types of cell that become cancerous. Squamous cells are flat cells covering your cervix; adenomatous cells are found in the passageway from your cervix to your womb. Other rarer cancers of the cervix include small cell cancer.

      Symptoms of cervical cancer
      Abnormal cells found on the cervix during a cervical screening test are usually at an early pre-cancer stage, and don't cause any symptoms. Treating the abnormal cells prevents cancer developing.

      If abnormal cells do develop into cervical cancer, you may have the following symptoms:

      abnormal vaginal bleeding, for example between periods or after sex
      smelly vaginal discharge
      discomfort during sex
      vaginal bleeding after the menopause

      These symptoms aren't always due to cervical cancer, but if you have them, you should visit your GP.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me anything about Fibromyalgia ?
    I have found websites on it and know alittle about it but can anyone tell me something I may not know like symptoms, treatments, causes, ect... Thanks!
    You know, like something a doctor may have told you or a friend that has it...stuff like that.

    • ANSWER:
      They don't really know what causes it yet. They don't know a lot about it actually,
      Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

      * Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness, and leg cramps.
      * Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy.
      * Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep.
      * Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long.
      * Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks.
      * Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome).
      * Tension or migraine headaches.
      * Jaw and facial tenderness.
      * Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods and cold.
      * Feeling anxious or depressed.
      * Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs or feet.
      * Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder).
      * Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise.
      * A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet.
      * Painful menstrual periods.
      * Dizziness.

      Symptoms may intensify depending on the time of day -- morning, late afternoon and evening tend to be the worst times while 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tends to be the best time. They may also get worse with fatigue, tension, inactivity, changes in the weather, cold or drafty conditions, overexertion, hormonal fluctuations (such as just before your period or during menopause), stress, depression or other emotional factors.

      With my best friend, she will get a burning sensation on one whole side of her body. It gets worse when she is too active or stressed.
      She is treated with pain killers, but they make her sleepy, so she ends up in bed a lot.

      Here's a good site for more info:
      http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/understanding-fibromyalgia-symptoms

  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 were some of the earlier treatments for the mentally ill?
    There was some kind of wheel that a person was forced to sit in while it spun and an iron chamber they had to lay in for hours and days. What things were used to "treat" the mentally ill?

    I am writing a research paper on this, so any information would be much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Many lobotomy's were performed on some patients thinking it would help help stimulate their brain but most of the time it did more harm than good. Electric shock treatments were also performed. Until the mind and brain was really studied and understood, treatment for the mentally ill was very primitive. Many people were in institutionalized for things Dr's could not explain, like when a woman had symptoms from menopause and she was put away. Or even if a child stuttered or had a delay in speaking properly, simple things like that.

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the reckonable symptoms for a psyzoferenic patient ?
    She is otherwise normal . Her close relatives however thinks that's the trouble . Her outburst is limited within her home . She despise visiting doctor . Is it posible ?

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes women are psychologically in a disturbed mood during menses or when approaching menopause.
      take her to a gynecologist or endocrinologist, if he/she rules out gynecologic problem, then take her to a neurologist.
      i think you meant schizophrenia. most of the people who have schizoid personality are "normal" to other people .
      whether she should be given treatment from a psychiatrist depends upon the symptoms and a thorough analysis of her mind.
      another thing is there is social stigma attached to visiting a head shrinker in India. we are not ashamed of having cancer, TB but ashamed to tell others that we have psychological and neurological problems.
      better take her to a neurologist first, he will guide properly.
      why i am suggesting neurologist instead of neuropsychiatrist? because visiting neurologists does not create feelings in our mind that we are crazy.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for menopause symptoms to increase immediately when periods stop?

    • ANSWER:
      35 Possible Symptoms Of Premenopause

      1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
      2. Bouts of rapid heart beat
      3. Irritability
      4. Mood swings, sudden tears
      5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
      6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
      7. Loss of libido (see note)
      8. Dry vagina, a general drying out that can include eyes, mouth, joints and skin. (see note)
      9. Crashing fatigue
      10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
      11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)
      12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
      13. Disturbing memory lapses
      14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (see note)
      15. Itchy, crawly skin (see note)
      16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)
      17. Increased tension in muscles
      18. Breast tenderness
      19. Headache change: increase or decrease
      20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
      21. Sudden bouts of bloat
      22. Depression (see note)
      23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
      24. Increase in allergies
      25. Weight gain (see note)
      26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
      27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
      28. Changes in body odor
      29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (see note)
      30. Tingling in the extremities, (see note)
      31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
      32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, dry mouth, change in breath odor
      33. Osteoporosis (after several years)
      34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
      35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing' buzzing etc.

      NOTES:
      Symptom 1 (hot flashes)
      Hot flashes are due to the hypothalamic response to declining ovarian estrogen production. The declining estrogen state induces hypophysiotropic neurons in the arcuate nucleas of the hypothalamus to release gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in a pulsatile fashion, which in turn stimulates release of luteinizing hormone (LH). Extremely high pulses of LH occur during the period of declining estrogen production. The LH has vasodilatory effects, which leads to flushing.

      Symptom 7 (loss of libido)
      For some women the loss is so great that they actually find sex repulsive, in much the same way as they felt before puberty. What hormones give, loss of hormones can take away.

      Symptom 8 (dry vagina)
      results in painful intercourse

      Symptom 11 (doom thoughts)
      includes thoughts of death, picturing one's own death

      Symptom 14 (incontinence)
      reflects a general loss of smooth muscle tone

      Symptom 15 (itchy, crawly skin)
      feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry itchy skin

      Symptom 16 (aching sore joints)
      may include such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome

      Symptom 22 (depression)
      different from other depression, the inability to cope is overwhelming. There is a feeling of loss of self. Hormone therapy ameliorates the depression dramatically.

      Symptom 25 (weight gain)
      often around the waist and thighs, resulting in the disappearing waistline

      Symptom 29 (shock sensation)
      "the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle. It is a precursor to a hot flash"

      Symptom 30 (tingling in extremities)
      can also be a symptom of B-12 deficiency, diabetes, alterations in the flexibility of blood vessels, or a depletion of potassium or calcium

      Some of the 34 signs may also be symptoms of one of the following:
      * hypothyroidism
      * diabetes
      * depression with another etiology
      * Multiple Sclerosis
      * other medical conditions
      If you have reason to believe you may have one of these conditions, please see your doctor for treatment.
      Need more info?
      E-mail me!
      Blessings~
      Michelle Jones

  45. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest that women starts to go through the?
    change of life. I am 36. I think I might be going through it. I guess other people call it menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      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

  46. QUESTION:
    How long do Menopause problem symptoms last for?
    The hot flashes & sweating is awful. How lomg can I expect it to continue?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are the classic sign of menopause, as well as the most common reason for seeking treatment. A hot flash produces a sudden sensation of warmth or even intense heat that spreads over various parts of the body, especially the chest, face, and head. Flushing and sweating usually occur as well, followed by a chill. Some women feel their heart beating very fast or hard and feel anxious.

      These flashes last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. How often they occur varies from woman to woman. Women who have had a hysterectomy are more likely to have hot flashes. Many women experience most of their hot flashes in the first 2 years after menopause, and find that the hot flashes gradually lessen. However, some women have hot flashes for several years before menopause, and some have them for 10, 20, or even 40 years or longer after menopause.

  47. 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.

  48. QUESTION:
    can you get cold sweats from dehydration and constipation?
    so my mom has a problem with her uterus and possibly her colon but right now she keeps getting cold sweats. She has bad abdominal cramps. She sweats, shivers, and has goose bumps all at the same time. She has a very slight fever of only 2-3 degrees. Could these be symptoms of dehydration and/or constipation?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like her body is sick and trying to fight off something and thus can't managr her temp....

      it's also common with menopause to have night sweats and issues like that....
      I hope she is going to the doctor to get treatment....

      thirstiness, dry skin, edema, muscle cramps are all signs of dehydration...

      the cold sweats, cramps, temp and stuff could be due to bowel issues eesp if she has an autoimmune disease like chrons disease or lupus or something as that can cause low grade fevers.

      Actually a whlole lot of things can cause these symptoms but I know i have a autoimmune disease and I get chills a lot as well as night sweats.

      Anyways i hope they figure out how to help her soon

  49. QUESTION:
    how long does the withdrawal side effects from Prozac last?
    I was taking 20 mg of Prozac to help with menopause/hormone disorder and am now stopping it, taking it every other day and weaning off (doctor's orders). How long does it take for headache and dizziness and tiredness t ogo away?
    Thanks. I go back Monday to get all that treated. I think yo uare right.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, first the headache/dizziness tiredness, depression, and probably insomnia, etc... are ALL symptoms of menopause... and psychiatry isnt what you need... they cant help, basically....
      So I dont think it will take more than two weeks to come off it...
      Oprah and others are doing a lot about menopause , so let me give you some people / books to look up..... and also recommend that you have a complete hormone profile done when you settle on the right doc..... also include your FSH and TSH(thyroid).... the nine major ones to be tested (a simple blood test) are thyroid;, cortisol , DHEA, estradiol, progesterone, dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin
      Now ddr. christiane northrup has written a good book on menopause
      So has Susanne Somers....
      Dr. Phils wife goes to the www.hallcenter.com (i think that is it, look for it) in sandiego.... and recommends women go there or somewhere and have their hormones tested , then some are going onto bioidentical hormone replacement...
      research it all because there is a lot about it, at oprah.com , also...
      Your symptoms are not going away unless you treat the cause,
      I use traditional chinese medicine which I prefer, and you can research their treatment of menopause also, www.ITMonline.org take care

  50. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - 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; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

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  1. QUESTION:
    can't start HRT for a while, is there anything that I could take to slow down testosterone?
    If I'm a transsexual and I have to wait a little while before I start any Hormone Replacement Therapy (for cost reasons, among other things) is there anything that I could start taking now that would slow down my production of testosterone?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, no.

      Prior to puberty, GNRh antagonists are used to halt pubertal changes. After puberty there is nothing that is over-the-counter or natural that is going to affect your testosterone production to any significant degree. Androgen blockers must be prescribed by the same doctor who prescribes your estrogen. Taking androgen blockers at doses required to suppress testosterone without adding estrogen leaves your body devoid of sex hormones, which is unhealthy.

      HRT is very inexpensive, though the doctor visits and blood tests can cost a lot if you don't have insurance. If you are under 18, you need parental permission for any prescription drugs.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can lack or hormones and progesterone cause pain/swelling in hands and feet in someone with a total hysterecto?
    My sister had a total hysterectomy and since then has had pain and swelling in her hands and feet. She didn't have this problem before her surgery. She has seen a rheumotologist and checked for arthritis, lupus etc. everything was negative. Could this be hormonal? And can she take a hormonal replacement therapy such as herbal over the counter to see if this will help her. Any suggestions please.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife had a partial and was left with one ovary. Years later she got Graves disease ( hyperthyroidism) they killed off her thyroid with radioactive Iodine.After that she went hypOthyroid and had to have her syn-thyroid adjusted. In this period she had swelling of her lower legs. During this period she was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy as well.Have a thyroid function test done to be sure.

  3. QUESTION:
    Will Minoxidil (Rogaine) protect from hair loss while receiving Testosterone skin gel?
    I take Androgel (Testosterone) for Hormone Replacement Therapy as my Free T level have been low for some time - which probably accounts for my hair being thick despite my friends and brother at my age. I don't want to take Propecia (Finesteride) since it would counter the Androgels effects.

    • ANSWER:
      Hair loss is caused by DHT a more potent form of Testosterone that is converted from Testosterone primarily within the scalp and prostate but not all men experience loss of their hair from DHT. For some men it's just genetic. I use the Andro Gel and I have a full head of hair.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for erectile dysfunction if you cannot get viagra?
    What is the best remedy for erectile dysfunction if you cannot get viagra? Or something else that you can take to get a lasting erection? Over the counter medicine or internet based?

    • ANSWER:
      Viagra is the best remedy for erectile dysfunction.

      Most doctors would like to see a combination of treatment approaches - lifestyle changes such as stopping smoking, losing the excess pounds, and increasing one's level of physical activity may be enough for a man to get his erection back. Of course, reducing any prescription or non-prescription drugs that may have a role in erectile dysfunction is necessary. Most useful, though, for the majority of men is sexual psychotherapy. Viagra is a very helpful medication, and in the comparatively small number of cases where this does not work, vacuum cylinders and pumps, or surgically implanted inflatable devices, may be be used. In rare cases, surgery involving veins or arteries may be considered. Testosterone administration should always be considered, which may involve hormone replacement therapy in a variety of forms.

      Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil hydrochloride) and Cialis (tadalafil) have all been approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. They belong to a group of drugs called phosphodiesterase (PDE) inhibitors, which work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide (the chemical that relaxes smooth muscles in the erectile mechanism of the penis), or rather preventing its breakdown, thereby allowing it to continue its effect of increasing blood flow. Buy Viagra, Cialis Levitra and more medicine products on site: buyviagra2011.com

      The advised amount of Viagra as a starting dose is 50 mg, though 25 mg or 100 mg may be required. Levitra and Cialis start at 10 mg, and the doctor may adjust this dose to 20 mg or 5 mg as required.

      None of these phosphodiesterase inhibitors is to be taken more than once a day and nitrate-based drugs such as nitroglycerin for heart problems can be seriously affected by them. Also, combining a phosphodiesterase inhibitor with an alpha-blocker may result in a drop in blood pressure.

      Testosterone can effectively reduce erectile dysfunction in a large number of men with lowered levels of their own testosterone, and men have claimed that other oral drugs such as yohimbine hydrochloride, or the more esoteric dopamine and serotonin agonists are effective, but scientific evidence is lacking.

  5. QUESTION:
    is there any other means to helping a migraine other then Excedrin over the counter and relpax prescribed ?
    i have a friend who has really bad migraines he has a limited supply of prescribed medication and is taking Excedrin migraine over the counter meds but has to stop that because it is leading to kidney failure what is your advice?

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing to do is try to eliminate the cause or causes - not easy, believe me!

      There are so many things that can trigger migraines, it's a good idea to keep a journal to try to figure out what does and doesn't put one over the edge. I have what I call "primary triggers" - only takes the one thing to get that nasty ol' migraine started, but I also have other things that need two or three things together to make a migraine happen. And to make it harder to figure out, triggers aren't always immediate. Neat, huh?

      And worse, some you can avoid, some you can't (my worst ones have to do with the weather - lucky me!)

      Here's a list of some of the triggers that a lot of folks find may or may not set them off:

      Aged cheese
      Eggs
      Tomatoes
      Citrus fruits
      Wheat products
      Alcohol
      MSG
      Chocolate
      Caffeine
      Nitrites (hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat, etc.)
      Sulfites
      Avocado
      Fermented or pickled foods
      Yeast, protein extracts, freshly baked yeast products
      Onions
      Nuts, peanut butter
      Dairy products, yogurt, sour cream
      Aspartame
      Mold/mildew
      Bright lights/loud noises
      Perfumes and strong scents
      Skipping or delaying meals
      Missing sleep
      Hormonal Changes (period/menopause)
      Oral contraceptives/hormone replacement therapy
      Weather conditions, barometric changes, cold and/or dry weather
      High altitude
      Time or time zone changes/jet lag

      Stress is not a trigger exactly, but in the same way that stress won't =cause= a cold, if you're stressed, it can often be a contributing factor.

      There are a lot of things that can be done in addition to meds. Exercise (the kind that suits your friend - not going out and going nuts - and NEVER during a migraine...UGH!), stress management and relaxation, getting plenty of sleep (forming good sleeping habits), not missing meals, keeping well hydrated (lots of water!), and (this is a big one!) not smoking (if he or she does) - will all help. Basically all those thing people talk about as healthy measures...

      I use self-hypnosis and biofeedback. I take a lot of baths (there's that relaxation thing again!). Some folks find that cold cloths or ice on the forehead or neck help. I can't deal with the cold, but do well with heat.

      If your friend wants to try vitamin supplements, they may well help as preventatives. Many migraineurs (folks who get migraines) take:

      Magnesium Oxide
      Vitamin B2
      Coenzyme Q10
      Calcium + Vitamin D
      (when taking supplemental magnesium, it's necessary to take extra calcium to keep them balanced)

      I sure do hope this helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    What's the difference between anabolic steroids and legal testosterone boosters?
    What's the difference between illegal anabolic steroids and the "natural" legal testosterone boosters I keep seeing at GNC?

    • ANSWER:
      Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone . They are often used to promote growth of muscle and bones because of their ability to increase cell growth and division but can also increase growth in other bodily tissues as well.

      There are many different types of anabolic steroids and they each have a different combination of anabolic and androgenic characteristics. They are sometimes referred to as AAS or Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids.

      First discovered in the 1930's anabolic steroids have many medicinal uses. Bone growth, appetite, puberty and muscle growth can all be stimulated with use of anabolic steroids. They have also been proven successful in treatment for chronic wasting in cancer and AIDS patients. Anabolic steroids work for these purposes because they increase protein synthesis, muscle mass and strength. On the other side of the spectrum, however, are the negative effects that overuse of anabolic steroids can produce. These include increases in LDL cholesterol and decreases in HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure and liver damage.

      Even with the great benefits anabolic steroids have for medicinal purposes, they are controversial because athletes have found benefits in using them for training purposes. Thus, anabolic steroids have also had many effects on competitive sports.

      Because of the potential health effects of anabolic steroids, they are a controlled substance in the United States and other countries.

      Medical Uses of Anabolic Steroids

      Anabolic steroids have been researched for medicinal purposes since the middle of the twentieth century. The most popular medical use for steroids is to help counter the effects of chronic wasting by stimulating appetite and increasing muscle mass. However, they have many different and successful uses. These include the following:

      • Bone Marrow Stimulation: Anabolic steroids are now being replaced by synthetic proteins.
      • Growth Stimulation: Since the 1980's use of anabolic steroids has been replaced with growth hormones instead.
      • Hormone Replacement Therapy: This helps men with low levels of natural testosterone.
      • Puberty Induction: While testosterone is most widely used, anabolic steroids have been used to help boys who have extreme delays in the onset of puberty.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can I take hormones over the counter and still get results?
    I'm really new into transitioning, there's nothing in my mind but becoming feminine
    fortunatelly I'm from a very poor background that means I barely have a dollar in my pocket
    so taking hormones with a prescription is almost impossible

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of LGBT clinics in California, please find one.

      It is a fool who thinks they can transition on their own without any help.

      Self-medicating is playing Russian Roulette with your life. Do you feel lucky?

      Hormone replacement therapy is tricky business that needs to be monitored by medical professionals.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it true that a daily dose of vitamin C supplements can help fade hyperpigmentation and melasma?
    I have a case of hyperpigmentation and some melasma and I heard that taking daily supplements of vitamin C supplements of like 2,000mg per day for a while can help fade away the hyperpigmentation and melasma ... Is it true ? Thanks a lot for the answers ... I dont wanna use chemicals like hydroquinone as I've heard it's very dangerous health-wise

    • ANSWER:
      here's some info on megadoses of vitamin c
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_C_megadosage

      here's some info on the various treatments for melasma
      The discoloration usually disappears spontaneously over a period of several months after giving birth or stopping the oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

      Treatments to hasten the fading of the discolored patches include:

      Topical depigmenting agents, such as hydroquinone (HQ) either in over-the-counter (2%) or prescription (4%) strength. HQ is a chemical that inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.
      Tretinoin, an acid that increases skin cell (keratinocyte) turnover. This treatment cannot be used during pregnancy.
      Azelaic acid (20%), thought to decrease the activity of melanocytes.
      Facial peel with alpha hydroxyacids or chemical peels with glycolic acid.
      Laser treatment. A Wood's lamp test should be used to determine whether the melasma is epidermal or dermal. If the melasma is dermal, Fraxel laser has been shown in studies to provide improvement in many patients. Intense pulsed light has also been effective in the treatment of melasma [3]. Dermal melasma is generally unresponsive to most treatments, and has only been found to lighten with products containing mandelic acid (such as Triluma cream) or Fraxel laser.
      In all of these treatments the effects are gradual and a strict avoidance of sunlight is required. The use of broad-spectrum sunscreens with physical blockers, such as titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide is preferred over that with only chemical blockers. This is because UV-A, UV-B and visible lights are all capable of stimulating pigment production.

      Cosmetic cover-ups can also be used to reduce the appearance of melasma.

      the vitamin c info doesn't mention melasma.

      the melasma info doesn't mention vitamin c.

      there are other treatments with less side effects that hydroquinone.

      Azelaic acid :
      Antibacterial: it reduces the growth of bacteria in the follicle (Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus epidermidis).
      Keratolytic & comedolytic: it returns to normal the disordered growth of the skin cells, lining the follicle.
      Scavenger of free radicals and reduces inflammation.
      Reduces pigmentation: it is particularly useful for darker-skinned patients, who have melasma, or whose acne spots leave persistent brown marks known as actinic lentigines. (per the product insert: "There have been reports of hypopigmentation after use of azelaic acid. Since azelaic acid has not been well studied in patients with dark complexions, these patients should be monitored for early signs of hypopigmentation.")
      Non-toxic, and is well tolerated by most patients.
      Azelaic acid does not result in bacterial resistance to antibiotics, reduction in sebum production, photosensitivity (easy sunburn), staining of skin or clothing, or bleaching of normal skin or clothing.

      If you're not pregnant you can use Retin-A. There are some side effects but unlike hydroquinone, none of them are cancer.

      Lasers will most likely have the least side effects i would think.

      talk to a dermatologist about your options.

  9. QUESTION:
    What can I do naturally to treat secondary amenorhea?
    I took cycloprogynova and my period, but when i stopped it my period stopped. I need something natural.

    • ANSWER:
      The main causes of amenorrhea are generally emotional stress,
      weight loss, and excessive physical exercise.

      Do you know the cause of your amenorrhea? There are several other causes but they are not common and DO require medical treatment. After menarche did you suffer from anovulation?

      As always, check with your doctor. You may be allergic to some of the herbal remedies.

      There was an over the counter progesterone creme made from yams. I don't know if it is still on the marked. It was made by AllVia and was called Progensa. You applied it for 25 days, stopped for 5 days then repeated.

      There is also an herb called Blue Cohosh that supposedly brings on menstruation.

      DO NOT confuse this with Black Cohosh which is supposedly for hot flashes and menopausal women. Women who are thinking about any form of hormone-replacement therapy should consult their doctor before taking black cohosh!

      Here is a site to read up on Blue Cohosh: http://www.viable-herbal.com/herbdesc/1bluecoh.htm

      Have you checked in with a homeopathic physician? Sometimes they can help.

      As always check with your Doctor, I can't repeat this often enough.

      Good Luck I hope this helps.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the mental and physical side effects of a hysterectomy?
    I had a hysterectomy last summer at age 29 due to recurrent cervical cancer. They left in my ovaries but took everything else out. Now the biggest thing I notice is that I have no sex drive, which is driving my husband crazy. Is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it is normal. maybe your doctor can do a hormone count and see if it is normal. If not, maybe you need hormone replacement therapy. Good luck to you! My hubby wants me to get that new gel for women to enhanse it for woman called "vestra" I think, that's the name. (sold over the counter) maybe get some..try it.

  11. QUESTION:
    How Can I Get rid of mild acne and acne scars?
    I have teen acne just some and scars!! What acne medicine is good and works? Also what moisturizer is good to keep my face soft and smooth? Also what is good for dry hands? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The most effective methods to combat acne include a combination of prevention and better skincare.
      1. Exercise
      Regular exercise can help fight acne by fighting off negative stress levels that can come from negative self-esteem and depression. Avoid wearing tight lycra and nylon exercise outfits. These types of fabrics tend to trap body moisture and heat, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Stick to loose clothing made of cotton or natural blends, and keep your sports gear and equipment clean.
      2. Safe Cosmetics
      Avoid pore-clogging and skin irritations that can contribute to acne, try perfumes and cosmetics that are "hypo-allergenic" and comodogenic or “oil free”. Coal tar derivatives, carmine and heavy cream in blushes can cause reactions.
      Shimmering facial colors can contain a flaky mineral called mica that can also cause skin irritations and clogged pores. Try a lip gloss with a matte finish for less pore-clogging. The more the shine, the more comedogenic content which causes pores to clog.
      3. Healthy Diet
      What is best for your body is best for your skin. A good quality multivitamin will probably have the recommended vitamins and minerals that you need to help with acne prevention. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day and making good, healthy dietary food choices including plenty of fruits and vegetables daily will help you maintain optimal health.
      4. Hormonal Treatment
      Hormones (or a lack of them) during later years - especially for women - can play a role in acne flare-ups and prevention. Studies show that about 50 percent of women have acne, which is referred to as hormonal acne, during the week before their menstruation.
      Treatment options include topical retinoids, oral antibiotics and Benzoyl Peroxide for teen years. Oral contraceptives or hormonal birth control pills and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) may be helpful for women, combined with systemic or topical treatments, prescription or over-the-counter products and medications.
      5. Healthy Skin Regimen
      Avoid harsh scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation and can contribute to an over production of oil to replace what's washed off, clogging pores in the process. Use products with gentle exfoliation ingredients and avoid products that contain alcohol.
      6. Shaving
      Shaving is actually an excellent way of exfoliating or removing dead skin to help with the prevention and spreading of acne. Shaving can also help to get rid of whiteheads and blackheads. Do not shave areas that are sore or infected. Use a shaving cream for sensitive skin.
      Use a sharp blade. Gentle swipes instead of heavy pressure are better and also go with the flow or "grain." A single-edged blade is better than a twin-blade razor. Electric razors may not shave as close to the skin, but they may be a better choice for the prevention of acne and other skin breakouts.
      7. Stress
      Stress includes external and internal stressors. External Stressors are those that compromise your skin's ability to heal, like oily make-up and too much sun. Internal stressors like anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, depression and a variety of other internalized emotions, can trigger chemical reactions inside your body that can result in acne flare-ups and other skin irritations.
      To combat internal stressors and prevent acne problems, get plenty of rest and sleep. Try to maintain regular hours. Keep a check list of "Things that Calm You" handy for stressful times, like reading a book, resting, listening to music, taking a walk, going out for an ice cream cone, etc.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of vaginal pain during intercourse?
    I never had any pain during intercourse until several months ago. I had a bladder infection. It was treated and it cleared up but sex has not been the same since then. The pain that I am experiencing is on penetration. It feels like it's on the front wall of the vagina. After he's been thrusting for a while, the pain turns more into a burning sensation. Can anyone tell me how I can get this pain to stop? Also, I know that I do not have any STD's. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lady Please try this measures I hope it should help Applying lubricating gels to the outer sexual organs, including the vulva and labia, and in the vagina may be helpful to women and ease pain during intercourse. Sex toys, such as vibrators or dildos, may also be useful. A woman should talk with her health care provider before attempting to use a vaginal dilator. Treatment of pain during intercourse depends on the cause.

      * Entrance pain may be treated when the cause is identified.

      o Atrophy (thinning of the vaginal walls): Entrance pain caused by atrophy is common among postmenopausal women who do not take hormone replacement medication. Blood flow and lubricating capacity respond directly to hormone replacement. The most rapid relief of atrophy comes from applying topical estrogen vaginal cream directly to the vagina and its opening. This cream is available by prescription only.

      o Urethritis and urethral syndrome: With this condition, a woman may urinate frequently with urgency, pain, and difficulty, but a urinalysis can find no identifiable bacteria. These symptoms may be caused by chronic inflammation of the urethra (the tube through which urine exits the body) from muscle spasms, anxiety, low estrogen levels, or a combination of these causes. Using a special instrument, the doctor may dilate the urethra. The doctor may prescribe low-dose antibiotics. At times, antidepressants and antispasmodics may also be prescribed.

      o Inadequate lubrication: Treatment of inadequate lubrication depends on the cause. Options include water-soluble lubricants (for use with condoms ; other types of lubricants may damage condoms) or other substances such as vegetable oils. If arousal does not take place, more extensive foreplay might be needed during sexual relations.

      o Vaginismus: Painful spasms of muscles at the opening of the vagina may be an involuntary but appropriate response to painful stimuli. These spasms may be due to several factors, including painful insertion, previous painful experiences, previous abuse, or an unresolved conflict regarding sexuality. For a woman with vaginismus, her doctor may recommend behavioral therapy, including vaginal relaxation exercises.

      o Vaginal strictures (abnormal narrowing): Doctors commonly see vaginal strictures after pelvic surgery, radiation, or menopause . Estrogen, or special surgical techniques may be used to treat these strictures.

      o Interstitial cystitis: This chronic inflammation of the bladder has no known cause; however, pain with intercourse is a common symptom. A health care provider may perform a cystoscopy (a procedure to look inside the bladder), or a urologist may distend (stretch) the bladder to examine the bladder wall. These procedures often work to clear the condition. Other treatments include amitriptyline, nifedipine, Elmiron, or other prescription therapies. Other options include bladder washings with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or other agents or transcutaneous electric stimulation (TENS) and acupuncture. Surgery is a last resort.

      o Endometriosis: Endometriosis occurs when the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus. Pain during intercourse caused by endometriosis is not uncommon. Relief of this pain often indicates success in treating endometriosis.

      o Vulvovaginitis (inflammation of the vulva and vagina): Whether recurrent or chronic, this problem is common despite the rise in the number of over-the-counter treatments.

      + If not responsive to self-treatment with lubricating gels or initial treatment by a doctor, a woman may need a more thorough evaluation to identify the cause.

      + A doctor may ask the woman if she uses antibiotic or antifungal medication or if she douches. If so, these practices should be stopped to help determine whether a specific disease-causing organism is present.

      + Treatment is based on the presence of bacteria or other organisms. Often, no single organism is identified. The doctor may talk to the woman about proper hygiene.

      + If recurring symptoms are shared with a sexual partner, both individuals should be tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

      + A doctor considers the possibility of intermittent urethral infection with chlamydia, an STD, as well as a more obvious urinary tract infection, and then treats with the appropriate antibiotics.
      * Treatment for deep thrust pain includes 2 strategies.

      o Pelvic adhesions (tissue that has become stuck together, sometimes developing after surgery): Pain with intercourse caused by pelvic adhesions can be relieved by removing the adhesions.

      o Uterine retroversion: The health care provider may find physical causes of the pain, including ovarian cysts, pelvic inflammatory disease , endometriosis (mucous tissue out of place), or retroversion of the uterus (uterus is tilted backward instead of forward).

      A doctor should be able to find the cause and to select proper treatment for pain experienced during intercourse. Sometimes, the doctor refers the woman to a specialist.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of a migraine?
    Im 15 years old and I get migraines or very bad headaches at least more than one time a week. I've taken Excedrin Migraine, Aleve, Tylenol, and Advil Migraine. Sometimes they help but not all the time. They are usually located on the top of my head. I've been to the doctor and she thinks that I have allergies, but I don't agree. Please let me know if you have and suggestions on what to do. At this time I'm pretty much desperate. =] Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      You might ask your doctor for a referral to a neurologist, particularly one who is familiar with migraines.

      Also, while over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can help mild migraines, they don't always, and they can, if taken too often, cause something called "rebound headaches"...which means they're something you should be careful with. Many drugs that can help migraines can do this. These can happen when using any of these as infrequently as 5-10 times a month.

      Something you might want to do is to start watching for what might trigger your migraines. Keep a migraine journal (to record what you've eaten or done that could be a trigger). Maybe do an elimination diet (same principle).

      For the most part, when you get a migraine, it's triggered by...something. It can be a trigger food that is specific to migraines. It can be other types of triggers.

      Just as each person is different, each migraine is, too, so your triggers are bound to be different from mine. But there are common triggers (possibilities) you might want to look out for... Not every one of these may have an effect on you. SOME of them may only affect you in combination. There are primary triggers (things that, all by themselves, will set you off), and then there are triggers that build up (things that combine with other things to trip you into a migraine state). Some things you can avoid...some you can't.

      While the following are common triggers, they are by no means all of the triggers that are around:

      Aged cheese
      Eggs
      Tomatoes
      Citrus fruits
      Wheat products
      Alcohol
      MSG
      Chocolate
      Caffeine (this can be a bad OR a good thing, btw)
      Nitrites (hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat, etc.)
      Sulfites
      Avocado
      Fermented or pickled foods
      Yeast, protein extracts, freshly baked yeast products
      Onions
      Nuts, peanut butter
      Dairy products, yogurt, sour cream
      Aspartame
      Mold/mildew
      Bright lights/loud noises
      Perfumes and strong scents
      Skipping or delaying meals
      Missing sleep
      Hormonal Changes (period/menopause)
      Oral contraceptives/hormone replacement therapy
      Weather conditions, barometric changes, cold and/or dry weather
      High altitude
      Time or time zone changes/jet lag

      Stress is not a trigger exactly, but in the same way that stress won't =cause= a cold, if you're stressed, it can often be a contributing factor.

      There are a lot of different medications that will help to prevent migraines. You and your doctor can work together to find the right single medication or combination of meds that will help. Or, unfortunately, there may not be anything that will prevent your migraines totally (this happens to be how it works with me).

      There are also "abortive" drugs called triptans - seven in all. Imitrex, which is all over the television, is one of them. Different ones will often work for different people. If they work for you, they'll kick in at the beginning of a migraine, like magic, and like the commercials say, pretty much stop a migraine in its tracks. They work better for some than for others. They are NOT for some types of migraines (I can NOT use them myself, darnitall!) There are other types of abortive drugs that work well for other people. Not all abortives work for everyone, but, again, they're worth talking with your doctor about.

      As a last effort, there are pain meds, what I call my "rescue" meds or my "big guns". Mine are narcotic. Not all pain medications are. If you absolutely need them, they are a lifesaver - and as you've noticed, we know that there are definitely times that Excedrin Migraine and the like just do not cut it! *rueful grin*

      Exercise (the kind that suits you - not going out and going nuts), stress management and relaxation, getting plenty of sleep (form good sleeping habits), avoid missing meals, and (this is a big one!) discontinue smoking - will all help. Basically all those thing people talk about as healthy measures...as taking care of YOU!

      If you'd like to try vitamin supplements, they may well help as preventatives. Many migraineurs (folks who get migraines) take:

      Magnesium Oxide
      Vitamin B2
      Coenzyme Q10
      Calcium + Vitamin D
      (when taking supplemental magnesium, it's necessary to take extra calcium to keep them balanced)

      While the migraine is raging, you'll need to try things to see what best works for you. I see a lot of folks talk about cold cloths on their head or neck - I'll kill anyone that brings cold close to me, but it does help others. So cold OR WARMTH to the head or neck. Showers (sometimes - but others, no - the water hitting the head can be a problem other times). Soaky baths. A dark room. Soothing music or absolute silence.

      An urgent care clinic, if you get to the point you need pain medication, is better than an ER. You'll get seen faster, and you're more likely to be taken more seriously (I read a study in a National Headache Foundation newsletter a few years back about this, as so many of us are viewed as drug seekers, when all we're looking for

  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:
    Are natural Progesterone meds OTC in Canada?
    I can get progesterone cream over the counter here in the U.S. but I'd like to know if progesterone gelcaps or suppositories are sold over the counter in Canada.
    No, there is no potential for serious side effects with NATURAL progesterone. The negative side effects are from synthetic progestins.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope. Hormone replacement therapy is entirely controlled here (unlike the US, where DHEA and pregnenolone are still available OTC.)

      As far as I know, the only hormone that's still available OTC in Canada is Melatonin.

  16. QUESTION:
    Any one knows how to get rid of hotflashes?
    I have seen a doctor and she suggested that I carry on taking phyto-estrogen and pills which both could not counter-react. However, my hotflashes still comes back, a friend of mine asked me to go and see Chinese doctor, I am not sure, can anyone help????? THANKS VERY VERY MUCH FOR ANSWERING THIS....

    • ANSWER:
      Women used prescription HRT'S ( Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs) until they were taken off the Market a couple of years ago.
      There are a lot of studies using "Black Cohosh", a natural Herb, which my GYN. had me use. You can buy it at almost any Drugstore over the counter ( w/out a prescription.) Takes about 10 days to get in your system( sometimes less )It did the trick for me!

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Can you use a Human Pregnancy test on a horse?
    Please don't think i am asking for myself. I do not own horses.
    I visited my mother-in-law today and i seen a pregnancy test laying on the coffee table and i said "who thinks they are pregnant?" and she said "I am going to see if one of my horses are pregnant"

    Do you think that would work? I think it sounds dumb to me though.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It's a very interesting question. Premarin(conjugated estrogen) the drug is derived form pregnant mares urine and used as estrogen hormone replacement therapy for women. HcG is used to force ovulation in mares and it is the same hormone used for early pregnancy detection in women(prior to menstruation). These are hormones we humans produce, too. Different hormones and methods for determining pregnancy seem to be used at different stages in horses per the website listed below. Some tests are blood serum, some are urine. I don't know if the results will be reliable, but what the heck, it sounds like a an interesting home science project. We have a pregnant mare (7 months) I might just have to do a over the counter pregnancy test for fun. Why not? Call me crazy. I'll let you know what happens. lol

  19. QUESTION:
    Does menopause hot flashes get hot enough to cause brain or internal organ damage.?
    From what body temperature is normal, when having a hot flash? Because I feel like my brain is cooking. I also wonder, if my temperature is rising so fast from my core; What the he// is it doing to my organs?

    • ANSWER:
      I doubt it I have severe hot flashes and currently looking for over the counter medication,. I have tried Remifemin but it did not work for me. May be Hormone Replacement Therapy is the only answer. Hang in there.

  20. QUESTION:
    Regarding menopause; how do I manage to deal with perimenopause and still having PMS without losing my mind?
    I am 37, tested positive for menopause with a home menopause test kit, and have PMS symptoms worse than ever. When will this stop?? I live in a new country with nationalized health care and don't have my card yet so I can't go to the doctor unless it is an emergency. I should get my new medical card in a few months but I am miserable now. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been there too, I had surgical menopause at 30. What helps is to cut caffiene, nicotine and extra fats and sugars from your diet. try to eat only whole foods and definitely eat soy if you can tolerate it. Eat things that help detoxify your body, pickles, cranberry juice, grapes, etc. The less toxins you ingest, the less bothersome your hot flashes and other symptoms will be. Try to find some sort of hormone replacement therapy over the counter until you can get to the doctor and get the real thing.
      Best of luck to you.
      Blessings.

  21. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with the pregnancy abbreviations?
    I get very confused with all the different pregnancy abbreviations such as AF and DPO.

    I know I'm a little slow so please only leave an answer if you can help me.

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of some that we use on babycenter.com and thenest.com.

      2WW = 2-Week Wait
      AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation)
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AO = Anovulation
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex)
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BMS = Baby-making Sex
      BW, b/w = Bloodwork
      C# = Cycle Number
      CD = Cycle Day
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
      CP = Cervical Position
      CPFM = ClearPlan Fertility Monitor
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      Dx = Diagnosis
      EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
      EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus
      FF = Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FM = Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
      FV = Fertile Vibes
      GD = Gestational Diabetes
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
      IF = Infertility
      IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LO = Love Olympics (sex)
      LSP = Low Sperm Count
      MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
      NP = Nurse Practitioner
      O, OV = Ovulation
      OB = Obstetrician
      OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
      OC = Oral Contraceptives
      OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
      OTC = Over The Counter
      OW = Overweight
      PCOD = Polycystic Ovary Disease
      PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
      PG = Pregnant
      PI = Primary Infertility
      PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
      PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
      Rx = Prescription
      SA = Semen Analysis
      STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
      TL = Tubal Ligation
      TR = Tubal Reversal
      TTC = Trying to Conceive
      UR = Urologist
      US, u/s = Ultrasound
      UTI = Urinary Tract Infection
      V = Vasectomy
      VR = Vasectomy Reversal
      WBC = White Blood Cells

  22. QUESTION:
    my mom got a prescription for screening mammogram?
    i saw 2 prescriptions on the counter for my mom to get a (bilateral) screening mammogram? what does this mean? does this mean that the doctor found a lump?

    • ANSWER:
      Mammography is the study of the breast using x ray. The actual test is called a mammogram. There are two types of mammograms. A screening mammogram is ordered for women who have no problems with their breasts. It consists of two x-ray views of each breast. A diagnostic mammogram is for evaluation of new abnormalities or of patients with a past abnormality requiring follow-up (i.e., a woman with breast cancer treated with lumpectomy). Additional x rays from other angles or special views of certain areas are taken.

      Purpose
      The purpose of screening mammography is breast cancer detection. A screening test, by definition, is used for patients without any signs or symptoms in order to detect disease as early as possible. Many studies have shown that having regular mammograms increases a woman's chances of finding breast cancer in an early stage, when it is more likely to be curable. It has been estimated that a mammogram may find a cancer as much as two years before it can be felt. The American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Surgeons and American Medical Association recommend annual mammograms for every woman beginning at age 40.

      Screening mammograms usually are not recommended for women under age 40 who have no special risk factors and a normal physical breast examination. Below age 40, breasts tend to be "radiographically dense," which means it is difficult to see many details. In 2003, a new technique that introduces radiographic contrast into digital mammograms was proving useful at improving visibility of breast cancer in younger women. Screening mammograms can detect cancers in their earliest stages and greatly reduce mortality, particularly among women age 40 to 69. In fact, a study in 2003 found that women age 40 and older who had annual screening mammograms had better breast cancer prognoses because their cancers were diagnosed at earlier stages than women who had mammograms less often.

      Some women are at increased risk for developing breast cancer, such as those with two or more relatives who have the disease. The 2003 American Cancer Society guidelines stated that women at increased risk might benefit from earlier screening mammograms and more frequent intervals for screening. However, the society suggested that evidence was not strong enough at that time to support making specific recommendations concerning screening examinations.

      Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate an existing problem, such as a lump, discharge from the nipple, or unusual tenderness in one area. The cause of the problem may be definitively diagnosed from this study, but further investigation using other methods often is necessary. This exam also is used to evaluate findings from screening mammography.

      Description
      A mammogram may be offered in a variety of settings. Hospitals, outpatient clinics, physicians' offices, or other facilities may have mammography equipment. In the United States, since October 1, 1994, only places certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are legally permitted to perform, interpret, or develop mammograms under the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).

      In addition to the usual paperwork, a woman will be asked to fill out a form seeking information relevant to her risk of breast cancer and special mammography needs. The woman is asked about personal and family history of cancer, details about menstruation, child bearing, birth control, breast implants, other breast surgery, age, and hormone replacement therapy. Information about Breast Self Examination (BSE) and other breast health issues usually are available at no charge.

      At some centers, a technologist may perform a physical examination of the breasts before the mammogram. Whether or not this is done, it is essential for the patient to tell the technologist about any lumps, nipple discharge, breast pain, or other concerns.

      Clothing from the waist up is removed and a hospital gown or similar covering is put on. The woman stands facing the mammography machine. The technologist exposes one breast and places it on a plastic or metal film holder about the size of a placemat. The breast is compressed as flat as possible between the film holder and a rectangle of plastic (called a paddle), which presses down onto the breast from above. The compression should only last a few seconds, just enough to take the x ray. Good compression can be uncomfortable, but it is necessary to ensure the clearest view of all breast tissues.

      Next, the woman is positioned with her side toward the mammography unit. The film holder is tilted so the outside of the breast rests against it, and a corner touches the armpit. The paddle again holds the breast firmly as the x ray is taken. This procedure is repeated for the other breast. A total of four x rays, two of each breast, are taken for a screening mammogram. Additional x rays, using special paddles, different breast positions, or other techniques

  23. QUESTION:
    Why so many medicines were banned from entering the country?
    I am reading on several forums about a list of few hundred medicines are not allowed to enter Arab countries but i did not know why. Was it because they are harmful or is it something else ? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      As signatory to the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, which enforces two earlier conventions against narcotics and psychotropic substances, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab countries prohibit certain chemicals, and medicines with these chemicals, from entering the country.

      Some medicines, which are over-the-counter in other countries, are also considered controlled items in KSA, UAE and other Arb countries as they produce effects that contravene local laws.

      These countries have identified a group of drugs with the potential to lead to addiction if not controlled and have prohibited their entry.

      Many common cold and cough remedies, which you might assume to be harmless, must be accompanied by a prescription. Many of these drugs are available over-the-counter in other countries.
      Some sleeping tablets, painkillers, anti-depressants and hormone replacement therapy drugs are banned here.
      Poppy seeds, a common ingredient in dishes in some countries, are illegal her.
      Betel leaves and betel nuts are also banned.
      All kinds of sex stimulants are banned.

      Not all medicines which you are not allowed to bring in are banned. Most is controlled and available in Government Hospitals/Pharmacies.

      Hope this answered your question.

  24. QUESTION:
    Last year, I was diagnosed with migraine headaches. My doctor told me to use an over the counter medicine....?
    and that usually worked perfectly. But now, after I wait an hour for the medicine to kick in, my headaches start to continue. I don't know what other things I need to change in order to keep from getting headaches. I use to get migraines from being out in the heat too long. What else can cause these kinds of headaches?

    • ANSWER:
      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.mayoclinic.com/health/migraine-headache/DS00120/DSECTION=causes

  25. QUESTION:
    Don't want to sound dumb!..But what do all the short ways of saying things mean?
    I've only just started posting on here today..have asked a question & have been reading other peoples posts & answering where i can, but i'm getting abit confused with all the words you guys use!

    I figured HPT is home pregnancy test.
    I read that BFP is big fat possitive. Lol

    But what do all the others mean??

    Thanks ladies!

    • ANSWER:
      2WW: Two-week wait (until you can take a pregnancy test)
      AF: Aunt Flo(w), your period (menses)
      AO: Annovulatory
      BA: Baby Aspirin
      Babydust: Fairy dust, good luck getting pregnant
      BB's: Breasts
      BC: Birth Control
      BCP: Birth Control Pills
      BBT: Basal Body Temperature
      BD: Baby dance, sex
      BFN: Big Fat Negative (test result)
      BFP: Big Fat Positive (test result)
      BIL: Brother-in-Law
      BMS: Baby-making sex
      BTDT: Been There Done That
      BTW: By The Way
      BW or B/W: Blood Work
      CB: Cycle Buddy (someone who shares the same menstrual cycle/ovulation dates)
      CD: Cycle day
      CF: Cervical fluid
      CL: Corpus luteum
      CM: Cervical mucus
      CP: Cervical position
      CY: Cycle
      D&C: Dilation & Curretage
      DD: Dear/Darling Daughter
      D&E: Dilation & Evacuation
      DH: Dear/Darling Husband
      DI: Donor Insemination
      DP: "Dancing" partner; spouse or significant other
      DPO: Days past ovulation
      DS: Dear/Darling Son
      DTD: Doing the dance, sex
      DW: Dear/Darling Wife
      E2: Estradiol
      EDD: Estimated Due Date
      EPO: Evening Primrose Oil
      EPT: Early Pregnancy Test
      ET: Embryo Transfer
      EWCM: Eggwhite cervical mucus
      FET: Frozen Embryo Transfer
      FF: Fertililty Friend
      FIL: Father-in-Law
      FM: Fertility Monitor
      FMU: First morning urine
      FP: Follicular Phase
      FRE: First Response Early
      FSH: Follicel Stimulating Hormone
      FTTA: Fertile Thoughts To All
      FUR: False Unicorn Root
      GF: Girlfriend
      hCG: Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (pregnancy hormone)
      H&H: Happy and Healthy
      HPT: Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT: Hormone Replacement Therapy
      HSC: Hysteroscopy
      HSG: Hysterosalpingogram
      ICSI: Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection
      IF: Infertility
      IM: Intramuscular
      IMO: In My Humble Opinion
      IUI: Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVF: In Vitro Fertilization
      IYKWIM: If You Know What I Mean
      KWIM: Know What I Mean
      LAP: Laparoscopy
      LH: luteinizing hormone
      LMP: Last Menstrual Period
      LP: Luteal phase
      LOL: Laugh Out Loud
      LP: Luteal Phase
      LPD: Luteal Phase Defect
      MC: Miscarriage
      MF: Male Factor
      MS: Morning Sickness
      NP: Nurse Practitioner
      O: Ovulation
      OB: Obstetrician
      OB/GYN: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
      OC: Oral Contraceptives
      OHSS: Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
      OMG: Oh My Gosh
      OPK: Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OT: Off Topic
      OTC: Over-the-counter
      P4: Progesterone
      PA: Physician's Assistant
      PC: Post-Coital
      PCOS (POS): Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      PCP: Primary Care Physician
      PCT: Post-Coital Test
      PG: Pregnancy, pregnant
      PID: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      PIO: Progesterone In Oil
      PMS: Premenstrual Syndrome
      POAS: Pee On A Stick
      RE: Reproductive Endocrinologist (Infertility Specialist)
      S/A: Sperm/semen analysis
      SAHD: Stay At Home Dad
      SAHM: Stay At Home Mom
      SHG: Sonohysterogram
      SIL: Sister-in-Law
      SO: Significant Other
      SonoHSG: Sonohysterogram
      STD: Sexually Transmitted Disease
      TCOYF: Taking Charge of Your Fertility (book)
      TIA: Thanks in advance
      TL: Tubal Ligation
      TMI: To Much Information
      TR: Tubal Reversal
      TRH: Thyroid Releasing Hormone
      TSH: Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
      TTC: Trying to conceive
      TTYL: Talk To Ya Later
      US or u/s: Ultrasound
      UTI: Urinary Tract Infection
      V: Vasectomy
      VR: Vasectomy Reversal
      WBC: White Blood Cells
      WNL: Within Normal Limits
      WTG: Way To Go

  26. QUESTION:
    Do those pills/creams for breast enlargement really work? Which one is best?
    I would never have surgery, but wouldn't mind having slightly larger breasts with a bit more firmness. Has anybody tried anything non-surgical that really worked? DO TELL!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are tempted to try natural breast enhancement pills, you could be jeopardizing your health, not to mention your pocketbook.

      Natural breast enhancement pills are advertised all over the Internet, on television, and in women's magazines. The ads prey on women's insecurities about their breasts, especially after childbirth, weight loss, and removal of breast implants.

      Women in search of an alternative to breast enlargement surgery are trying these herbal pills, without realizing that there is little-to-no evidence and that there are potential side effects (most pill websites deny there are side effects or potential risks).

      Could they work? Natural breast enhancement pills could theoretically increase breast size because some of them contain herbs that have known estrogen-like effects on the body.

      Birth control pills are thought to temporarily increase breast size in the same way--estrogen causes fluid retention in the breasts and may have an effect on breast tissue.

      But if they do work, they may be harmful.

      Estrogen must be combined with progesterone to counter its uterine cancer-causing effect, which is why birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy contain both estrogen and progesterone.

      Natural breast enhancement pills don't necessarily have this protective effect. They can also cause infertility, menstrual problems, or decreased effectiveness of birth control pills.

      So, buyer beware. In the meantime, here is some information about the most common ingredients in natural breast enhancement pills.

      Blessed Thistle
      The herb blessed thistle is used for digestive problems. It was used historically by women to increase the flow of milk after having a baby.

      There have been no published clinical trials on blessed thistle for natural breast enhancement, so we don't know whether it works and whether it's safe.

      Blessed thistle stimulates the production of stomach acid, so it can cause mild irritation of the digestive tract lining. It should not be used by people with gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.

      Blessed thistle should not be used by pregnant women, as it can increase the risk of birth defects and spontaneous abortion.

      People who are allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, or daisies may be allergic to blessed thistle, because they belong to the same plant family.

      Dong Quai
      Dong quai is a Chinese herb used primarily to relieve menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, reduce menstrual cramps, and regulate menstrual cycles.

      The only published study on dong quai and breast enlargement was a case report of a man who took a combination herbal pill and had temporary breast enlargement. The pill was thought to have been contaminated. There are no other published clinical trials on dong quai for breast enhancement.

      One potential risk is that dong quai has been found to stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells (estrogen receptor-positive and negative) in test tube studies.

      Dong quai can increase the sensitivity of skin to the sun's rays. Sunscreen should always be used before any exposure to the sun. Dong quai should not be used by pregnant women.

      Dong quai contains chemicals called coumarins, which slow blood clotting, particularly in patients taking the antiplatelet or antocoagulant drugs such as warfarin.

      Fennel Seed
      There are no published studies examining the use of fennel seed for breast enhancement in humans. In the 1930s, there was some interest in fennel in the development of synthetic estrogens, due to compounds called dianethole and photoanethole.

      One study found that after consuming fennel seed for 10 days, the weight of breast tissue in female rats increased. Higher doses increased the weight of the uterus, evidence of fennel's unopposed estrogenic effect.

      Fenugreek
      Although there is an unsubstantiated claim that women in harems were fed fenugreek seeds to increase their breast size, no studies confirm fenugreek can result in breast enlargement.

      Fenugreek contains a compound called diosgenin. In laboratories, it can be converted to estrogen and progesterone but that same conversion doesn't occur naturally in the body.

      People who are allergic to peanuts or soybeans may also be allergic to fenugreek. Side effects from oral fenugreek supplements include diarrhea and gas. Fenugreek may cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It should not be combined with hypoglycemic drugs used to treat diabetes.

      Hops
      Used in the brewing of beer, hops contain a potent phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin which has 0.2-20% the potency of estradiol, the main human estrogen.

      Hops are sedating and are used for anxiety and insomnia. They can cause excess drowsiness, so people who are driving or who otherwise need to stay alert should use it with caution. Hops should not be used by people with depression.

      Hops can affect the metabolism of prescription drugs in the liver, such as drugs for allergies, fungal infections, cancer, high cholesterol or oral contraceptives.

      Bottom line? Although it may seem like there is no harm in trying natural breast enhancement pills for one or two months to see if they'll work, we know far to little about how they work. They are potentially unsafe and should be avoided.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you cope with hot flushes at the menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      be careful of hormone replacement therapy it is very inhumaine how they make the drug ...it comes from pregnant horses in a terrible way. use estroven its over the counter and it has an ingrediant called black kohashwitch is very helpful to premeopause women and post menopause and anywhere in the mix good luck

  28. QUESTION:
    What the heck is a yeast infection?

    • ANSWER:
      It is an imbalance of the bacteria in your body (specifically your vagina). Anyone can get one. In fact, newborn baby girls get them fairly frequently. It is also possible for men to get them... it is usually given to them by a partner who has an infection. Though it is more rare in men, it is also more painful and irritating, and it can actually cause them urinary problems.
      Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers. A vaginal yeast infection means that too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina. These infections are very common. Although they can bother you a lot, they are not usually serious. And treatment is simple.
      Most yeast infections are caused by a type of yeast called Candida albicans.
      A healthy vagina has many bacteria and a small number of yeast cells. The most common bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus, help keep other organisms—like the yeast—under control.
      When something happens to change the balance of these organisms, yeast can grow too much and cause symptoms. Taking antibiotics sometimes causes this imbalance. The high estrogen levels caused by pregnancy or hormone replacement therapy can also cause it. So can certain health problems, like diabetes or HIV infection.
      A yeast infection causes itching or soreness in the vagina and sometimes causes pain or burning when you urinate or have sex. Some women also have a thick, clumpy, white discharge that has no odor and looks a little like cottage cheese.
      These symptoms are more likely to occur during the week before your menstrual period.
      Avoid putting things in your vagina that do not belong. This will reduce your chances of getting one. No duche, no feminine sprays, and no scented creams. Spermicides sometimes create bacterial imbalances too.
      Most of them will actually go away quickly on their own. But almost any can be fixed with an over the counter cream or vaginal spray. Monostat 1 and other meds work very well. They do not require a prescription, and you would only need to see a physician for an exam to make certain it is nothing more serious if the symptoms persist and are not cured by the over the counter meds.

      Oh... if the yeast infection is serious... it may require something stronger, and it may require that your husband or boyfriend be given antibiotics as well. The physician may reccomend it even if he has no symptoms to try to make certain he doesn't get it in the beginning. Again, it can be VERY uncomfortable for men.

  29. QUESTION:
    what oestrogen (a female hormone i think) be used for?
    is a prescription needed to purchase it from a pharmacy? Also, are there any specific brands for oestrogen?
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      its use of prescription is for those wishing to have a sex change or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) for women who are having problems with the menopause.i dont actually think you can get it over the counter as the reason for its use,it also comes in some forms of contraception (the pill) which again is only prescribed by a doctor.hope this helps

  30. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of melasma?
    i have melasma on my arm. are there any products that wont give me cancer/kill me or banned in other countries in like at walmart or cvs?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I am a doctor..

      The discoloration in melasma usually disappears spontaneously over a period of several months after giving birth or stopping the oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

      Treatments to hasten the fading of the discolored patches include:
      Topical depigmenting agents, such as hydroquinone (HQ) either in over-the-counter (2%) or prescription (4%) strength. HQ is a chemical that inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme involved in the production of melanin.

      Tretinoin, an acid that increases skin cell (keratinocyte) turnover. This treatment cannot be used during pregnancy.

      Azelaic acid (20%), thought to decrease the activity of melanocytes.(These agents inhibit DNA synthesis and mitochondrial enzymes to interrupt hyperactive melanocytes. Normally functioning melanocytes are not inhibited.)

      Facial peel with alpha hydroxyacids or chemical peels with glycolic acid.

      Laser treatment. A Wood's lamp test should be used to determine whether the melasma is epidermal or dermal. If the melasma is dermal, laser (or "IPL") will acually DARKEN and worsen the appearance of the spots. Dermal melasma is generally unresponsive to most treaments, and has only been found to lighten with products containing mandelic acid.

      In all of these treatments the effects are gradual and a strict avoidance of sunlight is required. The use of broad-spectrum sunscreens with physical blockers, such as titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide is preferred over that with only chemical blockers. This is because UV-A, UV-B and visible lights are all capable of stimulating pigment production.

      Cosmetic cover-ups can also be used to reduce the appearance of melasma.

      If you want more info, feel free to write to me or visit
      www.medicguide.org
      This is a free site done by me and other doctors to answer health querries for free

  31. QUESTION:
    can anyone recommend a good over the counter pill or vitamin?
    for a woman who has hormone problems .. she is getting facial hair. on upper lip and chin . is there anything she could buy over the counter for this

    • ANSWER:
      Perheaps this is just a guess a hormone replacement therapy. I sure if you just go to your local pharmist they will help you. Or talk to your doctor or a nurse you don't have to talk to the doctor the nurse can reccomend some ideas for you.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does menopause cause the ant feeling on your skin?How can it be stopped?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is caused by changes in body chemistry. Specifically, the hormone responsible for female characteristics - breasts, hips, periods, fat deposits, etc., is reduced significantly. These changes can take quite a while to re-establish balance. Remember puberty and all the changes. Well, it's happening once again, in reverse, so to speak. The effects can be lessened to some extent with various therapies, such as hormone replacement (HRT) and over-the-counter (otc) products. Some HRTs may cause side-effects that are worse than what they are trying to help.

  33. QUESTION:
    my yeast infection will not go away what do i do?
    I am pretty positive i have a yeast infection, i have all the symptoms, i have tried over the counter medications and some home remedies. nothing seems to help i have this cream that's supposed to be an instant relief which it only works for a couple of hours. so far i have tried monostait, vagisil wipes, AZO yeast pills and acidopholus this will just not go away. and it is driving me insane. i do not know what to do anymore. please help
    i do not have insurance right now it just ran out so i can not go to a doctor at this moment that's why i haven't been to one yet. im just trying to figure out if i can cure this myself before i have to waste all the money i have to go to a doctor
    okay yes i am allergic to latex but i have been for years and i am very careful not to use anything with latex in it. also i had a BV a couple months ago went to the doctors and took the medicine for it, and it cured up, this is nothing like the BV it itches like crazy and now burns from so much itching. i have done a lot of research on yeast infections and i am pretty positive that is what it is. we haven't been using any new types of anything. someone told me that a yeast infection is caused by not peeing after sex. which i usually do everytime, except the last time. im not sure if this is true. but i just want to get rid of this, i have had it for about a week and a half now and i am just going crazy not knowing what to do. i also heard that taking a shallow bath with apple cider vinegar will help but i heard it burns really bad so im scared. but that is my next move.
    by the way i am 19 years old and this is the first time in my life i have not had insurance and if i did i would have been at the doctors office a week ago. but i do not have insurance and i am freaking out.

    • ANSWER:
      Treating the infection isn't going to do it, because it's not really an infection. You need to figure out the cause or you're just treating symptoms. Antibiotic use can cause it. Hormone replacement therapy does too. Diabetes can aggravate it. Anything that keeps you too moist like some tight fitting pants can make it worse. Anything chemical like deodorant tampons or douche can upset the balance. All the anti-fungals in the world won't help if you can't pin down the cause.

  34. QUESTION:
    how do nicotine and tobacco affect the nervous system?
    I need everything there is to know about it. i need to be an authority on it by tomorrow. thank you

    and post whatever links you can too please.

    thx,
    Brandan

    • ANSWER:
      bout 62 million people in the United States ages 12 and older, or 29 percent of the population, are current cigarette smokers, according to the 1996 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. This makes nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco, one of the most heavily used addictive drugs in the United States.

      Effects of Nicotine

      When a person inhales cigarette smoke, the nicotine in the smoke is rapidly absorbed into the blood and starts affecting the brain within 7 seconds. In the brain, nicotine activates the same reward system as do other drugs of abuse such as cocaine or amphetamine, although to a lesser degree. Nicotine's action on this reward system is believed to be responsible for drug-induced feelings of pleasure and, over time, addiction. Nicotine also has the effect of increasing alertness and enhancing mental performance. In the cardiovascular system, nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure and restricts blood flow to the heart muscle. The drug stimulates the release of the hormone epinephrine, which further stimulates the nervous system and is responsible for part of the "kick" from nicotine. It also promotes the release of the hormone beta-endorphin, which inhibits pain.

      People addicted to nicotine experience withdrawal when they stop smoking. This withdrawal involves symptoms such as anger, anxiety, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite, and craving for nicotine. Most of these symptoms subside within 3 to 4 weeks, except for the craving and hunger, which may persist for months.

      Health Effects of Tobacco Products

      Besides nicotine, cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 substances, many of which may cause cancer or damage the lungs. Cigarette smoking is associated with coronary heart disease, stroke, ulcers, and an increased incidence of respiratory infections. Smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and is also associated with cancers of the larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, stomach, and uterine cervix. Smoking is also the major cause of chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

      Women who smoke cigarettes have earlier menopause. Pregnant women who smoke run an increased risk of having stillborn or premature infants or infants with low birthweight. Children of women who smoked while pregnant have an increased risk for developing conduct disorders.

      Cigar and pipe smokers and users of chewing tobacco and snuff can also become addicted to nicotine. Although cigar and pipe smokers have lower death rates than cigarette smokers do, they are still susceptible to cancers of the oral cavity, larynx, and esophagus. Users of chewing tobacco and snuff have an elevated risk for oral cancer.

      Treatment

      Like addiction to heroin or cocaine, addiction to nicotine is a chronic, relapsing disorder. A cigarette smoker may require several attempts over many years before that person is able to permanently give up smoking. Less than 10 percent of unaided quit attempts lead to successful long-term abstinence. However, studies have shown significantly greater cessation rates for smokers receiving interventions compared to control groups who do not receive the interventions. Interventions that involve both medications and behavioral treatments appear to show the most promise.

      The primary medication therapy currently used to treat nicotine addiction is nicotine replacement therapy, which supplies enough nicotine to the body to prevent withdrawal symptoms but not enough to provide the quick jolt caused by inhaling a cigarette. Four types of nicotine replacement products are currently available. Nicotine gum and nicotine skin patches are available over the counter. Nicotine nasal spray and nicotine inhalers are available by prescription. On average, all types of nicotine replacement products are about equally effective, roughly doubling the chances of successfully quitting.

      Another medication recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration as an aid for quitting smoking is the antidepressant bupropion, or Zyban¨ . The association between nicotine addiction and depression is not yet understood, but nicotine appears to have an antidepressant effect in some smokers. Paradoxically, though, buproprion is more effective for treating nicotine addiction in nondepressed smokers than in smokers who are depressed.

      For More Information

      More information about nicotine addiction and tobacco can be found at the NIDA Web site at http://www.nida.nih.gov, or by calling Infofax, NIDA's automated information retrieval system, at 1-888-NIH-NIDA. Information is also available from the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345, (800) 729-6686. The NCADI Web site is http://ncadi.samhsa.gov.

      hope this helps, Supergirl (Rosie)

  35. QUESTION:
    I'm postmenopausal and my vagina is tight to the point of not being able to enjoy intercourse.?
    Please only answer if you have something constructive to say. I'm not happy about this and I have no idea what to do. I'm engaged to a man that I love so much and I'm scared that when we are intimate it will hurt or I will bleed. I've done that before. I'm not sure what to do so any good advice will be appreciated. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely your problem is caused by the decrease in female hormones which affects all post-menopausal women who do not take Hormone Replacement Therapy. Estrogen is what keeps our skin - all of our skin - elastic and young-looking. The vagina is no exception and the loss of elasticity can contribute to painful intercourse. Another side effect of menopause is a decrease in the amount of natural lubrication produced during foreplay. There are over-the-counter lubricants that might help, but your gynecologist can also prescribe creams that contain estrogen. Don't be afraid to talk to your doctor about this: you aren't alone!

  36. QUESTION:
    i'm a FtM. i need to know were can i get Testosterone for HRT with out my mom knowing, any ideas?
    i'm almost 15 and i'm a FtM transgender. my mom won't let me start HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) but my doctor says i can start. i was wondering if anyone knew were i would get some Testosterone (online, or over the counter, ect...) without my mom finding out. any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately this is not only unwise, but ILLEGAL. Testosterone is a schedule III controlled substance. Possession of it can be treated as either a felony (maximum 3 year prison sentence) or a misdemeanor (00 fine, 6 month prison sentence.) A first-time offender would probably on get a fine, but you will then have a criminal record which will follow you wherever you go.

      Taking testosterone without a doctors supervision is just plain STUPID. This is a powerful drug that can have adverse affects if taken improperly. Even if you did do this, it wouldn't be long before your voice started to change, and you started growing facial hair, which you're not going to hide from your mom.

      I feel your pain and frustration. Three years can seem like an eternity, but once you are 18, you can do what you want. Your best bet is to try and educate your mother about Transsexualism, and try to get her to take you to a gender therapist. You can find a therapist here...
      http://www.drbecky.com/therapists.html

      Here is one site I found with information about Transsexualism pertaining to Trans men
      http://www.ftmguide.org/

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is there such a strong correlation between Christianity and holistic / homeopathic / alternative medicine?

    I know a lot of Christians who are very into holistic medicine. Some of them avoid standard medical medicine like the plague.

    Christians television networks and Christian health programs also heavily promote holistic / homeopathic medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      Christians believe that God the creator created your body to heal itself. Think of it -when you cut or bruise your self you don't need anything for it to heal because its created to do that by the God who is often refered to as "The Great Physician".

      We are not born with a conjoined twin at our side who is a physician.
      Before sin came into the world Adam & Eve lived in the Garden of Eden living on a plant based diet. So I think that may be where the herbalism component comes from. Also Jesus healed people with out the aid of doctors. Every once in while someone gets healed from something drastic with out the aid of a Dr.
      The website below is an example of that.

      There are some spontaneous modern day miracles but they are not prevalent
      in our "pharmacological based "medicine era. Our FDA is in bed with big Pharma so we cant trust them to be objective.
      We were told for years HRT (hormone replacement therapy ) by pregnant mare urine (Premarin) was a panacea for the main diseases of women only to find out its caused estrogenic breast & uterine cancers and strokes.

      Cancer rates are no lower, neither are heart attacks deaths.
      In fact Drs & hospital staff cause about some 400,000 deaths a year. And that's from self reporting by the Drs & institutions
      themselves.You have to wonder if the actual numbers aren't higher. Its called iatrogenic death. Try search on it.

      Clinics & hospitals are run by bean counters (accountants)& not those who care to cure people. In fact they lose their cash cow (sick folk) if you DO get healed. Its really not in their interest to even find out what is causing your inital problem. In fact they don't do the work of knowing the cause -they're into treating the "symptoms" without ever knowing the genesis of the problem.

      Remember these are the folks who still think its OK put put mercury in your body long term in the form of tooth fillings.

      So I think Christians tend to trust God based or Creation based medicine. I think the final issue is one of trust.

  38. QUESTION:
    what can i do to stop stressing myself out about trying to having a baby?
    i have been married for 3 years and haven't got pregnant yet and we have sex all the time what can be wrong every time i see a newborn baby or a young child period i look at them and be wanting to cry because i want a baby so bad what can i do about this problem can i get help i have been going back and forth to th e doctor and not getting any results at all is there any medicine that i can take that is over the counter that don't have to be prescribe to me

    • ANSWER:
      As someone who has personally gone through this let me just say "I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND". I yearned for a baby and I probably spent atleast 0 or so in a year on HPT. If I was a day late, I was peeing on a stick. It is just another upset when it was negative. When people around me were having children I was mad. I tried for four years PURPOSELY with my mate to get pregnant to no avail. Then one day I honestly sat down and told myself that If it's meant to be it will happen.

      So there I was just sitting around and finding other things to occupy my longing for a child. I had a dog that I spoiled rotten and enjoyed being a single couple with no children. I had really akward period sometimes getting 2 in 1 month, and they tried Birth Control to regulate it and nothing, still got them or not even a period at all. They then put me on Hormone Replacement therapy (I'm only 23 at the time, thats the stuff women who go through menopause take). I started to get sick and thought surely it was the meds. I peed on one of those sticks and sure enough I was pregnant.

      I had my son Sept. 2006. Now here i am wanting another, and I must honestly say I took birth control for 2 months and stopped because I gained some weight and here I am 4 weeks pregnant again.

      Please understand that things take time and happen for a reason. Occupy your mind for a while with something else and I promise when you're not thinking about it, it will happen!!

  39. QUESTION:
    Is it OK to take St Johns Wort pills together with HRT?
    I am taking Trisequens and St. Johns Wort and I would like to know if this is OK.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, the best way to find out about drug/supplement interactions is to ask your pharmacist. They have the most current and accurate information about such things.

      This sould be okay for you to take them together.

      Be aware that HRT is an excellent way to combat mood swings and depression so make sure you let that modality have some time to take effect before adding anything else to the mix.

      Saint Johns Wort is an herbal supplement used by people to fight the symptoms of depression. It has an effect on the chemistry of the brain associated to the chemical Serotonin. As far as I know, it is counter indicated for people who are on the class of drugs known as MAOI's and SUI's or Mono-amine Oxidase Inhibitors, Serotonin Uptake (re-uptake) inhibitors. They are given for depression, mood, and anxiety and include medications such as: Zoloft, Paxil, Anafranil, Prozac, Serzone, etc.

      Your medication is a combination of estrogin and progesterone which are common female hormones and you are recieving Hormone replacement therapy to replace or boost your normal levels. You already know why.

      A good source of information about this medication is a package insert (which you can request from the pharmacy) or a information printout which pharmacies also provide.

      Here is a link for you to find out a little more.

      http://www.novonordisk.com.au/Images/HRT_CMI_AUST/Tricmi3.pdf

  40. QUESTION:
    Edema (swelling) in lower legs and ankles during summers?
    What do you do when you get swelling in your lower legs and ankles during the summers? Do you find it painful, and does it make it difficult for you to walk? What is your remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      EDEMA
      Information
      http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=kidn_dis/4639
      http:Relieving and Preventing Leg Edema

      FOLLOW THESE SUGGESTIONS TO REDUCE SWELLING AND HELP EDEMA
      The hallmark of treatment for leg edema is to reduce the swelling, and the first line of defense: leg elevation. Elevate legs above the level of the heart, which puts minimal pressure on the backs of the knees and thighs and lower back. Just sitting in a reclining chair in front of the TV is a great way to elevate your legs. Many products, for use at home or at work, can also help reduce the swelling associated with leg edema.

      Other aids for treating leg edema include:
      Leg wedges to elevate the feet while sleeping.
      Support socks and stockings, either over-the-counter or customer-made.
      Support socks and stockings come in various gradients depending on the pressure needed, and various lengths depending on the level of the edema.
      Proper fitting shoes and socks.

      Techniques to help decrease swelling:
      Increase muscle activity with walking.
      Go out to buy new shoes in the afternoon to get the best fit.
      Avoid standing in place for long period of time.
      Avoid sitting with the feet dependent.
      Limit salt intake.
      Do not abuse diuretics, but a short-term course may be helpful.
      Do not abuse laxatives.
      Drink plenty of water.
      Avoid contraceptive pills and hormone replacement therapy if possible.
      Use a compressions pump to help fluid return to the blood vessels.
      If the leg edema persists or continues to worsen, please consult your physician.

      //www.footsmart.com/Leg-Circulation-Leg-Edema.aspx

  41. QUESTION:
    Menopause, HRT and Weight Loss?
    I'm 35, and in surgical menopause. I've always had a bit of a weight challenge - typically about 20 pounds or so - but now I need to lose 40 pounds! I've done Weight Watchers and Atkins in the past, and they've worked like a charm. I'm working out and staying physically active, but ever since I've been on the Premarin since last February, I absolutely CANNOT drop the weight. I've only lost 5# since April. What gives?

    I'm considering an over-the-counter herbal hormone replacement therapy, rather than the Premarin (I would prefer to wait until the end of the summer to avoid the oppressive hot flashes!). Has anyone else experienced weight loss challenges thanks to hormones, and what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      Definately go with a natural remedy as HRT is not actually that good for you in the long run and alot of people end up worse of and with other issues., weight is just one of them. I not actually sure why you are having problems but i do suggest you get onto a natural way of assisting you and just eat healthy and exercise on a regualr basis and see what happens x o

  42. QUESTION:
    Why do I flush in the face at the moment something even minutely stressful happens??

    • ANSWER:
      You were around 12, daydreaming through Latin class, happily doodling the name of that special someone on the back of your notebook. Then you looked up—to find the object of your affections reading over your shoulder.

      Remember that sensation? Your cheeks flammed and your best friend loudly informed you that you were red as a beet.

      Well, some of the same feelings that made you blush at 12 can produce a flush in adulthood. STRESS, embarrassment or anxiety can produce a SUDDEN RISE in temperature that your body tries to lower by DILATING ( autonomic nervous system) all the blood vessels near the surface of the skin. The result: that ROSY flush. This is the simplest explanation. in a nutshell.

      It's also perfectly normal to look and feel flushed after exercise or sex, doctors say. Ditto, after too many alcoholic drinks or a meal that's highly spiced or seasoned with monosodium glutamate (MSG).

      If you're a woman, you may have special reasons for flushing. During pregnancy, your body's changing hormones and increased blood volume may cause occasional flushing. Later in life, during menopause, dwindling estrogen may announce itself with hot flashes that involve severe bouts of flushing.

      The most common triggers of facial flushing in order are:

      Sun Exposure
      Emotional Stress
      Hot Weather
      Alcohol
      Spicy Foods
      Exercise
      Wind
      Hot Baths
      Cold Weather
      Hot Drinks
      Skin-Care Products

      Any cause of high temperature can produce flushing. Fever from an infection, heat exposure, sunburn or dehydration can all cause your internal thermostat to produce a flush.

      In addition, any chronic condition that affects circulation—from diabetes to heart problems—can produce flushing, doctors say. An overactive thyroid can also produce a flush.

      Certain medications, particularly some that are taken to reduce high blood pressure or cholesterol levels may cause flushing as a side effect. And flushing is a common reaction to safe but high doses of the B vitamin niacin, taken in the form of nicotinic acid.

      Symptom Relief

      Whether you're prone to a rose-petal blush or to flushing that looks more like a ripe tomato, here's help.

      Watch what you eat and drink. Alcohol, strong spices and MSG are the prime dietary causes of flushing, Skip cocktails, weed the curry and ginger out of your spice cabinet and read labels to detect MSG in prepared foods..

      Evaluate your estrogen. If you're nearing the age of menopause, ask your doctor to test your estrogen levels. Ask whether you are a candidate for hormone replacement therapy, which can help halt hormonal swings and stop flushing.

      Handle the heat. If you've been overdoing everything under the sun, here's how to handle heat under the sun. Get in the shade and cool off with a fan or cool water. Drinking cold beverages won't hurt, but take it slowly. Too much may make you vomit.

      Review your medications. It would be wise to review with your doctor any medications—prescription or over-the-counter—you may be taking. You may be experiencing flushing as a side effect.

      If you take Niacin to control high blood cholesterol or for any other reason, your doctor may suggest that you take an aspirin up to an hour before taking the supplement. ASPIRIN will block the production of PROSTAGLANDINS, hormones that contribute to the flushing response.

      Get help from your doctor. There are many causes for repeated episodes of flushing. Your doctor should prescribe appropriate medical treatment. If you have an overactive thyroid, for example, your doctor can prescribe medications to cut back its production of hormones

  43. QUESTION:
    what are the uses of thanmine (B1) in the body?
    can anyone help me what are the uses of thanmine (B1) in the body

    • ANSWER:
      B1 (Thiamine) helps enhance circulation and blood formation, and helps with metabolism of fat and carbohydrates. It is required for maintaining a healthy nervous system and is used in the biosynthesis of various cell constituents such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.

      B1 (thiamine) also plays a part in digestion – it is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid. It also assists in memory and learning, helps fight depression, and is required for children's normal growth. Several studies have also proven that it is helpful in countering arthritis, infertility, and cataracts.

      *****

      When more B1 (Thiamine) is required

      Your body needs more thiamine if you are taking birth control pills, antacids, and alcohol. People who are undergoing hormone replacement therapy, people suffering from anxiety or depression, people who are in health conditions that cause them to pass large volumes of urine, and people suffering from serious infections also need more than the usual amount of thiamine. Never self-diagnose, though – consult you physician to find out if you require higher intake, as toxicity due to overdose is possible.

  44. QUESTION:
    Question about hormone replacement therapy and dementia and breast cancer?
    I am 24 years old.

    I was at my doctors' office the other day and I was reading through some of the promotional material from the pharmaceutical companies about a drug called "Premarin". On the back, the whole entire back page as a matter of fact, was warning about the use of oestrogen only containing drugs. It said that they can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, breast cancer, and dementia.

    Now, I know that birth control pills are given in much smaller doses of these hormones than in the hormone replacement therapy doses, but still, that's scary stuff. I lost two grandparents to Alzheimer's and my mother to breast cancer. I think I am going to ask my doctor about non-hormonal contraceptives and if there aren't any that are suitable for me I might just stay celibate for awhile.

    Am I overreacting? Not understanding the data correctly?

    • ANSWER:
      No you are correct to be worried. Stats show that long term estrogen excess has a great affect on breast cancer rates. (5 of my family members so far) SO taking the pill for years and not being pregnant increases risk @ 60%. The good news is breast feeding for 15 years repeals this sentence. Not possible you say! No but regular nipple stimulation simulates it and the prolactin release counter acts the estrogen effects. It also suppresses period extremes and produces oxytocin, the love hormone, without fear of pregnancy. Some women induce lactation for the many health benefits and the daily love dose with their partner. Its safe, user friendly and free!

  45. QUESTION:
    menopause medication?
    I had a full radical hysterectomy 6 months ago and the doctor has not given me any medication for hormone replacement therapy. I should add that I had uterine cancer and am only 34 years old. He said that he could not prescribe me estrogen because of having cancer, something about the chances for repeat cancer if I do take it. I'm just looking for something over the counter that I might be able to use to help with the symptoms of menopause. He wanted to put me on an anti depressant and I don't want to go that route, I'm not depressed, I'm just HOT, lol. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I am going through menopause as we speak. I cannot take snythetic hormones either cause I have other risk factors. I didn't want to go on anti-depressants either but after having really bad mood swings, and you will get them, I started taking them.
      I don't regret it for a minute. You have a good doctor. I tried the OTC stuff but it didn't help.

  46. QUESTION:
    If Synthroid & the generics give me a headache, what else can I take?
    And my Dr. won't give me the natural one...says it's not approved??? Sounds dumb to me...
    Levoxyl is the generic and that's what I'm taking...took this & the Synthroid, get a headache from both. And Dr. says the natural stuff is no good because it's not FDA approved...NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INSURANCE APPROVING IT OR ME PAYING OUT OF POCKET FOR IT!

    • ANSWER:
      Here's what the American Thyroid Association (ATA) has to say about natural thyroid medications in its online brochure on Thyroid Hormone Treatment.

      Desiccated (dried and powdered) animal thyroid (Armour®), now mainly obtained from pigs, was the most common form of thyroid therapy before the individual active thyroid hormones were discovered. People can still buy it over the Internet--legally if it's sold as a food supplement, but illegally if it's sold as a medicine...
      Let's take a look at all the inaccuracies and falsehoods the ATA managed to fit into just two sentences.
      First, Armour Thyroid is a brand name for prescription desiccated porcine thyroid. It is not synonymous with "desiccated animal thyroid."

      There are many forms of desiccated animal thyroid -- including porcine (pig), bovine (cow), and even desiccated thyroid from sheep.

      Some animal thyroid is sold over-the-counter, without a prescription in the U.S. and abroad. These are called "glandular supplements." Porcine thyroid sold as a non-prescription glandular in the United States can not, by law, contain the natural form of the hormone T4 / thyroxine. Understandably, most physicians in the U.S. do not recommend the use of non-prescription glandulars for thyroid hormone replacement.

      Porcine desiccated thyroid that includes T4 is a prescription-only product. Armour Thyroid is one brand of prescription natural desiccated thyroid prescribed in the United States. The two other brands currently being manufactured in the U.S. include Nature-Throid and Westhroid. These drugs are not "animal" thyroid, they are porcine thyroid, and they are not "mainly obtained from pigs." They are obtained from pigs, and no other animals.

      The American Thyroid Association is wrong when they claim that "people can still buy it over the Internet-legally if it's sold as a food supplement..." Armour Thyroid and other prescription brands of natural desiccated porcine thyroid like Nature-Throid and Westhroid are not sold as food supplements. They are FDA-regulated prescription drugs, and like any prescription drug, they require a physician's prescription to legally dispense, and can only be purchased from a pharmacy.

      The American Thyroid Association is again wrong when they say that "people can still buy it over the Internet-...illegally if it's sold as a medicine..." If a patient has a prescription for a natural desiccated thyroid drug like Armour, Nature-Throid or Westhroid, then it is entirely legal to use an Internet pharmacy to fill that legal prescription.

      (Note: What is illegal is to purchase any prescription drugs without a prescription, whether you buy them on the Internet or not. But that is true for any drugs, and the fact that it's illegal to buy drugs without a prescription is not specific to thyroid drugs.)

      Let's have a quick recap of the many ways the American Thyroid Association has gotten it totally wrong:

      Armour (and other prescription natural desiccated thyroid drugs) is porcine (pig) thyroid -- not "mainly obtained from pigs."
      Armour is not synonymous with "desiccated animal thyroid" -- Armour is ONLY porcine thyroid.
      People can NOT legally buy prescription porcine desiccated thyroid drugs over the Internet.
      Prescription porcine desiccated thyroid drugs are FDA-regulated medications, NOT food supplements.
      Prescription porcine desiccated thyroid drugs are NOT sold legally over the Internet as food supplements.
      Prescription porcine desiccated thyroid drugs CAN be legally sold as medicines on the internet, by approved pharmacies to patients with prescriptions.
      So, why does the American Thyroid Association have such a load of hogwash (pun intended) about natural thyroid drugs up at their site?
      Could the American Thyroid Association -- the nation's primary thyroid professional organization -- be demonstrating a tendency toward lazy research and poor fact-checking?

      Or is the huge check Abbott Laboratories -- maker of Synthroid -- writes each year to the American Thyroid Association having the desired effect? After all, the American Thyroid Association did receive more than 4,000 from Abbott in 2008. (Don't believe me? Check out their tax return, online in PDF.)

      I tend to suspect that the American Thyroid Association knows exactly what it's doing. But it has an interest in muddying the water, and helping hike up the market share for levothyroxine drugs. After all, doesn't every pig at the trough (again, pun intended) want to make sure the trough doesn't dry up?

      Are you interested in making sure that natural desiccated thyroid drugs are not railroaded off the market by big pharma and endocrinologists who are "under the influence?". Learn more about the efforts to help legitimize prescription natural desiccated thyroid drugs and ensure that they remain on the market at the following sites:

  47. 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)

  48. QUESTION:
    I'm only 16 why do I get so many migraines?
    Hey I'm 16 and I have had about 6 migraines within the last 2-3 months
    They're always on the right side of my head. What does this mean.I haven't been to doctor yet. I no dumb. Please I need help

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of migraine
      Although the cause of a migraine is not fully understood, most sufferers probably have a genetic predisposition to them. About 80 percent of people who have migraine headaches have a family history of migraines.

      It used to be thought that the aura and then headaches in migraines were caused by blood vessels at first contracting and then expanding (dilating) in the brain. However, recent research suggests that migraine symptoms are caused by changes in the activity of neurones (nerve cells in the brain), and that changes in blood vessels happen as a result of this. A chemical messenger in the brain - serotonin - is also thought to be involved in migraine.

      In women who suffer from migraines, hormonal changes may also play a part. Some women get menstrual migraines - migraines that only happen in the days before, during, or immediately after a period. Many women have their first migraine in the same year as their first menstrual period.

      Migraine triggers
      Some people find that their migraines are triggered by something. Some example triggers include:

      certain foods such as chocolate, cheese, citrus fruits, coffee, tea
      alcohol
      too much or too little sleep
      changes in hormone balance in women - such as periods, the pill, menopause and hormone replacement therapy
      emotional stress, or relaxation after a period of stress
      irregular meals
      physical activity
      smoking
      bright or flashing lights
      loud noise
      weather - high pressure conditions, changes in pressure, hot dry winds, change of season and exposure to sun and glare
      intense smells such as paint, fumes from cars or perfume
      Unfortunately, avoiding triggers is not always possible, and even then this may not prevent an attack - most migraines have no obvious identifiable trigger.

      Migraine types
      There are two main types of migraines.

      Migraines without aura (common migraine)
      The headache comes on quite suddenly, without any warning at all. There are the usual migraine symptoms - headache, sickness, sensitivity to light, sound and smell - but there are no aura symptoms. Movement makes the pain worse.

      Migraines with aura (classic migraine)
      According to the Migraine Action Association, about 1 in 10 sufferers experience aura with migraines. People who get migraines with aura sense when an attack is coming on. They may feel tired, thirsty, hungry, euphoric or excited.

      Nervous system symptoms - called an aura - usually develop before the migraine symptoms.

      These may include:

      visual disturbances such as seeing flashing or flickering lights, zig-zag lines and even temporary blindness
      numbness
      dizziness
      Occasionally, symptoms can be more severe - including partial paralysis, difficulty in speaking, confusion, or fainting. Aura symptoms usually settle down within an hour. Some people get the aura without the subsequent headache.

      When to see a doctor
      It is possible that migraine symptoms are caused by something more serious. See a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms below.

      Aura symptoms that are always on the same side of the body, or last less than five minutes or more than an hour.
      Aura symptoms without a headache.
      A sudden change in the character of your migraine such as attacks coming more often, or treatment not working.
      Headache after you exercise.
      Your first ever attack when you're over 50.
      Stomach pains with the headache.
      Nervous system problems - difficulty in walking, or disturbance of vision between attacks.
      A high temperature with the headache.
      Treatment of migraine
      Over-the-counter medicines for migraine relief
      Mild migraine attacks tend to clear up in a few hours. It's best to rest in a quiet, darkened room, and use the painkiller that you would normally take for a non-migrainous headache. Soluble versions of these painkillers may work better than tablets. Take it as soon as you can - treatments for migraine are more effective when you take them early on in an attack.

      You might also find that over-the-counter preparations containing the anti-sickness drug buclizine (eg Migraleve) help reduce nausea and sickness. This means that the painkillers can be better absorbed by the body. Ask your pharmacist for more advice.

      If these treatments don't help it is worth seeing your GP. You should also contact your GP if you find that your attacks suddenly change in nature, become more frequent, or if any symptoms carry on between attacks.

      Prescription-only medicines
      There are other treatments for migraine that your doctor can prescribe. The medicines metoclopramide and domperidone can be used to treat nausea and vomiting. They are often combined with over-the-counter painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (eg ibuprofen or tolfenamic) are sometimes used to treat the headache, and they can also be combined with drugs which reduce sickness.

      If standard painkillers don't stop the pain and give you migraine relief, your doctor may prescribe yo

  49. QUESTION:
    Pain in left breast only Nursing 14 month old?
    Hi, I'm 26 yrs old and I have been having pain in my left breast for 1 or 2 months now. It feels bruised on the inside. I have been blowing it off for the longest but today it is bothering me more than usual. I COULD be prego but because of the nursing I haven't tested yet. What is the likelihood of breast cancer? I can't go get checked at the doc for a couple of months because of insurance reasons but as soon as I am covered again, I will.. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I copied and pasted this info for you. Out of all the websites I looked at, this one seemed to explain things best. Sorry it's so long, LOL, but it all seemed relevant.

      There are two main types of breast pain:

      Cyclical
      Non-cyclical
      Cyclical breast pain is related to how the breast tissue responds to monthly changes in a woman’s estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. If breast pain is accompanied by lumpiness, cysts (accumulated packets of fluid), or areas of thickness, the condition is usually called fibrocystic change. During each menstrual cycle, breast tissue sometimes swells because hormonal stimulation causes the breast’s milk glands and ducts to enlarge, and in turn, the breasts retain water. The breasts may feel swollen, painful, tender, or lumpy a few days before menstruation. Breast pain and swelling usually ends when menstruation is over. The average age of women who have cyclical breast pain is 34 years old. Cyclical breast pain may last for several years but usually stops after menopause unless a woman uses hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

      Cyclical breast pain accounts for nearly 75% of all breast complaints. Of all women who experience breast pain, two thirds experience cyclical breast pain. Physicians often have patients chart their pain to determine whether the pain is cyclical. Though cyclical breast pain is usually related to the menstrual cycle, stress may also affect hormone levels and influence breast pain. Physical activity, especially heavy lifting or prolonged use of the arms, has also been shown to increase breast pain (pectoral (chest) muscles may become sore from physical activity).

      Non-cyclical breast pain is far less common than cyclical breast pain and is not related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Women who experience non-cyclical breast pain often experience pain in one specific area of the breast(s). Woman who experience injury or trauma to the breast or those who undergo breast biopsy sometimes experience non-cyclical pain. The condition may occur in both pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women and usually subsides after one to two years. Non-cyclical pain is most common in women between 40 and 50 years of age. Usually, non-cyclical breast pain does not indicate breast cancer, though women should discuss the condition with their physicians.

      Another type of non-cyclical pain called costochondritis does not actually occur in the breast; however, the condition may feel as though it is coming from the breast. This type of arthritic pain occurs in the middle of the chest where the ribs and the breast bone connect. Costochondritis may occur as the result of poor posture or aging. Women who experience costochondritis usually describe it as a burning sensation in the breast.

      Other factors that may contribute to breast pain in some women include:

      Oral contraceptive pills
      Hormone replacement therapy
      Weight gain
      Bras that do not fit properly
      Tumors (most painful tumors do not usually indicate breast cancer; however, all abnormalities should be examined by a physician. For example, some patients with inflammatory breast cancer describe "stabbing pains" in the breast.)
      Most women with moderate breast pain are not treated with medications or surgical procedures. The following suggestions have been shown to reduce breast pain in some women (although there is not sufficient scientific evidence to establish the effectiveness of any of these suggestions):

      Wear a good, supportive bra to reduce breast movement. Many women with breast pain find it comfortable to also wear a bra while they sleep.
      Limit sodium intake.
      Reduce caffeine intake (coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate).
      Maintain a low fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and grains.
      Maintain an ideal weight. Losing excess weight may reduce breast pain by stabilizing hormone levels.
      Occasionally use over-the-counter pain-relief drugs such aspirin, acetaminophen, or Motrin.
      Take vitamins. Some women have found that taking Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), Vitamin B1 (thiamine), and Vitamin E relieves breast pain.
      Try evening primrose oil. Some women have found that regular consumption of the herb, evening primrose oil, in liquid or tablet form reduces breast pain.
      Cyst aspiration. Physicians sometimes drain benign (non-cancerous), fluid-filled cysts to relieve breast pain. It may not be possible to drain very small cysts.
      Relax. Some breast pain can be caused by stress and may subside by reducing anxiety and tension.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can you guys tell me what all these abbreviations mean?!?
    My husband and I are trying to conceive. But people use alot of abbreviations on here about that and I'm a little lost! So any abbreviations you may know please share and bring me up to date!!!

    • ANSWER:
      2WW = 2-Week Wait
      AF = Aunt Flo (menstruation)
      AI = Artificial Insemination
      AO = Anovulation
      BBT = Basal Body Temperature
      BCP = Birth Control Pills
      BD = Baby Dance (sex)
      BFN = Big Fat Negative
      BFP = Big Fat Positive
      BMS = Baby-making Sex
      BW, b/w = Bloodwork
      C# = Cycle Number
      CD = Cycle Day
      CF = Cervical Fluid
      CNM = Certified Nurse Midwife
      CP = Cervical Position
      CPFM = ClearPlan Fertility Monitor
      DE = Donor Eggs
      DPO = Days Post-Ovulation
      DPR = Days Post-Retrieval
      DPT = Days Post-Transfer
      Dx = Diagnosis
      EPT = Early Pregnancy Test
      EW, EWCM = Eggwhite Cervical Mucus
      FF = Fertility Friend or Fat Friendly
      FHR = Fetal Heart Rate
      FM = Fertile Mucus or Fertility Monitor
      FTTA = Fertile Thoughts To All
      FV = Fertile Vibes
      GD = Gestational Diabetes
      HPT = Home Pregnancy Test
      HRT = Hormone Replacement Therapy
      IF = Infertility
      IUI = Intra-uterine Insemination
      IVC = Intra-vaginal Culture
      IVF = In Vitro Fertilization
      LIT = Leukocyte Immunization Therapy
      LMP = Last Menstrual Period (start date)
      LO = Love Olympics (sex)
      LSP = Low Sperm Count
      MC, m/c, misc. = Miscarriage
      NP = Nurse Practitioner
      O, OV = Ovulation
      OB = Obstetrician
      OB/GYN = Obstetrician/Gynecologist
      OC = Oral Contraceptives
      OPK Ovulation Predictor Kit
      OPT = Ovulation Predictor Test
      OTC = Over The Counter
      OW = Overweight
      PCOD = Polycystic Ovary Disease
      PCOS = Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
      PG = Pregnant
      PI = Primary Infertility
      PID = Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
      PMS = Pre-menstrual Syndrome
      PTSD = Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
      RPL = Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
      Rx = Prescription
      SA = Semen Analysis
      STD = Sexually Transmitted Disease
      TL = Tubal Ligation
      TR = Tubal Reversal
      TTC = Trying to Conceive
      UR = Urologist
      US, u/s = Ultrasound
      UTI = Urinary Tract Infection
      V = Vasectomy
      VR = Vasectomy Reversal
      WBC = White Blood Cells


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural, alternative cures for stomach ulcers?
    I was just diagnosed with a stomach ulcer and started taking Prevacid. I don't like the side effects (or the cost!) and was wondering if anyone has any natural, alternative remedies or if medication is the only answer. Thanks, any replys would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      First I need to say that I'm not a doctor so you can take my advice or leave it accordingly. :-) I have been using alternative medicines for over 10 years prompted by my having three conditions that the American Medical Association has either no good treatment for or no treatment at all.

      I would try aloe vera. You can get aloe vera juice at just about any health food store. As with most things you get what you pay for, the more expensive the bottle the higher quality. I would expect to pay at least -15 for the bottle but you only need a few ounces a day so one bottle will last a while. I'll be honest, it doesn't taste that great. It has a little bit of a "soft grass" taste but if you put it in an acidic/tangy juice (I find white grape works best) you won't really taste it. Aloe has been used for centuries and it can help with all sorts of things, internal and external. Like I said, I am not a doctor, but I don't think there are any side effects or risks with taking aloe. What aloe can do externally healing burns and wounds it can also do internally.

      If ulcers are from a bacterial infection you'll also want to boost your immune system. Olive leaf is good for that (I use it to cure sinus infections, I get them chronically and I don't need antibiotics anymore). It comes in capsules and the price varies with the milligrams (-15 per bottle), get what you can afford and take it twice a day. I am not sure about taking olive leaf long term, I would probably do only once a day if I were taking it for more than a week. I use it as a treatment while I feel sick rather than a preventative.

      Whatever you try, I hope that you get some relief. :-)

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there good natural alternatives for commercial anti-perspirants and deodorants?
    I've heard that aluminum in anti-perspirants is bad for you. What are good natural alternatives, or home remedies, for commericial anti-perspirants and deoderants?

    • ANSWER:
      Aluminium is used in anti persperants and stops sweat from forming. There is scuttlebutt but noone seems to have much evidence at all that it is bad. The author of the article most quote as showing Al is bad herself says her studies do not show this. There are many deodorants on the market. They contain biocides that kill the bateria that make the smell. Some are good. A certified organic material (I am a fan of Sanctum) would be best as they have to use natural biocides. Do not use straightup alcohol especially if you shave your armpits.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it appropriate to deny and warn against ALL alternatives in this section?
    This is the Alternative Medicine section. By definition, people come here seeking remedies that are not mainstream drugs or treatments. While I can understand warning against an item or suggestion that has been proven to be dangerous, is it really appropriate for people to warn against virtually all natural and alternative remedies or to take personal shots at people who do attempt to answer the questions within the theme of this section. Does it not seem absurd to promote an idea that every natural and alternatie remedy which has been used for mankind dating back thousands of years is ineffective or that today's medical science has all the answers - or the only answers?
    Rhianna - I didn't mention you or anyone else by name. Cyber ears burning?

    To further elaborate - while I agree that just because something has been used by millions of people for thousands of years does not mean it works - but it would seem a pretty darn good indicator it could work.

    Anything that is "alternative" has not been accepted as validated by mainstream medicine (thus the name) - and it seems redundant to keep pointing that out time and again.

    Just because it has not been scientically verified or understood does not mean it does not work either - the same as the fact that mainstream drugs which have been validated by our very fallible scinece as safe or effective does not mean they are (look at Vioxx).

    It is all well and good to trust in science - but true science continues to expand and revise and realizes it does not have all the answers. When one begins to think today's science has all the answers their science becomes blind religion.
    Flizbap, I certainly do not include you amongst the group and would agree with you on some of the things you disdain. For example, the baking soda cancer cure for the most part. I suspect though that at least some of the things you are suspicious of may some day be found to have some basis that we presently do not understand.

    Dave, you make my point and show your blind bias with the absurd statement "It's entirely appropriate when virtually all natural and alternative remedies don't work." So mankind has been totally clueless about healing for all these millenia until unnatural drugs came around? Life comes from nature, so how can anyone totally deny healing can also come from nature?

    True science is based on observation - and man has observed natural and alternative healing work through the ages. It is no fallacy to believe in nature, but it is an age old one to blindly believe the science of the day has all, or even most, of the answers
    Evirustheslaye - It's a tired and lame argument to warn about nature because it contains items that are harmful. That is like saying don't eat anything in the kitchen because there is a bottle of Drano under the sink or don't use a knife because you can cut yourself. I haven't seen anyone recommending arsenic or poison ivy here.

    True, in many instances some medicines contain concentrations of unique isolates or synthetics not found in nature - but they also often do not contain the supporting compounds found in nature. In EVERY instance the compounds are patentable - and that is the key. You can't patent nature.

    If you think cancer is a genetic defect, that it cannot be cured, or that there are no natural remedies that can be effective you really should do some homework.

    "Nature alone can cure disease. Doctors cannot heal. They can only direct the sufferer back to the pathways of health. Nature alone can create, and healing is re-creation." Dr. William S. Sadler
    lo_mcg, though you make some valid points, this is Yahoo Questions, not Yahoo Debate or Free for All. Would wife beaters be appropriate or welcome in a section for battered women?

    I don't advocate banning or censoring - as you say anyone is free to express an opinion, including whether or not we think mainstream denialists are appropriate or welcome here.

    I still question the motives and actual knowledge of any person or group of persons whose contribution is largely rejecting most all natural or alternative remedies- as some clearly do, often in apparent unison.

    And, do past insults made or endured justify future ones?

    I agree homeopathy won't likely increase height or cure cancer and it's not likely someone can eat their way out of late stage cancer, although the Budwig Diet has recorded impressive results. Diet aside, I personally know hundreds of people who have beaten late stage cancers naturally after mainstream medicine has failed - so it certainly can be done.
    NOTICE TO ALL: This question was reported by one or more members and temporarily deleted by Yahoo Answers. Upon review, the question was restored and I received an apology from Yahoo - a process I am quite familiar with, since this now makes the sixth time I have had an answer or question reported and deleted, including two bannings. All were reversed.

    Free speech is not a one-way street and, as is at the heart of my question, there is a difference between free speech and abuse.

    I wonder how many other reports have led nowhere and what all the reports says about some people's agenda here? Given my Top Contributor status and the other wrongful reports and deletions, I suspect it took more than one report this time around and perhaps even reports from other so-called Top Contributors.

    Much is the shame that there are those who appear intent on forcing their wills and bias against alternative medicine on the rest of us. In the end, may they reap the consequences they deserve.

    • ANSWER:
      Well,you've recieved alot of different answers from different angles so i'll just add
      To me,its not what some of the people are saying thats wrong but its the WAY they are saying it, like if i can just add a few insults,call a few people delusional,add a bit of sarcasm & fear-based meanspiritedness that will then help my cause & turn people away from natural medicines?

      I dont get peoples logic like this.If anything i would consider it shooting yourself in the foot regarding the cause/opinion that your trying to put across because if i asked a question about something in any section & then someone answered but they answered with nastiness or disrespect for me or other answerers then i would just ignore their answer because they way that they answered had put their whole character in a bad light.They might have had 5 other things that were good in their answer,but because they also then used insults,all the goods things that they wrote just goes out of the window in a sense because some cruel things in their character came through so then you just think i'll ignore their answer & move on to the nest answer so anything worthwhile they wrote is then lost as a result too.

      I sometimes wonder if someone responds like that in this section whether it could in fact have turned out counterproductive & actually "pushed" someone towards alternative medicine (thats a large field so im speaking in general terms) instead of away from it because if someone might have seen someone-an M.D just for example- acting with meanness & not kindness whether they have then be put off by it & generalised that all in Conventional Medicine are like that & then it actually pushed them to take an avoidance of M.D's etc & get a deeper interest in Alternative Medicine?

      To me,there is nothing wrong with being a sceptic & saying your opinion & warning people of certain things so that people have more information & can then make a more informed,balanced decision.
      I think that what some of the people do in this section to give a sceptic view/opinion is great-however i really dont like it when they have to use insults along with it.
      Some people might be warning about the dangers of using some alt med to treat some disorder but what about the dangers too of the effects people receive when people dont treat each other nicely & kindly?
      These are also real dangers too but im not seeing any body warn about them unfortunately.
      Regardless of opinions,i think we can all act more kinder in this section."Thumbsing" it down or denying the fact,doesn't mean that it doesnt exist.

      There are some sceptics on here that actually are really really intelligent & go off studies & research & there are others that you cant take too seriously that are just "one liners" like
      "all alternative medicine is baaaaad" "homeopaths are quacks" "naturopathicdocs arn't REAL doctors" "People that use Alt.medicine are stupid,uneducated,have no brain" etc-
      those sorts dont really know why they believe what they believe etc,they've probably just had a bad experience,they never link to any studies explaining why their opinion is what it is,& they cant resist to use a putdown whenever the opportunity comes up.

      Even the intelligent ones,sometimes have a tendency to have a little bit of black & white thinking where because if they deal with/have come across alot of things that are dubious,they then might "jump the gun" that the certain Alternative medicine technique/medicine asked about/proposed in question is automatically also then dubious.

      Also,and i know some wont like this what i write,i've noticed that some in a sense demand that people that believe or are involved in Alternative Medicine address or acknowledge the faults in it but close their eyes or dont want to know about the faults that are also in Conventional Medicine whether it be diagnosing or prescribing in Psychiatry without any objective,scientific testing that the person/s have "xyz" disorder,or whether it be that there is some greed & political ties in pharmaceutical companies( if we are honest i dont think any of us can say that we are young enough or naive enough to believe there isn't but some dont even believe even when shown evidence regarding it) ,ghostwriting in scientific studies or any other issue.
      I've seen alot of questions from sceptics about Homeopathy etc(which i dont believe in for the record)
      but i have yet to see one regarding someone that was sceptical about something in Conventional Medicine.
      so it does sometimes seem that some of the peoples in this section scepticism is biased/has biases.
      The exception is Rhianna Returns who i have seen acknowledge in her answers that she takes issues with some of the things in Conventional Medicine too-i think it was regarding cough medicine or something.

      Also for some reason people are taking an "either or" view like theres two sides like theres a war or something lol.Like theres "alties" and like theres-i dont know what you'd call it-"pharmies" or something.I dont get this either.Whats wrong with balance?Personally i "believe" in both herbs & pharmaceuticals & take issues with some things in both industries.
      Yahoos not paying anybody to be her,so there need to be no war people.

      Edit:I wrote heaps more but yahoo cut of the rest of my answer before i saved it & its too much to rewrite.

      Tony-sometimes people warn and/or dont want to know about Alt. Medicines(whatever that means to you) for good reasons & sometimes people do for no reasons.
      Also,Alt Medicine is a huge field so when i say Alt medicine i'm usually referring to herbs but to someone else it might mean something different.
      Anyone can post in whatever YA section they wish & theres some people that just are closed minded or stubborn.
      It would be nice if people would just put their views-whatever they may be-nicely & without insults but it seems unlikely this will happen,some people seem to take this all to personally & get too emotional/angry.

      People,if someone has critiques of eg Homeopathy(or flip it around to pharmaceuticals or whatever) then try to keep in mind that the critique is of the treatment/medication/whatever and not of YOU.I feel some people arn't being objective enough & overassociating themselves with either Conventional medicine,Alternative Medicine or other,where they are then no longer to take a step back & see the question/s is about the Industries not a personal thing.

      Why not lets all be courteous-yes?I dont think that one insult has turned anybodies mind towards the "insultees" personal opinion whatever they were.

      For one person anectodal "evidence" might be good enough,for another only proven scientific studies is good enough-people are all different.Peopl have to accept that people think different things in life whether we like it or not.

      Ultimately sometimes well have to agree to disagree:)

      If someone is unsure about something in another members answer then just nicely ask them to clarify-theres no need to use insults or meanness instead.

      Take Care All:)

      Skepdoc-i wrote an edit to you regarding the above matter on another question.
      Please,your free to read it below if you wish
      http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=A0WTZXa_HDVLv0wAogfh5gt.;_ylv=3?qid=20091222202102AAlFuam&show=7#profile-info-Qf2hoWONaa

  4. QUESTION:
    What natural allergy remedies are there?
    I am looking for some alternative natural remedies for allergies. Lorratadine works for me but I don't want to keep taking tablets. I already do the washing hands, changing clothes and rinsing face things. Are there any foods or supplements that would help?

    • ANSWER:
      we and this "infernal " problem...
      I know it gets on every body's nerves... but unfortunately the only way to get ride off chemical drugs is to get ride of the causes of your kind of allergy itself!

      some points to be cautioned of though are :

      1-Try to expose your bedroom to sun and fresh air.keep your room dry.

      2-do not get any pet with you at home.

      3 - Wear dusts masks.

      4- Do not leave your old books in your bed room.

      5- Sponge pillow is better than cotton,and polestar is better than sponge..

      6- Try breathing steam from hot water.and of courseot water.

      ofcourse there are other alternitive remedies and herbal medicens...but they take long time to show thier action ...+ they need complicated structure...adding one tea spoon of ginger and one spoon of honey into boiled water,could be usfull to reduce the sneezing and calm down the irritation in your nasal passeges.

      -well at the end that seems as a list of punishment though !

  5. QUESTION:
    What can i do for strep throat?
    I think i have strep throat( swollen tonsils, sore throat, with white "blisters" on tonsils) and i can't afford 5 for an office call to my dr. I have no insurance, so i am outta luck on that.

    Does anyone know of any natural, or alternative remedies for strep throat?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have Strep Throat you will need an antibiotic to properly resolve it.

      However, if you are uncertain, try gargling with 1 tablespoon of salt in 4 ounces of warm water (don't swallow) every few hours to ease the discomfort, along with an anesthestic spray or lozenges such as Chloraseptic.

      If it does not get better in a few days, or get worse, locate a charity clinic in your area.

  6. QUESTION:
    what are the natural remedies to detoxify mercury/led from the body?
    what are the natural remedies to detoxify mercury/led from the body? Since DMSA pulls it out too fast and while you are on SSRI, its not a good feeling. Garlic is thought to speed up the natural detoxification process

    Cilantro? Chlorella? Do they even work?
    Also, which one would not interact with Celexa SSRI?

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing in alternative medicine that will 'detox' mercury or lead. 'Detox' in this respect is a scam. You don't have mercury or lead poisoning anyway. Garlic will have no 'speed up' effect on liver or kidney function.

      -------
      EDIT: I should have mentioned to beware of detox scams, the internet is abound with them. First they alarm you that you are full of accumulated 'toxins', they they will try to sell you some quack remedy with no proper science to support it. Stay skeptical.

      From Wiki:
      "Body cleansing and detoxification have been referred to as an elaborate hoax used by con artists to cure nonexistent illnesses. Most doctors contend that the 'toxins' in question do not even exist.[16][17] In response, alternative medicine proponents frequently cite heavy metals or pesticides as the source of toxification, however no evidence exists that detoxification approaches have a measurable effect on these or any other chemical levels. Medical experts state that body cleansing is unnecessary as the human body is naturally capable of maintaining itself, with several organs dedicated to cleansing the blood and gut."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_cleansing

      If you had mercury or lead poisoning, you would be extremely sick.

      -------
      EDIT: These things have been mentioned below:

      Ionic Detox Footbath = SCAM! Read: http://www.chem1.com/CQ/FootBathBunk.html

      Bentonite clay for detox = SCAM! Read: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4083

      @Janie - you don't need to be an expert in alt med to identify scams and lack of evidence!

  7. QUESTION:
    I'm a Angular Cheilitis Sufferer. What are Recommended Natural Treatment Methods for Angular Cheilitis?
    I need to know about some natural herbal methods or alternative remedies for treatment of angular cheilits condition for men.

    My cousin also has this. She has cracked lips corners. Are there any different natural treatment methods for women?

    Let me know, how can i cure myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I had painful cracks on my lip corners about 2 months ago. Applied a cream but i was allergic to it. I tried a natural remedy for angular cheilitis. My condition improved a lot and i stopped using the creams. I was cured in about a week. The natural methods were cheap but worked great for me.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is there anybody that knows any natural remedies for people that r psychotic?Or have a mental illness?
    Any natural remedies to calm someone down?

    • ANSWER:
      There are herbal alternatives to depression which is St. Johns Wort. And herbal alternatives to mood disorders in Sam-e. Some people swear by these alternatives and others do not. My theory is Everyone is different and its more or less a trial and error attempt to get what works best for U. Good luck to U.

  9. QUESTION:
    How come the medical profession fail to recognise natural / herbal remedies have a significant part in health?
    It appears to me that they may have a vested interest in protecting their own jobs. I have found many alternative remedies which have proved very helpful for thousands of people, yet the medical profession either havent heard of them or give them the thumbs down. Arent they supposed to have their patients health foremost in their minds?

    • ANSWER:
      Exactly what Janet says: because there is no money in it for the big pharma companies. Herbs can't be patented.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why don't westerners use natural remedies for health problems?
    In some parts of the world they use natural remedies to cure you for MANY things. You heal fast. These things are not available in the US. They are all man made. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a mistaken assumption, to some extent. A lot of natural remedies ARE available in the USA, but you pretty much have to look for them to see them. Many family physicians are not trained in alternative medical care and due to some ignorant practices among americans from years ago, they may tend to lump all alternative medicine together with skepticism, thinking it's all "old wives tales." However, to the desparate, those seeking or those with some openness to new things, many people are reexamining alternative treatments for themselves. There are too many people having too many good results to ignore it all. However, people are also having to figure out the difference between what's useful & what's bogus, too. The fake & useless stuff makes it harder for people to believe that any of it is of any use, I think.
      Personally, when I got into poor health many years ago and realized it, I didn't have money for doctors nor did I trust them after seeing what happened with some close relatives in various matters. So, I prayed, trusted God, relearned how to eat properly and also learned about nutrients, herbal healing and sports supplements. I've had great results along the way. Also, when reading about what nutrients & chemicals are found in various herbs, it makes sense why some are effective in certain ways, scientifically.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some good websites for natural remedies and other natural how to's?
    Yeah that's pretty much it. I'm looking for a site with a good repitiore of natural alternatives to common household items, processes and other such things. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      There are alot articles here check them out http://www.ehow.com/how_5909542_avoid-flatulence-_intestines-gas_.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there any sort of natural remedy I can give my 7 month old for her cough?
    She has been coughing for a few days and was sneezing but isn't so much anyone. She isn't running a fever - and I believe it is allergies because it's what I'm dealing with right now. I don't want to give her the old run-of-the-mill cough syrups - but I'd like to see if there is a natural alternative besides the humidifier and vicks we are already using. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Magic remedy for a virus? Fluids, rest and steam for congestion. If you breast feed then the breast milk is the cure with the antibodies it has to protect baby.

      You have to remember that a babies immune system is not as strong as an adults so it takes them a little while longer to get over a virus. As long as your little one does not have a fever she will be fine.

      Under no circumstances can you give a baby cough syrup.

  13. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a home remedy for getting rid of fleas that actually works. Got one?
    Adopted a dog and she wasn't taken care of properly so unfortunately I also adopted her fleas which she has passed on to my other dog and two cats. I'm looking for a home remedy that is an all natural alternative to something like Frontline.

    • ANSWER:
      oh man, that sucks!! I'm sorry. I dont have any natural home remedies. Not that I havent tried any, I just didnt find one that really worked. I personally hate frontline. My small dog had a very bad reaction to it. My yorkie is currently on Revolution.

      For fleas: someone once told me that I had to treat it like a war. And let me tell you, it is!! If the fleas have infected your home, carpet, bedding, furnature, you have a much bigger problem on your hands. We got fleas from our neighbor's dogs and my dog brought them in the house. We had to get our house professionally sprayed a few times, our yard too. But in addition to that, I found a carpet powder at Wal-Mart and powdered and vacuumed the whole house at least every two days. Wash EVERYTHING that your dogs and cats have been around.

      And go to your vet and get a pill called CapStar. I think you can even use it on cats, but be sure to ask. This magic little pill saved my life!! It kills the fleas on your animals in a matter of minutes and works all day. Plus you can give it daily. Some vets sell it for less than others, so be sure to shop around.

      Good luck!!

  14. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural ways for ADD that would do the job of Ritalin?
    From my understanding ADD/ADHD people need some medications to stimulate them. I would like to know if there are natural alternatives. No coffee... Just natural remedies.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is a lot of new evidence to suggust that diet and exercise have a lot of effect on ADD/ADHD. Specifically limiting carbohydrates and sugar. Eating organic, perservatives have really done terrible things to us in the last 50 years. Getting proper exercise. Normal bedtimes. Getting all your omega 3, 6, and 9 are good for your brain. I like to do concentration exercises like jigsaw puzzles or math problems. Math really helps me focus. Reading is good to and NOT watching TV. TV may be responsible for a lot of ADD/ADHD behaviour. Ritalin scares me. My aunt and uncles foster child has to talk it and she just hates it. It makes her feel like a zombee.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for overactive bladder ?
    Is there a natural remedy for Nocturia and overactive bladder? I am waking up more then 10 times during the night. My doc has me on vessicare for a month now but does not seem to be helping.

    • ANSWER:
      The ubiquitous Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for nocturia. Another one is the Indian herb Crateva for improved bladder tone. Horsetail itself is full of the mineral silica that helps strengthen the bladder wall.

      It may be best to find a supplement in which both of these are found in combination as herbs often work better in combination. Such as this one:
      http://www.worldwidehealthcenter.net/category.php?prod=957

      Further reading
      www.toddcaldecott.com/horsetail.html

      You would need to talk to your doctor first though as it might not be wise to take one of these supplements in combination with what you are currently taking. Talk to your doctor about trying the herbal alternative if the prescription drug is not working. You can take your health into your own hands but it is best done in consultation with your doctor.

      Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, cola) at night as caffeine is diuretic and would only add to the problem.

      Cranberry extract (or in the form of a drink) is another herb that is reputed to help with nocturia. Try to supplement on this as it is also known to keep the urinary tract healthy and free from infection.

      Best wishes.

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for killing fleas on a cat?
    My mom's cat gets fleas from time to time. The cat had a reaction to Frontline. Advantage works well, but the cat seems to be sluggish for a couple of days after applying Advantage. A bath is pretty much out of the question. The cat will tear anyone to shreds who tries to get him in water. Does anyone know of any natural alternatives to Frontline and Advantage for fleas? Only serious answers, please.

    • ANSWER:
      First...Are you sure the right dosage of flea drops is being used for the weight of the cat? Too much can cause the problems you mentioned. OK, now for a suggestion to get rid of the fleas without chemicals...You could try using what is called a 'flea comb' on the cat. A link is below to a picture and website that sells them. You can also find them at pet stores, Target, Walmart etc. They are fine tooth combs that trap the fleas as you comb your cat. Pour up some hot water in a bowl/pan that you will never use for food and put some dish soap in the water and stir it up. When you comb thru the cats hair the fleas will be in the teeth of the comb and you just hold it over the water (not in the water) and rake the fleas off into the soapy water and leave them there overnight and they will die. Comb the entire body to get as many fleas as possible. It's kind of gross if someone is squeamish but it works good as long as you do it every day or two.

      http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=17233

  18. QUESTION:
    Alternative to using lime juice on face for sensitive skin?
    I want to try natural remedies to get rid of black marks on my face, and it seems like using lime juice is the best way to go about it. But, I have sensitive skin, and I used some lime juice on a small area of my face and got some burning and drying. What ingredients can I use with the lime juice to make it OK for my skin?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try JUST aloe vera.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for sinus infections?
    I'm looking for natural ('alternative') solutions only, please.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      The only things that really helped me was when my Dr. told me about a sinus wash that will kill bacteria.
      you need

      distilled water
      sea salt
      liquid chlorophyll and colloidal silver from the health food store.
      in a glass mix 1/4 cup water with a pinch of salt and heat to body temperature.
      add 5 drops each silver and chlorophyll and mix.
      using a large dropper (like one used for infant medication) drop 2 full droppersfull into one side of the nose while laying down.
      Turn the head and let it drain out the other nostril. Be sure to have paper towels handy.
      The silver kills the bacteria and there are several hundred kind that can live in the sinus cavities and anti biotics don't get rid of them all.
      Do this twice a day for a week, mixing up the mixture fresh each time.
      Then do it once a week for maintenance.
      There is nothing in this that will hurt you, and it cured me.
      I do not have to take claritin, or antibiotics anymore.
      best wishes

  20. QUESTION:
    Why is alternative medicine dismissed as quack science?
    Mainstream medicine & peer reviewed medicine consider alternative remedies as fraudulent with no evidence to back it up with.

    Yet, with natural remedies, I can cure a cold in 3 days or less. With antibiotics, prescribed drugs, OTC, cough drops, I have hacking cough & congestion for @ least 3 weeks.

    Do you agree that Mainstream peer reviewed medicine is all about business & marketing, & they don't care about healing?

    I've been researching Dr. Hulda Clark, Dr. Leonard Coldwell, Dr. Credo Mutwa, Dr. Weston A. Price, Dr. Francis Pottenger Dr. Gary Null, Dr. Berard, Dr. Frank Jerome & others. People say they're all quacks & frauds.

    Tell me why so many Naturopathic doctors are getting imprisoned or killed for providing a CURE!

    Dr. Clark financed her OWN research, & she didn't hesitate to GIVE her books away for FREE. She was very generous & didn't care about money or profit.

    Not trying to sound like ranting, but please give me your input, so I can further my research.

    Also, look @ websites, like

    http://whale.to
    http://educate-yourself.org
    http://thebodyscience.net
    http://rawfoodexplained.net
    http://shirleyswellnesscafe.com

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, big pharma: the pharmaceutical industry wants you to believe that only their drugs work, so they brainwash the population with ads and other methods to believe in their drugs.
      Secondly, the health care industry: they depend on people getting sick and coming back for those illnesses--they also are instructed to perform--by hospitals annnd big pharma because big pharma often endorses their services by providing their drugs for a huge discount rate. Hospital administrators depend on the pharmarceutical industry because of their scholarship programs for educating them---so in essence you can say that big pharma controls what's happening in the health care industry......it is a cycle where each one depends on the other for support and in exchange for that they have to do something.

      I told my ENT doctor that I am taking a homeopathic remedy for my ear problem and he asked me if it worked for me. I could honestly tell him that it had gotten better. He told me that the reason why alternative medicine is not recommended is the fact that most of those remedies have not been studied, but I found that to be untrue. A lot of natural remedies have been studied in other countries and are used there as a first line of defense--which is how medicine should be practiced. Prescription drugs should be the last resort--it's the same with surgeries. In Germany for example, is peppermint approved for medical use(it soothes the stomach and relieves headaches). Acupuncture is also approved for some medical use, so is passion flower and dandelion. The Israelis had a study done on the decalcifying effect of pommegranate juice, and in Thailand they did a study on pommegranate extract and it's effects on t dental treatment. In Canada they studied the effects of diet cranberry juice on obese men---do I need to go on? The only country where they don't conduct these studies seems to be the U.S.

      In the UK homeopathy is still the first line of defense. In Germany people go to their pharmarcy to get counseled on what they can try for their ailments(and only if it is a serious one or natural stuff doesn't work do they go to the doctor)---you know, I do know firsthand that alternative medicine works and that it sometimes works faster than prescription drugs: I experienced the healing power of aloe vera when I burnded my hand. I relieved tinnitus with a homeopathic remedy, and recently I discovered that activated charcoal is a better solution for bile reflux than the prescription medication I was given......I think I'll stick to alternative medicine whenever possible to avid the side effects of prescription drugs, even though insurance will not pay for any natural remedies....

  21. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a homeopathic school in the Chicago area?
    Our family is interested in natural remedies. We don't totally reject "modern medicine," but would rather investigate natural alternatives. Do you know of any such schools in the Chicago area that have such courses? Serious answers only, please.

    • ANSWER:
      take a look at these

  22. QUESTION:
    How long will This stay in my system?
    I've been prescribed Klonapin for Anxiety Disorder, and I've been on it for only 3 days. 0.5mg per day. However, a friend of mine recently turned me on to Alternative Remedies. All Natural stuff, without the deadly or dangerous side effects, so I've decided to switch. I only have 2 questions;

    Have I been on it long enough to incur withdrawal?

    How long will it take to get out of my system.

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.drugs.com/klonopin.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Experiences of alternative medicine for mental health problems?
    I have a diagnosis of depression and am on anti-depressants etc. I'm now curious about trying alternative remedies to see if it helps my mood, like ginseng and lemon balm capsules (Obviously I wouldnt take anything that can cause problems with my prescribed meds).

    Wondering if others have found alternative medicines has helped them at all?

    Thanks in advance for any replies!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes there are many natural substances that help with depression. Exercise and vitamins such as a multi-vitamin, B complex, C, potassium, calcium, and magnesium will help with an anti-depressant.

      However if you try St. John's Wort or SAMe it is usually advised to not take an anti-depressant at that time. That is also the case with Mood-care.

      Jef

  24. QUESTION:
    What are natural ways to reduce stomach acid in infants?
    My son is 8 months old and his doctor is recommending previcid. I would like to know if there are any natural alternatives to this medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic treatment :-
      If your Child is restless and crying CHAMOMILLA 30C will cure its acid reflux immediately. In Babies whenever they are restless and crying due to any disorder CHAMOMILLA is the safest and the most effective remedy No side Effects or Complications. But restlessness should be there.Especially indicated when babies are teething are colicky feverish restless and cry without a reason Chamomilla works like a charm.
      Take Care and God Bless you and your family!

  25. QUESTION:
    what is an effective way to reduce the acne scars on my face?
    preferably natural remedies if you know any.

    • ANSWER:
      I've answered a few of these posts (if you wanna check my answers on my profile), but I'll summarize a few things for ya:

      Witch Hazel - 100% natural astringent that's mild, and can cleanse & soothe breakouts or inflammation; comes in a big, cheap bottle.

      ACV - (apple cider vinegar) dilute in equal parts water to make it a natural skin toner, and it can exfoliate the skin & lighten dark spots over time; it also cleanses the skin and balances its pH/acidity (imbalance from using soaps & over cleaning your skin causes breakouts); you can also use that less-diluted or full strength as a natural chemical peel (which I do), but take precautions & use discretion as it may burn & sting a bit... worth it, if you ask me :)

      Mineral Salts - this is another alternative to cleanse the skin once in a while (dissolved in water & turned into a mineral saline wash/solution), and nourish it with minerals to prevent break-outs. The best kinds are Himalayan Salts (though they can get pricey); some mineral salts are way cheaper.

      Virgin Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Vit. E Oil -- helps heal & protect the skin, preventing scarring, stretch marks, etc. They help neutralize free radicals on the skin with antioxidants (esp. Cocoa Butter that's rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E).

      Hope this helps! You can IM or Email me if you want, and I'd be glad to give tips as long-time health buff & nut lol.

  26. QUESTION:
    Is there anywhere in UK where I can buy Seidlitz powders?
    Natural remedies have fast disappeared from Chemists shelves and I have studied alternative remedies for some years and I am now finding it impossible to find Seidlitz powders which are a laxative remedy. Do you know anywhere that sells them or do you have any serious remedies or product recommendations for my collection of remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/EARLY-SEIDLITZ-POWDER-TIN-6-POWDERS-WIND-PILLS-/180630772412?pt=UK_Collectables_Advertising_ET&hash=item2a0e6edabc#ht_500wt_1156

      may be out of date though haha

  27. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      i don't know any, it is better to use the medicine that doctor prescribes

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for severe psoriasis.?
    My Sister is 20 yrs old and her psoriasis is so bad it breaks my heart. She recently developed psoriasis and its controlling her life. She is taking a shot that is killing her immune system. Please I need some natural alternatives!!

    • ANSWER:
      Essential Fatty Acids/Omega 3

  29. QUESTION:
    Are pharmaceuticals killing us by not revealing the truth?
    Is it true that there are alternative natural remedies out there that have a higher chance of successfully defeating the spread of cancer cells without the side effects than the less successful conventional methods and pharmaceuticals know about it?

    • ANSWER:
      yes there is and the Pharmaceutical companies don't want us to know because they would be out off business. Doctors are with them. We have been kept in the dark to long.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a good way to control anxiety?
    Natural remedies, or anything that helps control or get rid of it.

    • ANSWER:
      My friends, family, and I have personally found a lot of success with Seredyn, so I'm more than happy to spread the word about this product. Seredyn is an all-natural supplement designed to help with feelings of anxiety. It's personally helped me with days of high stress that has lead to anxiety. The main active ingredients of Seredyn's formula are: L-Theanine, Passion Flower, and Valerian. You can learn more about all of the ingredients and why they're included in Seredyn's formula at http://www.seredyn.com/formula.html - This site actually has a lot of useful information.

      You can also simply try Google-ing your question "Best Natural Supplements to Control Anxiety" - There's some good info there about how to naturally reduce anxiety without prescription medication.

      Start there and continue learning about different alternatives. Everyone's different, so the best long-term approach is to continue educating yourself and find what works best for you.

      Hopefully this information is of some help. All the best!

  31. QUESTION:
    How can you cure psoriasis without the crazy Diet? I have read HEALING PSORIASIS: The Natural Alternative.?
    The diet in HEALING PSORIASIS: The Natural Alternative is to restrictive. Please help, the diet works but I can't do it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there. The connection between psoriasis and food is not clear: nobody knows for sure if dieting helps at all. You can try one of the natural remedies available online: just google "natural remedy for psoriasis" and take your pick. Some of them do actually work. For my plaque psoriasis the herbal cream by Champori works the best: it takes about 2 weeks to clear the patches and then they stay clear for months on end. Try it: champori comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work for you - it's free.
      Cheers,
      Stella

  32. QUESTION:
    Alternative remedies to prescription medication for type 2 diabetes?
    Type 2 diabetic; controlled by diet and exercise last 7 years, no prescription medication for control thus far; but home tests lately show signs blood sugar slightly on elevated side; would appreciate pointers from those who may have had experiences controlling their blood sugar with natural alternatives.

    • ANSWER:
      homeopathic doctor. no medicine. they do a saliva/urine sample to determine what types of foods are good and bad for your body/blood type and help you regulate your sugar.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are the foods that help to balance the prolactin level?
    I am having a high level of prolactin though i am single and don't give birth yet. I am taking bromocriptin but want to know is there any natural alternative to decrease the level of this hormone?

    • ANSWER:
      Even natural remedies can hurt your baby, do not take ANYTHING with out seeking consent from your doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    Remedies for tinnitus can anyone recommend?
    I just can't stand this anymore, battling with tinnitus for months and it almost kill me. Been searching for tinnitus remedies and I would like to ask for help. Sometimes my left ear blocked and I couldn't hear anything in it. Anything can stop my ear ringing problem? I had tried many medical and drug but it can only control but not cure it completely, any alternative remedies for tinnitus? Arrggh... life is hard.

    • ANSWER:
      You should first determine the causes of tinnitus. I don't feel the medicine or drug is right for you because it is just not the right tinnitus remedies.
      Check out this nice article. It has some nice natural remedies for tinnitus and hope you can cure it. We know it, life is tough :)

  35. QUESTION:
    The book, by Kevin Trudea's, has anyone bought it and what do you think?
    Yes, there are allot of natural remedies but I was wondering about if anyone really bought it and read it. Thanks to all that answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I just have to say I hate Kevin Trudeau and I'm sick of seeing his face on infomercials.

      A great book about Natural Health that is actually written by a Medical Doctor and a Certified Nutritionist and not by someone who does infomercials for a living is:

      "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis A. Balch. This book is 776 pages long and costs around .00 depending on which bookstore you get it from. It is cheaper and much larger than Trudeau's book. It is a fabulous book. It describes each vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herbs, antioxidants, enzymes, and food supplements. Plus describes and provides info on 250 common disorders/diseases. Plus it describes alternative remedies and therapies.

      I've used this book for the past 4 years for help with my chronic illnesses. It has given me loads of excellent advice on nutrition and ideas of how to help myself with my disorders in addition to what my M.D. provides me with. It is a wonderful book.

  36. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of my itchy, burning vaginal disharge without going to a doctor?
    I've had this problem for a while. My discharge is so acidic that it scalds the inside of my thighs I cannot afford to go to a clinic nor can I go to the emergency room. We don't have any free clinics here in Brentwood, NY.

    The "nearest" hospital is nearly 16 miles away. And I don't drive. I do not qualify for medicaid and I can't afford to buy health insurance. Any alternative remedies for my problem will be greatly appreciated.
    Their prices are so high that I would have to use my entire paycheck to pay a doctor. I can't do that.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, I didn't got to the doctor or the emergency for my vaginal problem either. Money and insurance is also a problem fo me. Here is what i did to solve my problem. I went to the stor and bought some cheap Hydrocortisone Cream 1% Anti ich cream for the outer part and put it on 3-4 times a day. Just a smal amount will do. I went to the Vitamin Store and bout something from there. They keep it in the fridge. It is called Gy-Na.Tren. It is safe, effective and natural beneficial flora L. acidolpilus, NAS super strain in veggie and gelitain capsules for yeast overgrowth. It has two 14-capsule bottles, ome you take orally and the othe vaginally. It works I am sure of it.

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone have a natural remedy for doggy incontinence?
    My 4 year old lab mix has had an abrupt onset to incontinence ( 3x in the last week). She is not posturing to pee. She is leaking. The vet says all of her tests (blood, urine, kidney, liver, etc...) are normal and recommends Proin. I read some horrible things about it online last night and am wondering if there is a more natural alternative. Are there foods or vitamins that would be better?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Why is there so little research on natural supplements?
    It seems that there is a lot of time and money put into researching pharmaceutical drugs. When it comes to finding natural/herbal alternatives, the results always seem to "need more study". It's hard to discern between hype and real benefits of natural remedies.

    • ANSWER:
      the people who sell drugs, etc have to pay for the research.
      so either:

      - there isn't enough money to be made selling them, or
      - they don't work, but they don't want to tell you that.

      you pick.

  39. QUESTION:
    what are some natural hair remedies to grow longer hair?
    like any old remedies used from generations or something i can do at home without spending any money. i get regular trims,drink plenty of water,i massage my scalp daily, and excercise.

    but is there any other alternatives or old natural remedies to help my hair grow longer and healthier?

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      okay well this recipe is all natural i used that grew my hair 2inch in 3 months
      Itemss:(which can be found at any healthfood store)
      -Jojoba oil 1/2 cup or more for longer hair
      -Essentail Peppermint oil 15-20 drops
      -Essentail Rosemary oil 10-15 drops
      -Essentail Lavender oil 5-10 drops
      mixx together in a microwave able bowl, and put in the microwave for 15-20 seconds...DO NOT make it to hot just warm
      BEFORE you wash your hair, apply the oils to scalp and and hair ends
      then wrap a warm towel around your hair and leave on for 30minutes or more
      this is really good if you have dry hair

  40. QUESTION:
    Any bipolar sufferers live without taking any meds?
    I managed to live for three whole years, without any Psychiatric drugs and stayed well for the entire three years. Are you bipolar and living without meds? If so, what safety measures do you have in place to prevent you from having a relapse? Do you use natural remedies, alternative medicine, yoga.etc? In other words, how do you, personally self manage your illness?

    Thank you in advance.
    Crystal, I am so sorry you feel that way but I do understand as I have felt that way myself, in the past.
    I really do hope you get past feeling like this and the fact that you manage your illness all by yourself is admirable and you should be very proud of yourself because it's really scary to live like this, the fear alone is seriously difficult to cope with, I found.
    God bless.
    To Slamdo, did you actually read the fact that I lived without meds for three years and lived without being ill at ANY point during this time? This, alone proves that sufferers can manage a drug-free life.
    Over 5.7 million people in the USA alone are bipolar and many of those sufferers manage their illness without psychiatric drugs.
    My question is to those who live without medication not those who believe we ALL need to be drugged on a daily basis.

    • ANSWER:
      Crystal is ONE example and feels like that today...who knows how she will feel tomorrow, better I hope.
      There are millions of people who want to die at some point in their lives and they are NOT bipolar.
      Maybe they should all be subjected to psychiatric medication to please those that don't know any better.

  41. QUESTION:
    I recently incurred Acid Reflux does anyone know a natural remedy at home or I can buy to help?
    I was hospitalized in June, I was feeling tightness in my chest and burning as well. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux and I was wondering if anyone ever had it and what did you take to help. I'm particularly interested in natural alternatives.

    • ANSWER:
      HOMŒOPATHIC TREATMENT(s) for INDIGESTION (Acid Reflux / Acidity / Gastralgia) :-

      Burning in food pipe with general sensation of burning Sulphur 30X 4 hourly

      Burning pain in stomach (Ulcer), with both water and solid vomited as soon as it reaches stomach Ars Alb.30X, 4 hourly

      Burning pain in the stomach, with water vomited but solid retained Bismuth 30X, 4 hourly

      Burning in food pipe,with sour stool Natrum Carb.30X, 4 hourly

      Excess of hydrochloric acid, burning in food pipe, heart burn, nausea and chilly feeling. Acid Sulph.30X, 4 hourly

      From nervous anticipation of coming events, desire for sweets. Argentum Nit.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric complaints after taking rich fatty food; less or no thirst; better in open air Pulsatilla.30X, 4 hourly

      Hyperacidity; sour and bitter belchings Iris V 30X, 4 hourly

      Slow and imperfect digestion; offensive flatuence in upper part of abdomen; better after discharge of gas or eructations. Carbo Veg.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric derangement due to sedentary habits or over-Eating/Drinking. Nux Vomica.30X, 4 hourly

      Dyspepsia; better after eating Anacardium Or 30X 4 hourly

      Acidity with irritating eructation and frontal headache; worse in night. Robinia 30X, 4 hourly

      Constant belching; tongue thickly white coated.
      Heatburn. Desire for acids, pickles etc. Antim Crud.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Digestion slow, no change after passing flatus or belching. Flatulence affects middle part of the abdomen. China 6X or 30X, 4 hourly

      Abdomen bloated; easy satiety, gas affects lower part of the abdomen; worse in the evening - 4 to 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Pain and flatulence in stomach, smell of food causes nausea Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Intercurrent Remedy Psorinum 30X, 4 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 (Cures Par Excellence)

      Take Care and God Bless You !

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a decent Herbal remedies website?
    I'm into herbal medicines and natural alternatives to everything and I'd love to know a decent website with lots of recipes and such. Any one know any?

    • ANSWER:
      The only one I would trust:

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Alternative medicines and/or home remedies for depression?
    I have already come to the conclusion that I have clinical depression.Although I never been officially diagnosed,it is quite obvious and has been proven by multiple online tests.Over the past month,I have been taking "St. John's Wart" religiously and using aroma therapy to help with the symptoms.My mother is against taking me to the doctor due to her disapproval of modern medicine.She asks that I search online for alternative,natural medicines and home remedies.Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I have a number of friends that have found success with Amoryn, so I'm more than happy to help spread the word about this product. It's an all-natural supplement designed to help with feelings of depression. Amoryn's formula contains Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, and St. John's Wort, among other ingredients. You can learn more about these ingredients and why they're included in the Amoryn formula at http://www.amoryn.com/advantage.html. This website is actually has a lot of useful info, so take some time to look around.

      St Johns Wort seems to be one of the few supplements that has a substantial amount of clinical research behind it. If you're looking for a St. John's Wort (SJW) product, it's my understanding that's important to find one that's been standardized for hyperforin. This is main active component responsible for reducing symptoms of depression. Here's a link to a clinical research study published in a reputable medical journal discussing the importance of hyperforin - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15492771

      Another great resource is the Kelly's St. John's Wort Blog - http://www.sjwinfo.org/

      Try Google-ing "Alternative Supplement for Depression" - There's some good info there about how to naturally overcome depression without prescription medications.

      Start there and continue learning about different alternatives. Everyone's different, so the best long-term approach is to continue educating yourself and find what works best for you.

      Hopefully this information is of some help. All the best!

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the best homemade/natural remedy for ear mites in felines?
    I have a lifetime experience with cats to know it's ear mites, so a 0+ exam fee for a medication that will be jacked up to isn't worth it when I know that nature has wonderful alternatives for everything. It's just been a long time since I've been faced with this problem, so I never bothered to look into it again.

    Trolling will be reported. Don't be rude or answer if you have no idea, please.

    • ANSWER:
      There is really no homemade or natural remedy that I know of but I do know that most decent pet stores like PetCo or Petsmart sell earmite medicince for cats at a fraction of the cost that a vet will sell it to you. I agree with you...when you KNOW it's earmites it really sucks that you get charged a vet visit for them to confirm what you already knew...your cat has ear mites. We use the over the counter stuff and it works great and the cost is about -20 a bottle for the better stuff. Go for the better stuff, it works faster and you do not have to use it as long as the cheaper stuff. We learned from experience the cheap stuff takes like 6 weeks to kill the earmites completely and then it takes two bottles. If you go for the more expensive meds you use less and have to use for a shorter time frame and it works better. We also bought ear wash for our cats as well. We would use the ear wash first to clean out all the crusty crap from the mites and then put in the medication....this allows the medication to work better instead of setting on top of all the crusty crap and having to ooze down through that mess to get to the mites. You can make your own ear wash...all your really need is one of those cheap travel sized bottle from the sample isle of your local wal-mart or target store. Get a bottle with a top on it like a lotion bottle so when you squeeze it a stream of water will come out. Fill that bottle with warm (NOT HOT) water and wash out the ears and the gently dry them with a soft cloth. Your cat might actually like this because it feels soooo good to clean all the crap out of his ears. Once all the crap is cleaned out then put in the medicine.

  45. QUESTION:
    What natural alternative would you use to replace using albutenol and pulmicont to treat coughing and wheezing?
    my 2 yr. old son is coughing and wheezing. His doctor prescribed albutenol and pulmicont. He is to take this in the form of vapor with a small nebulizer compressor. Personally I'd rather take the natural approach...your suggestions are well appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Bella,
      I also have asthma. The best 'natural approach' you can take for your son is to make sure your home is a dust free environment. Wash his bedding frequently with sensitive washing detergent to remove dust, mites and pollens. Pet hair is often problematic so do your best to keep pets away or to choose pets with hypoallergenic fur.

      I know what it is like to have bad asthma and being unable to breathe properly. It's an awful experience and I'd not wish it upon anyone, let alone a two year old child. You will probably find that your son gets immediate relief from inhaling Albuterol through the nebulizer, and my advice from many years of experience, a few visits to the hospital and seeing several doctors is to continue with the treatment... at least until you and your doctor can get a better feel for the causes and symptoms of your son's condition.

      If your doctor is prescribing Albuterol (reliever) and Pulmicort (preventor) the best thing for your child's health is to stick with them. There are yet no natural remedies that are proven to prevent asthma attacks, so it is vital that you are using the preventor medication as your doctor has indicated. Similarly, in the event of an attack, nothing will stimulate the lungs to open and allow air through as well as the reliever medication. A doctor wouldn't prescribe both a reliever and a preventor if your child's condition didn't call for it.

      Depending on your son's condition you may find that his need for medicines will be reduced as he ages, sometimes asthma clears away completely after childhood. I understand your desire to find natural remedies, but this is really a very serious condition with no effective natural remedies. You could put your son's life at risk if you were to turn away from these effective treatments.
      Good luck with your son, all the best :)

      EDIT -
      Please don't be scared off by what Patti says. A cat is very different to a human. Especially a cat with the complications of diabetes and a tumor.
      You can't compare a dose of steroids in a shot from a vet with that of an asthma reliever when taken as directed.

  46. QUESTION:
    I have an allergy where I sneeze, have an itchy and runny nose in cooler weather, is there anything I can do?
    I take Telfast every second day if it gets really bad but I'd like to find a natural alternative. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a wonderful medicine in the Philippines called Lagundi, or Chaste Tree. It is very powerful for rhinitis as well as other viral or allergy inspired respiratory problems. The other herb referred to in the preceding message is called Sacred Basil in English, and is also good for your problem. There are herbal remedies here that contain both of these powerful herbal solutions. If you drop me a line, I can fill you in on how to get them.
      Dr. Allen Sanders

  47. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any advice on natural non toxic head lice products ?
    My kids are always getting head lice or nits I've tried most of the shop bought stuff and although some of it works I'd like to know if there is a natural alternative out there, something that's safe for my kids heads?

    • ANSWER:
      Concerns about toxins in mainstream head lice products mean more and more parents are now opting for natural head lice remedies. One such treatment is those that contain natural plant extracts and oils, including Olea europaea – one of nature’s anti-parasitics – and Eucalyptus globulus – a powerful natural disinfectant – to help eliminate head lice.
      This non-toxic, environmentally-friendly head lice treatment goes to work as soon as it is applied, its advanced natural formula interferes with the head lice reproductive lifecycle by killing live head lice and dissolving the glue that binds head lice eggs (‘nits’) to the hair shaft. Once nits are detached, they can be combed out quickly and easily using the nit comb.
      So far there have been no reports of head lice resistance to the natural repellents such as Olea europaea and Eucalyptus globulus.

      A product you can try is called nit-nurse.

      It is available from
      http://www.nit-nurse.com

      I hope this helps
      Peter Boyd Msc.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for soothing mental illness?
    I just ordered some "mind soothe" and I am looking for other suggestions for aroma therapy, massage, meditation, etc. And how any alternative medicine works for you. I'm trying to take some ownership on helping to get myself to feel better, feel more in charge of this and I'm hoping you can help!

    • ANSWER:
      Why soothe when you can cure it.

      Start the omega 3 diet.I have researched omega 3 acids for 2 years and performed a very successful experiment on myself and few of my volunteer friends.Few months of the omega 3 diet it significantly reduced stress[and/or cured depression] problems permanently and significantly raised my intelligence,improved memory,sight,reflexes[and many other known and unknown benefits]and without any drugs or supplements in the form of pills.

      Take two table spoons of grinded flaxseed[rich with omega 3 and cheap]a day[with a glass of water] and in a few months you will start to notice significant improvement in your mental health[you will become more psychologically stable,among other things].Use a coffee grinder.Whole seeds cannot be digested by the hydrochloric acid in our stomach only grinded seeds.A fact and not a assumption.You have nothing to loose only gain by it.There are many articles on the internet about the omega 3.2 years ago before i started the diet i did not feel so stable or happy how i feel today.

      Flax is the best source of ALA omega 3 fatty acid which our body converts to more important fatty acids called DHA and EPA.For the efficient conversion to take place,foods containing a large amount of the following nutrients must be consumed along with the flaxseed:C,B3,B6 [vitamins],zink and Magnesium [minerals].I recommend 3 table spoons of flax with 100 grams[or more if to your liking] of almonds and/or 250g of green peas,1 kiwi every day.[do not take more then 3 table spoons of flax because large amounts can cause intestinal gases which can cause abdominal pain and/or constipation.If three spoons causes abdominal discomfort lower the dosage to 2 table spoons of grinded flax and elevate it to 3 table spoons after your body adapts to high fiber content].

      The information in the following link should provide you with the nutritional facts of most if not all known fruits and

      vegetables:http://www.nutritiondata.com

      If you are consistent with this diet you will gain permanent emotional stability and you will realize your unlimited potential because your brain will receive what it needs to continue its evolution.

  49. QUESTION:
    What natural or alternative remedies have you had success in treating ADHD for your child?
    I'm looking for specific brands of herbal, homeopathic, supplements, etc. My son is 7 and has been diagnosed with ADHD and I would like some suggestions as we are not going to medicate him. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the severity of the ADHD. I have two boys ages 7 and 8 who are extremely ADHD and a majority of the herbal remedies did not work for them. There is a form of massage therapy called Cranial Sacral that did provide a form of relief for my oldest son. It is hard to find a therapist that is licensed in that field and expensive but it was, by far, the best thing we tried. Another thing that helps somewhat is diet modification. Try eliminating processed sugars, processed foods in general and adding more protein, raw vegetables (if you can get him to eat it), and whole grains. Sometimes even the herbacides that are used on vegetables can cause problems so make sure everything is all natural. There is a product called BrightSpark that I've heard works wonders and also one called Focus. It's basically a combination of different amino acids, minerals and vitamins that help the nervous system function on a more "normal" basis. As weird as this may sound ear candleing is a wonderful help for ADHD too. We do it regularly and it helps a great deal for the concentration. We've also found that counseling helps...it helps them cope with having ADHD and gives them someone to talk to outside of the family. Good luck!! Some of the smartest, most successful people have ADHD and used it to their advantage (Albert Einstein for one).

  50. QUESTION:
    What's the Best Natural Remedy to safely boost ones' Immune System while undergoing Chemotherapy?
    My sister is undergoing chemotherapy, she is low and needs an immune booster; one that is natural and can be taken with little or no side-effects while she is on this treatment...thanks for your responses.

    • ANSWER:
      Spunky is right; before your sister takes any vitamins or supplements they should be cleared with her oncologist to make sure they don't cause the chemo to become less effective.

      I strongly suggest that for advice about coping with the side effects of chemotherapy you ask your question in the Cancer section, where you will get answers based on experience or knowledge.

      I think in this section you are for more likely to get answers from people suggesting you urge her to give up treatment in favour of 'alternative' (ie unproven) treatments, or to undertake restrictive diets that may very well make her feel worse.

      Be aware that people giving such advice have no experience of cancer or its treatments, just the ability to google.

      EDIT: Told you so.

      The two answerers below are examples of distressed relatives, who sometimes look for something or someone to blame after a cancer patient's death, and conclude that it was the treatment that killed the person.

      Chemo isn't always effective. But in those cases it is the cancer, not the treatment, that kills the patient - they have died in spite of treatment, not because of it.

      Iscador/mistletoe is not used in Europe; in some countries, for example the UK, it is available at a price. But there is no evidence that it is effective against cancer. And in all European countries, the treatments are the same as those used in the US. I know - I was treated in the UK


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there any way you can improve your chances of having twins?
    We already have a daughter who is amazing, but i know i'm just being greedy but i would love to have twins. I've worked with children and i understand its much harder having two but i would love to have twins.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, let me say this is the third, maybe fourth question this week about someone wanting twins other than me.
      Go to the doctor and get an examination to let him/her know you are trying to conceive and make sure everything is alright and see if there is anything you need to do. You need to take a vitamin with plenty of folic acid. For twins, take extra folic acid, calcium, and b6 vitamin. Eat yams, particularly, cassava root, dairy and beef.
      What factors predispose couples to have twins? Here are some interesting findings.

      Genetics
      If you are a woman whose mother, sister, maternal aunt or maternal grandmother had fraternal twins, this trait may have been passed to you. Fraternal twins can only be conceived if a woman releases two eggs at ovulation, and this trait has been genetically predetermined in some people.

      Age
      If you are a woman between the ages of 35 - 39, you are more likely to conceive twins. This likelihood increases more after 40, but mostly because women are using fertility treatments at that age. Women over 35 may release more than one egg at ovulation because their cycles are being disrupted by perimenopause.

      Previous Pregnancies
      The more previous pregnancies and births a woman has experienced, the more likely twins will be in subsequent pregnancies. If a woman has conceived twins (especially fraternal twins) before, she is more likely to have them again.

      Race/Ethnicity
      In the United States, people of African descent have a higher incidence of twins than Caucasians, who have a higher rate of twinning than Asians. Native Americans have a slightly lower incidence than Asians, and Hispanics have the lowest rate of twinning.

      Weight/Height
      Obese women, especially those with a body mass index over 30, tend to conceive twins more often, but also have higher risk pregnancies because of the excess weight. Taller women are also more likely to conceive twins.

      Diet/Nutrition
      There is some scientific evidence that eating animal products, especially dairy, increases a woman's chances of conceiving twins. Vegan women who eat no dairy have a very low rate of twin conception. Women whose diets are high in folate seem to conceive twins more often, as do those who eat yams or other products high in natural estrogen-like compounds. Women in the Yoruba tribe in Africa have a phenomenal rate of twinning, and consume yams as a major part of their diet. Once twins have been conceived, consuming a healthy, adequate diet is essential for the proper development of the babies as well.

      Environment
      Strangely enough, some studies have found that living near a polluted area increases a woman's chances of having twins.

      Breastfeeding
      Women who are breastfeeding when they get pregnant again (often accidentally!) are more likely to conceive twins.

      Infertility
      As those who have been through the infertility process know, both infertility drugs and IVF increase a couple's chances of a multiple pregnancy.
      Ever heard of smart stork? They may be able to help if you want to try and are willing to spend the money.
      You may also be able to buy fertility drugs online, but even they don't like to sell them to you without the advice of a doctor, not prescription but advice. Good luck.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of acne and scabbed acne?
    I have some acne some near my mouth 1 just on like the tip of my nose which is extremely annoying and some on my cheeks how could i get rid of acne it really bothers me. I know this sounds weird from a guy but kind of an eye sore. if you know what i mean....

    I know i asked this before like 2 mins ago but i spelled acne wrong so bear with me.

    • ANSWER:
      - hey Ryan !
      - I have a book here called 1,801 Home Remedies
      - Trustworthy treatments for everyday health problems.
      - I'll write everything down for U, so bare with me okay.
      - Acne:
      - If scientist can decipher the human genome, U'd think they could find a way 2 eradicate acne.
      - No suck luck.
      - It's up 2 U 2 deal with the outbreaks that can damage U're pride of appearance long after teenage angst past.
      - When a pimple rears it's ugly black, white, or red head, over-the-counter products can help.
      - But so can simple remedies from Mother Nature's medicine chest.
      What's wrong ?
      - U're skin is producing 2 much sebum (the thick oily substance that acts as a natural lubricant) & the excess is blocking U're pores.
      - There R 2 kinds of acne.
      - The most common form "acne vulgaris" shows up on U're face, chest, shoulders or back as blackheads, whiteheads or red blemishes.
      - "Cystic acne" appears as painful cysts or firm painless limps.
      - Fluctuating hormones caused by puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause or birth-control pills often increase the production of sebum, which can trigger an outbreak of either type.
      - Other culprits include emotional stress, clothing that rubs against the skin & some drugs (such as steroids).
      - Genetics may also play a role.
      - Zap Zits Now:
      - The first avenue of assault is an over-the-counter cream or gel formulated with "benzoyl peroxide".
      - It works by mildly irritating the skin, which encourage dying skin cells 2 flake off.
      - This helps reopen clogged pores.
      - Benzoyl peroxide also kills the bacteria that infect clogged pores.
      - Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHAs), such as glycolic acid, slough off the outermost layer of skin, which helps keep pores clean & unclogged.
      - Opt for a cream, lotion or gel that contains 8% glycolic acid.
      - At the first hint of a pimple, wrap an ice cube in a piece of plastic wrap & hold it 2 the area at least twice a day, every hour if U can, but no for no longer than 5 minutes each time.
      - The cold will reduce the redness & ease the inflammation.
      - Pop an aspirin or 2 :
      - Taking 1 or two 325 milligram tablets 4 times a day can help calm an acne outbreak by reducing inflammation. (check with U're doctor before taking aspirin regularly.)
      - Try Alternative Acne Treatments:
      - 3 times a day, dab a drop of tea-tree oil on blemishes 2 discourage infection & speed healing.
      - Research has found that 5% tea-tree oil is as effective against acne as a 5% benzoyl peroxide solution.
      - Dab vinegar or lemon juice on pimples.
      - All vinegars contains acids that can help flush out pores & so does lemon juice.
      - An old folk remedy for healing pimples is 2 use a mixture of spice & honey on them.
      - Combine 1 teaspoon powdered nutmeg & 1 teaspoon honey & apply it 2 the pimple.
      - Leave on for 20 minutes, then wash off.
      - There's no proof that this hyelps, but honey does have antiseptic properties.
      - Apply aloe vera:
      - 1 study found that 90% of skin sores were completely healed with aleo vera within 5 days.
      - Think zinc:
      - People with acne tend 2 have lower than normal zinc levels.
      - Zinc supplements produce visible improvement in about a third of people who take them.
      - U'll need high doses though (between 200 & 600 milligrams daily), so take it only under U're doctor's supervision.
      - The Power Of Prevention:
      - If U keep skin free of dirt & axcess oil (the thinking goes) perhaps U're pores will never get clogged.
      - But over-cleansing can cause acne by making U're sebaceous glads produce more oil.
      - Forgo granulated cleansers & avoid washcloths, cuz they can be abrasive & can accumulate bacteria if U reuse them.
      - Instead, use a disposable cleansing cloth or cotton pads.
      - Make a skin-cleansing solution 2 help clear up blackheads.
      - Add 1 teaspoon of Epsom salt & 3 drops of iodine 2 one-half cup of water & bring 2 a boil & then let cool.
      - Dip in a clean cotton pad & use it 2 clean the pores.
      - Men; rince U're razor in alcohol after U use it so any bacteria it harbors won't transfer itself 2 u're face.
      - 2 Squeeze or Not 2 Squeeze:
      - If U absolutely, positively must squeeze U're blemishes, here's the dermatologist-approved method (& this is only valid for whiteheads)
      - Clean the area well.
      - light a match & hold the tip of a needle in the flame for 3 seconds.
      - Then gently nick the surface of the pimple.
      - Use a cotton swab 2 drain it, then clean it with hydrogen peroxide, if U wish.
      - But don't squeeze or pick, cuz U'll make it worse.
      - 2 "squeeze" a blackhead, use a blackhead extractor, available in drugstores.
      - Soften the blemish with a hot-water compress for 10 minutes before U use it, & wash U're hands beforehand 2 reduce the chances of infection.
      - Well.....
      - ther U R dude.
      - That's all she wrote, lol.
      PS: I find that if I wash my face with a goat's milk soap when I first jump in the shower, it will remove all the dirt, oil & dead skin.
      - then after I'm done my shower & just before I get out, I wash my face with some "St. Ives" clear pore cleanser.
      - then I dry off & use a "neutrogena deep clean invigorating dual action toner"
      - U'll be amaze on just how clear U're face will become.
      - good luck & chow bro !

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the earliest that women starts to go through the?
    change of life. I am 36. I think I might be going through it. I guess other people call it menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      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

  5. QUESTION:
    when does medipos start, at what age? What are the signs that you are entering that stage in ones life?

    • ANSWER:
      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

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do hot flashes actually raise your body temp?
    I am in my second month of Lupron for treating my endometriosis. It has been a miracle treatment for me - Complete relief of my pain very, very quickly with almost no side effects..... except for hot flashes.

    The hot flashes come and go usually for a week at a time. I've been having them every day for a week or so again and tonight I don't know why but I took my temperature when I felt hot and it read 99.0. I know that's not a big deal but I tend to run low, anywhere between 97.5-98.6. Also, I am a "hypochondriac" or at least I get scared a lot of being sick.

    Is it normal for a hot flash to raise you temp a little? Mine went back to normal already but I am still curious as of what to expect. I won't be stopping this Lupron anytime soon as I feel that I finally have a life back but the hot flashes... man they can be brutal!

    • ANSWER:
      That is absolutely normal.

      Hot flashes can be really uncomfortable, but in the long range they're nothing to worry about.

      Honestly, though, 99.0 is a healthy body temperature - it's actually better than 97.5

      Running slightly on the high end of normal (99) is healthier than running on the low end of normal (97.5), but both are in the range of normal and nothing to worry about.

      Some women's fluctuations in hot flashes are several degrees or more - when you regularly go over 101 that's when to talk to your doctor. If you ever go up to 104, go to the hospital immediately. But 99 is actually a desirable temperature.

      To avoid swings in temperature, avoid alcohol, caffeine, preservatives, and so-called conventional dairy and meat. Choose lots of veggies, plenty of fruit, grassfed beef and lamb, organic and grassfed dairy, and wild caught fish.

      Get plenty of rest, both extra sleep and just plain old down time. Also get plenty of exercise, especially gentle relaxing exercise like yoga, and also regular cardio and strength training.

      A very important mineral to make sure you're getting is magnesium. Eat magnesium-rich foods like lots of leafy green veggies. Soak in epsom salts, rub with magnesium oil, or take magnesium citrate supplements. Some oral magnesium supplements can bring on mild diarrhea if you take too much at once; in fact they're often used to treat mild constipation. I love Natural Calm - it's a powder you dissolve in warm water and drink. It helps normalize sleep, relaxation, menstrual problems, perimenopause symptoms, and fixes constipation gently by the next morning.

      Talk with your doctor before adding any supplements, but magnesium does not have any known negative interactions with Lupron. You may be surprised at how much better it makes you feel.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do any female animals experience menopause?
    If so, at what age do they experience it and what are the signs of menopause in say for example a rabbit.

    If not, how can you tell that an animal is to old to conceive a baby animal.

    I am mostly wondering about rabbits but I also want to know about any animal.

    • ANSWER:
      Humans (female) are a species that experience menopause. Info follows:

      Menopause
      Menopause is quite simply the final pause of menstruation. This phase of a woman's life is part of the natural aging process. It is not a disease or a disaster. Your ovaries slowly reduce the level of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) they produce and child bearing is no longer an option. For many women this is a big relief. Generally speaking, health professionals agree that 52 is the average age when full menopause takes affect. The full age range is between 42 to 56.

      Menopause is preceded by perimenopause and followed by post menopause. All three stages come with their own telltale signs with considerable overlap from one to the other. So, unlike the beginning of your period, which seems to happen in a single moment of time, menopause is very wishy washy. Full menopause is considered to be in effect when you have not had your period for a full year.

      Menopause is not experienced by all women in the same way. Much depends on the individual's diet, lifestyle, genetics and attitudes held by the woman, her family, culture and society about aging. If you come from a world that does not respect older people, and is narrowly focused on youth, your menopause transition period may be more difficult to navigate. However, you may also experience deep personal growth and a strong sense of liberation.

      Be aware that our commercialized society will try to medicalize your symptoms. Be wise. Look for natural alternatives before getting on the pill band wagon. Weigh the risks and benefits carefully. Become your own authority.

      There is a home-use test that you can take to determine if you are perimenopausal or fully menopausal. U.S Food and Drug Administration approved kits measure Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in your urine. FSH is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland. FSH levels increase temporarily each month to stimulate your ovaries to produce eggs. When you enter menopause and your ovaries stop working your FSH levels also increase. The test will provide a FSH level reading so that you can determine what stage of "the Pause" you are at.

      As for rabbits, this study may interest you:

      Lack of difference among progestins on the anti-atherogenic effect of ethinyl estradiol: a rabbit study
      Peter Alexandersen1,3, Jens Haarbo1, Pieter Zandberg2, Jørgen Jespersen1, Sven O. Skouby1 and Claus Christiansen1
      1 Center for Clinical & Basic Research, Ballerup Byvej 222, 2750 Ballerup, Denmark and 2 Department of Vascular Pharmacology, N.V.Organon, Molenstraat 110, 5340 BH Oss, The Netherlands

      3 To whom correspondence should be addressed. e-mail: pa@ccbr.dk

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      BACKGROUND: Progestins in combination with estrogen are believed to have different effects on the cardiovascular system. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of different oral contraceptive formulations on the development of experimental atherosclerosis and vascular reactivity. METHODS: A total of 160 sexually mature rabbits were ovariectomized and randomly assigned to equally large groups: (i) a cholesterol-rich diet (320 mg/day), either given alone (placebo), or together with (ii) ethinyl estradiol (EE 70 µg/day, oral), (iii) desogestrel (DSG 525 µg/day, oral), (iv) gestodene (GSD 262.5 µg/day, oral), (v) levonorgestrel (LNG 525 µg/day, oral), (vi) EE + DSG, (vii) EE + LNG, or (viii) EE + GSD. After 31 weeks of treatment, aortic accumulation of cholesterol and vascular vasoreactivity (in vitro) were determined. RESULTS: Progestins alone did not reduce the accumulation of cholesterol. EE alone or in combination with a progestin reduced the accumulation of cholesterol relative to placebo (P < 0.0001). Isolated vessels from EE-treated animals relaxed significantly more to physiological concentrations of acetylcholine than did placebo (P < 0.001), whereas vessels treated with EE plus a progestin showed an intermediate response. CONCLUSION: The progestins investigated can be combined with EE without attenuating the anti-atherogenic effect of EE.

      Key words: atherosclerosis/estrogen/progestins/rabbits/vascular reactivity

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      The question of whether oral contraceptive (OC) formulations increase the risk of arterial events (such as myocardial infarction) in younger women remains unsolved. Several recent case–control studies have reported an increased risk of myocardial infarction in women using OC compared with non-users (Jick et al., 1996; Lewis et al., 1996; 1997; World Health Organization, 1997; Lewis, 1998; Dunn et al., 1999; 2001; Farley et al., 1999; Tanis et al., 2001; Rosendaal et al., 2002), although other recent data have not confirmed this observation (Sidney et al., 1998). Recent European studies have indicated that OC use is associated with increased risk of myocardial infarction, in contrast to US studies that found no increased risk among OC users (Lewis 1998; Sidney et al., 1998). Only a few studies have directly compared the effect on myocardial infarction of OC formulations containing a second-generation progestin (levonorgestrel) with those containing third-generation progestins (desogestrel or gestodene) (Jick et al., 1996; Lewis et al., 1996; 1997; World Health Organization, 1997; Dunn et al., 2001; Tanis et al., 2001), but they were all designed as case–control studies; the reported relative risk in these studies varies (between 0.3 and 1.8), and the numbers are small.

      The relative preponderance in venous events (e.g. deep venous thrombosis) as compared with arterial events (e.g. myocardial infarction) in pre-menopausal women is gradually equalized as the menopause is reached, so that the relative frequency of these events is close to 1:1 in peri-menopausal women. Since OC are prescribed for millions of pre-menopausal (and peri-menopausal) women who use these formulations for many years, it would be of the utmost public health importance to establish even a small increase in the relative risk. Therefore, the issue of OC in relation to arterial disease is highly relevant. It should be borne in mind, however, that it is possible that for both OC and HRT users, there may be prothrombotic mechanisms in relation to arterial as well as venous complications that are not necessarily based on atherosclerosis, but that are reflected in the population-based studies. Primary (Rossouw et al., 2002) and secondary (Grady et al., 2002) prevention studies of HRT have failed to show cardioprotection in post-menopausal women.

      We report here the results from an experimental study in rabbits of atherosclerosis designed to investigate the effect of estrogen (ethinyl estradiol, EE) in combination with levonorgestrel (LNG), desogestrel (DSG), or gestodene (GSD) on vascular reactivity, lipoprotein metabolism, and the aortic accumulation of cholesterol.

      Materials and methods
      Top
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      Materials and methods
      Results
      Discussion
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      Study design
      A total of 160 sexually mature female rabbits of the Danish Country strain (SSC:CPH) were obtained from Statens Serum Institute, Denmark. They were individually housed at room temperature (20 ± 2°C), a relative humidity of 55 ± 5%, and with a 12 h light cycle. The study was conducted in the animal facilities at the Center for Clinical & Basic Research (CCBR), Ledoeje, Denmark. After a 2 week period of acclimatization, the animals underwent bilateral ovariectomy to inhibit intrinsic production of sex hormones (Alexandersen et al., 1998). One week after surgery, the rabbits were then randomly assigned to one of the following eight treatment groups: (i) a cholesterol-rich diet (320 mg/day), either given alone (placebo), or together with (ii) EE (orally, 70 µg/day), (iii) DSG (orally, 525 µg/day), (iv) GSD (orally, 262.5 µg/day), (v) LNG (orally, 525 µg/day), (vi) EE continuously combined with DSG (doses as above) (EE + DSG), (vii) EE continuously combined with LNG (doses as above) (EE + LNG), or (viii) EE continuously combined with GSD (doses as above) (EE + GSD). We did not include a sham-operated group in this study as it was previously shown that sham operation per se in rabbits results in a mean accumulation of cholesterol that was not statistically significant from that of the non-treated control group (Haarbo et al., 1992). Hormone doses used in this study were chosen based on previous experience with these doses (the McPhail test in rabbits; EE, LNG and DSG) (van der Vies and de Visser, 1983; Sulistiyani et al., 1995; Zandberg et al., 2001) or from in-house studies (GSD). The EE dose used was kept constant in all EE groups throughout the study period (31 weeks). We used the rabbit to evaluate the effect of sex steroids on atherogenesis because it is known to be a useful model of experimental atherosclerosis (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992; Sulistiyani et al., 1995).

      Key effect variables of the study comprised aortic atherosclerosis (i.e. fatty streaks and plaque formation), and vascular reactivity (primary key variables); and body weight, serum lipids and lipoproteins, uterus wet weight, hepatic cholesterol content, uterine estrogen receptor content, liver enzyme concentration, haemoglobin, and white cell count (secondary key variables).

      The study was approved and overviewed by the Experimental Animals Committee under the Danish Ministry of Justice. All procedures complied with the Danish guidelines for experimental animal studies.

      Rabbit chow
      Each rabbit was fed 100 g of chow per day throughout the entire study. The cholesterol-rich chow was prepared by first dissolving the hormone or the combination of hormones (all provided by N.V. Organon, The Netherlands) in ethanol (96%; 0.50 ml per animal per day), then mixing with maize oil (Unikem, Denmark). Another mixture was prepared by dissolving cholesterol (SIGC-8503; Bie & Berntsen A/S, Denmark) in maize oil by slow heating. The hormone solution and the cholesterol solution containing maize oil (total daily intake of maize oil was 8 ml per animal) were then mixed manually together with the pellets (Altromin 2123, Brogaarden, Denmark), as previously described (Alexandersen et al., 1998). Food consumption was monitored weekly by weighing remaining chow. All animals had free access to water.

      Blood samples
      Blood samples were taken at baseline (week 0) and in weeks 6, 14 and 30. Blood samples were collected from a lateral ear vein on fasting animals (24 h) and analysed at the CCBR laboratory (Ballerup, Denmark) immediately after collection, except for the progestin concentrations that were assessed at Organon.

      Safety variables
      Haemoglobin, haematocrit, red blood cell count, leukocyte count (Sysmex K-1000; Toa Medical Electronics, Inc., USA) and alanine aminotransferase (ALAT) (Cobas Mira Plus; Roche Diagnostic Systems, Inc., F.Hoffmann–La Roche, Switzerland) were determined in weeks 0, 6, 14 and 30.

      Serum lipids and lipoproteins
      Total serum cholesterol (TC) and triglycerides (TG) were measured enzymatically by kinetic colorimetric methods (Cobas Mira). Ultracentrifuged lipoproteins were determined regularly throughout the study as described in detail elsewhere (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992; Alexandersen et al., 1998).

      Serum progestin concentrations
      A kinetic study was performed after 16 weeks of treatment to determine the serum concentrations of the respective progestins. Blood samples were taken before dosing, and then again 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 24 h after dosing, but taking only two samples per animal in each group (providing 40 samples per group), to give an impression of the pharmacokinetic profile of these compounds. These hormone concentrations were determined at Organon’s laboratories.

      Desogestrel
      DSG study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng DSG per ml plasma DSG and its internal standard (IS), an analogue of DSG, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by solid-phase extraction (SPE) with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Luna Phenyl Hexyl column. Ion spray was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 325.4 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 147.2 for DSG and m/z 339.20 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.1 for its IS.

      Gestodene
      GSD study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng of GSD per ml plasma. GSD and its IS, an analogue of GSD, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by SPE with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Hypersil BDS C18 column. Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 311.0 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 109.1 for GSD and m/z 339.10 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.20 for its IS.

      Levonorgestrel
      LNG study samples were determined according to a validated assay. The limit of quantification for this study was 1.0–200 ng of LNG per ml plasma. LNG and its IS, an analogue of LNG, were isolated from 0.1 ml of rabbit plasma by SPE with C-18 cartridges. The plasma extracts were analysed using an API 365 LC-MS-MS system. The liquid chromatograph was equipped with an analytical Luna Phenyl Hexyl column. Ion spray was applied as ionization technique, monitoring m/z 313.3 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 109.2 for LNG and m/z 339.20 (M + H) with fragment ion m/z 229.10 for its IS.

      Aortic accumulation of cholesterol
      Necropsy (week 32) was done with an i.v. injection of 1–2 ml of mebumal (pentobarbital) 20% solution. The thoracic aorta (just above the aortic valves to the level of the diaphragm) was dissected free, and the connective tissue adhering to the adventitia was then carefully removed under running saline. The aorta was cut longitudinally and the luminal surface was rinsed with saline. The vessel was fixed at the corners with pins onto a piece of paper on a corkboard. The tissue was separated in two parts (a proximal and a distal part) at the level of the first intercostal arteries. The proximal part was utilized to strip the luminal layer containing the intima and part of the media from the underlying media/adventitia. The proximal part was weighed and stored at –20°C until analysed. For analysis, the luminal layer of the aortic tissue was minced and the lipids were extracted chemically with chloroform and methanol (2:1, vol/vol) over 24 h. The lipids were separated from the proteins (Haarbo et al., 1991). The total aortic cholesterol content in the tissue specimens was measured enzymatically after the fraction containing cholesterol had been taken to dryness by heating and then dissolved in 1.0 ml of 2-propanol. The amount of protein in the aorta was measured as described by Lowry (1951). The weight of the heart was recorded.

      Morphometric analysis of aortic plaque area
      The aorta (comprising the ascendant part, the arch, and the descendant part, from the aortic valves and to the first intercostal artery) was opened longitudinally and rinsed in 50% ethanol and dyed in Sudan Red for 1 min. Each aortic tissue dyed was projected onto a horizontal surface with a projecting videocamera (JAI 2040 Protec, Japan) and videotaped under microscope (Zeiss Stemi 2000/C, Germany). The images obtained were then digitized (ImagePro Plus, USA) to determine the surface involvement of atherosclerotic lesions (fatty streaks) and the total area occupied by the atheroma plaque (see below). Surface involvement by atherosclerosis in an animal was assessed by tracing the contours of the lumen expressed as percentage of the total aortic area. Summing the degree of surface involvement per animal and dividing by the number of animals in the group, the mean degree of surface involvement by atherosclerosis in a treatment group was calculated. Sudan Red was found not to significantly interfere with chemical determination of aortic accumulation of cholesterol (data not shown).

      Preparation of aortic rings and tension monitoring
      Isolated vascular segments (3–4 mm transverse sections) from the thoracic aorta were prepared from the newly killed rabbit (Furchgott and Zawadzki 1980). Five to ten rabbits randomly selected from each group were used. The rings were immediately placed in ice-cold Krebs’ solution and cleaned under careful protection of the endothelium. The Krebs’ solution consisted of (mmol/l): NaCl 118.0, KCl 4.7, CaCl2 2.6, MgSO4 1.2, KH2PO4 1.2, NaCHO3 24.9, and glucose 11.1. The isolated rings were mounted in the organ bath on two parallel and horizontal stainless steel wires (40 µm in diameter) inserted into the lumen of the vessel. The bath contained Krebs’ solution at 37°C, carbonized with 95%/5% of O2/CO2. One hook was fixed, and the other connected to a force transducer measuring the isometric tension of the ring (Myograph 400; JP Trading A/S, Denmark). Initially, the rings were stretched to a basal tension of 2.0 g and allowed to equilibrate for 45 min. From other experiments, it was found that a basal tension of 2.0 g developed the maximal active tension in the rings (data not shown), and the basal tension was therefore increased to 2.0 g before each experiment and allowed to equilibrate for ≥30 min. The rings were then contracted twice with a 126 mmol/l K+ Krebs’ solution, which is identical to Krebs solution, except that Na+ in the Krebs’ was exchanged with K+ on a molar basis. The experiment began with repeated contraction with phenylephrine to 40% of their maximal contraction with high dose potassium (126 mmol/l). Cumulative dose–response curves to acetylcholine were then obtained in the concentration range of 10–8 to 10–5 mol/l. The rings were washed and allowed to relax. The vessels were then stimulated with phenyleprine again to 50% of the maximal contractile response to 126 mmol/l of K+ , and dose–response curves were subsequently obtained for sodium nitroprusside (4x10–8 to 1.3x10–5 mol/l).

      Liver accumulation of cholesterol
      The amount of cholesterol accumulated during the study was determined after homogenization of a liver biopsy taken at the time of necropsy. Hepatic cholesterol concentrations were assessed after homogenization and adjusted for hepatic protein similarly as described for aortic cholesterol determinations (Haarbo et al., 1991).

      The uterus and endometrial tissue
      The bicornuate uterus was cut at the level of the vagina and beginning of the salpinges, removed and the wet weight determined. A sample of endometrial tissue was excised and immediately frozen in liquid nitrogen, and stored at –85°C until analysis. For analysis, the endometrial tissue was homogenized and centrifuged at 800 g. The supernatant was then further centrifuged at 105 000 g, and the obtained supernatant (cytosol) was used for determination of cytosolic estrogen-binding capacity by steroid-binding assay with dextran-coated charcoal separation (Thorpe, 1987). The estrogen-binding capacity was adjusted for the protein concentration in the cytosol (Bradford, 1976). The 800 g pellet was washed, the nuclear receptors extracted by 0.6 mol/l KCl (Thorpe et al., 1986) and the nuclear estrogen receptor content determined by an enzyme immunoassay (Abott Laboratories). The inter-assay variation of the estrogen-binding capacity and the estrogen receptor (immunoassay) and protein determination were 7, 6 and 5% respectively. All analyses were done without knowledge of the treatment group.

      Statistics
      The mean levels of serum lipids and lipoproteins during the treatment period were calculated as the area under the curve (AUC). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was performed for the primary and secondary key variables. If ANOVA indicated statistical significance, Student’s t-test was used to compare groups against the placebo group using Dunnett’s correction for multiple comparisons. The relationship between aortic accumulation of cholesterol and the averaged serum total cholesterol (and lipoprotein) level was determined by correlation analysis. Dose–response curves for acetylcholine were performed for each treatment group (n = 5–10), and ANOVA was used to test for statistical differences among groups at each concentration of acetylcholine. Linear correlation was performed between accumulation of cholesterol and vascular response to acetylcholine. Analysis of co-variance (ANCOVA) was used to investigate the significance of serum lipids and lipoproteins and of other non-lipid-mediated effects of the hormone treatments (independent variables) on the accumulation of cholesterol (dependent variable), and to study the degree of endothelial dysfunction (dependent variable) after correction for aortic accumulation of cholesterol and treatment (independent variables). All statistical analyses were performed with 5% as the level of significance.

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      Table I gives the baseline characteristics for the eight study groups in terms of body weight and serum lipids and serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). There was no statistically significant difference among groups for any variable tested. During the study, all groups significantly increased the body weight by 20% (P < 0.05). Treatment with DSG, GSD, or LNG did not significantly affect the average TC concentration (Table II). However, treatment with EE or EE plus a progestin significantly lowered average TC concentrations. Changes in TC were paralleled by modifications in the atherogenic lipoproteins (LDL-C, IDL-C, and VLDL-C) (ANOVA: P < 0.001 for all), and all hormone treatments (progestins alone or in combination with EE) significantly increased average HDL-C concentrations (ANOVA: P < 0.001).

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      Table I. Baseline characteristics

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      Table II. Mean (SEM) serum lipid and lipoprotein concentrations calculated from the area under the concentration–time curve (AUC)

      Cholesterol feeding per se resulted in an extensive aortic accumulation of cholesterol (nmol/mg wet weight) and this was significantly attenuated by long-term treatment with EE (P < 0.0001) or EE plus a progestin (P 0.5}.

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      Figure 1. Individual values for the aortic accumulation of cholesterol (µmol/mg wet weight) (upper part of the figure) or the morphometric data based on the area of the aortic arch covered by plaque (lower part of the figure) in the eight groups. EE = ethinyl estradiol; DGS = desogestrel; GTD = gestodene; LNG = levonorgestrel. Rabbits treated with EE alone or in combination with a progestin (DSG, GSD or LNG) had significantly lower accumulation of cholesterol and atherosclerotic plaque than placebo. There was no statistically significant difference between the progestin groups and the placebo group. ***P < 0.0001 (analysis of variance).

      Morphometric analysis of the plaque covering the surface of the thoracic aorta revealed that there were significantly more atheromatous lesions in the placebo group than in the EE and the EE + progestin groups (P < 0.001 for all groups versus placebo) (Figure 1 and Figure 2). This still held true after adjustment for multiple comparisons (P < 0.0001).

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      Figure 2. Representative samples of the aortic arches used for morhometric determination of the area covered by atherosclerotic plaques. Upper panel shows examples from the placebo group (cholesterol feeding alone; placebo), and the ethinyl estradiol (EE) group; whereas the lower panel shows examples from each of the EE + progestin groups. There was significantly less plaque accumulated in the EE group and the EE + progestin groups compared with placebo (P < 0.0001). Numbers indicate animal identifications.

      Figure 3 shows the EC50 to acetylcholine for the various treatment groups (top). There was no significant difference between groups, but treatment with EE and EE plus a progestin tended to have lower EC50 values than controls. The response to two physiological doses of acetylcholine (1.0x10–7 and 3.2x10–7 mol/l) in precontracted vessels is shown (centre and bottom). Vessels treated with EE relaxed significantly more to acetylcholine than control vessels or vessels with a progestin alone (P < 0.05). Moreover, combining EE with a progestin relaxed the vessels significantly more than control vessels but to a lesser extent than with EE alone. Vasorelaxation to physiological concentrations of acetylcholine (1.0x10–7 and 3.2x10–7 mol/l) correlated significantly and inversely to aortic accumulation of cholesterol (r = –0.39 P = 0.002 and r = –0.37 P = 0.004 respectively). To study the influence of increasing accumulation of cholesterol on the endothelial dysfunction evaluated by vascular reactivity in vitro, ANCOVA was done. We found that treatment with EE significantly and independently of aortic accumulation of cholesterol restored vasorelaxation {for EE: estimate [mean (SEM)] was 49.3 (10.4)%, P = 0.0001}, whereas the other treatments with EE plus a progestin or a progestin alone [DSG, –7.7 (9.2)% (not significant); GSD, –8.5 (9.1)% (not significant); LNG, –3.2 (9.7)% (not significant); EE + DSG, 17.7 (9.4)% (P = 0.065); EE + GSD, 13.2 (10.2)% (not significant); and EE ± LNG, 17.0 (8.8)% (P = 0.058)], or accumulation of cholesterol per se [–0.1 (0.2)%] did not.

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      Figure 3. The EC50 values for acetylcholine of isolated vessels for the treatment groups (top). There was no significant difference between groups, but treatment with ethinyl estradiol (EE) alone or combined with a progestin tended to have lower EC50 values than the placebo group. Long-term treatment with EE alone or combined with a progestin relaxed precontracted vessels to two physiological doses of acetylcholine [1.0x10–7 mol/l (centre) and 3.2x10–7 mol/l (bottom) significantly more than control vessels (black bar; P < 0.0001)]. Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

      The uterine wet weight was significantly higher in EE-treated animals than in controls (P < 0.0001; Figure 4). Progestins had a neutral effect on uterine wet weight, while EE in combination with any of the progestins significantly increased the wet weight indicating that the progestins with the doses used were not able to completely abolish the stimulatory effect of EE on this target organ (Figure 4). The uterine cytosolic estrogen receptor (ER) concentrations were significantly lowered in the EE group (P < 0.0001) and also in each of the EE plus progestin groups (P < 0.001–0.0001) relative to the placebo group, but also the progestins alone resulted in reduced concentrations compared with controls (P < 0.001) (Table III). For the nuclear ER concentrations there was no significant differences for any of the treatment groups, but all were lower than the control group.

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      Figure 4. Uterine wet weight for the rabbits according to treatment. The wet weight was significantly higher in ethinyl estradiol (EE)-treated animals than in the control group (P < 0.0001). Progestins themselves had a neutral effect on uterine wet weight, while EE in combination with a progestin all significantly increased the wet weight (P < 0.0001). Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

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      Table III. Hepatic cholesterol content and uterine cytosolic and uterine nuclear estrogen receptor content (fmol/mg protein)

      Safety aspects in relation to the study
      Figure 5 shows that the rabbits receiving EE or EE plus a progestin had concentration peaks for the progestin between 1 and 8 h after administration, as based on the kinetic study. The differences in the area under the curve for LNG versus DSG, and EE + LNG versus EE + DSG respectively, indicate a difference in the serum concentrations of these two progestins and may, in part, reflect difference in protein binding. Nevertheless, the serum concentrations of LNG in rabbits are similar to those reported for women (Kook et al., 2002).

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      Figure 5. Mean concentrations in serum (ng/ml) of the various progestins alone or when combined with ethinyl estradiol. Abbreviations as in Figure 1.

      During the last 6–8 weeks, the animals and particularly those in the EE group ceased increasing in body weight probably as a result of general health deterioration, and in the EE group a significant number of rabbits (n = 8) did not complete the study. Autopsy of these animals suggested a toxic estrogenic effect of the liver (liver cirrhosis) and of the uterus (probably deciduocarcinoma) by macroscopic examination, as previously reported as a consequence of exogenous estrogens (Janne et al., 2001). Due to decay of the internal organs the precise cause of death could not be determined in most cases. Table IV summarizes the percentage change in ALAT, haemoglobin, and white cell count. In the EE group, eight rabbits died prematurely (mostly after week 20). The temporary increase in ALAT (week 6) in the LNG, EE + DSG, EE + GSD, and EE + LNG groups decreased after 6 weeks of treatment, but never fully returned to pretreatment values (Table IV). The general health of the animals in the EE group as determined by the haemoglobin, red blood cell count and haematocrit (not shown), and clinical appearance deteriorated in the last period of the study, probably as a result of a toxic effect of the EE dose used.

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      Table IV. Mean (SEM) percentage changes from baseline in liver enzyme concentration, haemoglobin, and white cell count

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      The principal results of this experimental study was that EE either alone or in continuous combination with one of the progestins used, i.e. LNG, DSG or GSD, significantly inhibited the aortic accumulation of cholesterol relative to placebo (cholesterol-feeding alone), whereas treatment with progestin monotherapy had a neutral effect on atherogenesis, irrespective of the progestin used. After adjustment for lipids and lipoproteins, there still was an apparently inhibitory effect of EE on aortic accumulation of cholesterol suggesting a lipid concentration-independent mechanism of action for EE on atherogenesis. A previous study in non-human monkeys also found that animals treated with EE in combination with LNG (as a triphasic OC formulation) had significantly less iliac artery atherosclerosis than control animals (Kaplan et al., 1995). Extrapolating experimental data to the human situation should be done with caution, but only two population-based studies have been specifically designed to investigate the role of second versus third generation OC formulations on the risk of myocardial infarction (Dunn et al., 1999; Tanis et al., 2001). In the study by Dunn et al., the relative risk was found to be increased with third generation compared with second generation OC formulations [OR, 1.8 (95% CI, 0.7–4.8)], whereas in the study by Tanis et al. the relative risk was found to be decreased with third generation compared with second generation formulations [OR, 0.5 (95% CI, 0.2–1.1]. In addition, presence of cardiovascular risk factors (smoking and arterial hypertension) seems to be crucial for development of myocardial infarction in women taking OC (World Health Organization, 1997; Farley et al., 1998; Lewis, 1998; Petitti et al., 2000; Tanis et al., 2001). In fact, the WHO study found no increased risk of myocardial infarction in non-smoking women with no other cardiovascular risk factors who also reported blood pressure check before starting use of combined OC. Controlled, randomized studies are therefore clearly needed, although these studies will be of a considerable size taking into account the expected low incidence of myocardial infarction in pre-menopausal women (Crook and Godsland, 1998), and consequently such trials are very expensive to perform. Therefore, until clinical data on vascular endpoints are available, experimental animal studies may provide important clues in terms of the effect of various OC formulations on atherogenesis.
      Data on the direct effect of OC formulations on the human arterial system are lacking (Kuhl, 1996). We found evidence that the OC formulations used in this study had a direct effect on the arteries of cholesterol-fed rabbits. Acetylcholine-mediated relaxation of precontracted aortic rings was increased in the EE plus progestin groups, although less than in the EE group alone as compared with placebo. EE’s significant effect on restoring vasorelaxation was found to be independent of the accumulation of cholesterol in the aortic wall. However, we also found that the addition of the progestins influenced the estrogen-induced vasorelaxation (Figure 3), although by an unknown mechanism of action. Recently, in a study of precontracted rabbit jugular veins, EE, LNG, DSG and GSD were reported to induce relaxations in vessels with intact endothelium (Herkert et al., 2000). However, this area warrants further investigation.

      It is well known that cholesterol-fed rabbits show alterations in their lipoprotein metabolism that differ from the human situation (Haarbo et al., 1991; 1992). Combination of EE with a progestin in this study reflected the estrogenic effect. Furthermore, the three combined treatments lowered serum lipids and the atherogenic lipoprotein levels significantly and similarly to EE monotherapy. In contrast, treatment with a progestin alone did not affect these variables differently from the controls, in accordance with earlier findings (Haarbo et al., 1992). In women, OC frequently increases serum triglycerides (Gevers Leuven et al., 1990; Kuhl et al., 1990; Leuven et al., 1990; Lobo et al., 1996; Cheung et al., 1999).

      The dose of EE was selected to reflect serum concentrations of EE in peri-menopausal women taking OC. However, the duration of the present study was longer than in many previous studies (20 weeks). Among the animals receiving EE alone, 40% died after only ≥21 weeks of treatment, whereas animals given combined treatment did not die prematurely. This suggests that the accumulated estrogen dose may have been too high and/or the study too long, as also indicated by the safety variables of the EE-treated animals at week 30 (Table IV), but also that adding a progestin was able to negate this toxic effect. Progestins were used in equipotent doses (i.e. in combination with EE they inhibit endometrial stimulation equally in humans) relative to each other. The selected dose of the progestins (µg per kg body weight) was chosen based on previous experience (van der Vies and de Visser, 1983; Sulistiyani et al., 1995; Zandberg et al., 2001) and in-house studies (in Organon), but may be considered as high doses. All three OC formulations significantly decreased the concentration of the cytosolic ER concentration relative to controls, suggesting that these formulations affect the endometrium through a down-regulation of the cytosolic ER. Addition of a progestin in this study also down-regulated the ER although less than found for EE, and when combining EE with a progestin, the estrogen component dominated the ER regulation. It should, however, be emphasized that the lack of modifying effect of the progestins relative to the EE dose on the endometrium should not be taken as a lack of progestogenic effect, since the primary intention was to investigate the effect of these hormone combinations on atherosclerosis and arterial responsiveness.

      A type II statistical error is not likely to have occurred in our study. However, the accumulation of cholesterol (and amount of fatty streaks) in the EE group was significantly lower than that of the placebo animals. For a type II error to occur, the null hypothesis (that there was no difference in aortic accumulation of cholesterol between the EE and the placebo group) would not be true, and despite this, we would obtain a non-significant result, i.e. a ‘false negative’ result.

      In conclusion, the present study demonstrates that in ovariectomized cholesterol-fed rabbits, the progestins investigated (LNG, DSG, or GSD) can be combined with EE without attenuating the anti-atherogenic effect of EE, partly by decreasing atherogenic lipoproteins, and partly by a direct effect on the endothelium, modulating the aortic vasomotor response in vitro.

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  9. QUESTION:
    How likely can one have twins?
    I have been wondering...

    My maternal grandmother's mother had twins.

    My maternal grandfather's mother had twins.

    My paternal grandfather's mother had twins.

    Is it possible for me to have twins? or no chance at all?

    Thanks! =))

    • ANSWER:
      Twins Run in Your Family

      "Do twins run in your family" is probably the second most common question asked to parents of multiples, right after "Are they twins????" The answer to the first question is, yes . . . and no.

      If you, your mother, or your mother's mother is a fraternal (dizygotic) twin your chances of having twins increases significantly. The main reason for this is an inherited a gene for "hyper ovulation" - you release more than one egg during an ovulation cycle, which increases your ability to conceive fraternal twins.

      Some experts also say that there is no correlation between Dad's genetic background and the birth of twins. Other experts say that Dad may pass a 'twin gene' (the hyperovulation gene) from his side of the family to his daughter. Or the gene may be passed on to his son, who passes it on to HIS daughter - and so on.

      Many experts also say identical (monozygotic) twins are not hereditary - identical twins are simply random by nature. Studies and research show that none of the 'factors' seen in increased twin births (fertility treatments, age, weight, hereditary, etc.) make any statistical difference in the chances of having identical twins. Many families with identical twins, however, beg to differ!

      What factors predispose couples to have twins? Here are some interesting findings.

      Genetics
      If you are a woman whose mother, sister, maternal aunt or maternal grandmother had fraternal twins, this trait may have been passed to you. Fraternal twins can only be conceived if a woman releases two eggs at ovulation, and this trait has been genetically predetermined in some people.

      Age
      If you are a woman between the ages of 35 - 39, you are more likely to conceive twins. This likelihood increases more after 40, but mostly because women are using fertility treatments at that age. Women over 35 may release more than one egg at ovulation because their cycles are being disrupted by perimenopause.

      Previous Pregnancies
      The more previous pregnancies and births a woman has experienced, the more likely twins will be in subsequent pregnancies. If a woman has conceived twins (especially fraternal twins) before, she is more likely to have them again.

      Race/Ethnicity
      In the United States, people of African descent have a higher incidence of twins than Caucasians, who have a higher rate of twinning than Asians. Native Americans have a slightly lower incidence than Asians, and Hispanics have the lowest rate of twinning.

      Weight/Height
      Obese women, especially those with a body mass index over 30, tend to conceive twins more often, but also have higher risk pregnancies because of the excess weight. Taller women are also more likely to conceive twins.

      Diet/Nutrition
      There is some scientific evidence that eating animal products, especially dairy, increases a woman's chances of conceiving twins. Vegan women who eat no dairy have a very low rate of twin conception. Women whose diets are high in folate seem to conceive twins more often, as do those who eat yams or other products high in natural estrogen-like compounds. Women in the Yoruba tribe in Africa have a phenomenal rate of twinning, and consume yams as a major part of their diet. Once twins have been conceived, consuming a healthy, adequate diet is essential for the proper development of the babies as well.

      Environment
      Strangely enough, some studies have found that living near a polluted area increases a woman's chances of having twins.

      Breastfeeding
      Women who are breastfeeding when they get pregnant again (often accidentally!) are more likely to conceive twins.

      Infertility
      As those who have been through the infertility process know, both infertility drugs and IVF increase a couple's chances of a multiple pregnancy.

      If you want to increase the chances of having twins, here are a few tips. Take a daily vitamin, recommended anyway if you are trying to conceive, with extra folic acid. Take extra calcium and vitamin b6. Eat more beef dairy and yams, particularly, cassava root.

  10. QUESTION:
    how will i know when i go trough menapause?
    im in my ealy 40s and i have always sweated alot my boyfiend says that i am going thru the "change" as they call it. my body doesnt feel any different than it did say when i was 30. what r some of the signs and is there any physical characteristics that i will see for myself.

    • ANSWER:
      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

  11. QUESTION:
    what are the causes of bleeding after menopause for three years?

    • ANSWER:
      When menopause occurs naturally, it tends to take place anywhere between the ages of forty-eight and fifty-two, but it can occur as early as your late thirties, or as late as your mid-fifties. When menopause occurs before thirty-five, it is technically considered premature menopause, but just as menarche is genetically predetermined, so is menopause. For an average woman with an unremarkable medical history, what she eats or does in terms of activity will not influence the timing of her menopause. Women who have had chemotherapy, though, or have been exposed to high levels of radiation (such as radiation therapy in their pelvic area for cancer treatment) may go into menopause earlier. In any event, the average age of menopause is fifty.

      Other possible causes of early menopause include mumps (in small groups of women, the infection causing the mumps has been known to spread to the ovaries, prematurely shutting them down) and specific autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis (in some of these women, their bodies develop antibodies and attack the ovaries). Smokers also tend to have earlier menopause.

      The Stages of Natural Menopause

      Socially, the word menopause refers to a process, not a precise moment in the life of your menstrual cycle. Medically, the word menopause does indeed refer to one precise moment: the date of your last period. The events preceding and following menopause amount to a huge change for women both physically and socially. Physically, this process has four stages:

      1. Premenopause. Although some doctors may refer to a thirty-two-year-old woman in her childbearing years as premenopausal, this is not really an appropriate label. The term premenopause ideally refers to women on the cusp of menopause. Their periods have just started to get irregular, but they do not yet experience any classic menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or vaginal dryness. A woman in premenopause is usually in her mid-to-late forties. If your doctor tells you that you're premenopausal, you might want to ask him or her how he or she is using this term.

      2. Perimenopause. This term refers to women who are in the thick of menopause. Their cycles may be wildly erratic, and they are experiencing hot flashes and vaginal dryness. This label is applicable for about four years, covering the first two years prior to the official "last" period to the next two years following the last menstrual period. Women who are perimenopausal will be in the age groups discussed above, averaging about age fifty-one.

      3. Menopause. This refers to your final menstrual period. You will not be able to pinpoint your final period until you've been completely free from periods for one year. Then, you count back to the last period you charted, and that date is the date of your menopause. Note: After more than one year of no menstrual periods, any vaginal bleeding is now considered abnormal.

      4. Postmenopause. This term refers to the last third of most women's lives, ranging from women who have been free of menstrual periods for at least one year to women celebrating their one hundredth birthday. In other words, once you're past menopause, you'll be referred to as postmenopausal for the rest of your life. The terms postmenopausal and perimenopausal are sometimes used interchangeably, but this is technically inaccurate.

      Used in a social context, nobody really bothers to break down menopause as precisely. When you see the word menopausal in a magazine article, you are seeing what's become acceptable medical slang, referring to women who are premenopausal and perimenopausal, a time frame that includes the actual menopause. When you see postmenopausal in a magazine article, you are seeing another accepted medical slang, which includes women who are in perimenopause and "official" postmenopause.

      "Diagnosing" Premenopause or Perimenopause

      When you begin to notice the signs of menopause, either you'll suspect the approach of menopause on your own, or your doctor will put two and two together when you report your symptoms. Two very simple tests will accurately determine what's going on and what stage of menopause you're in. Your follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels will dramatically rise as your ovaries begin to shut down; these levels are easily checked through one blood test. In addition, your vaginal walls will thin, and the cells lining the vagina will not contain as much estrogen. Your doctor will simply take a Pap-like smear from your vaginal walls -- simple and painless -- and analyze the smear to check for vaginal "atrophy," the thinning and drying out of your vagina. As I'll discuss below, you'll need to keep track of your periods and chart them as they become irregular. Your menstrual pattern will be an added clue to your doctor about whether you are pre- or perimenopausal.

      Recognizing the Signs of Natural Menopause

      In the past, a long list of hysterical symptoms have been attributed to the "change of life," but medically, there are really just three classic short-term symptoms of menopause: erratic periods, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. All three are caused by a decrease in estrogen. As for the emotional symptoms of menopause, such as irritability, mood swings, melancholy, and so on, they may or may not be directly related to hormone changes. Some women may find that estrogen therapy improves these symptoms, some may not, and some actually have psychiatric illnesses that require appropriate treatment. Decreased levels of estrogen, however, can make you more vulnerable to stress, depression, and anxiety, because estrogen loss affects REM sleep.

      Every woman entering menopause will experience a change in her menstrual cycle. Not all women will experience hot flashes or even notice vaginal changes. This is particularly true if a woman is overweight. Estrogen is stored in fat cells, which is why overweight women also tend to be more at risk for estrogen-dependent cancers. The fat cells convert fat into estrogen, creating a type of estrogen reserve that the body will use during menopause, which can reduce the severity of estrogen loss symptoms. In addition, many women go through menopause without experiencing changes in their moods. The assumption that mood swings always accompany menopause, or that women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) will always experience more severe menopausal symptoms, is an absolute myth. It is believed, however, that women who do suffer from PMS are more likely to experience mood swings.

      Erratic periods

      Every woman will begin to experience an irregular cycle before her last period. Cycles may become longer or shorter with long bouts of amenorrhea. Sometimes she will just stop having her periods, never experiencing an erratic phase in her cycles. Periods may suddenly become light and scanty or heavy and crampy. The impact of suddenly irregular, "wild" cycles can be disturbing because menstrual cycle changes may also signify other problems. It's imperative to chart your periods and try to sort out your own pattern of "normal" irregular cycles. Bring your chart to your gynecologist to help confirm your suspicions that you are indeed entering menopause. If you're not entering menopause, you'll need to isolate the cause of your cycle changes.

      Of course, since you can go into menopause earlier than you might have anticipated, irregular cycles may not always be on your list of suspected causes behind your sudden cycle changes. Is there any way you can more accurately predict when your own menopause might occur? Yes. Although most women can expect their menopause to occur in their fifties, women who go into earlier menopause will usually have a family history of earlier menopause. Periods will generally become erratic approximately two years before the final period. However, some women may experience a longer premenopausal process than others.

      Hot flashes

      Roughly 85 percent of all pre- and perimenopausal women experience "hot flashes." Hot flashes can begin when periods are either still regular or have just started to become irregular. They usually stop one to two years after your final menstrual period. A hot flash can feel different for each woman. Some women experience a feeling of warmth in their faces and upper bodies; some women experience sweating and chills. Some women feel anxious, tense, dizzy, or nauseous just before the hot flash; some feel tingling in their fingers or heart palpitations just before. Some women will experience their hot flashes during the day; others will experience them at night and may wake up so wet from perspiration that they need to change their bedsheets or nightclothes.

      Nobody really understands what causes a hot flash, but researchers believe it has to do with mixed signals from the hypothalamus, which controls both body temperature and sex hormones. Normally, when the body is too warm, the hypothalamus sends a chemical message to the heart to cool off the body by pumping more blood, causing the blood vessels under the skin to dilate, which makes you perspire. During menopause, however, it's believed that the hypothalamus gets confused and sends this "cooling off" signal at the wrong times. A hot flash is not the same as being overheated. Although the skin temperature often rises between 4 to 8*F, the internal body temperature drops, creating this odd sensation.

      Why does the hypothalamus get so confused? The answer is decreasing levels of estrogen. We know this because when synthetic estrogen is given to replace natural estrogen in the body, hot flashes disappear. Some researchers believe that a decrease in luteinizing hormone (LH) is also a key factor, and a variety of other hormones that influence body temperature are being looked at as well. Although hot flashes are harmless in terms of health risks, they are disquieting and stressful. Women in the following categories will experience more severe hot flashes than will others:

      Women who are in surgical menopause.
      Women who are thin. When there's less fat on the body to store estrogen reserves, estrogen loss symptoms are more severe.
      Women who don't sweat easily. An ability to sweat makes extreme temperatures easier to tolerate. Women who have trouble sweating may experience more severe flashes.
      Just as you must chart your periods when your cycles become irregular, it's also important to chart your hot flashes. Keep track of when the flashes occur, how long they last, and number their intensity from 1 to 10. This will help you determine a pattern for the flashes and allow you to prepare for them in advance, which will help reduce the stress. Report your hot flashes to your doctor, just as you would any changes in your cycle. Symptoms of hot flashes can also indicate other health problems, such as circulatory problems.

      Short of taking ERT or HRT (see below), the only thing you can do about your hot flashes is to lessen your discomfort by adjusting your lifestyle to cope with the flashes. The more comfortable you are, the less intense your flashes will feel. Once you establish a pattern by charting the flashes, you can do a few things around the time of day your flashes occur. Some suggestions:

      Avoid synthetic clothing, such as polyester, because it traps perspiration.
      If you have night sweats, use only 100 percent cotton bedding.
      Avoid clothing with high necks and long sleeves.
      Dress in layers.
      Keep cold drinks handy.
      If you smoke, cut down or quit. Smoking constricts blood vessels and can intensify and prolong a flash.
      Avoid "trigger" foods such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, and sugar, and avoid eating large meals. Substitute herbal teas for coffee or regular tea.
      Discuss with your doctor the benefits of taking vitamin E supplements. Evidence suggests vitamin E is essential for proper circulation and production of sex hormones.
      Exercise to improve your circulation.
      Reduce your exposure to the sun; sunburn will aggravate your hot flashes because burnt skin cannot regulate heat as effectively. (Sun effects are discussed below.)
      Vaginal changes

      Estrogen loss will also cause vaginal changes. Since the production of estrogen causes the vagina to stay moist and elastic, the loss of estrogen will cause the vagina to become drier, thinner, and less elastic. This may also cause the vagina to shrink slightly in terms of width and length. In addition, the reduction in vaginal secretions causes the vagina to be less acidic. This can put you at risk for more vaginal infections, particularly yeast overgrowth. Again, women who are in surgical menopause and women who are physically thinner tend to have more severe vaginal dryness and repeated yeast infections.

      As a result of these vaginal changes, you'll notice a change in your sexual activity. Your vagina may take longer to become lubricated, or you may have to depend on lubricants to have comfortable intercourse.

      Estrogen loss can affect other parts of your sex life as well. Your sexual libido may actually increase because testosterone levels can rise when estrogen levels drop. (The general rule is that your levels of testosterone will either stay the same or increase.) However, women who do experience an increase in sexual desire will also be frustrated that their vaginas are not accommodating their needs. First, there is the lubrication problem: More stimulation is required to lubricate the vagina naturally. Second, a decrease in estrogen means that less blood flows to the vagina and clitoris, which means that orgasm may be more difficult to achieve or may not last as long as it normally has in the past. Other changes involve the breasts. Normally, estrogen causes blood to flow into the breasts during arousal, which makes the nipples more erect, sensitive, and responsive. Estrogen loss causes less blood to flow to the breasts, which makes them less sensitive. Finally, since the vagina shrinks as estrogen decreases, it doesn't expand as much during intercourse, which may make intercourse less comfortable, particularly since the vagina is less lubricated.

  12. QUESTION:
    Dryness in vagina How to overcome this?
    I feel very dry when having sex I am 40 years old How do I overcome this Some say using estrogen cream will help Will it help some one please help me

    • ANSWER:
      Vaginal Dryness affect women of all ages but ur chance of vaginal dryness is mostly due to ur age, 40. VD occurs, oops! Vaginal Dryness occurs between the ages of 40 and 59, most during & after Menopause. Stress and anxiety has also been known to contribute to Vaginal Dryness and irritation.
      If the Vagina is not lubricated properly, it not only feels uncomfortable but also causes Sexual Intercourse to be incredibly painful. As a result, women who suffer from Vaginal Dryness tend to steer away from Sexual Intercourse and often experience a drop in libido.
      Symptoms and signs that may accompany vaginal dryness include- Itching, Burning, Pressured feeling, Urgency to urinate or urinating frequently, Pain or light bleeding with sex.
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women. UsinG Condoms, also causes Vaginal Dryness, so, try to avoid it.

  13. QUESTION:
    Hot flushes/flashes & natural alternatives for early menopause. What do you use?
    HRT isn't an option. What herbal/homeopathic or vitamin treatments have you found that work for you? What cools down your inner thermostat? Are there any herbal teas you have tried that work well for that. Does losing weight also help?
    To the awful person who posted 2nd on here (Yahoo Sucks 6) - why bother!!! And, just for the record, if you are female, then one day you'll know what this is like and be needing this help too - so be warned - it's not nice!

    On a happier note, thank you so very much to those of you who have posted an answer so far. You have been very helpful and I appreciate it. xx

    • ANSWER:
      There is a great product by a company called Enzymatic Therapy- AM/PM menopause formula & a perimenopause formula... you probably need the perimenopause formula.
      I recommend it to a lot of my patients & they love it!
      You can get it at many health food stores, even GNC... or look for it on the internet, a good discount place is www.iherb.com
      good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Help !!! my mom is going thourght minapose and she is driving everyone crazy with one min. happy and then sad?
    Is there anything for it ? well if theres not i'm going to event somthing before i get it and my husband and my children kill me.

    • ANSWER:
      If she's driving you crazy, imagine how it feels to be her.

      Your mom needs to see a physician about this. Hormonal fluctuations (up and down, up and down), hot flashes, and insomnia are probably making her behave erratically.

      A physician can diagnose her with menopause http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menopause/DS00119 or perimenopause http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/perimenopause/DS00554 and can recommend hormone therapy or even more "natural" treatments like black cohosh or soy supplements.

      Menopause can be horrible for both the woman's family and the woman herself. I've been in perimenopause for 7 years now. In many ways, it's worse than PMS.

      Persuade your mother to see a physician.

  15. QUESTION:
    what causes early menopause?
    I recently found out im going through early (pre menopause) at the age of 21. I am wondering if there is anyone who can relate to that or explain what causes this? Obviously because of going through this at a early age my ovaries are no longer working and Im not able to have kids. Is there any hope?

    • ANSWER:
      Perimenopause is the occurrence when it takes 2 to 6 years for the body to stop producing as much estrogen and other reproductive hormones. It is normally during this time that women experience the classic menopause symptoms. It is important to know how to care for yourself during this time and be aware of the signs of perimenopause in order to be prepared for this change.

      Perimenopause can be a freeing experience if you have a good symptom care and the right frame of mind. There are lots of excellent natural treatment options which will help with difficult symptoms all the way through your menopause.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the first signs of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the first signs of menopause is a change in periods. They may become less regular or be lighter. Some women have short times of heavy bleeding.

      Eighty percent of American women experience hot flashes during perimenopause. Most flashes last 30 seconds to 5 minutes. They should disappear within a few years after menopause.

      Body tissue in the genital area becomes drier and thinner as estrogen levels change. Around the time of menopause, your feelings about sex might change. It's generally recommended to still use birth control until you have gone 1 year without a period, if you do not want to become pregnant.

      Feeling tired, trouble getting to sleep, waking up early, and being bothered by night sweats are common symptoms.

      Menopause is a natural process that every woman experiences and if signs aren't severe, you may not need treatment. For some women, time will fly by without any problems. However, the majority of women need some level of intervention to help with the annoying symptoms.

      One of the biggest decisions is whether to take hormone replacement therapy. While many women find great relief with this form of treatment, new controversial information about HRT has been revealed.

  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:
      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

  18. QUESTION:
    any herbal pill supplements for menopause?
    i'm already started on black cohosh & dong quai. i just want to know if i can add any more to this? they must be in pill or capsule or gel form only. i need several menopause symptoms relieved: hot flashes, mood problems, insomnia occasionally, & urinary incontinence.

    thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi "likely S", most experts believe that all of the common symptoms of menopause are caused by the dramatic decline and fluctuations in the body’s levels of estrogen and to some extent progesterone, and the imbalance between them. Approaches to alleviating symptoms generally focus around restoring these hormone levels. Natural treatments are typically made from extracts of plants containing substances which are very similar to the estrogen and/or progesterone produced by the ovaries. The effectiveness of these treatments relies on the assumption that these phytoestrogens and plant progesterones have a similar effect in the body to the body’s own natural hormones. Some herbal treatments work by stimulating glands to produce natural hormones more effectively, rather than restoring the hormones artificially.

      Another approach is to treat each symptom individually. There is a range of natural treatments which focus specifically on alleviating common symptoms such as hot flashes, depression, libido problems, vaginal dryness and fatigue.
      Please look article: http://www.askedweb.com/askedweb/Natural_Remedies_For_Perimenopause_And_Menopause_Symptoms/
      Jason Homan

  19. QUESTION:
    I suffer from vaginal dryness, does ayone have any home remedies for my problem.?
    I KNOW LUBERCANTS HELP, BUT IM WONDERING IF THERE IS ANYTHING NATURAL I CAN TAKE OR SOMETHING IN MY DIET I CAN CHANGE OR ADD TO HELP WITH THIS CHEMICAL IMBALANCE. PLEASE HELP!!!
    i am 23 yrs old and i enjoy intercourse, but i hate that no matter what i do sometimes or how much forplay is involved i still dont produce the desired amount of lubercant. i dont really want to use over the counter stuff as much as i want to help with producing my own. i just need some advise.
    i am 23 yrs old and i enjoy intercourse, but i hate that no matter what i do sometimes or how much forplay is involved i still dont produce the desired amount of lubercant. i dont really want to use over the counter stuff as much as i want to help with producing my own. i just need some advise. also im not over wight or animic, i take a muti-vitamin...any help someone???

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-dryness/DS00550
      Vaginal dryness
      Introduction

      When your vagina isn't properly lubricated, it can feel itchy and irritated. Vaginal dryness may make some daily activities uncomfortable, and it can make sexual intercourse less pleasurable. In fact, during menopause, vaginal dryness is a common cause of discomfort or pain during sex (dyspareunia).

      Vaginal dryness is a common condition. It can affect women of all ages, though vaginal dryness most often occurs during and after the menopausal transition. An estimated 10 percent to 40 percent of women who've reached menopause have signs and symptoms related to vaginal dryness.

      A number of self-care measures and medical treatments can help you reduce vaginal dryness.
      Signs and symptoms

      Aside from dryness, some of the signs and symptoms include:

      * Itching
      * Burning
      * A feeling of pressure
      * Pain or light bleeding with sex
      * Urinary frequency or urgency

      Causes

      A variety of conditions can cause vaginal dryness. Determining the cause is key to helping you find an appropriate solution. Potential causes include:

      Decreased estrogen levels
      Reduced estrogen levels are the main cause of vaginal dryness. Estrogen, a female hormone, helps keep vaginal tissue healthy by maintaining normal vaginal lubrication, tissue elasticity and acidity. These factors create a natural defense against vaginal and urinary tract infections. But when your estrogen levels decrease, so does this natural defense, leading to a thinner, less elastic and more fragile vaginal lining.

      Estrogen levels can fall for a number of reasons:

      * Menopause or perimenopause
      * Childbirth
      * Breast-feeding
      * Effects on your ovaries from cancer therapy, including radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy
      * Surgical removal of your ovaries
      * Immune disorders
      * Cigarette smoking

      Medications
      Allergy and cold medications, as well as some antidepressants, can lead to dryness of mucous membranes, including those of your vagina.

      Sjogren's syndrome
      In this autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy tissue. In addition to causing symptoms of dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjogren's syndrome can also cause vaginal dryness.

      Douching
      The process of cleansing your vagina with a liquid preparation (douching) disrupts the normal chemical balance in your vagina and can cause inflammation (vaginitis). This may cause your vagina to feel dry or irritated.
      Screening and diagnosis

      A pelvic exam is one way your doctor evaluates and diagnoses vaginal dryness. He or she may take a sample of cervical cells or vaginal secretions for examination under the microscope or to send to the laboratory for other testing. You may also be asked for a urine sample for testing if you have associated urinary symptoms.
      Treatment

      Vaginal estrogen therapy
      If vaginal dryness is due to a lack of adequate estrogen and if self-care measures don't correct the problem, vaginal estrogen therapy may be helpful. Vaginal estrogen therapy comes in several forms:

      * Vaginal estrogen cream (Estrace, Premarin, others). You insert this cream directly into your vagina with an applicator, usually at bedtime. Your doctor will let you know how much cream to use and how often to insert it, generally two or three times a week.
      * Vaginal estrogen ring (Estring). A soft, flexible ring is inserted into the upper part of the vagina by you or your doctor. The ring releases a consistent dose of estrogen while in place, and needs to be replaced about every three months.
      * Vaginal estrogen tablet (Vagifem).You use a disposable applicator to place a vaginal estrogen tablet in your vagina. Your doctor will let you know how often to insert the tablet, usually twice a week.

      If vaginal dryness is associated with other symptoms of menopause, such as moderate or severe hot flashes, your doctor may suggest estrogen pills, patches, gel or a higher dose estrogen ring. Talk to your doctor to decide if estrogen treatment is an option and, if so, which type is best for you.
      Self-care

      If you're uncomfortable from vaginal dryness, self-care measures can help:

      Lubricants and moisturizers
      If vaginal dryness makes sexual intercourse uncomfortable, try an over-the-counter product such as:

      * Lubricants (Astroglide, K-Y). Water-based lubricants like these lubricate your vagina for several hours. Apply the lubricant to your vaginal opening or to your partner's penis before intercourse.
      * Moisturizers (Replens, Lubrin). Vaginal moisturizers help moisturize your vagina and last longer than lubricants do; they may decrease dryness for up to three days with a single application.

      Occasional vaginal dryness during intercourse may mean that you aren't sufficiently aroused. Make time to be intimate with your partner and allow your body to become adequately aroused and lubricated. It may help to talk with your partner about what feels good. Having intercourse regularly also may help promote better vaginal lubrication.

      Avoid certain products
      Though you may be willing to try just about anything to relieve your discomfort, avoid using the following products to treat vaginal dryness, because they may irritate your vagina:

      * Vinegar, yogurt or other douches
      * Hand lotions
      * Soaps
      * Bubble baths

      Complementary and alternative medicine

      Some alternative therapies that have been suggested for treating vaginal dryness include isoflavones, black cohosh and wild yam. However, there's no convincing evidence that any of these therapies are effective. More research is necessary to determine the safety and effectiveness of these approaches for treating vaginal dryness.

      Always check with your doctor before using alternative therapies, especially if you're already taking other medications or are pregnant or nursing.

      By Mayo Clinic Staff
      Jun 27, 2006
      © 1998-2006 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). All rights reserved. A single copy of these materials may be reprinted for noncommercial personal use only. "Mayo," "Mayo Clinic," "MayoClinic.com," "Mayo Clinic Health Information," "Reliable information for a healthier life" and the triple-shield Mayo logo are trademarks of Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

      Vaginal dryness. The most common cause of pain inside the vagina is lack of moisture. This can occur with certain medications, with certain medical conditions, or because you are not aroused. It can occur at certain times of your life such as during or just after pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or near or after menopause.

      Around menopause, estrogen levels become lower. As a result, vaginal tissue may get thinner and drier. This may cause discomfort during sex. Some menopausal women take estrogen therapy to relieve the dryness. You also can buy water-soluble lubricants that help moisten the vagina.

      Vaginal dryness can occur when you are not aroused enough during sex. You should discuss with your partner what makes you feel aroused. Often it is helpful for a couple to use a cream, jelly, or vaginal suppository to provide vaginal lubrication needed for sex. However, never use any kind of oil--such as petroleum jelly or baby or mineral oil--with latex condoms. These substances can dissolve the latex and cause the condom to break. Water-based cream or jelly is safe for use with condoms.
      http://www.acog.org/publications/patient_education/bp020.cfm

      http://sexuality.about.com/od/anatomyresponse/a/treatvaginaldry.htm
      Treatments for Vaginal Dryness
      From Cory Silverberg,
      Your Guide to Sexuality.
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      While vaginal dryness may be one of the most common causes for pain during sex and a decrease in interest in sex for women, the good news is that vaginal dryness is a problem that is usually very easy to resolve.

      There are many prescription treatments for vaginal dryness, including creams, oral medications, rings, and patches. There are also non-prescription estrogen creams, foams, suppositories, and “film”, all of which are inserted in the vagina and usually work by providing added lubrication.

      However, if you’re only complaint is vaginal dryness, often the least expensive, least invasive, and quickest solution is the use of a personal lubricant.

      There are dozens of different lubricant products available at drugstores and online pharmacies that are safe, easy to use, and will provide immediate relief from vaginal dryness.

      An added benefit of using this method to deal with vaginal dryness is that many people find additional lubrication increases sensitivity and makes penetration sex more fun.

  20. QUESTION:
    I Have A Question About Menopause?
    This question is for women who are in their 30's, 40's, and 50's, and who have gone through or are now going through menopause.

    I'm a little bit shy about asking this question on a public forum, but I need to know something.

    I've heard the horror stories about menopause and what it's like to have to go through it. I am 43 and will be turning a year older next month. From the age of 36 to the age of 40, I had been experiencing irregularity with my monthly cycles (I figured it was probably early menopause), but for the last couple of years, the regularity of my cycles has returned.

    I have heard it said that however menopause was for the mother, that is how it will be for the daughter. In other words, if menopause was difficult on the mother, it will also be difficult on the daughter. And if menopause was easy on the mother, it will also be easy on the daughter. Which is true?

    Your advice and encouragement would be greatly appreicated. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Oh, don't be embarassed!! It's a very normal thing to be concerned about.

      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.

      Technically, menopause refers to the cessation of menses; whereas the gradual process through which this occurs, which typically takes a year but may last as little as six months or more than five years, is known as climacteric.

      The average onset of menopause is 50.5 years, but some women enter menopause at a younger age. Perimenopause refers to the time preceding menopause, during which the production of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone diminishes and becomes more irregular. During this period fertility diminishes. Menopause is arbitrarily defined as a minimum of twelve months without menstruation. Perimenopause can begin as early as age 35, although it usually begins much later. It can last for a few months or for several years. The duration of perimenopause cannot be predicted in advance.

      Medical treatments for menopausal symptoms have been developed. Most notably, Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), has been used to reduce the weakening of bones (known as osteoporosis). However, some women have resisted the implication that menopause is a disorder, seeing it as a natural stage of life. There has also been scientific controversy over whether the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks.

      It should be bearable, if not, see your doctor. I've found studies that show a relationship between your mother's menopause and yours. I was told that the age your mother started her menses determined the age you got yours, but that frequently isn't true.

      All the best

  21. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause to this?
    Here are the symptoms:
    headache
    painful to open eyes
    hot flashes
    body feels limp (no energy)
    feels like she has a swollen stomach
    loss of appetite

    • ANSWER:
      he symptoms you describe could posssibly be due to perimenopause

      There are natural perimenopause treatments as effective as the traditional perimenopause treatments that work without harmful side effects to address the fatigue, insomnia, headache, mood swings, hot flashes and other perimenopause symptoms

      Here's a formula that seeks to cool off the engine by filling up the radiator. People need body fluids to lubricate all of the organs as well as supply cooling energy to our bodies. When people are deficient in body fluids they'll suffer from a variety of dehydration symptoms, but also we can feel hot inside. When this heat rises up into the head, it can cause headaches. This syndrome may be associated with menopause or follow in the wake of an illness with a high fever that caused dehydration.

      Other symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, low back pain (aggravated by fatigue), redness in the face, dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), cough with blood, restlessness, nocturnal emissions (this is considered normal for young men).

      Applicable diseases: low back pain, tuberculosis, diabetes, chronic nephritis, Addison's disease, menopause

  22. QUESTION:
    serious answers only please-vaginal dryness?
    i'm almost 20 years old, and for the past 2 weeks i've experienced something i havent before. in the beginning of it all, i was experiencing itching and a little bit of dryness, and now its just simply dry. there are times where the natural moisture comes back, but quickly goes away again. i thought it was a yeast infection by the things i was reading online, but would it still be curing itself right now? any other ideas on what it could be? or anything to help cure the dryness naturally?

    btw, i havent been sexually active for a few months, if that matters

    • ANSWER:
      Many factors may contribute to vaginal dryness and these include:

      Intercourse
      Diaphragms
      Condoms
      Tampons
      Medications such as antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants
      Cancer treatments such radiation or chemotherapy
      Allergens such as fragrances and dyes in toilet paper and laundry detergents
      Douches
      Drying soaps
      Autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Low estrogen levels may decrease as a result of:

      Menopause, perimenopause or postmenopause
      Hysterectomy or surgical removal of ovaries
      Menstrual cycle changes
      Pregnancy
      Childbirth
      Breastfeeding
      Cancer therapy which includes radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy
      Hormonal contraceptives
      Immune disorders
      Stress & fatigue
      Cigarette smoking

      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/femalube.htm and http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/health/msg0117175813490.html

  23. QUESTION:
    Perimenopause- what can be done for me?
    My periods have been irregular and quite heavy for a couple of years now and I have had hot flushes and other menopause symptoms off and on. The problem I have is that I have been bleeding for well over 2 weeks now -since Dec 9th- and it is showing no signs of stopping. If anything, it's getting worse so I am feeling rather exhausted by it all! When I asked my doctor for a hormone test before (to see if my menopause has started) he said I wouldn't get a conclusive result until I had not bled for 4 months or more. He wasn't convinced that it could be menopause anyway as I was 41 at the time, I'm 43 now but my mum started hers at 42 so it may be genetic.
    Is there anything that I can do or take to get some normality back?! I am sterilised so am not using any contraceptive pill or medication at the moment. I prefer to use natural remedies where possible but want to know what my options are and whether this is normal in the run up to menopause. I am due for a smear test but am waiting to stop bleeding first! I'd appreciate any sensible suggestions, I will be going to see the doctor on Thursday. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My periods have always been heavy but about 2 years ago when I was 51 they started coming at varies times and were heavy and lasted maybe 3 days and go and come back 12 days later for a week and then nothing for a month or so and then I would have 3 months as normal and then gaps, I haven't had one for about 4 months but I have no other affects, occasional sweating around 10pm, my mum was 52 when her menopause started. Ask your doctor about HRT treatment and then he will have to do blood test to check if it is the start of the menopause. Vitamins ACE & B Vitamins are suppose to help. Google Pre menopause and there is several websites that can help.

  24. QUESTION:
    i want to prevent to early menopause,what i do?

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot prevent early menopause, but you can relieve the symptoms naturally.

      Menopause is the complete cessation of a menstrual cycle where the body goes through a number of hormonal changes and the ovaries stop releasing eggs for possible fertilization.

      Perimenopause is the phase of menopause when these changes begin. It is during this phase where women experience a number of physical and emotional symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings and irregular or abnormal periods.

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural menopause remedies to counteract these symptoms.

      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Many doctors are early in prescribing radical treatments such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) without fully educating patients on the risks and side-effects associated with the treatment.

      Before embarking on a radical treatment plan, consider using a 100% safe, effective, natural herbal menopause remedy alternative.

      Foods for Natural Menopause Relief:
      * Dairy products, including milk and cheese, are the best sources of calcium to help prevent osteoporosis.
      * Canned sardines and salmon supply extra calcium, provided they are eaten with the bones. Oily fish also contain Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.
      * Grean leafy vegetables, such as brocolli and cabbage, as well as legumes, have essential vitamins, minerals and fiber needed to prevent weight gain.
      * Whole-grain products provide fiber as well as B vitamins and minerals.

  25. QUESTION:
    I am going through perimenopause and I feel like I am going crazy!?
    I have all the classical symptoms. My pms is horrible and I am very irritable, stressed, and depressed most of the time. I lost interest in sex. Some days I am so fatigued I can hardly stand it and the terrible insomnia I have makes it even worse. I have night sweats too. But what really tops it off is the anxiety and panic attacks, which I already have but it was under control. Now I have anxiety and panic attacks all the time and when I get my period it is even worse. Natural supplements did not work for me. I just do not know how much longer this is going to last. I can not take it any more. I have had perimenopause symptoms for many years, but now over the last 6 months things have really raged out of control. Does this possibly mean I could be reaching the end? I hope so. Please, let me know what you think and share your perimenopause experiences with me. Thank you.
    I should add that I am 45 years old and I do have 4 children. I have not had a hysterectomy, but sometimes I wish I did with all this that is going on.

    • ANSWER:
      I sympathize with you. My menstrual cycle started very late (17 years old) and from day one, I had dysmennorrhea (painful menstrual cycles). Not just pain, but pain to the point of passing out. Motrin helped but I was still so fatigued every month that I missed anywhere from 1-3 days of work, passed out with exhaustion.

      The older I got, the worse my cycles got. At 40, I made the decision to have a hysterectomy. I had no idea that life could be so good!!

      You did not give your age but I want to encourage you in your search for a remedy, because one does exist for you. You can narrow it down by asking yourself some very pointed questions:

      1. How old are you?
      2. Do you already have children,?
      3. Do you want children (more children)?
      4. Is a hysterectomy an option for you?
      5. How many doctors have you seen?
      6. When you experiemented with supplements, did you talk to an herbalist first, or did you buy supplements that were recommended to you by a friend, co-worker or family member?
      7. Do you have healthy eating/rest/exercise habits?
      8. Are you overweight?
      9. Do you have a family history of peri-menopause?

      Many things have to be considered when dealing with the inner-workings of the female anatomy. By eliminating some things and by correcting others, your body will either heal itself or let you know what that medical treatment or surgery, may be needed.

      For me, I had many negatives at work that contributed to my horrible episodes, every month. Eating lots of salty foods: chips, peanuts, pop-corn, salted pumpkin seeds, salt on all of my food. Salt causes you to retain water. Water causes excess bloating, especially during your menstrual cycle. I also ate tons of sugar. Sodas, chocolate candy, cotton candy, sugar cookies, extra sugar in my coffee. I drank lots of coffee, lots of soda, drank very little 100% juice and even less water.

      I ate a sausage, egg and cheese croissant EVERY day for almost 10 years (when I worked next to a wonderful, little deli next door to Mt. Sinai Hospital), in New York City. PLUS a danish and coffee and a Pepsi. For lunch, I ate processed lunch meat sandwiches, lots of mayo, fries, chips, more Pepsi and more coffee. I love pasta and breads and very, very rich desserts. I was eating ice as if it were fine cuisine, but I stayed cold all of the time. Even in 90 and 100 degree weather I needed a light sweater wherever I went, in case a breeze blew. (Dinner was probably my healthiest meal, because my room mate and her daughter were great cooks and mostly, prepared very, well-rounded meals).

      Between 30 and 35, I started gaining weight. And it was right around that time that I started to learn my family history: fibroids, hysterectomies, dysmenorrhea, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I became a little more conscientious about my eating habits (not a whole lot) and started reading about available treatments for my particular condition. Not much appealed to me and I was steadily getting worse each year.

      I decided that even though I didn't have any children, the misery that I experienced every month was not worth the "what if I want to have a child later on" argument. I could always adopt or become a foster parent . But right now, I only felt good about 1 week out of every month. The next week, fluid would start building and my joints and belly would start swelling. I would develop an abcess in my mouth like clockwork, which would only resolve by taking a strong, iron tab. The next week I'd become irritable and fretful or irritable and angry. I'd cry or get mad over a little of nothing.

      I'd already given up on doctors, since the last one had told me that my pain was "all in the head." (That was a popular notion back then).

      A cousin who is a nurse, made an appointment for me with a doctor that she knew. And lo and behold, there WAS something wrong - I had a dermoid mole the size of a large grapefruit, that had infiltrated my uterus and tubes. A hysterrectomy was the recommendation.

      At 49, the hot flashes started. (Whatever the Bible tells me to do to stay out of Hell, I try my "best-ist" to do it cause I KNOW that I can't stay in Hell)!!! Hot flashes ought to be re-named HELL FLASHES because that's how unbearable they can become! (Smile)

      The doctors wanted to talk about hormone replacement therapy, but I heard one lady's story about getting cancer from hormone replacement therapy (and I realize that not everyone does). I didn't like the sound of that. And so again, I started reading. And I became interested in the effects of diffrent herbs. Now, I needed something for hot flashes, fatigue and insomnia (from Sleep Apenea), chronic sinusitis, athletes foot, excessive dry skin and hair breakage and loss.

      I found help for over 90% of my issues at a local herb store. Biotin for the brittle hair and nails, Revival Soy for energy and for the hot flashes (gone after drinking these delicious, soy shakes for 90 days), Histamine Clay (sometimes called Histamine Blend) for the sinusitis and Melatonin for the insomnia. The Sleep Apenea will require me to lose 40-50 pounds and may require surgery to remove my tonsills.

      I take my health much more seriously now, and I eat very, very well. I drink almost 90 ounces of water, daily. (Remember...the formula is no longer 8 glasses a day, but half your body weight). Regular exercise still remains a challenge, but I'm geting there. The hysterectomy improved the quality of my life and was the best thing I could have ever done.

      The menstrual process is a nautral body function and should not cause you pain and distress. Whenever that happens, it's your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. I can't know whether a hysterectomy is right for you or not - that's something that you will have to consider and answer for yourself. But I will tell you that living with mental, physical or emotional pain and misery, is not normal and should not be tolerated.

      Get on the internet and read up on some of the doctors in your area. If you have a good, family practitioner, ask him or her to recommend someone to you. And if you don't like the way that they treat you or the way that they make you feel, keep searching...your answer is out there. And if you did not talk to an herbalist or someone experienced in herbs, please get their recommendation and try again, before you give up on supplements.

      Whatever you do, I want you to be encouraged and keep looking until you get better. You're going to be surprised at how much the quality of your life will improve, once you've made some decisions and settled on a course of action for your treatment options.

      I'll remember you in my prayers.

  26. QUESTION:
    Menopause?
    My mom is 49 and is extremely grumpy and irritable lately. I think she also has hot flashes because she's always sweating while the rest of us are freezing.

    Is this menopause or perimenopause and how much longer is she going to be in such a bad mood? Argh!
    Wow. Okay. Thanks and all..
    but i'm just wondering how much longer she's gonna be a b****. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is Menopause, can be delayed, however.

      The menopause or a woman’s change of life is a perfectly normal event which occurs in the mid or late 40s. It signifies the end of the female reproductive period of life which commenced at adolescence in the early teens. There are several misconceptions about menopause. Many women at this time feel that they are growing old and that they are well past their full physical vigor. Other women feel that the menopause brings a cessation of sexual pleasure. These apprehensions are far from true. Menopause may be considered an end to women’s fertility but certainly not to her virility. It does not decrease a woman’s physical capacity or sexual vigor or enjoyment.

      Symptoms: During the menopause, the entire chain of endocrine glands is disturbed, particularly the gonads, thyroid and pituitary. In a really healthy woman, the menopausal change takes place without any unpleasant symptoms. The only sign that the "change" taking place is the cessation of menstrual flow. There are, however, many women who do not enjoy good health due to dietetic errors and a faulty style of living. In these cases, the menopausal change often leads to all kinds of distressing physical, emotional, and nervous symptoms and manifestations. Hot flashes, night sweats, nervous tension, menstrual disturbances, insomnia, diminished interest in sex, irritability, and depression are the typical symptoms of menopause. Other symptoms are chilly feelings, fatigue, palpitation, dizziness, headaches and numbness. Not every women will get these severe reactions. The severity or otherwise of the symptoms depend on a variety of factors such as general health, previous surgery and radiation. Menopause and its problems are usually over when menstruation stops.

      Causes: The annoying symptoms associated with menopause arise from the fact that the ovaries are no longer producing their normal amount of estrogen, the dominant female hormone. Anything which interferes with the normal functioning of the ovaries may also bring about these symptoms. The same strange feelings may occur if the ovaries are removed by surgery because of disease. This can also result from heavy X-ray therapy or the use of radiation. A lack of normal hormone balance may also result in a severe backache. This is caused by thinning of the bones arising from the low level of estrogen in the bloodstream. Unless properly treated, this may eventually lead to a collapse of one or more of the vertebrae.

      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.

  27. QUESTION:
    Have anxiety, anger, doom thoughts, mood changes, sleep trouble, or hearing voices??
    no...you're not "ill". chances are you are experiencing the natural symptoms that are part of the decline in reproductive hormones as we all age (both sexes)-for females, you can get this & still have your period. these things can be mild or even disabling in some people. hormone treatment will rid it.

    what this hormone decline is called is andropause in men & perimenopause in women, this falls under the category of menopause in general. this can start as early as age 5 in people. the symptoms are the same for both sexes.
    there are more symptoms than those listed above, 35 to be exact that you can get (if you're not having some now). Also, if you have sleep issues, it can cause "voices". For reference on this, you can see these websites:

    andropause (male menopause)
    http://www.geocities.com/stuffs2read/male.html
    35 symptoms of menopause
    http://www.project-aware.org/Experience/symptoms.shtml#doom

    ---posted to help people who may have this; not asking for help for me.
    Sorry, guess I didn't phrase the sentence correctly regarding "hormone treatment will rid it". I meant any hormone treaments that ARE NOT HRT. I don't recommend HRT to anyone due to risks as well as the likelihood of side-effects from the pills (these pills have about 20 side effects with them that you can get).
    Speaking of my goofing, I just realized I never gave a link to a website that medically explains the "hearing voices" part. You can "hear voices" and/or experience a host of mood, behaviorial, emotional, thinking changes if you've had any "sleep troubles". Information on what symptoms sleep issues can cause and some examples of how these symptoms can show up (in what ways would you feel or think or behave differently), you can refer to this website on sleep information facts:

    http://sleepinformationfacts.ebloggy.com/

    P.S. Generally, doctors tell the public that sleep issues can cause things like "sleepiness, having trouble taking tests, trouble concentrating, or falling asleep while driving" but they don't give the full list of symptoms unless asked for it much like they don't tell the public every change the body has during missing meals. There's just so much medical information to share about the body it would fill a library so they limit what they say unless asked.
    To the person who says they see shadows and point of light zipping around, this can be caused by having a sleep issue of some kind (a sleep issue can even include when you lose some sleep regularly to talk with friends or other activities). The reason sleep can do this is because they body & brain needs its full 8 hours (or 7.5 to 9 in some people) and can't have it interrupted very much (like getting up to go to the bathroom no more than 3 times a night, generally). Also true, if you're only getting this problem while you're about to go to sleep then it's hynagogia which is when the mind prepares for sleep the brain waves can register as being asleep with your eyes still open & you can even be moving around still. Hynagogia is like the dream cycle starting up but sometimes you'll be aware of it occurring, & it includes visual effects when you see things and can even hear & feels things as well. In my next post I'll leave a website about hypagogia since I'm running out of room.
    A good website to start with about hynagogia is:

    http://www.geocities.com/stuffs2read/genmed/hypna.html

    • ANSWER:
      I see shadows and points of light zipping around my room, in my peripheral vision. I'm a 27 year old male.

  28. QUESTION:
    have anxiety, anger, doom thoughts, mood changes, sleep trouble, or hearing voices??
    no...you're not "ill". chances are you are experiencing the natural symptoms that are part of the decline in reproductive hormones as we all age (both sexes)-for females, you can get this & still have your period. these things can be mild or even disabling in some people. hormone treatment will rid it.

    what this hormone decline is called is andropause in men & perimenopause in women, this falls under the category of menopause in general. this can start as early as age 5 in people. the symptoms are the same for both sexes.

    there are more symptoms than those listed above, 35 to be exact that you can get (if you're not having some now). for reference on this, you can see these websites:

    andropause (male menopause)
    http://www.jonesbahamas.com/?c=53&a=5977

    35 symptoms of menopause
    http://www.project-aware.org/Experience/symptoms.shtml#doom

    --posted by someone who cares. no one will try to offer you anything to buy, this is free. look it up, it may help.

    • ANSWER:
      i guess i don't understand is this a question or an answer .

  29. QUESTION:
    Pre-menopausal symtoms. What to expect?
    What's the average age to start expierencing this? I had a talk about this with my mother and this may be happening to her right now (she's 47). Irregular periods may be a sign (no, she's not preggers).

    • ANSWER:
      Unless surgery happens to be involved, the period of time leading up to true menopause will likely come with gradual changes in a woman's body. As these changes take place, the types and severity of pre menopause symptoms will vary. Some women experience very severe symptoms in the pre-menopausal stage, but others go through it without little incidence. It is hard to tell in advance what a particular woman will experience during this phase of life.

      Menopause itself is characterized as the phase in life when a woman is no longer fertile. Menopause is considered to have arrived after a period of six months to a year without a menstrual cycle. The gradual reduction in the body's production of estrogen and progesterone and the changes that come with it is the pre-menopausal phase or perimenopause. This time of life is characterized by a variety of potential symptoms that result mainly from the body's cessation in the production of certain hormones.

      It is important for women entering this phase of life to remember it is perfectly natural and normal. When pre menopause symptoms are particularly troublesome, however, help might be advised. Doctors have many different treatments at their disposal to help lessen the severity of symptoms and even to alleviate them all together.

      Some of the most common pre menopause symptoms include:

      Weight gain. As the body's hormonal levels go through states of flux, unexplained weight gain and a slowing of the metabolism might be present.

      Headaches. These are quite common in the pre-menopausal stage.

      Mood swings. Often associated with the hormonal changes, these can be rather pronounced in some women. Mood swings alone are often the reason why some women seek out treatment. Depression and irritability can also go along with it.

      Fibroids. Fibroid cysts might appear in the breasts and uterus. These are considered benign growths, but can in some cases cause discomfort.

      Water retention. An increase incidence of water retention is also common in the pre-menopausal stage.

      Hot flashes. These are quite prevalent in pre-menopausal women. Hot flashes can be particularly severe in some cases. Many women who undergo hormone replacement therapy do so simply to reduce or eliminate the appearance of hot flashes.

      Decreased libido. As a woman's hormone levels change, the sex drive is often impacted.

      Vaginal dryness. The hormonal changes also impact natural lubrication levels, which can lead to painful intercourse and overall discomfort. This can, of course, add to a reduction in libido in and of itself.

      Insomnia, sleep disruptions. Many pre-menopausal women report problems with sleeping. Insomnia and fatigue are not at all uncommon.

      The signs of pre-menopause tend to show up in the 40s and 50s. They are not unheard of in the mid-to-late 30s, but this is considered premature menopause in most cases. Unless surgical menopause is involved, the signs and symptoms tend to appear rather gradually over time.

      The pre menopause symptoms can vary greatly from woman to woman. Those who suffer from extreme symptoms or find coping with daily life difficult are often recommended to seek medical advice. There are many treatment options available to help a woman adjust to the changes with less stress and discomfort.

      Some potential treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy, have side effect risks. Still, these are often prescribed in closely supervised situations when their benefits out weigh potential risks. Other options include the use of anti-depressants and other medications for mood swings and irritability. Medications are also quite useful in the treatment of insomnia and sleep disruptions.

      Menopause is perfectly nature. An occurrence of particularly troublesome pre menopause symptoms is not. When concerns are present, women are encouraged to contact medical professionals for advice.

      Cheers and have a nice week ahead :)

  30. QUESTION:
    Is there any other treatment for perimenopause symptom other than hormone replacement therapy?
    I have been experiencing spotting for about 8 weeks now. It started after having irregular periods. I was thinking that reaching menopause would be a breeze for me. I started when I was 12 years old. I'm now over 50. I've been having a very irregular period, very light, with spotting in between periods. Last month, I was very normal. I talked to my health care professional and she said that if the progesterone treatment didn't work that I would need to start hormone replacement therapy or even birth control pills. I am very reluctant to start birth control pills and especially HRT (hormone replacement therapy) because of the serious health risks. I don't bleed heavily nor am I experiencing any pain from the bleeding. I am very aware of the health risks concerning cancer. My mother died from cervical cancer 20 years ago. My parents divorced because of my father cheating on my mother. The oncologist believed my mother had HPV complications. This is before the research confirming the link between cervical cancer and HPV. He said that she had an STD at some point and the scarring from the disease brought on my mother's cancer. My father had been having numerous affairs with other women. My mother was faithful to my dad. She had post menopause bleeding and lost dramatic amounts of weight.
    This is why I don't want to risk my health to an HRT. I know the links between heart disease, strokes and other female cancers. I don't want to be tortured by the menopause symptoms either. Is there a safe alternative to HRT? Why do conventional doctors only know one therapy for menopause? They should know the serious risks to this kind of therapy but yet still adhere to it. I'm very irritated. I'm trying to do my best with everything. Has anyone had similar experiences with perimenopause? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I went to the health food store and got some herbals.
      Unfortunately, I don't remember the names. They actually have menopause blends, just ask.
      I'm done now, but other than some hot flashes, it just went away.
      No mood swings, no stupidity (any more than usual), the hot flashes were rare and didn't last long.
      Having spent many years in the medical field, I can tell you that no doctor will tell you to try the natural way first.
      Best of luck to you!

  31. QUESTION:
    What the he!@ is wrong with me?
    Please help I feel like I'm losing my mind I am 37 years old and have been having hot flashes, extreme anxiety, awful temper every little thing will set me into a rampage and I don't know what is wrong with me could I be going through perimenopause I don't have insurance so I cant go to the dr so please don't tell me to go that will set me off to. Could this be perimenopause? Do the home menopause tests work pretty accurately and how do they work? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      Menopause is a natural part of growing older. You don't need treatment for it unless your symptoms bother you. But it’s a good idea to learn all you can about menopause. Knowing what to expect can help you stay as healthy as possible during this new phase of your life.
      What are the symptoms?
      Common symptoms include:

      Irregular periods. Some women have light periods. Others have heavy bleeding. Your menstrual cycle may be longer or shorter, or you may skip periods.
      Hot flashes.
      Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
      Emotional changes. Some women have mood swings or feel grouchy, depressed, or worried.
      Headaches.
      Feeling that your heart is beating too fast or unevenly (palpitations).
      Problems with remembering or thinking clearly.
      Vaginal dryness.
      Some women have only a few mild symptoms. Others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives.

      Symptoms tend to last or get worse the first year or more after menopause. Over time, hormones even out at low levels, and many symptoms improve or go away. Then you can enjoy being free from periods and birth control concerns.

      Do you need treatment?
      Menopause is a natural part of growing older. You don't need treatment for it unless your symptoms bother you. But if your symptoms are upsetting or uncomfortable, you don't have to suffer through them. There are treatments that can help.

      The first step is to have a healthy lifestyle. This can help reduce symptoms and also lower your risk of heart disease and other long-term problems related to aging.

      Make a special effort to eat well. Choose a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and includes plenty of fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, and high-fiber grains and breads.
      Include plenty of calcium in your diet to help your bones stay strong. Get 1,200 mg a day after age 50 (plus at least 400 IU of vitamin D to help your body use the calcium). Low-fat or nonfat dairy products are a great source of calcium.
      Get regular exercise. Exercise can help you manage your weight, keep your heart and bones strong, and lift your mood.
      Limit caffeine, alcohol, and stress. These things can make symptoms worse. Limiting them may help you sleep better.
      If you smoke, stop. Quitting smoking can reduce hot flashes and long-term health risks.
      If lifestyle changes are not enough to relieve your symptoms, you can try other measures, such as:

      Meditative breathing exercise (called paced respiration). Breathing exercises may help reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms.
      Black cohosh. This herb may prevent or relieve symptoms. But experts don't know about its long-term safety. You should not take it if there is a chance you could be pregnant. If you plan to try black cohosh, talk to your doctor about how to take it safely.
      Soy (isoflavones). Some women feel that eating lots of soy helps even out their menopause symptoms. It may also help keep your bones strong after menopause.1
      Yoga or biofeedback to help reduce stress. High stress is likely to make your symptoms worse.
      If you have severe symptoms, you may want to ask your doctor about prescription medicines. Choices include:

      Low-dose birth control pills before menopause.
      Low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause.
      Antidepressants.
      A medicine called clonidine (Catapres) that is usually used to treat high blood pressure.
      All medicines for menopause symptoms have possible risks or side effects. A very small number of women develop serious health problems when taking hormone therapy. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your possible health risks before you start a treatment for menopause symptoms.

      Remember, it is still possible to become pregnant until you reach menopause. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy, keep using birth control until you have not had a period for 1 full year

  32. QUESTION:
    Strange Brown Discharge? D:?
    I've had brown discharge constantly for about 6 weeks now, I'm confident that I'm not pregnant as I've had no other symptoms such as cramping, morning sickness, fatigue, need to urinate frequently etc and have taken 3 tests all of which have come back negative.
    I was concerned earlier that I may be pregnant as after intercourse with my fiancee about 2 weeks ago I bleed a small amount of bright red blood. However this has been the only "fresh" looking blood I've had ever since the brown discharge started.
    I'm aware that brown discharge is meant to be the body cleansing itself of old blood and is a perfectly natural occurrence, however surely not for 6 weeks, right?
    I had Implanon inserted approximately 10 weeks ago could this be the reason for my weird constant discharge problems?
    If anyone has had a similar case, or know what the cause of this is please let me know! If things don't clear up within the next two weeks I'm going to have to go to the Dr again and try and sort it out properly.
    Thank you for your support and feed back, greatly appreciated :))

    • ANSWER:
      What causes brown vaginal discharge?
      As uncommon as this is it may not be cause for great concern. Brown vaginal discharge is most often associated with old endometrial tissues. In other words, if your period is late you might get a brown, rather than red, discharge. It could also mean that for whatever reason during your last menses the entire uterine lining failed to make a timely exit. What you are seeing now is the fashionably late exit.

      In some cases however there is cause for concern. Brown vaginal discharge can also be a symptom of a medical concern that is much more sinister than leftover endometrial cells.

      Some common conditions causing brown vaginal discharge include: cervical cancer, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), perimenopause, menopause, or sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, Chlamydia or vaginal warts.

      If the cause of the brown vaginal discharge is simply old uterine cells, then the treatment may be simple life style suggestions such as better nutrition, regular exercise and drinking more water. If, however you discover the discharge is a result of another condition treatments will be aimed at curing that particular disease. For more detailed information study your diagnosis. A brief list of treatment options for other causes of brown vaginal discharge include: prescription medication, chemotherapy, surgery, dietary supplements, a pap smear and other medical testing and repeat visits to the doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    Any rosacea remedies? Does diet play a role?
    I've tried many topical products, most of which were extremely irritating to my sensitive skin. I was taking doxycycline for an eye infection and as expected, my skin started to clear up. However, given that it is an antibiotic, I had to stop taking it eventually, and my ruddy complexion reappeared. Birth control pills were also effective, but not a natural approach. Has anyone with rosacea seen a difference by altering their diet? I'd be interested to know what the diet consisted of, if so.

    • ANSWER:
      Emotional Triggers:

      Anxiety
      Concentration
      Crying
      Embarrassment
      Excitement
      Intimacy
      Laughing
      Stress

      Environmental Triggers:

      Cold Climates
      Heat ( > 85° F )
      Warm ( > 70° F )
      Sun
      Wind

      Hormonal Triggers:

      Birth Control Pills
      Estrogen
      Perimenopause
      Premenstrual
      Postmenopause

      Ingested Triggers:

      Foods:

      Large Meals
      Spicy Foods
      Hot Foods

      Beverages:

      Alcohol
      Hot Beverages

      Physical Triggers:

      Exertion, Light
      Exertion, Heavy
      Lying Down
      Migraines
      Overheating
      Pain
      Sleeping

      Topical Triggers:

      Alcohol Containing
      Cleansers
      Exfoliants
      Moisturizers
      Sunscreens
      Toners

      Other Triggers:

      Spontaneous
      Fluorescent Lighting
      Computers

      Certain antibiotics are used to treat the condition. As will as certain topical medication especially for rosacea.

      See a dermatologist for full treatment.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can we prevent Adult acne?
    I am still getting acne and in my early 40s.. i also have scars left by the acne. How do I get rid of it and prevent it. I took some really strong acne medicine for 6 mths and it cleared it all up. But I couldn't take it any longer after that becos its not good for the womb. So after stopping it, the acne is back.. I just want to try something more natural

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem hun and no there is no known cure for acne..

      Just when I finally had my acne under control...BOOM perimenopause hits and messes it all up...But I am winning the battle..:)

      Although Pro Active is a good skin line , there is 1 drawback...
      The benzoyl peroxide in the lotion will stain colored towels white..

      There is an agressive medication you can take but you have to get it from your doc... Accutane will clear up ance for good..
      Drawbacks.....If you are clinically depressed you cannot take product..
      The side effects of this med are extensive and some can be severe...

      My solution to few problems...

      Pernox.. Its an aggresive sulpur scrub that can be purchased at any Wal-Greens store... Its costly but well worth it .. The bottle cost 20.00 and usually last me about 3 weeks..You can find it in the skincare isle or ask the pharmasist if they can order it..

      Best product I have ever found...

      I also use a moisturizer .. Phisoderm has one that has few irritating ingredients and works well to atleast restore moisture , which is necessary ....

      For blemishes that appear.. try using a fast drying spot treatment make sure the product has sulphur in it...I use...bye bye blemish which can be found at a Sally's Beauty store .. Not sure who else might carry the product but I do know , it works well....

      Also, try taking omega flax seed oil capsules .. you can find them anywhere ex... Wal-mart..The omega capsules are good for skin and hair...

      Drink lots of water ... it helps flush the toxins outta of overly sensitive skin...

      Stay away from caffeine products ... They irritate the skin...
      Eat lots of veges....
      be careful with milk products .... They have hormones in them that can irritate skin..

      or go organic...I am 100% organic because of all the steroids and junk in regular commercial foods...

      Also, take a vitamin... and extra vit C .. and zinc.... Good for the skin...

      My acne is under control but I do still have little flare ups every so often and they can usually be linked back to food, stress, or some chemical product...

      Below I listed some sites that you might find helpful...

      Hope I could help,,,:)

  35. QUESTION:
    Hi i want to get twin baby.. what can i do?
    Hi I am 26 year girl, i about to marry in a couple of month, My question is that my self and my hubby has very much eager to get twins baby, will it happen for us? or what we should do to get twins? please brief reg this

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry for the people who are not so nice. I have researched this cause I too, want twins. First, you need to have an examination with your doctor and let them know that you are planning on conceiving so they can tell you what to do. You need to take a vitamin with plenty of folic acid. Consider taking extra folic acid, calcium, and b6 vitamin, for twins. Eat yams, particularly cassava root, more dairy and beef.
      What factors predispose couples to have twins? Here are some interesting findings.

      Genetics
      If you are a woman whose mother, sister, maternal aunt or maternal grandmother had fraternal twins, this trait may have been passed to you. Fraternal twins can only be conceived if a woman releases two eggs at ovulation, and this trait has been genetically predetermined in some people.

      Age
      If you are a woman between the ages of 35 - 39, you are more likely to conceive twins. This likelihood increases more after 40, but mostly because women are using fertility treatments at that age. Women over 35 may release more than one egg at ovulation because their cycles are being disrupted by perimenopause.

      Previous Pregnancies
      The more previous pregnancies and births a woman has experienced, the more likely twins will be in subsequent pregnancies. If a woman has conceived twins (especially fraternal twins) before, she is more likely to have them again.

      Race/Ethnicity
      In the United States, people of African descent have a higher incidence of twins than Caucasians, who have a higher rate of twinning than Asians. Native Americans have a slightly lower incidence than Asians, and Hispanics have the lowest rate of twinning.

      Weight/Height
      Obese women, especially those with a body mass index over 30, tend to conceive twins more often, but also have higher risk pregnancies because of the excess weight. Taller women are also more likely to conceive twins.

      Diet/Nutrition
      There is some scientific evidence that eating animal products, especially dairy, increases a woman's chances of conceiving twins. Vegan women who eat no dairy have a very low rate of twin conception. Women whose diets are high in folate seem to conceive twins more often, as do those who eat yams or other products high in natural estrogen-like compounds. Women in the Yoruba tribe in Africa have a phenomenal rate of twinning, and consume yams as a major part of their diet. Once twins have been conceived, consuming a healthy, adequate diet is essential for the proper development of the babies as well.

      Environment
      Strangely enough, some studies have found that living near a polluted area increases a woman's chances of having twins.

      Breastfeeding
      Women who are breastfeeding when they get pregnant again (often accidentally!) are more likely to conceive twins.

      Infertility
      As those who have been through the infertility process know, both infertility drugs and IVF increase a couple's chances of a multiple pregnancy.

      Ever heard of smart stork? They might be able to help. The link is below.
      You might be able to buy fertility drugs online but they tell you to take the drugs under the supervision and directions of a doctor. You don't need a prescription, but they like you to have been told by a doctor to take them. You can look it up and try to though, if you want.
      Good luck and either way just hope for a healthy happy pregnancy and a healthy happy baby at the end.

  36. QUESTION:
    Menopausal/perimenopausal women- when did night sweats start for you? See details...?
    I've been having really bad night sweats for about 2 months now. My doctor has suggested I'm in perimenopause based on clinical symptoms and some mild changes in my hormone levels. However, the sweats started shortly after I started treatment for Lyme disease. The antibiotics I take bring out the lyme and other tick-borne bacterias from hiding in tissues/joints into the blood steam and fights them. So when it comes into the blood stream, symptoms of the infection(s) get worse.

    Night sweats can be a symptom of being infected with Babesia, a common bacteria found in people with lyme. I was never tested for it specifically, but I'm wondering if the sweats are from that or from hormonal changes.

    So did sweats start for you only when you were in full menopause, or years before? I'm only 35. I don't feel hot when it happens, I just wake up all sticky with my bed soaked. I change my clothes and move to the other side of the bed. It's quite disgusting, and it happens every night, disturbing my sleep. Are there any ways that I can help stop it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. I got them when i started menopause, but have other friends that got them perimenopausal. Everybody's body is different, so it's impossible to say when they will start. Some women never get them at all. I usually only got them real bad at night. I would wake up soaking wet, and have to get up, dry off, and change my pj's. It was awful, so i feel your frustration. There are some natural products available now that are suppose to help, if you don't want to take hormones. You need to ask your doctor which ones they would recommend. I never tried them, but i know other women that did have some success with them, so it would be worth a try. Hope you feel better soon. Take care.

  37. QUESTION:
    why do i get hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kimmy,

      No one knows exactly what causes hot flashes. Research suggests hot flashes are as a result of a drop in the level of the female hormone, estrogen within the body. This drop has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates temperature which starts overproducing heat.

      As a result an increase in body temperature occurs and chemicals are released that causes the blood vessels in your skin to dilate and starts a hot flash. While the skin temperature is rising, the body temperature begins to drop and the sweat glands release sweat to cool you off.

      Certain dietary and lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in alleviating hot flashes. Try to keep as cool as possible by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, dress in layers or use a fan or air conditioner. Increase your physical activity by exercising regularly, stop smoking and eliminate hot, spicy food, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages from your diet.

      Learning to relax is imperative to cope successfully with hot flashes and using stress reducing techniques such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation is very helpful. If you experience moderate to severe hot flashes, medication such as estrogen therapy, progesterone therapy, antidepressants or blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Estrogen therapy is generally the most effective treatment for hot flashes.

      Natural remedies

      Using natural remedies for hot flashes are sometimes a much safer and gentler treatment option than certain medications prescribed. Two wonderful herbs known as Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh) and Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower) help to support a woman’s overall health and wellbeing during perimenopause and menopause.

      These herbal ingredients reduces common hot flashes associated with the change of life, maintain healthy sleep patterns and supports balanced mood and routine calmness.

      One such natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/mellowpause.htm is supposed to be quite effective (in fact, that is the reason behind its huge popularity) in treating hot flashes, support balanced mood and routine calmness, maintain healthy sleeping patterns and support hormonal balance during peri-menopause and menopause.

      Hope all this helps.

      Best of Luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    I am a 46 year old female. The past couple of months I have been very emotional.?
    Could this be a hormonal thing? Am I entering pre-menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      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

  39. QUESTION:
    Mature Women only please?
    My mum is starting the menopause ( I am sure she is gonna be thrilled I posted this, sorry mum!) She is tired and stressed all the time from it, and hot. How can I help her? Is there anything I can do to make her feel better? Is there any vitamins she could take to help her symptoms? Thanks in advance for the answers

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is a natural body change that doesn't require treatment. However, symptoms can disrupt your life and sense of well-being. The first approach to reducing menopause symptoms (and other long-term health risks related to aging) is to lead a healthy lifestyle—make a special effort to eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, and stress. You can also use meditative breathing exercise, also called paced respiration, to reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms. 2, 3

      If you need more relief than lifestyle changes can give you, you can choose from many treatments for relieving menopause symptoms. Medicines include hormone therapy (HT) with low-dose birth control pills before menopause or low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause; antidepressants; or a certain blood pressure medicine. Alternative supplements include soy and black cohosh.

      All medicines for menopause symptoms have possible risks or side effects. A very small number of women develop serious health problems when taking hormone therapy. Your personal risk of HRT causing breast cancer, cardiovascular problems, blood clots, or neurological changes may be lower or higher than average, depending on your risk factors. Experts do not yet know whether hormone therapy risks are the same for older and younger postmenopausal women.

      Be sure to talk to your health professional about your possible health risks before starting a treatment for menopause symptoms.

      Menopause is the milestone in every woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause. While the average age of menopause is around 50, every woman's body has its own unique timeline. Some women stop menstruating in their mid-40s, and others continue well into their mid-50s.

      Perimenopause means "around menopause." It refers to the 2 to 8 years of changing hormone levels—and the symptoms they cause—leading up to menopause. The most common sign of perimenopause is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs.

      Most women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51. 1 Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in their late 30s, when hormone levels begin to change and fertility naturally declines. Other women don't notice menopause changes until their late 40s.

      Postmenopause begins after 1 year of having no menstrual periods. Hormone levels continue to decline, and menopause symptoms tend to persist or increase into the first year or more of postmenopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels then stabilize at low levels, and symptoms usually subside. This is the phase of life when you can enjoy freedom from menstrual bleeding and birth control concerns.

  40. QUESTION:
    menopause ?
    ive started getting hot flushes, can someone give me information on what other side affects that comes with it.

    • ANSWER:
      What are menopause, perimenopause, and postmenopause?

      Menopause is the milestone in every woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause. While the average age of menopause is around 50, every woman's body has its own unique timeline. Some women stop menstruating in their mid-40s, and others continue well into their mid-50s.

      Perimenopause means "around menopause." It refers to the 2 to 8 years of changing hormone levels—and the symptoms they cause—leading up to menopause. The most common sign of perimenopause is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs.

      Most women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51. 1 Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in their late 30s, when hormone levels begin to change and fertility naturally declines. Other women don't notice menopause changes until their late 40s.

      Postmenopause begins after 1 year of having no menstrual periods. Hormone levels continue to decline, and menopause symptoms tend to persist or increase into the first year or more of postmenopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels then stabilize at low levels, and symptoms usually subside. This is the phase of life when you can enjoy freedom from menstrual bleeding and birth control concerns.

      What causes menopause?

      Normal changes in your reproductive and hormone systems cause menopause. As your egg supply ages, your body begins to ovulate less, causing hormone levels to change (fluctuate). Eventually, estrogen and progesterone levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops.

      Surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), radiation therapy to the abdomen or pelvis, or chemotherapy can trigger an early menopause.

      What are the symptoms of menopause?

      During the months or years leading up to menopause, irregular menstrual cycles can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Other common symptoms include mild to severe hot flashes, insomnia, cloudy thinking, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms can begin well before menopause and can last for a year or more afterward. Symptoms are different for every woman—some notice few or no changes, while others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives.

      Estrogen steadily drops for several months before and after menopause. As it does, it's common for menopause symptoms to get worse. Over time, hormones even out, and symptoms usually improve or go away. Some women have ongoing symptoms, such as hot flashes, for years after menopause. When estrogen levels drop below a certain point, many women develop vaginal dryness and irritation, which can continue into the postmenopausal years. Fortunately, this symptom can be treated easily.

      How do I know whether I am in perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause?

      You don't need to test hormone levels to diagnose perimenopause or menopause. You and your health professional will most likely be able to tell when you are in perimenopause based on irregular menstrual periods. (This most often happens between ages 45 and 55.) You may also have various physical and emotional symptoms.

      If you have heavy, irregular bleeding, your health professional may want to rule out any serious causes of your symptoms. In many women in their 40s, heavy menstrual bleeding is a sign of perimenopause. However, it can be caused by infection, disease, or a pregnancy complication.

      When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause.

      Do I need treatment?

      Menopause is a natural body change that doesn't require treatment. However, symptoms can disrupt your life and sense of well-being. The first approach to reducing menopause symptoms (and other long-term health risks related to aging) is to lead a healthy lifestyle—make a special effort to eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, and stress. You can also use meditative breathing exercise, also called paced respiration, to reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms. 2, 3

      If you need more relief than lifestyle changes can give you, you can choose from many treatments for relieving menopause symptoms. Medicines include hormone therapy (HT) with low-dose birth control pills before menopause or low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause; antidepressants; or a certain blood pressure medicine. Alternative supplements include soy and black cohosh.

      All medicines for menopause symptoms have possible risks or side effects. A very small number of women develop serious health problems when taking hormone therapy. Your personal risk of HRT causing breast cancer, cardiovascular problems, blood clots, or neurological changes may be lower or higher than average, depending on your risk factors. Experts do not yet know whether hormone therapy risks are the same for older and younger postmenopausal women.

      Be sure to talk to your health professional about your possible health risks before starting a treatment for menopause symptoms.

  41. QUESTION:
    I need some informed opinions on menopause...?
    In 1993 I underwent an ectopic pregnancy (the fallopian tube burst- fetus was 8wks. I lost part of my fallopian tube, and one ovary. After that, my periods were so painful and so heavy that in 2001, my gynocologist urged me to get a total hysterectomy. (I am 45 now) To cut to the chase, ever since my hysterectomy, I have experienced the WORST hot flashes (not night sweats) - when I go out, some people think I've just come out of the shower, I'm drenched with sweat. It's so horrible and embarrassing! I am not on a HRT because I was afraid of the side effects. What can I do to help slow down the hot flashes- and excessive sweating (especially on my face!) it's so bad I'm afraid to even go out with my friends like I used to. Help, please. Thank you.
    wow, so much great info! :o) I wanted to add that I DO drink a lot of coffee and caffiene (iced tea). I was actually on Effexor for depression but didn't know it could help my hot flashes lessen! I was also on Neurontin as well. I'm on Cymbalta now for depression and I am not enjoying it. Also, I do not have any female organs- no uterus, no ovaries, no cervix. Summer is like HELL for me! I tried a product called "Estroven" but I think I need it to kick in a little longer. You have no idea how much paper towel I crumple up in my purse to stop the torrential sweats. Ugh! I'd so much prefer my period again...:o( lol, I'm actually MISSING my period! Isn't middle age a hoot?

    • ANSWER:
      For some women, a diet rich in phytoestrogens is all that is needed. Others find more success using a combination of natural products along with exercise and a healthy diet.

      I found this for you, don't know if you already done this.
      Research suggests that soy may have some benefit for reducing hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. However it is recommended that you get your soy from foods rather than from supplements. Foods that contain soy include tofu, tempeh, miso, soy milk, whole soybeans, texturized vegetable protein, and soy powder.

      Black cohosh (20 mg to 60 mg 3 times daily) often provides effective relief of hot flashes, as well as other symptoms of menopause including headaches, heart palpitations, and anxiety.

      Natural progesterone cream available OTC, in compounded prescriptions, or as a traditional prescription called Prometrium provides relief for hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause for many women.

      Taking 400 IU to 800 IU of Vitamin E daily significantly reduces the occurrence and severity of hot flashes and night sweats during menopause or perimenopause, and provides an additional benefit of strengthening the immune system and protecting the heart.

      Effexor is a SRNI and an antidepressant that has been found to reduce hot flashes in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Because it works so well for breast cancer patients, researchers believe it may be an option for women who don't want to use traditional hormone replacement therapy during menopause.

      Exercise at least 30 minutes every day. Just don't exercise within 3 hours of going to bed to help prevent night sweats.

      Gabapentin is a drug currently used to treat migraine headaches, however the June 13, 2000 issue of Neurology found an 87% reduction in hot flashes among a small group of women who took the drug.

      Dietary triggers that can start a bout of hot flashes include alcohol, caffeine, and cayenne or other spicy foods.

      Traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that includes estrogen replacement provides relief from hot flashes associated with menopause.

      Hot flashes are often worse during hot weather. Wear all cotton clothes that allow your skin to breathe and keep a fan nearby during hot weather to reduce the number of hot flashes you experience.

      There are many supplements and substances that have been advertised as "natural" treatments for symptoms of menopause, including licorice, evening primrose oil, dong quai, chasteberry, and wild yam. Scientific studies to prove the safety and effectiveness of these products have not been performed.

      Hope it help.

  42. QUESTION:
    tell me more about menapause?

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause is the milestone in every woman's life that marks the end of her reproductive years. When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause. While the average age of menopause is around 50, every woman's body has its own unique timeline. Some women stop menstruating in their mid-40s, and others continue well into their mid-50s.

      Perimenopause means "around menopause." It refers to the 2 to 8 years of changing hormone levels—and the symptoms they cause—leading up to menopause. The most common sign of perimenopause is longer, often irregular menstrual cycles that are caused by hormonal ups and downs.

      Most women start perimenopause between ages 39 and 51. 1 Some women begin to notice menstrual changes and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms in their late 30s, when hormone levels begin to change and fertility naturally declines. Other women don't notice menopause changes until their late 40s.

      Postmenopause begins after 1 year of having no menstrual periods. Hormone levels continue to decline, and menopause symptoms tend to persist or increase into the first year or more of postmenopause. Estrogen and progesterone levels then stabilize at low levels, and symptoms usually subside. This is the phase of life when you can enjoy freedom from menstrual bleeding and birth control concerns.

      What causes menopause?
      Normal changes in your reproductive and hormone systems cause menopause. As your egg supply ages, your body begins to ovulate less, causing hormone levels to change (fluctuate). Eventually, estrogen and progesterone levels drop enough that the menstrual cycle stops.

      Surgical removal of the ovaries (oophorectomy), radiation therapy to the abdomen or pelvis, or chemotherapy can trigger an early menopause.

      What are the symptoms of menopause?
      During the months or years leading up to menopause, irregular menstrual cycles can lead to heavy menstrual bleeding (dysfunctional uterine bleeding). Other common symptoms include mild to severe hot flashes, insomnia, cloudy thinking, headaches, heart palpitations, mood swings, irritability, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms can begin well before menopause and can last for a year or more afterward. Symptoms are different for every woman—some notice few or no changes, while others have severe symptoms that disrupt their sleep and daily lives.

      Estrogen steadily drops for several months before and after menopause. As it does, it's common for menopause symptoms to get worse. Over time, hormones even out, and symptoms usually improve or go away. Some women have ongoing symptoms, such as hot flashes, for years after menopause. When estrogen levels drop below a certain point, many women develop vaginal dryness and irritation, which can continue into the postmenopausal years. Fortunately, this symptom can be treated easily.

      How do I know whether I am in perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause?
      You don't need to test hormone levels to diagnose perimenopause or menopause. You and your health professional will most likely be able to tell when you are in perimenopause based on irregular menstrual periods. (This most often happens between ages 45 and 55.) You may also have various physical and emotional symptoms.

      If you have heavy, irregular bleeding, your health professional may want to rule out any serious causes of your symptoms. In many women in their 40s, heavy menstrual bleeding is a sign of perimenopause. However, it can be caused by infection, disease, or a pregnancy complication.

      When you have had no menstrual periods for 1 year, you have reached menopause.

      Do I need treatment?
      Menopause is a natural body change that doesn't require treatment. However, symptoms can disrupt your life and sense of well-being. The first approach to reducing menopause symptoms (and other long-term health risks related to aging) is to lead a healthy lifestyle—make a special effort to eat well, exercise regularly, and avoid excess caffeine, alcohol, and stress. You can also use meditative breathing exercise, also called paced respiration, to reduce hot flashes and emotional symptoms. 2, 3

      If you need more relief than lifestyle changes can give you, you can choose from many treatments for relieving menopause symptoms. Medicines include hormone therapy (HT) with low-dose birth control pills before menopause or low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after menopause; antidepressants; or a certain blood pressure medicine. Alternative supplements include soy and black cohosh.

      All medicines for menopause symptoms have possible risks or side effects. A very small number of women develop serious health problems when taking hormone therapy. Your personal risk of HRT causing breast cancer, cardiovascular problems, blood clots, or neurological changes may be lower or higher than average, depending on your risk factors. Experts do not yet know whether hormone therapy risks are the same for older and younger postmenopausal women.

      Be sure to talk to your health professional about your possible health risks before starting a treatment for menopause symptoms.

  43. QUESTION:
    vaginal dryness??????????????????????
    could it be the metronidazole ive been taking
    i stopped the course yesterday as it finishhhhed

    • ANSWER:
      Many factors may contribute to vaginal dryness and these include:

      Intercourse
      Diaphragms
      Condoms
      Tampons
      Medications such as antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines and decongestants
      Cancer treatments such radiation or chemotherapy
      Allergens such as fragrances and dyes in toilet paper and laundry detergents
      Douches
      Drying soaps
      Autoimmune disease such as Sjogren’s syndrome
      Vaginal dryness is the primary symptom of lower estrogen levels. Estrogen, a female hormone helps to keep the vagina well lubricated, maintains acidity and tissue elasticity and creates a natural defense against infections. It causes the vagina to thicken but when estrogen levels decreases, the vaginal tissue starts thinning, loses its elasticity and become more fragile.
      Low estrogen levels may decrease as a result of:

      Menopause, perimenopause or postmenopause
      Hysterectomy or surgical removal of ovaries
      Menstrual cycle changes
      Pregnancy
      Childbirth
      Breastfeeding
      Cancer therapy which includes radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy
      Hormonal contraceptives
      Immune disorders
      Stress & fatigue
      Cigarette smoking

      Natural and holistic treatments have also proven to be quite effective in reducing vaginal dryness. Herbs such as Dong Quai, a very well known Chinese herb helps to support balance of female hormones and to promote hormonal health during the menopause and perimenopause. Other herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh and Wild yam and isoflavones may also help to relieve vaginal dryness in some women.

      You may get details on these remedies over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/femalube.htm and http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/health/msg0117175813490.html

  44. QUESTION:
    help!!!!!!!!?
    i have a hormone imbalance so i will probably have to get tablets to increase my estrogen levels.what do these do and what are the side effects???

    • ANSWER:
      You have not mentioned your age, so I presume you are mature enough and are having menopause problems. You can expect natural changes to your hormone levels during the premenopause years when your levels fluctuate up and down then gradually yet steadily wind down. The severity of hormonal problems may increase with age, but it is not aging per se that is the root of declining health. Exposure to environmental toxins and the cumulative effects of stress cause disruption of the natural rhythms and balancing mechanisms of women's hormones.

      From the time menses begins until menopause, levels of estrogen and progesterone ebb and flow in a manner which promotes reproduction. As women progress through their menstrual lives, natural hormonal imbalances can develop, even long before menopause.

      Premenopause is the period of time from the start of symptoms of hormonal change to the ending of menses - which could be 10 years or longer. Perimenopause generally refers to the one or two years just before menopause begins.

      The symptoms of premenopause and perimenopause vary. Some women experience mood changes, depression, insomnia, irregular and/or heavy periods, hot flashes, and weight gain (particularly during the perimenopause phase). Some women notice memory impairment, in particular "fuzzy thinking."

      Low-estrogen situations
      *The ovaries are not being told what to do. Excess exercise, low body weight, and eating disorders all adversely affect the pituitary gland, so that it doesn't send proper signals to the ovary. Girls with these conditions are found to have very low levels of estrogen; they do not bleed in response to the progestin challenge and do not release eggs. (This physiological response more than likely evolved in times of great stress or starvation, when it was better not to get pregnant.)
      *The ovaries are unable to make hormones. If a girl (or woman) is diagnosed as having a low-estrogen state, the next step is to test the blood level of the pituitary hormone FSH. This hormone, produced by the pituitary gland, serves to tell the ovary to make estrogen and to ready the eggs for ovulation.

      While treatment is best aimed at addressing the underlying problem, such as issues resulting in low body weight, the lack of estrogen itself creates a health concern that requires medical attention. This is because estrogen is necessary to build strong bones. (Female athletes who don't get their periods, for example, suffer more stress fractures than those who menstruate.)

  45. QUESTION:
    Menopause Question!?
    I am 46 and wondering about the first signs of menopause are. Can you have a really light period about 4 or 5 days before your actual period? In other word it was lite and came early. A week before and several weeks after the early/lite period, I was feeling like I had the flu, achy all over, throwing up and extremely tired, sore breast, bad taste in mouth, ichy hands, acne breakout on back and a little on face, veins like tracks starting to showing up around the sides of my stomach, hips and breast, lower back pain, stomach pains, headachs and stuffy nose, very iritable and cry over stupid stuff. Then about two weeks later these things slowly start dissappearing and now all but very slight tender nippes but somewhat sore breast, still very iritable and cry baby at times, ocasional lite lower back pain and some stomach pain but still very gasy......ok anyone ever have this experience? Seeing the doctor today but I am so anxious that there may be something really wrong. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I am a doctor..
      Hope this would help you..

      WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?

      Menopause, or the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, is a natural biological process, not a medical illness. Even so, the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause can disrupt your sleep, sap your energy and — at least indirectly — trigger feelings of sadness and loss.

      Hormonal changes cause the physical symptoms of menopause, but mistaken beliefs about the menopausal transition are partly to blame for the emotional ones. First, menopause doesn't mean the end is near — you've still got as much as half your life to go. Second, menopause will not snuff out your femininity and sexuality. In fact, you may be one of the many women who find it liberating to stop worrying about pregnancy and periods.

      Most important, even though menopause is not an illness, you shouldn't hesitate to get treatment if you're having severe symptoms. Many treatments are available, from lifestyle adjustments to hormone therapy

      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.
      SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE

      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

      It's important to see your doctor during both perimenopause and postmenopause for preventive health care as well as care of medical conditions that may occur with aging.

      If you've skipped a period but aren't sure you've started menopause, you may want to see your doctor to determine whether you're pregnant. He or she may take a medical history, do a pelvic examination and, if appropriate, order a pregnancy test.

      Always seek medical advice if you have bleeding from your vagina after menopause.

      If you want more info, feel free to write to me or visit
      www.medicguide.org
      This is a free site done by me and other doctors to answer health querries for free.

  46. QUESTION:
    Bad skin problems what shall I do?
    I m 26 female, I dont eat junk food, i hate sweets and i dont drink soda very much at all. I dont smoke or drink and I rarely wear make up. I ALWAYS put on good quality oil free sunscreen, drink plenty of water, eat fruits everyday, work out ... I swear I m doing it all, wash twice a day with quality wash .... However i am on the pill and i m not sure if that could be a problem or not.
    First my face is filled with spots from old acne, also the acne taht show up around period time take FOREVER to go away... I just don have good skin at all, now i m noticing black and white heads, What the hell?!
    I m young and healthy, what the hell should I do?!
    Anyone with a similar problem that could help please, I m deperate

    • ANSWER:
      Your daily application, and most significantly re-application, of makeup could be creating an unhealthy proliferation of clogged pores, bacteria and irritation. Opt for products labeled non-comedogenic and non-acnegnic. To ensure your cosmetics remain bacteria-free, keep lids tightly closed and avoid direct heat and sunlight. This hygienic safety measure applies to any and all skin care products. Sharing cosmetics is also frowned upon for sanitary purposes. You may unintentionally acquire or “share” with another the bacteria behind acne’s unpopular presence (proprionobacterium acnes). Also, check the expiration date of your compact, foundation or blush to be sure your not applying makeup that’s been around since your teenage years!

      Stress: Stress can certainly cause acne. Embrace relaxation techniques (such as yoga) to decrease an excess of the stress hormone referred to as “cortisol”, which has been linked to both weight gain and acne.

      Hormones: Hormones are constantly fluctuating throughout the cycle of life particularly for women. Childbirth and menopause (particularly perimenopause) can create a temporary or long-term hormonal imbalance. Harsh acne treatments only make matters worse, and as a result, the problematic condition continues down a wayward path. Consult a physician to make sure your hormones are in check.

      The Glycemic Index: Food that scores high on the glycemic index chart could ultimately surge your hormones (insulin). When insulin levels spike, so too does sebum productioion and there you have an instant recipe for acne! Be wary of not only your sweet tooth, but also of hidden offenders such as complex carbohydrates in addition to sugary drinks and condiments.

      Rosacea: Adult acne and rosacea are often times very closely related, so much so that they can go in hand and hand or are mistakenly confused for one another at times. Consult a physician if you suspect acne-rosacea. Clinical symptoms include a flushed appearance associated with inflamed pustules particularly after consuming spicy foods and liquor.

      Genetics: Nature versus nurture is a frequent discussion throughout the psychological and dermatological community. Although, “nature” may have predisposed you to acne, “nurture” can alter the path of your skin’s destiny.

      New Allergies: Allergies, both internal and external, can develop late in age due to a compromised immune system, leaky gut syndrome or simply “just because”. For external protection, opt for a routine with minimal ingredients. The labels “hypoallergenic”, “allergy-tested”, “dermatologist-tested” and “all-natural” are highly misleading. A product may not have to undergo significant testing to be considered hypoallergenic. Likewise, a “hired” dermatologist could “assess” a product on a “select” group of individuals thereby not including a wide range of possible allergies. Also, all-natural is great, however, essentials oils can be the cause of many an allergic and acnegenic irritation. Think lavender, lemon, orange and poison ivy! Ouch! Opt for sophisticated product formulations utilizing the best of science and nature.

      Damage (Radiation): Photodamage breaks down collagen and elastin, expands pores, stimulates sebaceous glands and deteriorates the skin’s immune system. Tally up the assaults and your skin can certainly develop acne as a result. Even incidental photodamage can do a great deal of harm to the skin, which is why daily sun protection is a must for all skin types (even the healthy, youthful, beautiful variety). Invest in regular skin peels to create healthy new skin cells, an antioxidant-rich serum to fend off free-radicals and a stable, broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from future assaults. A compromised or damaged lipid barrier may also be to blame for your adult-acne.

  47. QUESTION:
    Hot flashes, headache, and sore throat?!?!?
    Three days ago my right tonsil hurt. Knowing I was getting sick because of a cold sore in my mouth and the sore throat I took echinachea tablets. I had been taking them two days prior to the sore throat. I have been taking cold-eeze and drinking plenty of water. Now the pain subsided in my right tonsil but has moved to my left. And just today I have been having severe hot flashes where I sweat. I don't think I have a fever but I am a little lazy. What is wrong with me, shoud I be worried? I'll continue taking the cold-eeze and drinking fluids but is there anytihng else I can do?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Alana,

      Don't worry about the sore throat and headache that much. You are already taking good care of them.

      For Hot Flashes

      Certain dietary and lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in alleviating hot flashes. Try to keep as cool as possible by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, dress in layers or use a fan or air conditioner. Increase your physical activity by exercising regularly, stop smoking and eliminate hot, spicy food, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages from your diet.

      Learning to relax is imperative to cope successfully with hot flashes and using stress reducing techniques such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation is very helpful. If you experience moderate to severe hot flashes, medication such as estrogen therapy, progesterone therapy, antidepressants or blood pressure lowering medication may be prescribed. Estrogen therapy is generally the most effective treatment for hot flashes.

      Natural remedies

      Using natural remedies for hot flashes are sometimes a much safer and gentler treatment option than certain medications prescribed. Two wonderful herbs known as Cimicifuga racemosa (Black cohosh) and Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower) help to support a woman’s overall health and wellbeing during perimenopause and menopause.

      These herbal ingredients reduces common hot flashes associated with the change of life, maintain healthy sleep patterns and supports balanced mood and routine calmness.

      One such natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/mellowpause.htm is supposed to be quite effective (in fact, that is the reason behind its huge popularity) in treating hot flashes, support balanced mood and routine calmness, maintain healthy sleeping patterns and support hormonal balance during peri-menopause and menopause.

      Hope all this helps.

      Best of Luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    Serious question about menstruation.?
    Ok so first this is probably going to be disturbing/gross so if you're here because you think this will be "funny" or to make fun, then leave. Also if you are squimish, its best not to read on.
    Ok, so I've always had a normal cycle with no problems and that's mostly thanks to birth control. I just started my cycle yesterday and it was relatively cramp free and pretty comfortable. Well I was in the bathroom getting ready to change my "product" when i noticed that there was something strange on it. I know that clotting is a normal part of menstruation but these were definitly not clots. There was no blood on my "product" aside from where these 2 things were sitting.
    Okay this is where the squimish should leave.

    I'm a nurse so I have gloves everywhere. I grabbed a pair and looked at what I thought were clots. They were flat layers of skin with blood underneath. When I toughed the bloody area, my glove came away clean though. They were both like that and together were as big as about half of my palm.
    They honestly looked like someone could have taken a scalpel to my arm and just cleanly pealed away an entire layer (absent any hair though).
    Are these considered normal clots? Or should I make a doctors appointment? =
    Thanks to anyone who read this and answered, I know its pretty gross ):

    • ANSWER:
      Hello Kagome,

      Clots in appearing in a woman's period blood in most cases is no reason for alarm. A woman's body is constantly going through changes, and these changes may cause the menstrual cycle to change along with it. However abnormally large blood clots or clots accompanied with pain should be investigated by a physician promptly.

      What Causes Menstrual Blood to Clot?
      The Merck Manual states that during a normal menstrual period, women bleed between three to seven days. During this time, the blood flow can be light, medium or heavy and may be accompanied by blood clots. Although the majority of women who complain of blood clots have heavy menstrual cycles, blood clots can occur even in women with light cycles. In a normal menstrual flow, the body releases anticoagulants to keep the blood from clotting. However, if the blood flow is extremely heavy or strong, the body doesn't have enough time to send out these anticoagulants, so the blood clots. Passing blood clots the size of a quarter or larger is not normal.

      According to Women's Health Zone, fluctuations in estrogen or progesterone levels can cause the menstrual cycle to become heavier or the uterine lining to shed quicker, which causes the blood to clot. This process typically occurs in women with hormonal problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome, during perimenopause or even after child birth.

      Also, during pregnancy the uterus enlarges as the child grows, but then shrinks down to its normal size after birth. In some cases, the shrinkage doesn't happen straight away, which causes the menstrual blood to pool inside of the uterus and clot.

      Endometriosis, once developed, causes abnormal blood clotting during menstruation, as stated by Women's Health Zone. Endometriosis is a condition that causes the uterine lining to grow outside of the uterus. Every month in a normal period, the ovaries release estrogen and progesterone, which signal to the uterus to shed its lining. During this time, the endometrial tissue swells and bleeds. In women with endometriosis, this includes tissue that has grown outside of the uterus. This condition causes some women to have blood clotting due to excessive or heavy bleeding.

      Identification
      Blood clots found in menstrual blood are gelatinous masses that are red to deep purple in color. Abnormal blood clots are the size of a quarter or larger, and they may or may not accompany a heavy flow.

      Treatment
      Treating blood clots consists of treating the condition that causes them. In some cases, doctors choose to monitor the situation for a few cycles to see if it reverts back to normal. However, if the cause is a hormonal condition, the physician may prescribe low-dose birth control pills or hormone replacements, to restore the natural condition of the menstrual cycle. Surgery and blood-thinning medications are prescribed in serious cases.

      Prevention
      There really is no way to prevent menstrual blood clotting, since there is no way to tell when it will occur. However, there are ways to promote a normal menstrual cycle by exercising regularly, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water and not smoking.

      TAKE CARE! Mama Bear

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if you go through menopause early say late 30's early 40's if this will cause a woman to age?
    I've read that women age when they go through menopause do to the collagen breaks down because we no longer produce estrogen. That the skin becomes less elastic and we get dry skin and wrinkles. Does anyone know if this is true? This is a very scary thought to age before your time because of menopause. If anyone has gone through menopause young and is now older or knows someone that's older now do they look really old? And if this is the case is there anything that will help with the aging from menopause. Like taking estrogen.

    • ANSWER:

      1. Perimenopause is the phase before menopause actually takes place, when ovarian hormone production is declining and fluctuating, causing a host of symptoms.

      2. Perimenopause is the term used to describe the time of transition between a woman's reproductive years and when menstruation ceases completely.

      3. Perimenopause is the time of change leading up to menopause, and lasts on average about five years.

      4. Perimenopause is caused by a gradual decrease in the production of estrogen, and its main indicator is a change in menstruation.

      5. Perimenopause is triggered by the gradual aging of the ovaries, producing less estrogen, so she is not ovulating every month and menstrual periods becoming irregular.

      6. The perimenopause is a normal transition in a woman's life. Much like during menopause, perimenopause is a period of time when a women's hormones fluctuate and change.

      7. Women normally go through perimenopause between ages 45 and 55, but some women start perimenopause earlier, even in their 30s.

      8. Depression during perimenopause and menopause is treated in much the same way as depression that strikes at any other time; however, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that estrogen replacement can provide relief of minor physical and emotional symptoms, as well as prevent osteoporosis.

      9. You will know you are transitioning into menopause when you begin experiencing some or all of the following symptoms: Hot flashes, Breast tenderness, Worsening of premenstrual syndrome, Fatigue, Irregular periods, Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex Urinary urgency (a pressing need to urinate more frequently), Difficulty sleeping Mood swings.

      10. Those who bury their feelings experience a much harder transition they actually have more physical and emotional symptoms than women who are able to process what they're going through.

      11. Because perimenopause is a natural transition -- something that is "normal" for lack of a better term, there's quite a bit of latitude in terms of treatment options.

      12. Perimenopause is a process — a gradual transition.

      The people who make menozac say that 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    whats going on with me am i going threw hormonal changes or what?
    so im a few weeks away from my period so i dont know whats going on a few days ago my left nippel started itching and no i have not changed any prouducts its not dry and i have not changed my bras i am so tierd i have cramping that feels like period cramps and one day i had brown discharge and a few blood spots but there gone now and i have mood sweengs bad i cry for no reason get mad and i dont know whats going on
    im 20 i have 2 childeren and am married its not pms and its just different i do not know whats wrong i have itchy nippels cramps moodyness im very tierd and i had brown discharge and a few spots of blood but that went away i have not changed anything in my diat my prouducts my bra everything i do is the same and im a few weeks away from my period

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kasara,

      Hormones play a vital role in every woman's health and well-being. Every month, the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are produced. The ratio between these two hormones, as well as the quantities produced by the body, can vary throughout the menstrual cycle... as well as during perimenopause and menopause.

      This is perfectly normal, and will result in various changes in mood, skin and hair growth, as well as in menstruation itself.

      One of the major hormones affecting the brain, the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, alters the functioning of the hypothalamus-- which in turn affects the pituitary gland, which then affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.

      Women of all ages may experience hormonal changes, often with symptoms becoming evident in their late twenties through to forties. Many women also experience symptoms of hormonal change during their premenstrual cycle.

      Hormonal balance during a woman's life may be influenced by a variety of factors such as nutrition, diet, lifestyle, exercise, stress, emotions, age and ovulation.

      Natural remedies also have a long history of use in promoting female reproductive health and hormonal balance - assisting women throughout the ages to stay healthy before and during the menstrual cycle, as well as during the perimenopause and menopause without unwanted side effects.

      Check the natural remedy http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/dongquai.htm which is quite popular for promoting healthy reproductive system, premenstrual, menstrual and menopausal health.

      Basically it is supposed that it:

      - prevents symptoms of menopause and PMS
      - helps with menstrual cramps
      - corrects hormone imbalance
      - relieves some of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
      - acts as general tonic for female reproductive system
      - acts as a nourishing blood tonic
      - regulates the menstrual cycle
      - provides long term relief from symptoms of Menopause when taken regularly for between 8 and 12 weeks, and its effects are most noticeable at the end of the treatment period

      Hope all that helps

      Good Luck!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a non-prescription treatment for hot flashes?
    I had surgery last January in which one of my ovaries was removed and now, at 35 years old, I'm going thru premature menopause. The hot flashes are absolutely driving me insane, but I don't want to be forced into taking another pill because I already take alot of medications and my prescription drug coverage fell off when my husband got laid off. Basically, I'm looking for an inexpensive, over-the-counter or herbal remedy that will, at the very least, take the edge off the hot flashes. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello there,

      I did research on this for my mother and found a supplement called Menopause Solutions that really seems to help. It contains all the traditional herbal ingredients such as Black Cohosh/ Trastree Berry/ Wild Yam/ Valerian root/ Dong Quai and Licorice Root but it also contains Vitamin B-12 and some calcium Citrate but the ingredient that really makes it unique is 8mg of IGF. (Insulin Like Growth Factors) It balances out the hormonal Levels by addressing the adrenals glands which control hormones. It is available at most health food stores and their website is
      www.menopausesolutions.net
      It is a sub lingual and my mom said she started feeling it almost immediately. She loves it.
      Some added benefits of IGF are added energy/ increased endurance/ raised Libido/ muscle gain and fat loss. It also helps to increase bone density and prevent osteoporosis.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are some remedies for hot flashes?
    My daughter is 41 years old and has been suffering with hot flashes for years. She has several other conditions and is on a lot of medications. She needs something that wont impact her current medication.

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes and night sweats are two symptoms of menopause that can really affect a woman's quality of life as the natural levels of estrogen decline. And, Senay says, there's no question that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is an effective way to provide relief. The problem is that the symptoms of menopause often recur if the treatment is stopped. More evidence suggests that the commonly-prescribed combination hormone therapy is not a good idea for long periods of time.

      See the resource also

      Of course, as with all therapies, there are some risks involved. The public usually takes herbal therapies in the form of supplement pills, not as a preparation made directly from the herb by a trained herbalist. Keep in mind that herbal supplements are not as closely regulated as prescription drugs. The amount of herbal product, quality, safety, and purity may vary between brands or even between batches of the same brand.

  4. QUESTION:
    Any helpful tricks to dealing with hot flashes?
    Can little tricks to help deal with hot flashes. Like when you get one , something that can help you cool off.

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing I know of immediately is if you stand in front of a fan or have one of those little personal fans. I've also heard (my primary provider) that Black Cohosh may help before. I've read that St John's Wort can help too. Even though these are herbal remedies, check with your provider if you're taking any prescription meds. You might consider hormone replacement therapy as well. You have to do this through your primary or OB/GYN.

  5. QUESTION:
    What natural/herbal remedies can I use for hot flashes?
    I have already tried black cohash and it didn't work for me. My doctor recommend HRT but I am trying to find an alternative due to the risks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard that chasteberry might be another way to help with hot flashes, but I would recommend checking with a health food store as well to see what they say.

  6. QUESTION:
    Women only...does anyone know of a homeopathic remedy to ease the frequency and intensity of hot flashes?
    I am not a good candidate for surgery or hormone replacement therapy due to my family history of ovarian cancer. I have tried all the standard herbal cures, Dong Quai, Black Cohosh, Wild Yam, etc. Yesterday I did a little research online and tried Motherwort and Basil oil as aromatherapy. I was awake all night and had a hot flash that lasted nearly two hours. This is starting to drive me a little crazy. Any suggestions? How about an online support group?

    • ANSWER:
      Apple cider vinegar cures everything from asthma to hot flashes. Just type in uses for apple cider vinegar...you'll be glad you did.

  7. QUESTION:
    Menopause trying to find an herb to help with hormones but more importantly my sex drive. Can anyone help ?
    Is there an herb or prescription for women to help with their sex drive. I'm not experiencing to much of the hot flashes, but do have mood swings. Any suggestions besides o/c Estrovan I think it is.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopause Herbal Remedies – Treating Symptoms With Herbal Supplements

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #1 – Black Cohosh

      Black Cohosh a flowering plant that grows naturally in Eastern North America. It contains phytochemicals specifically isoflavones to relieve symptoms of menopause. It contains phytoestrogens helping to produce lubrication in your vagina, strengthen bones regulates body temperature. The reduction of those horrible hot flashes that affect so many menopausal women proved in a recent study that 80% of women taking a black cohosh supplement experienced an improvement in their hot flashes, sweating, and heart palpitations. Black cohosh is available in supplement form by a variety of different commercial companies
      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Dong Quai

      Dong Quai Known as Chinese Angelica, is an herb native to China. It is also known as ginseng,” Dong quai contains phytoestrogens that bind to the estrogen receptors thereby increasing levels of estrogen. Dong quai also contains Vitamins E, A, and B12. It aids in regulating the levels of estrogen in your body, which also assists in relieving menopause symptoms The best way to take the herb is in pill form and the recommended dosage is between 400 and 600 mg daily.

      Dong quai root can also be immersed or boiled and drunk in the form of a herbal tea. dong quai dilates our blood vessels and increases blood flow. In some studies taking don quai showed a 25% decrease in the severity of the symptoms women experienced. Dong quai is known to be effective if it is combined with black cohosh.

      Menopause Herbal Remedy #2 – Maca Root

      Maca Root The maca root looks very much like a radish. it helps to balance the body’s existing hormone system and encourages the production of hormones. root also contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron as well as Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, and E. It also increases estrogen levels which in turn helps to reduce hot flashes and vaginal dryness.

      Maca root also helps to increase libido. Maca root can be taken in capsule form daily and the recommended dose is around 900mg three times a day. It should be taken with meals, or it can be boiled and drunk in the form of tea. It is also known to help in the loss of memory and osteoporosis. However, consulting a doctor prior to taking any herbal supplement is advisable.

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural remedies for hot flashes besides estrogen?
    My sister cannot take anything that has estrogen or estrogen properties (like many herbal supplements). Are there any that don't have any kind of estrogen properties?

    • ANSWER:
      Natural remedies. I believe most of them have estrogenic effects.

      You'd have a better shot with pharmaceuticals ... some women have success with anti-depressants helping to regulate hot flashes and other hormone-related symptoms.

      Personally, I just use a small battery-operated fan (or folded piece of paper if the fan isn't handy), and pretty much wear short sleeves most of the time.

      Hot flashes are a natural thing, women have been having them since we started walking on 2 legs.

  9. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on natural meopause relief for my wife? Will an herbal menopause remedy help?
    She's in her early 40's and has gradually been getting hot flashes, night sweats and as always - MOOD swings. ;)

    • ANSWER:
      An herbal menopause remedy has the ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      For natural menopause relief, See the webpages cited below for more info and where to buy:

  10. QUESTION:
    Any suggestions for herbal remedies for hot flashes?
    Was taking black cohosh for awhile and it worked wonders. Then it just stopped working. Switched to Borage Oil which doesn't seem to be helping much. Any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard that Dong Quoi (sp?) is used for treatment of menopausal symptoms. I've never tried it because I'm only 19, but I've read about it. Do some research on that. =]

  11. QUESTION:
    FEMALES!!! Is there any good herbal remedies that can help terrible hot flushes during the menopause?? ?
    Im 49 and the hot flushes have kicked in big time.how long do these generally last for?someone told me about 10 years ago to try alternative medicine because it really worked for her.please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Soy is the number one ingredient to help prevent menopausal symptoms. Japanese woman rarely suffer from hot flushes due to the high amount of soy in their diet. My mother used a product called phytolife by blackmores (containing soy phytoestrogens) and after a few months of mild symptoms, there was no more symptoms for the next three years until she no longer needed to take it. The vast majority of women will experience menopause from 2 to 10 years. Strongly recommend avoiding HRT replacement therapy due to significant health risks such as breast cancer and blood clots.

      Phytolife >>>
      http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

      Good news for menopausal women: You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet>>>
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019412.html

  12. QUESTION:
    Anyone out there tired of these awful menopause symptoms?
    Hate these (blankity-blank) Hot flashes. Feels like my head is on fire. Ugh!!!!

    I hate getting old, but I guess considering the alternative, I guess it's ok.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roz. I'm answering from the male perspective (I've had night sweats), and from an empathetic perspective - I have 5 sisters in various stages of menopause and a partner (Sassy) who just came off hormone replacement therapy and into the pit called menopause after a cervical cancer scare. And before going any further - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines. People? Not so much.
      Sassy found a silver bullet for her hot flashes - venlafaxine (a generic substitute for Effexor) - 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; many doctors aren't even aware of that use for the drug. If you're OK with drugs, and your doctor will write the prescription, the venlafaxine may work for you too. Keep in mind that your side effects may vary - or it may not work at all.
      Regardless, Sassy and I put together a web page (below) with comments about diet, herbal remedies, and some other ways to get relief from night sweats, hot flashes, etc. Keep in mind that herbal treatments for night sweats and hot flashes can be broken down into two categories: phytoestrogen and non-estrogenic herbs, and each has their proponents. Hope this helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone get a fever when they are at home all day?
    I find it strange how when I stay home in the house doing nothing all day my body temp peaks... Not a fever but higher than my average. For example it will go from 36.4C to 37.2C and I feel nauseous with a hot flash.... I'm only 21 years old so no it's not menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      this is not the age of menopause but for hot flash i can give you a suggestion .please read it carefully.

      Herbal Menopause Remedy – The China Herbs That Can Help Control Hot Flashes

      Menopause is a very delicate condition and acknowledging that not just one treatment will fix every woman’s condition is the first step in finding the personalized solution to take care of yours. The symptoms of menopause have many factors to take into consideration. It is important to pin point what your individual symptoms are and to try to find out what triggers your symptoms the most. With the help of Chinese menopause herbal antidotes, you can help your kidneys function properly. It is said that the female’s kidney lends a huge hand in the ability to give birth, have a satisfying sex life, and to help keep your reproductive organs healthy. When you went through puberty, an increase in kidney chi happened by a burst of blood flowing to the uterus. During your child bearing years, your kidneys will help keep the right amount of blood flowing to your reproductive organs, however, the flow of blood will decrease as you grow older. The symptoms from menopause come about when this happens and your kidneys lose the right amount of chi. This causes an imbalance in your inner chi.

      There is also another realization for the menopausal symptoms that you experience. Traditional Chinese Medicine states that women put up with a lot of stress, lack of healthy meals, and not enough physical activity. Due to these items, our chi is thrown off and in turn has a hard time passing through the meridians. When our chi is blocked, the body cannot stabilize itself properly. This is Traditional Chinese Medicine’s explanation as to why female’s must suffer through the symptoms of menopause, such as the horrid night sweats and frustrating hot flashes.

      Luckily, blockages and imbalance of our chi can be fixed by adjusting a few things in our lives, such as, eating better, herbal therapy, acupuncture, and qi gong. Traditional or regular Chinese menopausal herbs were not created to take care of hot flashes. They are created to take care of the whole individual. The prescriptions for Chinese herbal remedies will depend upon the individual symptoms that you have but the Chinese herbs I have listed below are the building blocks of Chinese herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using China Root: This root is filled with knobs and irregular joints and is available in two types of China Root and can be bought at all Chinese Herbalist Shops. The first type of China Root is the best kind and looks paler in color and harder in texture than the other one. It derives from the oriental climber plant; Smilax China Linn. It is grown with red berries and has circular prickly stalks. The second type of China Root derives from the oriental plant; Smilax Pfeudo-China Linn. It has a smoother textured stalk and has black berries. Neither has any specific taste or smell, however, this is a very potent herb to heal night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. This is usually consumed through chewing or in tea form, but many forms of this remedy is an extract placed into a capsule type pill.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Bupleurum Root: The translation of this root from Chinese dialect is “Kindling of the Barbarians”. This root was first talked about in a 2,000 year old Chinese Medicinal Text and is said to be on the most imperative herbs within Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is a very powerful herb as it is known to remove the stagnate chi within the body. It works even better when used in combination with certain other herbs. It really helps your liver. Most of all menopausal remedies will include this root as without it the anti-microbial activities and harmonizing actions are way too important to leave out.

      –Menopausal Relief With Using Chinese Licorice Root: This herb is also a very important one and is known as the “grandfather of all herbs”. Its functions include eliminating the body of toxins and poisons as well as helping other herbs consumed to penetrate and cleanse better. This is essential to get your chi on the right flow. Keep in mind that Chinese Licorice Root differs from Western Licorice Root. The Chinese Licorice Root is used to energize and calm the body while the Western Licorice Root can cause nervousness. It is important to check your herbal remedy to make sure you have the Root that is grown within the northern region of China.

      Please keep in mind that although these are herbs, it is still very important to talk to your doctor or acupuncturist regarding the use of these herbs and all other natural forms of relief.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do you reduce menopausal hot flashes?
    How to tackle it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you're wanting an herbal remedy, try using black cohosh. I have friends that have said it helps tremendously. There are things your physician can prescribe for you that should also help. Wear light colored, less restrictive clothing to help minimize the extent of the hot flashes. I hope these ideas help you. I intend to use all of the above if necessary when I start having hot flashes(getting close to that age myself & I have been working on what to do when I get them).

  15. QUESTION:
    I have been feeling bad, any suggestions on a better diet?
    I have high Cholestrol& high blood pressure,lately i feel like
    sleeping a lot,no energy.upset stomach,hot flashes,I am
    a wreck.What can I eat to help detox myself?or drink?
    Or take some herbal remedy?pLzzz Help?

    • ANSWER:
      This will sound really gross, but you should try a colon cleanse. If you don't know what that is, it' when they stick a tube in your bum hole and flush out all the toxins. I did it, and afterwards I was really cold, but the next day I felt like brand new! If you're like me and you can't seem to stick to a healthy diet, you might wanna try some herbal supplements. I'm taking these Japanese mushroom pills,(they usually sell them in healthfood stores or asian markets) They're called rishi mushroom pills, and they are amazing. There are diferent levels and they can get quite pricey, but they are well worth the try.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take estroven while taking blood pressure medication. Any risks?
    I have hot flashes and want to take something that is natural. But I am concerned because I don't want to take anything that has side effects.

    • ANSWER:
      estroven is safe to take with blood pressure meds. some women have luck alleviating hot flashes with a calcium/magnesium supplement. (there are Cal/mag supplements that contain soy isoflavones which also alleviate menopausal symptoms.)

      estroven gets expensive because it is a "proprietary" formula. the correct combination of herbs (including black cohosh, evening primrose oil, soy products, dong quai, others) may even work better. try some different combinations and find the one that gives you the best results.

      the advantage to herbal remedies for menopause is that they are supportive of hormonal function but are not hormones. check out a health food or herb/vitamin store and start reading labels on bottles. you will learn and find something that will work for you.

  17. QUESTION:
    Has any woman experienced an enlarged uterus due to menopause?
    My mother has been "sick" for about a year now. She finally went to a Dr and had multiple tests run including a pap. It was during the pap that she learned her uterus was the same size as an expecting mother 20 weeks along! Of course a preg test was done--negative(she 56 so very relieved). She had an ultrasound and the results revealed nothing. She had pollups removed and tested but they to revealed nothing as to why she has been so ill. Her symptoms are a fever every evening and she is extremely achy. Her doctor told her that the enlarged uterus was most likely caused from Menopause. Has anyone else ever heard or experienced this? If so, what course of treatment or remedies helped? I would like her to get a second opinion just incase. Any information you have regarding her situation would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 and have started the hot flashes ect..absolutely miserable! About 3 years ago I was told that I had an enlarged uterus as well but fear has kept me away from the Drs office..I know thats a bad thing to do. I use a lot of homeopathic and herbal remedies for other things which have really worked when some of the prescribed medications didnt. You might have a look on this site. http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/7776/MENOPAUS.HTM#rem%20for%20menop I was just looking at this yesterday funny enough.

  18. QUESTION:
    What can I do naturally to treat secondary amenorhea?
    I took cycloprogynova and my period, but when i stopped it my period stopped. I need something natural.

    • ANSWER:
      The main causes of amenorrhea are generally emotional stress,
      weight loss, and excessive physical exercise.

      Do you know the cause of your amenorrhea? There are several other causes but they are not common and DO require medical treatment. After menarche did you suffer from anovulation?

      As always, check with your doctor. You may be allergic to some of the herbal remedies.

      There was an over the counter progesterone creme made from yams. I don't know if it is still on the marked. It was made by AllVia and was called Progensa. You applied it for 25 days, stopped for 5 days then repeated.

      There is also an herb called Blue Cohosh that supposedly brings on menstruation.

      DO NOT confuse this with Black Cohosh which is supposedly for hot flashes and menopausal women. Women who are thinking about any form of hormone-replacement therapy should consult their doctor before taking black cohosh!

      Here is a site to read up on Blue Cohosh: http://www.viable-herbal.com/herbdesc/1bluecoh.htm

      Have you checked in with a homeopathic physician? Sometimes they can help.

      As always check with your Doctor, I can't repeat this often enough.

      Good Luck I hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    What do you do when you feel like stress is breaking your brain to pieces?

    and just at the thought of everything you have to do,
    your brain feels so tired & beaten up from all the pressure
    coming from your family, your school work, your job

    how do you fix this kind of problem? please help & thank you

    • ANSWER:
      See stress treatments, at ezy build, below, in section 42. A certain level of stress is unavoidable, in modern society, so it is a good idea to develop effective coping methods. Light to moderate daily exercise helps fight stress. For some people, it helps to visualise a quiet, relaxing scene (imagine, as vividly as you can, that you are on a tropical beach, reclining comfortably; you luxuriate, as the the sun warms you, and a gentle breeze caresses your skin lightly, inhaling the tangy, sea scented, salt laden spray from the sparkling, translucent, aqua waves, crashing on the white, coral beach sand, and feeling the hot sand slip through your fingers in one hand, sipping your favorite drink with the other; all the while, the seagulls call, swoop and cavort playfully overhead in a cloudless, azure sky: you feel just like one of them, free to soar and cartwheel, or just glide in the moist, heavy air, and that this moment will last forever ... ).

      Try: http://www.mayoclinic/health/meditation/... & http://www.amazon.com/Sounds-Of-The-Ocea... Other suggestions: http://www.secretsofmeditation.com/demo....
      and the audio, as well as the printed version, at: http://www.lessons4living.com/relaxation... and http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Rain-Sound... or the mountain river sounds. Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. The supplement DHEA is thought to counter the stress hormone, Cortisol. Ginseng & Lady's Slipper are recommended herbal remedies: see section 55, at ezy build, below. Practise daily, one of the relaxation techniques on pages 2, 11, 2c, or 2i; whichever works best for you, but the mindfulness breathing for 15 - 20 mns is ideal, although the progressive muscle relaxation can be learned quickly, and takes only several minutes, if pressed for time.

      Repeat: "I feel calm" and/or "I can handle this." Employ the EFT version for use in public, for which you can reasonably claim that you have a headache, as you massage/tap your temples, but it may be advisable to restrict yourself to subvocalising (saying it to yourself, in your mind, not aloud). Section 53, and pages 2, 2.q and 2.o refer. "Even though I sometimes suffer from stress, I deeply and completely accept myself". A variant of EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, which has been used successfully for those people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, and anxiety, is shown in section 42, on page i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris I have found that the 2 - 3 minutes spent using the EMDR markedly reduces distractions to the relaxation process, and is repaid many times over. You can also multitask, using the gazing technique, as you walk/jog or exercise, by focusing on a distant object, or just focus awareness on how each step feels, noting any thoughts which flash across your mind, without pursuing any particular train of thought, just gently redirect your focus to the task at hand.

      For you, or others: A massage (at least neck and shoulders) with jasmine, lavender, juniper, and/or bergamot, or German chamomile essential oils added to the massage oil, and to a warm bath, preferably beforehand, to help make any tension knots and muscles more pliant (they may only want, say, a juniper and/or bergamot and/or sandalwood mix: check first). I am aware of advice that strong heat, applied to essential oils can damage them, and so I would not use a diffuser. Also consider anise, basil, bay, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, or thyme. Place some pieces of rock salt in a small vial, then add a few drops of the oil of your choice (the rock salt absorbs the oil and is less risky to carry around than a bottle of oil). Open the vial and breathe in the scent whenever you need a quick stress release. Aromatherapy: www.quintessence.com/aromatherapy.htm & http://www.aromaweb.com/ & www.aromatherapy.com/essentialoils.html & www.naturesgift.com/infomenu.htm & http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/ See if they will do long, stretching yoga exercises, or t'ai chi with you (first 3 pages; section 2, at ezy build).

  20. QUESTION:
    What are some signs of early menopause?
    I am 27 years old and think I may be approaching early menopause. I have an appointment to see my doc in a months time but in the meantime would like a little info.
    My doc referred me to a specialist which is why the lengthy wait. I have had two children and am experiencing some symptoms but not all. It could be menopause, or not. But I suspect it is b/c my mother in law also went through it early and there are many similarities.

    • ANSWER:
      Early menopause can be thought of in two different ways. You can think of early menopause in the area of perimenopause that precedes menopause or menopause that begins immediately due to surgery.

      Early menopause is similar to menopause in the effects that the female body is changing. Estrogen levels are dropping and the body is experiencing reactions due to the changes in hormone levels. Natural menopause is where the ovaries have stopped producing estrogen entirely. When menstruation ceases for a full twelve months than a physician will diagnose a women as being in the process of menopause.

      Signs of menopause can be broken up into two categories:
      physical symptoms and mental symptoms.

      Many of these symptoms can be relieved by changes in diet and exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious meals and finding ways to lower stress levels can help lessen menopause symptoms. Herbal remedies such as using black cohosh, Hawthorne flower or other herbal extracts can often help with hot flashes and night sweats. There are also hormone creams such as Hot Flash Freedom or there are prescription medications available, but with all of these methods prior to beginning a new regimen, you should consult your physician first.

      Early menopause is nothing to fear or to worry over. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing early or perimenopause, speak to your physician. He or she can help you in better understanding what is best for you and your body.

  21. QUESTION:
    what is a home remedy for cold sweats?
    a luke warm bath did not help and neither did baby powder... it turned into paste O.O i think my mom's going through menopause and she feels really hot and really cold at the same time and she needs some home remedies please thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this triggers physical changes to occur. There are natural remedies available that can alleviate menopause symptoms including night sweats, vaginal dryness, digestive problem and hot flashes. Herbal remedies such as black cohosh, Dong quai root, licorice root and Maca Root help regulate body temperature and reduce hot flashes and sweating. They are available in a pill form or in the form of a herbal tea. Your mom can try these herbal supplements which contain natural plant estrogen that balances women's menopausal hormones. It is best to consult a doctor first before taking any herbal supplements. There are a lot of available resources online (check source below) related to menopause and how to relieve its symptoms that you can refer to in order to better understand how menopause affects women like your mom. I hope this helps.

  22. QUESTION:
    What's a good over the counter medication for anxiety?
    I'm under a lot of stress and I need something to help me calm down. Must be legal, safe, and over the counter. Anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      See stress treatments, at ezy build, below, in section 42. A certain level of stress is unavoidable, in modern society, so it is a good idea to develop effective coping methods. Light to moderate daily exercise helps fight stress. For some people, it helps to visualise a quiet, relaxing scene (imagine, as vividly as you can, that you are on a tropical beach, reclining comfortably; you luxuriate, as the the sun warms you, and a gentle breeze caresses your skin lightly, inhaling the tangy, sea scented, salt laden spray from the sparkling, translucent, aqua waves, crashing on the white, coral beach sand, and feeling the hot sand slip through your fingers in one hand, sipping your favorite drink with the other; all the while, the seagulls call, swoop and cavort playfully overhead in a cloudless, azure sky: you feel just like one of them, free to soar and cartwheel, or just glide in the moist, heavy air, and that this moment will last forever ... ).

      Options: Try: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditat... & http://www.healthjourneys.com/free_audio.asp?f=1 & http://www.meditainment.com/free-meditation-content/
      Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. The supplement DHEA is thought to counter the stress hormone, Cortisol. Ginseng & Lady's Slipper are recommended herbal remedies: see section 55, at ezy build, below. Practise daily, one of the relaxation techniques in sections 11, 2, 2c, or 2i; whichever works best for you, but the mindfulness breathing for 15 - 20 mns is ideal, although the progressive muscle relaxation can be learned quickly, and takes only several minutes, if pressed for time. Also see: http://www.mindtools.com/stress/Relaxati... & http://relaxationemporium.com/ & http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/m... & http://tinyurl.com/29so4u & at http://www.lessons4living.com/ try the audio demonstration. At www.amazon.com/ enter: "sounds of the ocean", & "ambient rain sound", & "mountain river sounds" in the searchbar.

      Repeat: "I feel calm" and/or "I can handle this." Employ the EFT version for use in public, for which you can reasonably claim that you have a headache, as you massage/tap your temples, but it may be advisable to restrict yourself to subvocalising (saying it to yourself, in your mind, not aloud). Section 53, and pages 2, 2.q and 2.o refer. "Even though I sometimes suffer from stress, I deeply and completely accept myself". A variant of EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, which has been used successfully for those people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, and anxiety, is shown in section 42, on page i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris I have found that the 2 - 3 minutes spent using the EMDR markedly reduces distractions to the relaxation process, and is well worthwhile. You can also multitask, using the gazing technique, as you walk/jog or exercise, by focusing on a distant object, or just focus awareness on how each step feels, noting any thoughts which flash across your mind, without pursuing any particular train of thought, just gently redirect your focus to the task at hand.

      For you, or others: A massage (at least neck and shoulders) with jasmine, lavender, juniper, and/or bergamot, or German chamomile essential oils added to the massage oil, and to a warm bath, preferably beforehand, to help make any tension knots and muscles more pliant (they may only want, say, a sandalwood & juniper, or bergamot mix:; check first). I am aware of advice that strong heat, applied to essential oils can damage them, and so I would not use a diffuser. Also consider anise, basil, bay, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, or thyme.

  23. QUESTION:
    I had a Hysterectomy and because of blood clots cannot take Hormones...?
    Is there something I can take for Hot Flashes that does not have hormones in it? Or any natural remedies? I am only 30 and suffer really bad.

    • ANSWER:
      you can take herbal supplements. i'd go to the health food store and look for all things herbal.

  24. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of the hot and cold flashes?
    i just gave birth this past monday.. and i am experiencing massive hot and cold flashes from it does any one have any advice on how to get them to not hurt so much? at home remedies please!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm an OB/GYN. There is no magic pill to get rid of your hot and cold flashes. There are some herbal medications that are used in menopause, but I would not recommend them post-partum since you are likely breast feeding. You may try hot and cold packs applied to the back of your neck depending on what you are feeling. The pain might be relieved with over the counter medications, I recommend Tylenol every 6 hours and Alieve every 8 hours plus Pepsid twice daily to prevent GI upset.

  25. QUESTION:
    Menopause... When should I expect it to start and what will be the symptoms, and for how long?
    When I get it, what are the normal symptoms and what do women do to control it? Thank you to anyone with helpful advice.

    • ANSWER:
      In my mid-30s I went 38 days without a period. I think I was pre-menstrual. A doctor can check you hormone levels and tell you if you are menopausal or not. Symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, insomnia...not a whole lot different than PMS. The best thing though, no more PERIOD.

      I went into early menopause as the result of a hysterectomy in 1998. I was in my 40s. My doctor prescribed PremPhase which is a hormone replacement pill. He then switched me to Alora, which is a HRT patch, changed twice weekly. Currently, I use FemRing. It is inserted in the vagina once every 90 days. They all controlled my symptoms, but have not completely eliminated them. There are also herbal remedies such as Black Cohosh. This should not be used if you have high blood pressure.

      Hope this information is helpful

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I address post-menopausal symptoms without drugs or hormones?
    symptoms, such as, hot flashes, memory lapses, mood swings, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      there are some herbal remedies that will help.
      Black Cohosh
      Agnus Castus
      Sage
      White Peony
      White Willow
      the Agnus Castus(chaste tree) increase hormones

  27. QUESTION:
    So what can I expect during menopause?
    I just got my test results today to say I am in my menopause. I am 49. So far I've had no symptoms or discomfort. Is this a sign that I might skip all the uncomfortable side effects, or is it too soon to say? Also what kinds of supplements are best for calcium and what kinds of exercise can I motivate myself to do, as I really hate it?

    • ANSWER:
      During the perimenopausal transition, a woman's estrogen levels decrease, leading to the typical symptoms associated with menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, problems with concentration or mood, vaginal dryness...the list goes on. Some options for relief include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), an alternative medical therapy, or herbal remedies

  28. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever taken Birth Control Pills to control hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't think so.

      While menopause is a natural and expected process for every woman, the associated symptoms can be difficult and trying on both physical and emotional levels. Many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness.

      Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and sooths the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/m/menopause.htm

  29. QUESTION:
    Sure remedies for hot flash remedies?
    Would like to know remedies for hotflashes that work 100% of the time.

    • ANSWER:
      There's nothing under the sun that works 100 per cent of the time for everybody. Many people get good results using sage herbal tincture or capsules.

  30. QUESTION:
    This may sound srtupid..but is there a way to speed up or delay my period so I don't have it on vacation?
    Okay. So i'm going to visit my aunt in Iowa from Aug, 4-11, and would really like to not have my period, basically because it's just a big pain and I get very tired and bloated. My period usually starts on the second. Is there any way to speed up or delay my period so that I don't have it during my vacation?

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn't recommend pills because they can mess up your cycl later but a good herbal remedy that I use is Ginger and parsely tea. The parsley tea can be a bit foul tasting but just add a teaspoon of honey. The Ginger tea has given me hot flashes but it also sped up my period. Just take either parsley or Ginger and add it to some boiling water to make the tea.

  31. QUESTION:
    what is expected for first time seeing a doctor about hormonal inbalance?
    what will the doctor be doing for the first time i seeing them about hormal inbalance?
    What is HRT

    • ANSWER:
      the first two answers is just what happened when I went to doctor and he said after my blood tests came back to wait a while CZ my levels were fine but then I started taking a herbal remedy called black cohosh and I only took it a few times about 3 times In a months time and all the symptoms stopped except irregular periods but I can deal with that at least the hot flashes stop etc etc and mood swings only once a month as it was before normal with periods no different!!!!!

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to relax?
    I'm pregnant and I would really like to find a way to relax after work and would like some ideas. Whats your favorite way to relax?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that the following may help: See stress treatments, at ezy build, below, in section 42. A certain level of stress is unavoidable, in modern society, so it is a good idea to develop effective coping methods. Light to moderate daily exercise helps fight stress. For some people, it helps to visualise a quiet, relaxing scene (imagine, as vividly as you can, that you are on a tropical beach, reclining comfortably; you luxuriate, as the the sun warms you, and a gentle breeze caresses your skin lightly, inhaling the tangy, sea scented, salt laden spray from the sparkling, translucent, aqua waves, crashing on the white, coral beach sand, and feeling the hot sand slip through your fingers in one hand, sipping your favorite drink with the other; all the while, the seagulls call, swoop and cavort playfully overhead in a cloudless, azure sky: you feel just like one of them, free to soar and cartwheel, or just glide in the moist, heavy air, and that this moment will last forever ... ).

      Options: Try: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditat... or http://www.healthjourneys.com/free_audio.asp?f=1
      Take 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or grapefruit, or their FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it. The supplement DHEA is thought to counter the stress hormone, Cortisol. Ginseng & Lady's Slipper are recommended herbal remedies: see section 55, at ezy build, below. Practise daily, one of the relaxation techniques on pages 2, 11, 2c, or 2i; whichever works best for you, but the mindfulness breathing for 15 - 20 mns is ideal, although the progressive muscle relaxation can be learned quickly, and takes only several minutes, if pressed for time. Also see: http://www.mindtools.com/stress/Relaxati... & http://relaxationemporium.com/ & http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/m... & http://tinyurl.com/29so4u & at http://www.lessons4living.com/ try the audio demonstration At www.amazon.com/ enter "sounds of the ocean" & "ambient rain sound" & "mountain river sounds" in the searchbar.

      Repeat: "I feel calm" and/or "I can handle this." Employ the EFT version for use in public, for which you can reasonably claim that you have a headache, as you massage/tap your temples, but it may be advisable to restrict yourself to subvocalising (saying it to yourself, in your mind, not aloud). Section 53, and pages 2, 2.q and 2.o refer. "Even though I sometimes suffer from stress, I deeply and completely accept myself". A variant of EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, which has been used successfully for those people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, insomnia, and anxiety, is shown in section 42, on page i, at http://www.ezy-build.net.nz/~shaneris I have found that the 2 - 3 minutes spent using the EMDR markedly reduces distractions to the relaxation process, and is well worthwhile. You can also multitask, using the gazing technique, as you walk/jog or exercise, by focusing on a distant object, or just focus awareness on how each step feels, noting any thoughts which flash across your mind, without pursuing any particular train of thought, just gently redirect your focus to the task at hand.

      For you, or others: A massage (at least neck and shoulders) with jasmine, lavender, juniper, and/or bergamot, or German chamomile essential oils added to the massage oil, and to a warm bath, preferably beforehand, to help make any tension knots and muscles more pliant (they may only want, say, a juniper and/or bergamot and/or sandalwood mix: check first). I am aware of advice that strong heat, applied to essential oils can damage them, and so I would not use a diffuser. Also consider anise, basil, bay, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, or thyme. Place some pieces of rock salt in a small vial, then add a few drops of the oil of your choice (the rock salt absorbs the oil and is less risky to carry around than a bottle of oil).

  33. QUESTION:
    what is the reason for the women having bleeding at the age of 56years, after menopause ,?
    My wife is having slight bleeding at the age of 56 years , but after menopause she don't having any bleeding for more than 10 years, is it possible and normal, or any other reason ?

    • ANSWER:
      Bleeding After Menopause

      Menopause is the transition phase in the life of a woman in which her ovaries stop producing eggs, body produces less progesterone, and estrogen, menstrual cycle becomes less frequent, and her period stopping altogether. Early Menopause symptoms also known as Premature menopause symptoms, may include irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, and sleep deprivation. There are treatments for Menopause which includes hormone replace therapy, and herbal remedies. Herbal remedies may include natural supplements and foods made from soy.

      If you have bleeding after menopause, make sure to call your Doctor!
      A woman will be fully menopausal if she has gone at least 1 year or 365 days without having her period. If bleeding continues after being fully menopausal, it may be only confined to spotting, this is also known as post menopausal bleeding. It is not considered unusual for this to happen. There are situations when post menopausal bleeding maybe a sign of a more serious condition.
      Spotting may occur if you are undergoing therapy for hormone replacement HRT but it can also occur if you aren’t. Generally, spotting occurs due to the hormonal balances persisting after menopause. Breast tenderness in addition to spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing an actual menstrual period. If this occurs, you will need to wait 1 full year from your last menstrual cycle to be fully menopausal.

      Estrogen levels need to remain stable or it can cause spotting. Having low estrogen levels can cause irregular spotting and high estrogen levels may cause a heavy menstrual cycle. Progesterone levels may also rise because the endometrial lining is atrophying.

      There are women who may develop Type II diabetes after experiencing menopause. Women who are insulin resistant have higher estrogen levels than women who aren’t diabetic. A woman who is insulin resistant can experience progesterone converting into estrogen, which can result in post menopausal bleeding that is unusual.

      Rapid weight loss can cause you to spot or bleed after experiencing menopause. Estrogen is stored in fat tissue in a woman’s body so when rapid weight loss occurs, the estrogen goes into her bloodstream, her hormones are disrupted, and she may spot or bleed.

      Although it maybe a benign condition, post menopausal bleeding should not be ignored. Make sure to bring this to your Physician’s attention due to the fact that it maybe a serious health issue. Post menopause bleeding may originate from the vagina which may have dried up and atrophied from lack of estrogen. May also come from lesions and cracks on the vulva, and can also occur from intercourse. Upper reproductive system bleeding can come from endometrial cancer, hormone replacement, cervical cancer or lesions, endometrial polyps, ovarian cancer, uterine tumors or from tumors that secret estrogen. Most common reason for post menopause bleeding is hormone replacement therapy also known as HRT.
      There are good remedies in Homeopathy too.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why do i sweat alot when sleeping?
    For the past month, iv been sweating alot when i sleep. I wake up wit my shirt all wet, on my back, near my collar, and under my armpits. COuld this be a sign of puberty? Im a 15 year old boy that still has a high voice, and im very short.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive sweating while sleeping is known clinically as sleep hyperhidrosis. Sweating while sleeping causes are often harmless, so I urge you not to panic. Panic attacks while sleeping won’t help you curb your rising body temperature as you try to get a good night’s sleep.

      Medication side-effects: Study enough labels and you’ll find that night sweating is one of the most common side-effects of potent prescription drugs. If you’re really experiencing a drenching night sweats, discuss your medications with your physician.
      Infections: Even minor infections can cause you to sweat at night. However, you should also be on the lookout for more serious infections which may cause profuse night seats. These include tuberculosis, endocarditis (heart valve swelling), osteomyelitis (bone inflammation) and an AIDS infection from the HIV virus.
      Abscesses: You might think this should fit under infections, but a long list of seemingly simple abscesses can cause severe sweating while sleeping. This includes boils and even dental infections (yes, tooth decay can cause night sweats). Note that some of these, like appendicitis, can be very, very serious.
      Diabetes and Hypoglycemia: Individuals suffering from diabetes or hypoglycemia who are taking insulin or other medications to moderate their blood sugar may suffer from sweating while sleeping.
      Hormonal Changes: As I mentioned earlier, women experiencing menopause often experience hot flashes at night. But that’s not the only time our body’s may experience radical shifts in body temperature. Men may experience a kind of andropause and it isn’t unusual for individuals to experience night sweats during adolescence or during pregnancy as well.

      Here are some simple, natural remedies for treating your night sweating. Please note that these are meant for people who are experiencing genetic or environmental night sweats. If you’re confident you’re experiencing unusually severe sweating while sleeping, I urge you to consult with your physician.

      Let’s start simple. Keep a cool glass of water near your bed while you sleep. Should you awaken, take a sip of the cool water.
      Keep a couple ice cubes in that glass to make sure it is useful for this next tip: if you feel your temperature rising, place your wrists against the cool glass and hold them there for several seconds. As your blood flows through this junction, it will cool and then cool the rest of your body as it flows on. (This is a great trick to use anywhere and anytime, by the way.)
      Use specially designed bed devices to help you cool yourself. I suggest the chillow and if you really want to get elaborate, try the bedfan. These two devices provide an entirely natural and comfortable way to reduce your sleeping temperature in a safe and effective way. I usually only suggest them for more severe situations, but many people enjoy their benefits, even people who don’t specifically suffer from night sweats.
      This won’t help if you’re suffering from night sweats in men, but if you’re suffering from menopause, you might try taking black cohosh. This natural herbal remedy has helped many (though not all) women suffering from menopause hot flashes sweating.
      Try a small amount of tryptophan-heavy foods an hour before bed (peanut butter is tasty, easy and high in tryptophan).
      Try some relaxing herbal remedies, such as chamomile and valerian. You might also try melatonin, which helps your body reset its sleep cycle through a naturally-occuring hormone.

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  35. QUESTION:
    Herbal remedies for Menopause?
    A work colleague is going through 'the change' or at least she thinks she is. She doesn't want to visit the GP and start HRT but has seen some bad press about herbal remedies recently. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions please? Thanks
    Thanks The Mom. We both work within a PCT so have access to the 'professionals' thoughts and views i.e. nurses and GP's so I was hoping for some responses from women who have already gone through this but many thanks indeed for your detailed reply.

    • ANSWER:
      The trouble with HRT is that you only want to take it if you have to, and then most doctors only want to do it for no more than six months. While it can help with a real nightmare menopause, most ladies can adapt to the changes in other ways. Hot flashes can be dealt with during the day by dressing in layers, and keeping a fashionable oriental folding fan at hand. At night you just keep a spare dry nightie on the end of the bed. If she wants to try some of the herbal remedies, that's fine. Just tell her to be sure she chooses one from an old reliable company and not some off the wall place out of China. Some research has suggested the isoflavinoides in soy products can help, since they can act in place of the estrogen she is decreasing production of. Oriental women don't tend to have a hard time with menopause, and they believe that is part of the explanation. Tofu isn't a miracle, though, because those chemicals are about 1000 times less potent than the estrogen you make naturally. And honestly, a lot of the trouble with menopause is related to how we feel about the process and ourselves. If she is dreading the changes to come, she will tend to have more trouble as well. She should certainly consider visiting the gynecologist and at least doing a blood test to see how far along in the process she is, if that is what is going on, and see what options she has to choose from. It's not all HRT, you know. They have lots of other suggestions that can help as well. She may be helped as well if she hears from you and other ladies "of age" that menopause can actually be a positive in life. Yeah, it means you won't be getting pregnant anymore. But then again, it does mean you are free of that worry. You don't have to worry about going swimming, wearing white pants, cramps or any of that period related inconvenience. For some ladies, that is actually pretty liberating. And it definitely isn't the end of the old sex life either. Without the worry of pregnancy, a lot of ladies find things actually improve in that arena. All they need is a willing partner, and that is not usually a problem. Help her find the positives, and she may find the process isn't so bad after all.

  36. QUESTION:
    what can my wife do for hot flashes and night sweats during this menopause?
    she had a partial hysterectomy and these are really giving her serious griefs. is there anything that's natural that can help, she don't want to take hormone pills.

    • ANSWER:
      During my menopause I took soy tablets, and the flushes stopped completely. I don't recommend the use of any other "natural" or "herbal" remedies as they are still being tested and some, like black cohosh, have reported adverse side effects. But the soy supplements are harmless unless you have a thyroid problem in which case you can't take soy.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to lessen hot flashes-HRT does not help...I am desperate! Cannot do this summer...HELP!?
    Complete hyst. in 2007. I am dreading warmer weather (NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THAT), I get such severe hot flashes-it affects my quality of life. I am only 46 and I want my life back.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe your not on a correct dose of the HRT med. Its been two years since the Hyst and your body changes therefore your does might change as well.

      Sometimes a synthetic HRT drug is needed, they do lessen the hot flash issues.

      Also, did you know that advil can set off a hot flash of a life time? Dont take it or any ibuprofen at all. Took me years to figure that one out and the Doctors dont bother to tell you that ... so heads up.

      I NO LONGER have this issue (thank god) but I have heard that the over counter HRT drugs work, but you shouldnt take them without your Doctor knowing for they dont mix with prescriptions well.

      Here is a site that will tell you about synthetic meds your doctor can order for you or some herbal remedies.

      http://www.project-aware.org/Managing/Hrt/alternatives.shtml

      Plz note: that mixing drugs (herbal or otherwise) needs to be done with your Doctors Monitoring.

      Look into the synthetic and ask your Doctor about your doses first ... Short of that ... try carrying around lots of ice for your head or a small freezer to dip your head into... there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

      Im 40, opted for no HRT and also had a complete hyst. Also something else to discuss with your Doctor what are the benefits of taking v/s not taking for you!

  38. QUESTION:
    whatts that word where you have like instant mood swings?
    because i think my mom has it. and i want her to go get checked for it.
    she could be perfectly fine then all of a sudden she will be bitchy and tired?

    • ANSWER:
      Hormonal changes like those occurring during and after pregnancy, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), post-partum depression and menopause can cause horrible mood swings in women. Your mother must be having PMS or menopause induced mood swings.

      For premenstrual syndrome (PMS), there are some herbal remedies that are generally recommended containing ingredients such as Fennel, Pulsatilla and Melissa which help to naturally reduce the effects of premenstrual syndrome and support health. Don Quai is also a very effective Chinese herb which helps to restore hormonal balance and promote female reproductive health – thereby reducing the occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms.

      For menopause, many women are now turning to the use of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies to counteract these symptoms and nature has a medicine chest of ingredients that suit this purpose. Black cohosh is one such herbal ingredient that is well know for its ability to support estrogen balance in the body and treat a number of menopause related symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and vaginal dryness. Other highly successful ingredients for the treatment of menopausal symptoms include pasque flower which supports female health and soothes the nervous system, and Dong Quai which works to support the balance of female hormones while treating many of the symptoms related to PMS and menopause.

      You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/blog/2010/06/nutrition-herbal-supplements-homeopathic-remedies-for-mood-swings/

  39. QUESTION:
    What herbal medicine works the best for "YOU" for menopausal?
    moods and hot flashes...Now I know everyone will be different. I welcome your answers!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic remedies for 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 is taken from :- http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
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      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.

  40. QUESTION:
    What natural/herbal remedies can I use for hot flashes?

    • ANSWER:
      Hot flashes are far fewer in asian countries where diets are high in soy. Studies also confirm soy helps minimise or prevent menopausal symptoms. Phytolife by blackmores is one of the products on the market that can help. The ingredients contain Glycine max (Soy bean) extract equivalent to dry seed (standardised to contain isoflavone glycosides 50 mg) - 33.5 g (33,500 mg) and Calcium hydrogen phosphate 450 mg. >>>http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/phytolife

      "If you're fed up with menopause, move to Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, hot flashes and night sweats are virtually unheard of. Researchers believe that it has more to do with their traditional diet. Besides providing more vegetable protein and less animal protein than a Western diet, it's also low in fat and high in soy products such as tofu. These foods are rich in plant compounds known as phytoestrogens, which seem to mimic some of the biological activities of female hormones."

      In addition to soy and tofu products, women can help combat hot flashes by eating more calcium-rich foods, magnesium-rich foods and foods rich in vitamin E -- like cold-pressed oils, green leafy vegetables, nuts and almonds, as well as plenty of mineral- and fiber-rich foods, like whole grains and fresh vegetables."

      You can avoid hot flashes by changing your diet>>>
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019538.html

  41. QUESTION:
    Do herbal cures work?
    I'm feeling depressed about this. I have believed strongly in herbal cures my whole life, and I even want to make a career out of it. Herbal remedies have been in use for thousands of years and plenty of medicines we use today are plant based, so they can't be complete nonsense, right? Yet, I still read about people saying they are BS and they aren't real, or don't work. I don't know what to believe, and if they if they actually are BS, I would be crushed. Please, answer honestly, and only answer if you firmly believe in medicines, or natural cures.

    • ANSWER:
      They aren't COMPLETE nonsense - but often they are marketed with many false and misleading claims, there is a serious lack of evidence of efficacy and safety, they are crude drugs that are subject to variation in potency and quality, they are uncontrolled, unregulated, they can interact with other medicines and they are mostly handed out by people with little or no medical training.

      Keep in mind that science does investigate many herbs and have developed certain chemicals derived from herbs into effective drugs - drugs that are consistent, tested, and can be scaled up to mass production.

      Don't listen to Big Pharma conspiracy theories - big money is already made by the vitamin and supplement industry, even if most of it doesn't work.

      You should read this article:
      "BETHESDA, Md. — Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending .5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do.

      Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer. All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea."
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31190909/ns/health-alternative_medicine/t/billion-spent-no-alternative-cures-found/

  42. QUESTION:
    after hystectomy what can u include in your diet instead of having hrp?
    as there is breast cancer in family history so harmonal replacement pills are not recommended, any informative site is also appreciated .
    one ovary and uterus was removed ... what supplements are u having ... calcium n vtamin or what

    • ANSWER:
      we need more info,,,was it a complete hysterectomy, meaning did they remove your ovaries as well? If not then you won't need anything,,if they did then you will go into menopause,,which is normal but for the irritating hot flashes and such,,I take herbal remedies for that which include siberian ginseng, rosemary, alfalfa,,and my normal vitamins

  43. QUESTION:
    Forced into menupause?
    I had to have a total hysterectomy at 40. The hot flashes are outlandish, finally consenting to estrogen, I am facing bigger issues... anyone know of any OTC remedies that are safer?
    I did not go through peri-menupause. I had fibroids and vericous veins strangeling my ovaries. I had pretty much no choice but to have it all removed, or be in pain 24/7.

    • ANSWER:
      There are just so many good herbal alternatives to the standard HRT. You can try soy products along with Wild Yam which you can get at any health food store. An infusion of sage tea is great to stop hot flashes. Several studies show that black cohosh may decrease hot flashes, lessen excessive sweating and benefits you in other ways.

  44. QUESTION:
    What do you do to get relief from symptoms of menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      Estrogen hormone level decreases when a woman begins menopause and this trigger a lot of physical changes. Some of the common symptoms that women going through menopause experience are irregular menstrual cycle, hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, mood swings, fatigue, vaginal dryness and unexplained weight gain, among others. Women have the option to take prescription drugs, such as estrogen replacement, progesterone creams, vitamin supplements etc. or try natural remedies to relieve the symptoms. There are natural remedies available in the form of herbal supplements or tea that can reduce hot flashes and night sweats. Herbs like Don Quai, black cohosh and licorice root contain natural plant estrogen that can help balance women's menopausal hormones. You can also try acupressure. It can help fight fatigue and also reduce hot flashes. It is best to consult your doctor before you take any supplements. Women also have to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you want to learn more about the signs and symptoms of menopause, how it affects women and how to find relief here's some help...

  45. QUESTION:
    Why am I so cold and everyone else is hot?
    I had a baby almost 3 weeks ago...emergency C section... Now I stay cold all the time! I will be freezing to death and everyone else will be hot. Last night it was 80 in my house and I was chivering cold.. My husband and newborn was sweating and im cold. I dont understand this.. Should I go to the doctor? What could have caused this? Also, I am breastfeeding if that could affect this any. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and personal experience wrestling with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines, but people? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - and certainly delivering a baby must qualify. Another possible cause is head trauma, as reflected in a somewhat humorous story linked in the web page below. Thankfully we have humor to provide some relief in situations that are otherwise purely aggravating.
      This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about treating hot flashes with small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc; best bet for being cold is dressing in layers.
      We put some information about herbal remedies there too. Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. More on that on the web site too. Hope you find relief!

  46. QUESTION:
    Why am I so cold and everyone else is hot?
    I had a baby almost 3 weeks ago...emergency C section... Now I stay cold all the time! I will be freezing to death and everyone else will be hot. Last night it was 80 in my house and I was chivering cold.. My husband and newborn was sweating and im cold. I dont understand this.. Should I go to the doctor? What could have caused this? Also, I am breastfeeding if that could affect this any. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      I have 5 sisters, all in various stages of menopause, a partner Sassy who recently came off hormone replacement therapy, and personal experience wrestling with night sweats - so we've tried a few remedies. Just to clarify - I'm not a doctor. I'm able to diagnose and fix machines, but people? Not so much.
      All it takes is hormonal imbalance - and certainly delivering a baby must qualify. Another possible cause is head trauma, as reflected in a somewhat humorous story linked in the web page below. Thankfully we have humor to provide some relief in situations that are otherwise purely aggravating.
      This answer is already getting a bit long, so rather than copying and pasting the entire bit, I'll just refer you to the web site below. There's also information there about treating hot flashes with small fans (regular and misting), wicking pajamas & bedsheets for night sweats, etc; best bet for being cold is dressing in layers.
      We put some information about herbal remedies there too. Note that herbs come in two flavors when it comes to treating the symptoms of menopause, phytoestrogenic and non-estrogenic. More on that on the web site too. Hope you find relief!

  47. QUESTION:
    My friend is going through the menopause and I'd like to help....?
    A friend is going through the menopause and I'd really like to find some herbal or natural alternatives to try and help, does anyone have any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are wonderful herbal remedies to ease her through the transition and minimize her hot flashes, mood swings, etc. Wild yam, black cohosh, dong quai, soy, licorice root and many others have been proven to be just as effective as estrogen medications without the nasty side effects. Most health food stores will sell a supplement that contains a combination of many herbs, so you don't have to spend a fortune buying dozens of different, individual bottles.

      I've placed a few links for you below. My mother breezed through menopause using herbals, and is now very healthy at 75 years old (never used hormone replacement therapy). Her skin looks amazing. Unless it's absolutely necessary, I would avoid HRT (it has been shown to increase your odds of getting certain cancers).

      Hope your mother finds the info below useful... send her my best wishes.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can menopause- related hot flashes cause more panic attacks in someone diagnosed with panic disorder?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely! If a person is prone to anxiety attacks, the sudden onset of a flushing heat in your body will be a 'trigger point' in the flight response that come's with an attack. You can't prepare for a hot flash, they come on so suddenly they could certainly cause one. It relate's to the fear of unknowing.

      In addition, Menopause itself, with the hormonal changes, can play a role too.

      You can try to alleviate your hot flashes with the herbal remedies that are out there or your Dr. can put you on HRT and either of these remedies should stop the hot flash's that are triggering panic attacks.

  49. QUESTION:
    What is Sepia used for as a herbal remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      The use of SEPIA in Homeopathy as given in the Materia Medica of Homeopathic Medicine, By Dr William Boericke MD :-

      SEPIA OFFICINALIS
      Inky Juice of Cuttlefish
      (SEPIA)

      Acts specially on the portal system, with venous congestion. Stasis and thereby ptosis of viscera and weariness and misery. Weakness, yellow complexion, bearing-down sensation, especially in women, upon whose organism it has most pronounced effect. Pains extend down to back, chills easily. Tendency to abortion. Hot flashes at menopause with weakness and perspiration. Upward tendency of its symptoms. Easy fainting. "Ball" sensation in inner parts. Sepia acts best on brunettes. All pains are from below up. One of the most important uterine remedies. Tubercular patients with chronic hepatic troubles and uterine reflexes. Feels cold even in warm room. Pulsating headache in cerebellum.

      Mind.--Indifferent to those loved best. Averse to occupation, to family. Irritable; easily offended. Dreads to be alone. Very sad. Weeps when telling symptoms. Miserly. Anxious toward evening; indolent.

      Head.--Vertigo, with sensation of something rolling round in head. Prodromal symptoms of apoplexy. Stinging pain from within outward and upward mostly left, or in forehead, with nausea, vomiting; worse indoors and when lying on painful side. Jerking of head backwards and forwards. Coldness of vertex. Headache in terrible shocks at menstrual nisus, with scanty flow. Hair falls out. Open fontanelles. Roots of hair sensitive. Pimples on forehead near hair.

      Nose.--Thick, greenish discharge; thick plugs and crusts. Yellowish saddle across nose. Atrophic catarrh with greenish crusts from anterior nose and pain at root of nose. Chronic nasal catarrh, especially post-nasal, dropping of heavy, lumpy discharges; must be hawked through the mouth.

      Eyes.--Muscular asthenopia; black spots in the field of vision; asthenic inflammations, and in connection with uterine trouble. Aggravation of eye troubles morning and evening. Tarsal tumors. Ptosis, ciliary irritation. Venous congestion of the fundus.

      Ears.--Herpes behind ears on nape of neck. Pain as if from sub-cutaneous ulceration. Swelling and eruption of external ear.

      Face.--Yellow blotches; pale or sallow; yellow about mouth. Rosacea; saddle-like brownish distribution on nose and cheeks.

      Mouth.--Tongue white. Taste salty, putrid. Tongue foul, but clears during menses. Swelling and cracking of lower lip. Pain in teeth from 6 pm till midnight; worse on lying.

      Stomach.--Feeling of goneness; not relieved by eating (Carb an). Nausea at smell or sight of food. Nausea worse lying on side. Tobacco dyspepsia. Everything tastes too salty (Carbo beg; Chin). Band of pain about four inches wide encircling hypochondria. Nausea in morning before eating. Disposition to vomit after eating. Burning in pit of stomach. Longing for vinegar, acids, and pickles. Worse, after milk, especially when boiled. Acid dyspepsia with bloated abdomen, sour eructations. Loathes fat.

      Abdomen.--Flatulent, with headache. Liver sore and painful; relieved by lying on right side. Many brown spots on abdomen. Feeling of relaxation and bearing-down in abdomen.

      Rectum.--Bleeding at stool and fullness of rectum. Constipation; large, hard stools; feeling of a ball in rectum, cannot strain; with great tenesmus and pains shooting upward. Dark-brown, round balls glued together with mucus. Soft stool, difficult. Prolapsus ani (Pod). Almost constant oozing from anus. Infantile diarrhœa, worse from boiled milk, and rapid exhaustion. Pains shoot up in rectum and vagina.

      Urinary.--Red, adhesive, sand in urine. Involuntary urination, during first sleep. Chronic cystitis, slow micturition, with bearing-down sensation above pubis.

      Male.--Organs cold. Offensive perspiration. Gleet; discharge from urethra only during night; no pain. Condylomata surround head of penis. Complaints from coition.

      Female.--Pelvic organs relaxed. Bearing-down sensation as if everything would escape through vulva (Bell; Kreoso; Lac c; Lil t; Nat c; Pod); must cross limbs to prevent protrusion, or press against vulva. Leucorrhœa yellow, greenish; with much itching. Menses Too late and scanty, irregular; early and profuse; sharp clutching pains. Violent stitches upward in the vagina, from uterus to umbilicus. Prolapse of uterus and vagina. Morning sickness. Vagina painful, especially on coition.

      Respiratory.--Dry, fatiguing cough, apparently coming from stomach. Rotten-egg taste with coughing. Oppression of chest morning and evening. Dyspnœa; worse, after sleep; better, rapid motion. Cough in morning, with profuse expectoration, tasting salty (Phos; Ambr). Hypostatic pleuritis. Whooping-cough that drags on. Cough excited by tickling in larynx or chest.

      Heart.--Violent, intermittent palpitation. Beating in all arteries. Tremulous feeling with flushes.

      Back.--Weakness in small of back. Pains extend into back. Coldness between shoulders.

      Extremities.--Lower extremities lame and stiff, tension as if too short. Heaviness and bruised feeling. Restleness in all limbs, twitching and jerkings night and day. Pain in heel. Coldness of legs and feet.

      Fever.--Frequent flushes of heat; sweat from least motion. General lack of warmth of body. Feet cold and wet. Shivering, with thirst; worse, towards evening.

      Skin.--Herpes circinatus in isolated spots. Itching; not relieved by scratching; worse in bends of elbows and knees. Chloasma; herpetic eruption on lips, about mouth and nose. Ringworm-like eruption every spring. Urticaria on going in open air; better in warm room. Hyperidrosis and bromidrosis. Sweat on feet, worse on toes; intolerable odor. Lentigo in young women. Ichthyosis with offensive odor of skin.

      Modalities.--Worse, forenoons and evenings; washing, laundry-work, dampness, left side, after sweat; cold air, before thunder-storm. Better, by exercise, pressure, warmth of bed, hot applications, drawing limbs up, cold bathing, after sleep.

      Relationship.--Complementary: Nat mur; Phosph. Nux intensifies action. Guaiacum often beneficial after Sepia.

      Inimical: Lach; Puls.

      Compare: Lit; Murex; Silica; Sulph; Asperula-Nacent oxygen. Distilled water charged with the gas--(leucorrhœa of young girls and uterine catarrh); Ozonum (sacral pain; tired feeling through pelvic viscera and perineum); Dictamnus--Burning Bush--(Soothes labor pains); (metrorrhagia, leucorrhœa, and constipation; also somnambulism). Lapathum (Leucorrhœa with constriction and expulsive effort through womb and pain in kidneys).
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      I hope the information is of help to you !
      Take Care and God Bless you !

  50. QUESTION:
    Scientific Studies on traditional medicines?
    Have scientific studies been done to conclude the validity of Ayurveda, Siddha and Traditional Chinese Medicine? What have they concluded? Are these medical practices valid?

    • ANSWER:
      There has been some - typical of alternative medicine, the studies are usually small, poor quality and don't make past peer review. A clear trend is the better the quality study and the tighter the controls, the worse the result. In some cases the treatment is clearly a placebo only (eg; homeopathy). A problem is the lack of quality research also means we don't know much about safety, risks, interactions and contraindications. But not only do the treatments you mentioned lack evidence of efficacy, they also lack plausibility. They are not really medical practices so lack medical validity.

      Here are some resources you can try:
      http://summaries.cochrane.org/
      http://nccam.nih.gov/
      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

      -------
      EDIT: @alt.healer - so many fallacies...

      "the number of people killed by alternative medicine is quite small while the number of killed or sickened by allopathic medicine is in the millions.” That’s a false analogy and irrelevant. The question is not about conventional medicine. Moreover, alternative medicine under reports adverse events or doesn’t report at all, conventional medicine is in much wider use than alternative medicine, etc, etc..

      “If anything were tried by people and it did not work, it would be relegated to the junk heap…” Not necessarily – you are forgetting about the placebo effect, personal biases, misinterpretation of results – there are a vast number of variables that come into play.

      “It would not stand the test of time….. Are they all stupid and misguided ? Did they get healed or made more ill yet continued to be fooled and kept using these treatments for 4,000 years?? huh?" Bloodletting was the most common procedure used by surgeons for around 2000 years. They thought it balanced the humours. Medical science has now shown it to be virtually useless and we have moved on. Yes, humans can fool themselves. That’s why we need science.

      “The only reason that we don't use it more in use is that Big Pharma and doctors cannot make money from traditional medicine.” There are numerous medicines that big pharma has developed from natural or tradiational medicines. The difference is they produce a consistent product that can be controlled, regulated and mass produced.

      I would also add that much of the herb and vitamin industry is owned by Big Pharma.

      An article worth reading:
      "BETHESDA, Md. — Ten years ago the government set out to test herbal and other alternative health remedies to find the ones that work. After spending .5 billion, the disappointing answer seems to be that almost none of them do. Echinacea for colds. Ginkgo biloba for memory. Glucosamine and chondroitin for arthritis. Black cohosh for menopausal hot flashes. Saw palmetto for prostate problems. Shark cartilage for cancer. All proved no better than dummy pills in big studies funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The lone exception: ginger capsules may help chemotherapy nausea."
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31190909#.Tzn4KcXQ0TY

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any natural herbs or remedies to cure schizophrenia?
    Does anyone know any natural herbs or remedies to cure schizophrenia?
    Im trying to help someone.

    • ANSWER:
      I just want to start off by saying no marjuina is not the way to go. Smokinh and drinking and that sort of stuff is of the devil. To asnwer your question, yes without even knowing what it is. GOD has but herbs and fruit here for our beneit, but this world took our natural medicine and took it in labs and diluted it. JESUS is the only way out of this darkness here. Those pharmaceuticalonly hurt you in the long run, as they don;t cure the cause but cure the syptoms. What would people rather have something from GOD or something made by man in a lab. If you want to talk more about this i will be happy to talk more about this. Just click on my name and email me. I also have my instant messenger listed as well.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best natural remedy for having trouble sleeping?
    My father is 63 years old and is experiencing difficulty falling asleep. This has been happening for the past couple years, most likely due to stress. I researched some natural sleep remedies, such as valerian and chamomile. Any recommendations on natural herbs/remedies? Any side effects? Hopefully the remedy does not encourage vivid dreams because my father tends to get sleep paralysis often.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there's Melatonin, Valerian, Chamomile, Hops, L-Tryptophan, L-Theanine, Passionflower, and Scullcap (an herb).
      You can try any one of those to help you sleep naturally. None of them should cause more or less dreaming, but some people experience changes in dreams because it changes their sleep patterns. Basically, people remember dreams (and they seem more vivid) when they are partially awake... if they are sleeping deep enough, they won't remember it.

      If it's based on stress, there are a few options to help with that as well. Some of the most popular natural products for stress are GABA, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, 5-HTP, and L-Tryptophan. Also, cutting/reducing Caffeine and sugar intake will help to lower stress.

      With all that being said, if he's been having problems sleeping for the last couple years and he tends to get sleep paralysis, I would recommend having him see a sleep specialist. There could be a problem that is causing his sleep issues... a sleep specialist may be able to find the cause of that problem and help you fix it (so he won't always have to take sleep aids). Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    I am wanting to know if there are natural remedies for people who have schizophrenia.?
    I know a person who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and want to help that person to receive natural remedies versus drugs with harmful side effects for the persons schizophrenia. Are there natural herbs (remedies) on the market without having to take drugs? Thank you very much for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      sadly no there is not any natural remedies that I know of only the medications that do have horrible side effects, you may want to look up on the contemporary antipsychotics because the side effects aren't as bad as they used to be. I believe that the few side effects are easier to deal with than have psychotic episodes which will make it difficult for you friend to function in life. Other than the drug Clozapine I haven't heard of any others that have serious side effects. Therapy also has proven to be alot of help for scizophrenias but only in cases where the patient was also medicated.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for treating heartburn?
    What are some natural (using herbs, etc) remedies for treating heartburn? and which is the best or most effective?
    I'm looking for a natural way reduce the feeling of burn after, say, a big piece of pizza slice.

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy for Heart Burn/Acid Reflux/Acidity/Gastralgia :-

      Burning in food pipe with general sensation of burning Sulphur 30X 4 hourly

      Burning pain in stomach (Ulcer), with both water and solid vomited as soon as it reaches stomach Ars Alb.30X, 4 hourly

      Burning pain in the stomach, with water vomited but solid retained Bismuth 30X, 4 hourly

      Burning in food pipe,with sour stool Natrum Carb.30X, 4 hourly

      Excess of hydrochloric acid, burning in food pipe, heart burn, nausea and chilly feeling. Acid Sulph.30X, 4 hourly

      From nervous anticipation of coming events, desire for sweets. Argentum Nit.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric complaints after taking rich fatty food; less or no thirst; better in open air Pulsatilla.30X, 4 hourly

      Hyperacidity; sour and bitter belchings Iris V 30X, 4 hourly

      Slow and imperfect digestion; offensive flatuence in upper part of abdomen; better after discharge of gas or eructations. Carbo Veg.30X, 4 hourly

      Gastric derangement due to sedentary habits or over-Eating/Drinking. Nux Vomica.30X, 4 hourly

      Dyspepsia; better after eating Anacardium Or 30X 4 hourly

      Acidity with irritating eructation and frontal headache; worse in night. Robinia 30X, 4 hourly

      Constant belching; tongue thickly white coated.
      Heatburn. Desire for acids, pickles etc. Antim Crud.30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Digestion slow, no change after passing flatus or belching. Flatulence affects middle part of the abdomen. China 6X or 30X, 4 hourly

      Abdomen bloated; easy satiety, gas affects lower part of the abdomen; worse in the evening - 4 to 8 P.M. Lycopodium 30X, 4 hourly

      Pain and flatulence in stomach, smell of food causes nausea Colchicum 30X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Intercurrent Remedy Psorinum 30X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Take Care and God Bless !

  5. QUESTION:
    How are you managing your generalized anxiety disorder?
    .e. with prescription meds, natural herbs/remedies, exercise and healthy diet and or psychotherapy?. Please give the name of what meds and or herbs your taking, I want to know what works best for you I have had this for 10 years and want to know if their is something I havent tried yet!
    thank you in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried Pregabaline?

      It works very differently from a lot of anxiety meds, and is approved for GAD.

  6. QUESTION:
    How often does strep come back being rheumatic fever?
    I'v recently treated myself for strep by only using natural herbs and remedies. The symptoms have all cleared up and I am feeling well. My question is, what are the chances of my strep coming back and being rheumatic fever?

    • ANSWER:
      It's believed to be about 3% if its untreated (in this case, not treated with antibiotics). If subsequently left untreated, the chance increases to about 50%.

  7. QUESTION:
    What's the best method to lower high blood pressure naturally ?
    Aside from the obvious methods of eating right, exercises and lowering salt intake. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can lower really high blood pressure quickly ? I'm talking really high as in 180 over 110.. Heart attack stroke kinda blood pressure. Thanks for your replies.. God bless you !

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty acids lower blood pressure better than anything I've ever seen or heard about.

      Salmon oil capsules have the most amount of fatty acids per gram of all fish.{WARNING- Watch the amounts of total daily Vitamin A levels from all supplements and don't exceed 25,000 IUs per day. IUs are international units and is a measure of volume and Mgs are a measure of wight.} I would alternate with Flax Seed Oil,Evening Primrose Oil,Borage Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Garlic can lower pressure as well,but keep in mind it thins blood so don't take with blood thinners.

  8. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever heard of a natural treatment for aids called power up?
    i have heard of some natural herbs remedy called Powerup. have anynoe ever tried it?

    • ANSWER:
      They MIGHT do great things for you, but they do NOTHING for HIV/AIDs

  9. QUESTION:
    What would help my pain and nausea caused by food poisoning?
    we don't have imodium.
    i tried some all natural herb remedy thing my mom bought (i was desperate)
    we're out of probiotics

    heeeeeelp! i need to go to school! can't be sick all day. lol

    would tylenol help at all?

    what about an energy drink ? (sounds crazy but it's helped me not be hungry before so i thought maybe it'd help with nausea.)

    • ANSWER:
      Taken in normal doses (one teaspoon of herbs per 200 ml of water), marjoram tea stimulates appetite, digestion, eliminates gases and calms stomach pains. The tea is prepared by boiling one teaspoon of marjoram powder in a cup of water for 15 minutes. In an interval of two hours the consumption of two to four cups of marjoram infusion is recommended. The same treatment is efficient for overcoming the incipient state of the cold and, at the same time, prevents flu. To obtain a strong tea, add two teaspoons of marjoram to a cup of cold water and keep it macerating for 24 hours. After filtering, honey can be added. If the doses are increased (six teaspoons to 200 ml of water), marjoram produces a calming and antidepressive effect, induces somnolence and even a slightly euphoric state. During summers when the temperature is hardly bearable, marjoram tea is recommended especially to people with blood circulation problems because it has an adjusting effect on the body temperature. For hair revitalization, replace the washing water with a marjoram infusion obtained from 20 g of herb to one liter of water.
      http://www.nnnefertiti.com/Products/Natural-Herbs/Marjoram.php

  10. QUESTION:
    How can I stop my hair from falling out?
    I'm a guy and I'm 25. My hair is falling out so much in the past few months. It's started falling out after ending a long, bad, stressful relationship -she was cheating. I know stress can cause hair to fall out and I've been in a very bad emotional state and I still am but I'm much better now. I've been taking daily multivitamins. Are there any natural herbs or remedies that can help me to stop that? Any specific shampoo, conditioner or styling products? Thanks!
    I don't want to use Minoxidil because if I start using it then I will have to continue using it for the rest of my life. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      To treat hair loss apply a little lemon juice with some black tea. Massage well and shampoo.Rub oil into the scalp. Wring out a towel in hot water and wrap it on the head. Keep it on for 15 minutes. Shampoo and dry well. Check out
      http://usefulinfo-hairloss.blogspot.com/ for more info.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies and herbs to enhance or regulate my thyroid? I have had unexplained weight gain
    over the last year i have sudden weight gain with a good diet and regular exercise, in fact its now up to 55 lbs.. first i gain weight 20 lbs in 1 month and freak out, and now over the past year with trying every diet my doctor can think of i gain more weight, and more and more and more!!!! they dont think itsm y thyroid but im skeptical, im going to get a 2nd opinion next week.. i am wondering though what are some natural herbs and remedies to regulate my thyroid and speed it up? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The thing about the standard thyroid test is it stinks. They use a test called TSH. TSH isn't even a thyroid hormone and it changes throughout the day. It's it at highest point while we sleep, so if we suspect hypothyrodism (underactive thyroid) then we need to test firest thing in the morning. Another problem with this test is that the guidelines changed in 2003, but most labs still have thelab ranges at the old numbers. What this means is if yur doctor is unaware og the change he/she may say your TSH is normal when it isn't. Ask what your TSH was. If its over a 2.0, your thyroid is slowing down. If its over a 3.0 you need treatment. I know thus stuff because I had believed for years I was hypothyroid. The first test was taken in the afternoon and I did not get diagnosed. Within a year my symptoms got worse and the test finally showed I was hypothyroid by the old standards. New range is 0.3 to 3.0.

      Supplements you can take for the thyroid are Lytrosine, zinc, and selenium. Stay away from soy, peanuts, brocolii and fluoride.

      Website below about thyroid conditions. Read up on it before you see the doctor again.

      If you test again, make sure its first thing in the morning. Ask for more than a TSH. Have a free t4, free t3, and a thyroid antibody test

  12. QUESTION:
    What should I do about my urology problem?
    I am a teenager now. I was not born with this problem, but late in my childhood years I have had trouble urinating since. I have been to doctors and they say it is anxiety. They have given me anti anxiety pills and they don't work. I also drink lots of water everyday. What are some natural herbs or remedies that I could take or do that may ease up my problem?

    • ANSWER:
      you say you've seen a doctor. WAS HE A UROLOGIST? if not make an appointment to see one.
      they're specialists in that field. (i've been seeing one for the last 5 years because of medical problems related to the urinary tracts and bladder.
      Keep drinking that water every day.

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there any sort of vitamins that help reduce stress/anxiety?
    I am having a lot of trouble with stress, depression and anxiety. Before getting put on wacko drugs, I want to try to cure myself with Earth's natural herbs and remedies. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thank you for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      St. John’s Wort, Passionflower, are excellent herbs for depression, stress and anxiety. Certain tissue salts are also extremely effective as homeopathic brain and nerve tonics. They include natrium sulphate and kalium Phosphate.

      It is known that our body rapidly uses up reserves of vitamin C when under stress. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit, rockmelon, orange juice and cranberry juice.

      Vitamin B6 is believed to work in the brain similar to valium-like drugs - hence its importance in your diet as food or as supplement. Good dietary sources of vitamin B6 are chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp, beef liver, lentils, soybeans, nuts, avocados, bananas, carrots, brown rice, bran, pulses, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and whole-grain flour.

      Avoid common food allergens are dairy, soy, citrus, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, fish, wheat, fish, eggs, corn, food colorings, and additives.

      For some intriquing takes on depression and anxiety, visit

  14. QUESTION:
    what are your thoughts on prescription medication? bad or good?
    alot of them seem to have many side effects that are worse than what they cure... i mainly wonder about psychological medicine, some of it takes weeks to take effect, is it rewiring our brains ? has it helped you if you have taken them? like for anxiety or depression.... know of any natural herb remedies?

    are we using pills instead of addressing the issues that affect our emotions?

    • ANSWER:
      Wellbutrin saved my life, and anyone who has a problem with that can kiss my bum!!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    What natural herbs can i take for nausea?
    I'm often really nauseous - what natural remedies help this?

    • ANSWER:
      Go buy chewable papaya pills. they taste really good, they are natural and they always help my upset stomach. The brand i buy is called American Health.

  16. QUESTION:
    What are the natural remedies for getting my hormones back into balance after a miscarriage? ?
    I had a miscarriage at the end of May. I have only had one period since then and I'm anxious. I don't feel right. My body feels "inactive" or at a stand-still. I was wondering if anyone knew of natural herbs/supplements that help a woman regain her cycle and renew health at the same time.

    • ANSWER:
      A woman's vitamin will help you be get you proper nutrients. But don't forget a miscarriage is the same for your body as giving birth. You could be displaying symptoms of Post Pardum Depression. (PPD). Your Ob/Gyn can diagnose you accurately with treatment, but if your against pills. Serotonin may help.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the safest way to get rid of the mole?
    I have mole in my face and want to know how will I get rid of it...any solutions to my problem?any other way aside from the natural herbs and and others remedies on how to remove the mole.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I read your post and I really want to help and hope this can really help you out...Moles come in one of two forms and what is the types of mole you have?You should see a dermatologist if you have a mole that has changed in size, color, or shape. Moreover, some moles can be cancerous so you should have them checked by a doctor regularly.If you want to get rid of your moles there are numerous mole removing methods available. This mole removal procedure involves the doctor cutting the mole out of your skin and then sewing the skin back together with stitches.Another mole removing method is known as cauterized excision. With this procedure the dermatologist will use a razor type instrument to shave the mole out of the skin. So it's up to you want you will take in order to get rid of your mole.

  18. QUESTION:
    What natural remedies would you recommend for help with shyness and fear of public speaking?
    I'm looking for herbs and natural remedies that will take the edge off that might help me to relax in social situations. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Take deap breaths, practice what you are going to say when public speaking and imagine the entire audience has no clothes on!

  19. QUESTION:
    Ladies? Natural cures for bladder infections?
    I get very frequent bladder infections, and I'm tired of selling out so much money for doctors and antibiotics, when it just comes back 2 months later. I'm curious about natural herbs or remedies that I can do at home that will cure it. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Drink cranberry juice. It's good for the urinary tract and the bladder.

      Try drinking some cogon grass root tea. It might help as well.

  20. QUESTION:
    I want to get natural home remedies to get bigger breasts without creams,gels or surgery.?
    My nipples are not protruded. These are just flat and I want to get bigger size of boobs as well using excercises, home remedies like using particular diet of some natural herbs so that I can be more confident. I am 25 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing short of surgery will actually increase your breast size. You can do push-ups to strengthen the muscles underneath, which will counteract some sagging. Don't believe ANY product that advertises that it will increase your breast size - you will just be DECREASING the amount of money in your wallet.

  21. QUESTION:
    what herb can I substitute for prednisone?
    my nasal passages swell up and i when i use prednisone i am ok. what natural herb or remedy can i use to keep from taking prednisone, cause it makes me gain weight?

    • ANSWER:
      None.

      Oral steroids such as pred wouldn't really be prescribed in this situation. #

      Nasal corticosteroids work well in this situation. Intranasal steroids are effective for all symptoms of allergic perennial rhinitis.

      You might try topical nasal and oral antihistamines first.

      See a Doctor.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?
    I keep stalling on taking the medications the doctor prescribed as I am concerned with the side effects and long term effects. Is there something I could be eating or some natural herb that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      Best to address from a physical/structural level as well as with nutrition and possible cleansing.

      Find an Osteopath or chiropractor in you area to help with the structural.
      Find someone who works with natural medicine such herbs and nutrition, and to help with diet adjustments.

      It is also well know that stress makes all of your symptoms worse.
      Find activities that will help you to relax. Meditation, Yoga, Reflexology,

      Apple Cider Vinegar helps a great deal, as does Vitamin B Complex.
      Fresh Aloe Vera juice is also reported to help.

      There are some theories that acid reflux, hiatal hernias are cause by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

      You may need antibiotics.

      Have a look at the links below, it has great information and may be a good source for you.

      Good luck to you.

  23. QUESTION:
    Are there any advance stage uterine cancer patients seeking natural treatment?
    Women who are diagnosed with uterine cancer and then find out that is stage 3 or stage 4 cancer have to decide on a treatment option. Many will be seen by medical physicians, while some will seek natural treatment such as juicing, fasting, and other ways to heal themselves. If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer and have been treated or is being treated by natural remedies, herbs etc, please share with those who are contemplating natural healing. Tell how you are coping?

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone who had cancer treated by natural remedies, herbs etc cannot answer you because they are dead.

  24. QUESTION:
    What do you think about taking multiple natural supplements and herbs?
    I take several different natural remedies for instance in the morning i take probitoics then before each meal i take natural multi vitamins (just started for immunity boost then will either lower dose or quite) during meals i take turmeric extract, for the time being im taking natural fermented whey also temporarily and astaxathin supplements. I mean there all natural and safe i also sometimes drink fresh home gown wheatgrass juice in the morning and or spirulina . Is it all fine....

    • ANSWER:
      Do you think 100 years ago, they took all these things to get their supplements?
      I used to obsess over vitamins as a child, this is what I thought:
      *They taste good
      *I get vitamins
      *So I can eat junk food!

      WRONG
      The best way is to eat FRESH FRUITS and VEGETABLES. Those are NATURAL. Vitamins, supplements etc can never be 100% NATURAL because they aren't natural, they didn't come with this planet. I don't know why people find it so hard to eat fruits and veggies. Unless your doctor has recommended all this due to a deficiency of some sort, you should NOT be taking all these supplements. I mean sure, one multi vitamin, okay. But your immune system/body will actually become weaker thinking all these pills and vitamins will take care of it. I found out through my doctor when I told her how many supplements I took.

  25. QUESTION:
    What do you think about taking multiple natural supplements and herbs?
    I several different natural remedies for instance in the morning i take probitoics then before eahc meal i take natural multi vitamins (just started for immunity boost then will either lower dose or quite) during meals i take turmeric extract, for the time being im taking natural fermented whey also temporarily and astaxathin supplements. I mean there all natural and safe i also sometimes drink fresh home gown wheatgrass juice in the morning and or spirulina . Is it all fine....

    Gary K not for anything but please dont bother answering since your responses are usually negative towards alternative medicine thank you :p
    K i agree with the beta carotene part and im being careful with that but the rest of your statements are wrong

    • ANSWER:
      Stick to plant WHOLE-FOODS. They are WHOLE meaning they contain all the matrices in the perfect ratios nature intended. There is no "maximum" dosage for plant WHOLE-FOODS. As soon as you process them and isolate them into vitamin pills you lose the other 10,000 or so nutritional components, and you're assuming the vitamin is even useful without the other components. you cannot live off supplements which means they offer nothing.

      The wheat grass you're doing is brilliant, if it is fresh of course.
      Nature has evolved an apple over billions of years, stick to what has proven to work time and time again. Supplements are FRACTURED and create toxic residues in the body, the cells don't identify with ground up rocks from the bottom of the ocean (vitamin pills). Forget the pond scum (spirulina) stick to the plant whole-foods: FRESH leafy green herbs, fruits, vegetables, nuts-seeds-grains. Soak the nuts-seeds-grains overnight to remove phytic acid.

      Read this article for more information:
      http://www.bushido-self-improvement.com/supplement-scam.html

  26. QUESTION:
    Why don't westerners use natural remedies for health problems?
    In some parts of the world they use natural remedies to cure you for MANY things. You heal fast. These things are not available in the US. They are all man made. Why?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a mistaken assumption, to some extent. A lot of natural remedies ARE available in the USA, but you pretty much have to look for them to see them. Many family physicians are not trained in alternative medical care and due to some ignorant practices among americans from years ago, they may tend to lump all alternative medicine together with skepticism, thinking it's all "old wives tales." However, to the desparate, those seeking or those with some openness to new things, many people are reexamining alternative treatments for themselves. There are too many people having too many good results to ignore it all. However, people are also having to figure out the difference between what's useful & what's bogus, too. The fake & useless stuff makes it harder for people to believe that any of it is of any use, I think.
      Personally, when I got into poor health many years ago and realized it, I didn't have money for doctors nor did I trust them after seeing what happened with some close relatives in various matters. So, I prayed, trusted God, relearned how to eat properly and also learned about nutrients, herbal healing and sports supplements. I've had great results along the way. Also, when reading about what nutrients & chemicals are found in various herbs, it makes sense why some are effective in certain ways, scientifically.

  27. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of a natural all in one pill for high blood pressure?
    My boyfriend has high blood pressure and does not want to have to take all kinds of medicine to lower it. I have looked up natural remedies and found about a million suggestions so far....my question is this....does anyone know of ONE "blend" or formula of natural herbs/vitamins that will help lower his BP without buying 50 different bottles of supplements? Any help or suggestions on this matter would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      If I where him I would take this one herb, it has very many positive testomonials, it's cheap and it works! Check it out right here. You have to be a member to view the entire article, but I'm sure you can google the name and you'll find it somewhere where you can view all of the info.

      it is not, and I repeat not, a good idea to take hb pressure medication, it can literaly kill you, and you're hooked for life, once your hooked, theres no getting off. If you don't believe me, google it.

      Note: This is an alternative solution to perscription drugs, but should not be the only treatment to rely on. A combination of good diet (less carbs and fat), more excercise and less stress all play an important role on getting rid of high blood pressure.

      hsionline.com/2009/03/31/slash/

      Vote as best answer :)

  28. QUESTION:
    Are there any natural herbs that are truly effective for depression?
    I have suffered from moderate to severe depression for 20 years, and have been on every medication ever created. I hate taking meds because of the side effects.

    Are there any really effective herbs, or natural remedies that are helpful?

    I've tried St. John's Wort - it worked somewhat.

    I've tried a light box - it didn't really make a difference.

    • ANSWER:
      weed. ha.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there any 100% pure natural products to look younger and beautiful?
    Hey, I am 28 year old woman with lots of pimples on my face and slightly overweight. I tried a lot and now really tired of different experiments. would anybody suggest me 100% natural herbs and simple remedies? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Really. Trust me and try ALOE VERA GEL - drink. 2 table spoon a day before bed. see magic with continuous use. I think its 99% pure and patented product, easy and cheap.It taste little odd but its ok. Its not available in store. You may use the reliable website , ( http://myflpbiz.com/esuite/home/nature4u/Products.html )which i use to order. It deep cleans digestive system and cleans body from inside which is the main cause of most of the problems like this. Wish you luck.

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies that work for mild depression?
    I have mild depression and I don't want to take prescription meds. I know they help some people but I want to try some natural remedies.

    Which remedies/herbs/vitamins work well?

    • ANSWER:

      St Johns Wort is a very good herb for depression and works well.

      It would also be worth trying to find out what might be causing the depression.

      Maybe you could get a book on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which would help you to understand all the different reasons why we can feel depressed and it would also show you new patterns of thinking and behaviour to help deal with your depression.

      The Feeling Good Handbook is one of the best books for this.

  31. QUESTION:
    Taking iron and natural herbs at the same time of day?
    My daughter has anemia and is curently taking iron to treat it.I was just recomended a natural kinda shake from Mexico to help treat her anemia problem.I am very skeptical about this since I dont believe in natural herbs and specially not prescribed from dr and that is also from Mexico.What should I do?I thinking if i buy the product and take it to her pediatrician to see what he says and thinks about it.Any thoughts?Any mothers with same problem?

    • ANSWER:
      What you can alternatively do is take something that increases the iron consumption instead of doing something that you are nor quite sure of.

      Natural and holistic treatments can help the body to temporarily increase iron absorption and transport oxygen around the body. Homeopathic remedies are safe and gentle to use for people of all ages (even during pregnancy and breastfeeding) and have proven to support iron absorption on a cellular level. A combination of homeopathic ingredients such as Ferrum phosphoricum, Calcarea phosphorica and Ferrum metallicum helps to support all blood cells in the body and maintain normal, healthy levels of hemoglobin.

      http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/anemicare.htm and http://ezinearticles.com/?Anemia-Treatment---Herbs-and-Ayurvedic-Remedies,-Anemia-Cure&id=462554

  32. QUESTION:
    How many of you believe the BS your Governments are feeding you about your health and welfare?
    Is there anyone out there that is awake and strong enough to stand against this new world order, if that is what you want to call it. Personaly I feel it' more like an OLD World Deception. You can't use NATURAL herbs and Remedies for sicknesses no matter if they work or not. You can not use NATURAL Rescources no matter if they work or not! If you try to use anything that is out of the bounds of the "ELITE"'s power hold it will just be silenced along with you if try to push it or you will be bought out and made to love your carnal nature. HELP ME OUT HERE PEOPLE! AM I the only one seeing this?? Are we all so complacent that we don't care our world we depend on is being destroyed so even our kids, kids kids, can not enjoy even the simple things???

    When will it stop?

    My question is this, if we can promote million man marches for the sake of Racial freedom, how come we can't do a billion man & woman march and save our world??

    MAKE A STAND WORTH FIGHTING FOR!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm with you in the fact that I feel the same as you do... I'm in Southern California and well, I'm afraid. I fear this is the beginning of a new cycle. Another diasater is on it way. And the people I'm sure you also see, as do I are brainwashed by the media. This is surely the beginning of the end for many of us. The "ELITE" as you say are in celebration of our societies ignorance. They must cheer everytime a news story comes on talking about the next pop sensation slut and how all girls want to be like her. Or the newest beer commericial that say drink up guys and this slut will "F" you. Anyway. I thought "1984" was on its way. How stupid I felt to realize it is I who finally gets that it began so long ago.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there a natural remedy for overactive bladder ?
    Is there a natural remedy for Nocturia and overactive bladder? I am waking up more then 10 times during the night. My doc has me on vessicare for a month now but does not seem to be helping.

    • ANSWER:
      The ubiquitous Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) for nocturia. Another one is the Indian herb Crateva for improved bladder tone. Horsetail itself is full of the mineral silica that helps strengthen the bladder wall.

      It may be best to find a supplement in which both of these are found in combination as herbs often work better in combination. Such as this one:
      http://www.worldwidehealthcenter.net/category.php?prod=957

      Further reading
      www.toddcaldecott.com/horsetail.html

      You would need to talk to your doctor first though as it might not be wise to take one of these supplements in combination with what you are currently taking. Talk to your doctor about trying the herbal alternative if the prescription drug is not working. You can take your health into your own hands but it is best done in consultation with your doctor.

      Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, cola) at night as caffeine is diuretic and would only add to the problem.

      Cranberry extract (or in the form of a drink) is another herb that is reputed to help with nocturia. Try to supplement on this as it is also known to keep the urinary tract healthy and free from infection.

      Best wishes.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there is any natural remedy or diet for best sexual health and performance ?
    Is there is any natural remedy or diet for best sexual health and performance ?

    • ANSWER:
      organic food.free Range animals,not factory farmed.No gluten,or processed foods.Many herbs that help with this.Just google herbs for sexual performance.Horney goat weed and maca are 2.There are more.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the history of natural treatment and what are the influences of different countries in its evolution?
    Now a day you can find natural remedies for almost each and every ailment. Can someone tell me the origin point of this nature cure? Please provide the relevant answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      According to the cave paintings of France, the first usage of herbs (For Natural Treatment) found way back to the age of 13,000-25,000 BC. The famous Egyptian civilization about 1000 BC has been practicing usage of herbs like opium, garlic, castor oil, mint, coriander, and indigo for medicinal values.
      You can found the usage of these herbs as natural cure in the history of countries like India, China, Egypt, etc.

      The Indian ayurvedic medicinal book provides the world with a storehouse of wide variety of herbal natural treatments that can even be used for healing life taking ailments. The turmeric and curcumin have been in use around 1900 B.C.

      For more information try this link
      http://www.naturaltreatmentsite.com/

  36. QUESTION:
    What successful natural remedies has anyone tried for keloids?
    I have a keloid on my jawline and it isn't so much a problem with the way it looks but that it is slightly painful to the touch. I am hoping someone has had some luck with some natural remedies like different herbs or something of the sort. I don't want to do steroid injections, lasers, freezing, or any of those. Any help would be appreciated...

    • ANSWER:
      Keloids :- A fibrous growth almost like a tumor usually occuring at the site of a scar.

      Homeopathic Treatment(s) for Keloids :-

      Head remedy; to dissolve the scar tissues Thiosinamine 3X, 4 hourly

      When there are deep cracks in keloids; constipated stools Graphites 30X or 200, 4 hourly

      To dissolve the scar tissues; in chilly patients Silicea 200 or 1M, weekly (6 Doses)

      In tubercular constitution; when there is tubercular history in the family Tuberculinum Koch 1M, fortnightly (6 Doses)

      Edges of keloids red; itching; worse by warmth; offensive sweat Acid Flour 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      When the love of life is lost due to ugly look of keloids; suicidal thoughts Aurum Met 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Due to old injury or burns Causticum 30 or 200, 6 hourly

      Intercurrent remedy when there is pain in keloids Acid Nitricum 200 and above fortnightly (6 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

      Take Care and God Bless !

  37. QUESTION:
    What is a remedy for opening the pores of your skin?
    What is a natural remedy or other product that opens or widens the pores of your skin, temporarily of course?

    • ANSWER:
      It's extremely easy to open your pores up before using an face cleanser!

      Put a pot filled with water, and heat until steam begins to rise from it. you can add herbs and spices if you want to the water. Eucalyptus will help clear the sinuses and open the pores, chamomile is relaxing and lavender is said to help with depression. But none really help with your pores... just some extra info (:

      Then, take a towel that drapes over your head and goes to the edges of the pot. Make sure you stay a safe distance from the pot, about two feet and let the steam roll over your face, careful not to get too hot though! But using this simple and effective technique will open your pores. Make sure if you use a three step acne cream/face wash you use warm water between and then cold water to close everything back up.

  38. QUESTION:
    Are there natural herbs or remedies to rejuvenate lungs?
    Are there natural herbs that can help rejuvenate your lungs. From smoking?

    • ANSWER:
      Take these Homeopathic Remedies regularly SULFUR 30, BRYONIA 30 and PHOSPHORUS 30 thrice a day for a week stop for a week and take them again for a week, repeat in the same sequence thrice. :-) I have not seen anything work better, being a Smoker and Homeopath myself, and totally without any side effects or complications.
      Takcare and God Bless you !

  39. QUESTION:
    What is a good home remedy for sore muscles?
    My husand's back hurts alot and I wanted to know if there are any natural herbs I can make a cream salve and rub in to him to ease the pain. I don't like him taking medicine for it because tylenol and things eventually destroy your liver.
    Yep, I do the massaging thing and he's beginning to get spoiled, lol.

    I'll try the hot water too.

    • ANSWER:
      A hot bath with epsom or sea salt is very nice for relaxing the muscles. Also a massage is a nice way to relax the muscles and ease pain. Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?.?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:
      This question is only relevant to US trained Osteopaths. Outside the USA osteopaths do osteopathy and not Alopathic medicine so do not prescribe pills at all.

      Some practice using herbs and natural remedies but I recommend if you do see an Osteopath expecting herbs and supplements US or elsewhere you find one that has additional training in these fields. it isn't part of the core curriculum to any great depth in any training program.

  41. QUESTION:
    What kind of natural products can help with the depression?
    I suffer of depression and I don't want to take medication and antidepressant drugs any more,I would like to go for natural things like teas,or juice,flowers or something else.
    I hear that ginseng is good to help with depression.Is that true?What other natural herbs,fruit,vegetables etc can help?
    Please just serious answer.
    Where can i get the st. johns wort and how do I use it?In tea or how?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety / Panic Attacks / Stress / Depression(Bereavment) / Mood Swings :-

      ANXIETY / PANIC ATTACKS & STRESS :-

      Sudden with restlessness and fear of death, Panic Attacks, Aconite 30 or 200,1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

      Prolonged with periodic and panic attacks Arsenic Alb.200, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      With fainting spells; profuse sweating; worse in the morning Sulphur 30 or 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Makes patient walk fast; due to anticipation Argentum Nit 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Worse lying in bed and closing the eyes Carbo Veg 30 or 200, 4 hourly (6 Doses)

      Anxiety aggravated by upward or downward motion; going in an elevator; worse till 11 P.M, Borax 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxious about business even when seriously ill Bryonia Alba 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Full of apprehensions in the evening Causticum 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety and fears in the evening with restlessness and palpitation Calcarea Carb.200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety worse while lying still. Sad music ameliorates the complaints Manganum Acet 200, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety due to fright, fear,exciting news; stage fright; worse while appearing for examination or interview etc Gelsemium 30 or 200, 3 hourly (6 Doses)

      Mood Swings, Anxiety due to grief or shock in the subconscious mind Ignatia 200 or 1M, 3 hourly (3 Doses)

      Anxiety; better after eating Anacardium Or 30, 4 hourly.

      DEPRESSION & GRIEF(Bereavement) :-

      Severe shock due to sudden death of loved ones; restlessness, anxiety and fear Aconite 200. 10 min (3 Doses)

      Prolonged mournings; cannot overcome the loss of loved ones and/or Mood Swings. Ignatia 1M or 10M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      When the grief is in the conscious mind; patient weeps; does not like sympathy Natrum Mur.200 or 1M, 6 hourly (3 Doses)

      For chronic grief and indignation Staphysagria 200 or 1M, weekly (3 Doses)

      Depression with suicidal thoughts feeling of worthlessness, Aurum Met 30, three times a day half hour before meals.

      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.
      Homeopathic remedies are available at most Health & Herb stores all over USA and EU.

      Take Care and God Bless.

  42. QUESTION:
    What are natural remedies that speed up heroin withdrawal / detoxification?
    Natural/ Homeopathic remedies (vitamins/minerals/herbs etc.) that eliminate toxins from the body quicker and/or easier.
    I've done research have learned some things are: water, vitamins A&C, liver cleansers, fibers, and a few others. Is there anything that is essential or used for withdrawal / detoxification?

    • ANSWER:
      Use Gentain and Dandelion root as well as Milk Thistle all together in combination, in equal parts in a tea. These are all good detox herbs. They tea will taste foul but this is the most potent way to get the herbs. Drink a cup 3-5 times daily. Keep up the vitamins and electrolytes as well.

      Also on the end of the index fingernail on the inside (thumb side) is the accupuncture point for the beginning of the large intestine meridian, tap here around 20 times, then on the side of the hand where you would hit if you did a karate chop, this is the small intestine meridian point, tap here straight after tapping the index finger. keep doing this repeatedly as often as you can throughout the detox, it help tremedously.
      Best of luck.

      Craig - Naturopath.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can an Osteopathic doctor use herbs and natural remedies more than pills to treat patients?
    I am torn between Osteopathic and Naturopathic medicine because I love both of their holistic approach. I love how herbs and other natural remedies can be used to treat a patient rather and jumping to pills. I've been researching alot about Osteopathic medicine, and I would love to know if natural remedies besides the OMT is practiced: how big is nutrition and natural remedies to an osteopath?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Natural remeides for sinusitis and common cold?
    i want to know any natural remedies to cure my cold like kinds of fruits, vegies, i heard something about gatorade becuase of its electrolytes, i was also wondering what other drinks contain electrolytes, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      HOME REMEDIES FOR COMMON COLD
      ·Vitamins are most helpful in fighting against the cold as well as other diseases. Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid, is helpful in preventing the colds and it can be found in many foods such as citrus fruits, some vegetables.
      ·Zinc is also helpful for cold that can cut colds short. When you first feel that you may be getting a cold, start taking zinc
      ·Garlic, as well as onion, is sometimes taken for the relief of congestion and minor infections.
      ·Horseradish is another herb that has an excellent property to treat sore throat and upper respiratory tract infections, reduces fever, and expels concentrations of mucus.
      ·Another effective remedy for sore throat is to gargle with a strong solution of table salt and warm water. Gargle several times a day.
      ·Echinacea is an herb that acts as nature's antibiotic. It helps to increase the body's immunity and thus helps in fighting against the infection and illness.
      ·Goldenseal is another herb that acts as a natural antibiotic, and can be taken to help fight against the cold.
      ·Add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to about 5 ml lukewarm water. Use this solution as a nasal drop. Use 1 to 2 drops in each nostril about 3 to 4 times daily.
      ·A ginger tea can be prepared by boiling ginger in normal tea. It gives relief to congested nose.
      ·Drink a teaspoonful of ginger juice mixed with equal quantity of honey.
      ·Take hot water in a bowl and put some Thyme leaves. Inhale vapors by covering head with a towel.
      ·Add 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 shot of lemon juice, 1 shot of whiskey to a coffee cup. Fill the remainder of the coffee cup with steaming hot water, stir, and sip until cold is relieved.
      ·Make hot chicken soup with lots of garlic. Have when hot. It will help unclog nasal passage.
      ·Warm ¼ katori mustard; add 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic. Apply this on nose, chest and back. Cover up and sleep.
      ·Boil half a bowl of water, add few drops of eucalyptus oil and inhale the steam.
      ·Sage is used to cure sore throat, stuffed nose, gingivitis and coughs, is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Use as a gargle.
      ·Warm up coconut oil. Gently massage the coconut oil over the child’s chest for about 5 minutes. Repeat the same on the upper portion of the back. The massage should be given just before child goes to sleep.
      ·Avoid sugar (even natural sources) as it can impair immune function. Orange juice contains a much higher level of sugar than vitamin C. Therefore consuming lots of orange juice during a cold may do more harm than good.
      ·Chilies, especially Jalapeno, are the best, most available and most effective antiviral.
      ·Elderberry has been used for centuries to treat colds and flu. Recent research indicates that elderberry fruit extract may de-activate cold and flu viruses by preventing them from replicating.
      ·A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, salads, low saturated fats and whole cereals will provide protection against infective organism. Raw fruits and vegetables are better than the cooked one.
      ·Take 1 tbsp of fresh gooseberry juice with 1/2 tsp ginger. It is a very effective remedy. This can be taken regularly to prevent recurrence of cold.
      ·A tablespoon of ajwain crushed in the palms and tied up in a thin kerchief can be used for inhalation to relieve nasal block.
      ·Boil 1 tbsp of pepper powder in a cup of milk along with a pinch of turmeric. Add some sugar for taste. Drink this once a day for three days.

      HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS INFECTION
      ·Inhale steam 2-4 times per day by leaning over a bowl of boiling hot water or using a steam vaporizer with a towel over the head and bowl to prevent the escape of the steam.
      ·Get plenty of rest. Do not lie down it will make your sinuses feel more stopped-up, so try lying on the side that lets you breathe the best.
      ·Sleeping with your head elevated will encourage drainage during the night.
      ·Eliminate sugar from your diet.
      ·The juice of garlic has on the entire system as it helps dissolve an accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs.
      ·Prepare a mixture by adding one eyedropper of 3% hydrogen peroxide, one pinch salt, one pinch baking soda, and purified water. Shake well. Put a little in each nostril and keep in there awhile, making faces to move it around, move head, etc. to move it around.
      ·Always avoid dairy products when you have any sinus congestion of any kind.
      ·Prepare a mixture of these herbs, fennel seeds, flaxseeds and fenugreek seeds. Allow it to steep for a few minutes, stir and drink copious amounts.
      ·Put a little salt in the palm of your hand, mix with warm water, plug one nostril and sniff the water & salt solution up. Repeat for the other nostril.
      ·Gargle with salt water and flush your nose/sinuses out with salt water.
      ·Chop up two or three cloves of garlic. Put in small cup and cover with about 40 drops of water, let it stand (10-15) min's so the water can absorb the oils from the garlic. Put 20 drops in each nostril.
      ·Take large doses of vitamin C to cure sinusitis.
      ·Make a solution by adding colloidal silver, diluted tea tree and eucalyptus oil and apply to sinus area.
      ·Avoid taking too much fruit juice. Avoid completely milk and dairy products.
      ·Applying a hot or a cold compress over the inflamed area would also provide relief.
      ·A decoction of mustard seed powder and water, instilled in the nostrils gives relief.
      ·Drinking a lot of water and other fluids would also help.
      ·Keeping a towel, hat or warm scarf over forehead, cheeks as you sleep can really help.
      ·Using a humidifier in the room where you sleep is an excellent way to prevent and treat a sinus infection.
      ·Persons suffering from sinusitis should avoid swimming in swimming pools treated with chlorine, since it irritates the lining of the nose and sinuses.

  45. QUESTION:
    Is there any Natural way to treat ADD in Adults?
    I was just Diagnosed with Adult ADD (Actually I have had it all my life and just now figured out what was wrong with me all these years.) (sigh) anyway I was wondering if there were natural herbs I can take and if there were natural ways to help me remember and focus. I don't want to be on Drugs. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly I dont know much about herbal therapies.Please consult your physician or psychiatrist before you think of any new therapies - herbal or other.Please feel free to go through this sites as they have lot of herbal remedies for add.

      1.http://www.nativeremedies.com/browse.shtml
      2.http://www.progressivehealth.com/add_natural_remedies.asp
      3.http://www.alternatively-healthier.com/herbal-remedies-for-add-adhd.html
      4.http://www.kdherbalremedies.com/
      5.http://www.anniesremedy.com/remedy_use127.php

      =======================
      IMPORTANT TIPS FOR ADD
      =======================
      1.)Educate yourself. Perhaps the single most powerful treatment for ADD is understanding ADD in the first place. Read books. Talk with professionals. Talk with other adults who have ADD. You'll be able to design your own treatment to fit your own version of ADD.

      2.)Coaching. It is useful for you to have a coach, for some person near you to keep after you.Your coach can help you get organized, stay on task, give you encouragement or remind you to get back to work.. A coach can be tremendously helpful in treating ADD.

      3).Encouragement. ADD adults need lots of encouragement. This is in part due to their having many self-doubts that have accumulated over the years. More than the average person, the ADD adult withers without encouragement and positively lights up like a Christmas tree when given it. They will often work for another person in a way they won't work for themselves.
      _________________________
      Make frequent use of:
      lists
      color-coding
      reminders
      notes to self
      rituals
      files
      --------------------------------------------

      Please work on these :

      ->In keeping with the above list try to make your environment as peppy as you want it to be without letting it boil over.

      ->Set up your environment to reward rather than deflate.

      ->Now try to set things up so that you will not constantly be reminded of your limitations.

      ->Break down large tasks into small ones. Attach deadlines to the small parts. Then, like magic, the large task will get done.

      ->Prioritize. Avoid procrastination. When things get busy, the adult ADD person loses perspective: paying an unpaid parking ticket can feel as pressing as putting out the fire that just got started in the wastebasket. Prioritize.

      ->Take a deep breath. Put first things first.

      ->Procrastination is one of the hallmarks of adult ADD. You have to really discipline yourself to watch out for it and avoid it.

      ->Leave time between engagements to gather your thoughts. Transitions are difficult for ADHD'ers, and mini-breaks can help ease the transition.

      ->Keep a notepad by your bed, and in your pocketbook or jacket. You never know when a good idea will hit you, or you'll want to remember something else.

      ->Read with a pen in hand, not only for marginal notes or underlining, but for the inevitable cascade of "other" thoughts that will occur to you.

      ->When you are upset or overstimulated, take a time-out. Go away. Calm down

      ->Schedule activities with friends. Adhere to these schedules faithfully. It is crucial for you to keep connected to other people.

      I wish you all the best !

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some natural remedies for anxiety that don't make one drowsy?
    I'd prefer herb supplements or flower remedies (ala Bach) if anyone knows of any that are effective.

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise is the best natural remedy for anxiety.

      Bach flower or rescue remedy is just brandy.

  47. QUESTION:
    does anyone know any websites for natural remedies for illnesses vaccines are for?
    I've done my homework on vaccines. I believe the benefit is not worth the risk, and I believe the earth is God's pharmacy. I'm fascinated with homeopathic stuff. I've got a few really good books on nutritional healing and natural remedies. I treat as much of my children's ailments at home with herbs and other Natural remedies. I was just wondering if anyone, happened to know of any good sites for the "biggies". thanks.
    autism is only 1 of the thoudands of side effects there are. SIDS, "shaken baby syndrome", to name a few..
    Also, the gov't. has predetermined results for their tests. b4 they even did testing on the vaccine autism thing, they predetermined the "no link".
    check out
    http://www.vaccineeducation.org/index.htm
    http://www.safeminds.org/
    http://www.vaccinetruth.org/
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=363961772
    http://www.mercola.com/article/vaccines/legally_avoid_shots.htm

    the question u need to ask yourself is, am I going to blindly accept what the docters tell me, or do my own reserch
    its a huge conflict of interest for the doctors to reserch, they blindly accept what the CDC tells them.
    did u know theres aborted fetus tissue in some vaccines,did u know the bird flu virus is in some vaccines,did u know the vaccines that mercury was removed from, now have aluminum and formaldahyde instead????

    I DO KNOW THE TRUTH, IT IS OUT THERE, LOOK FOR YOURSELF!!

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the people on http://www.mothering.com/discussions Health and Healing board and Vaccinations board are very knowledgable about treating diseases for which there are vaccines. A biggie on that board is sodium ascorbate, abbreviated as SA. It is a buffered, powdered form of vitamin C, and it is awesome for pertussis. Vitamin A supplementation is important for measles. Drinking plenty of water, gettting rest, and avoiding Tylenol at all costs works well for everything. Making sure that wounds bleed is a good way to avoid tetanus. Washing non-bleeding wounds with hydrogen peroxide gets oxygen inside the wound, which kills possible tetanus. Diphtheria is treated with antibiotics. Hib is treated with antibiotics. Hepatitis A is often symptomless in children, as is rubella.

      The odds are that the only diseases you will notice your children getting are chickenpox and pertussis. My oldest child is 5 years old, and that's all she's gotten. We had to search hard for chickenpox.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some natural things I can take to stop thinking so much and usually negative too?
    I just want to have a calm mind and not analyzing things to the point where i start to feel depressed. Even when im not doing anything i get strange thoughts about life/existance and i cant stop obsesing on them and i end up feeling terrible. I just want to have a clear mind.

    Any natural remedies/supplements/herbs that can clear my mind a bit?

    • ANSWER:
      GET A PUNCHING BAG.. FOR GUYS THIS IS A CURE FOR MANY PROBLEMS..

      PUNCH PUNCH you have no idea how usefull this is.

      Your not busy enough get a job can help also.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I remove a floater from my eye?
    I have had an annoying floater in my eye for nearly five years (I am 19 years old). I was told that nothing could be done about it. After doing some research, I have found a few supposed "cures", which involve certain natural herbs, eye exercises, and even relaxation techniques. Chinese medicine supposedly links floaters to a blocked liver. Are any of these remedies actually going to work, or am I going to have to live with it the rest of my life? Surely there has to be something that can improve it (with replacing the vitreous humor).

    • ANSWER:
      Usually, a floater becomes unnoticeable after a few months, but since you have taken the trouble to research this and post your question here, I have to assume yours is still bothering you after 5 years.

      To the best of my knowledge, there's no way to remove it. What I would be concerned with is how to prevent any others from developing. Did your doctor explain how you got it? Usually floaters are caused by very tiny tears of the retina, but you are very young for this - these are more often seen in much older people.

      A few things you might try to keep your eye health as good as possible:

      - if you smoke, please do stop

      - beta-carotene, about 10,000 IU daily

      - lutein, a few mg daily

      - omega-3 essential fatty acids from cold-water fish or (better) from molecularly-distilled fish oil capsules (alas, salmon today is often polluted with heavy metals; however if you can find wild salmon from Alaska, that would be the best)

      - blueberries, cranberries, blueberries, raspberries, blueberries, other wild berries, for their anti-oxidant capabilities

      - sulphur plants such as onions & garlic

      - make sure your vitamin preparation contains trace amounts of selenium, zinc & copper

      - your vitamin Bs should include B12, folic acid or folate, and in addition, you might consider buying this in a sublingual tablet form (dissolve under the tongue) as folate doesn't always succeed through oral ingestion in the alimentary tract

      - vitamin B2, riboflavin, a few milligrams - however there's a warning here, if a person overdoses on one of the vitamin Bs there is a risk that deficiencies in all the others will develop over time - what I might do is buy a small bottle of vitamin B2 and take perhaps one a week, or at the most two.

      Many preparations sold in health food stores and pharmacies "for the eyes" or "for vision" include lutein and also bilberry extract. Here's what my ophthalmologist said: he doesn't like bilberry because he's "seen too many patients taking bilberry who develop retinal hemorrhages." I didn't ask him why he thought this might be happening because, where I live, the specialist MDs have no time for any general discussion. However, about lutein he said "there might be something in that."

      The TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) approach is interesting. In TCM, the liver governs the eyes. It's the wood element, often strongest in spring. Here's a hint: the dominant emotion is anger! Myself, I don't think a course of acupuncture will remove your floater just like that, but if you ever find a good acupuncturist and have the time & funds, it would be worth trying. The therapist would work principally on the liver and gall bladder meridians, seeking to liberate blocked "chi" or energy. You'd know you're on the right track if, after a few sessions, you find your overall vision improving slightly. Acupuncture would then become another tool in your toolbox to maintain good eye health for the rest of your life.

      Wishing you all the best, hope that floater packs itself up & becomes less annoying.

  50. QUESTION:
    What are some home remedies for a baby with colic?
    My 5 week old son has seen a doctor and does have colic, but they didn't give him anything to help. I have heard about Mylicon gas drops working, but so far they haven't helped at all. i was wondering if there was anything i could buy or do at home to help him sleep and quit crying? maybe natural herbs or something?

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest had this problem and so did my youngest. My oldest was switched to a Soy based formula. My youngest was nursed for a short period of time and when we had to give her a bottle, no dairy products agreed with her, we ended up having her on a Nutramigen which is an expensive formula but it is hypo-allergenic.
      I'd recommend checking into the babies formula first, I'd also agree with baby sleep solutions, no harm in that:)
      Mylicon worked for my children sometimes, it is rather expensive. Running the vacuum cleaner (until it broke) worked very well too!!
      She slept like a baby while the vacuum was on!! Also try laying the baby face down, on his/her belly on your lap and rubbing his/her back and patting their back!!

      Hope you find something that works for you, it is so hard to have a baby/infant with Colic, it is very demanding, sleep depriving, hairpulling (your own of course:) period of time, good thing is, they do grow out of it, eventually!!

      Check out this website:
      http://www.colichelp.com/shop/baby-aerobics.html
      There are many different things you can do to help your baby (&You) get through this :)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    my doctor is giving me injections to go througth the menopause early to try and diagnose endometriosis?
    i am 32 years old and am suffering from lower abdominal pains. i have had an camera througth my stomach to look around and one to look at my bowels, and everything has come back normal. so now my doctor wants to give me injections for the next 3 months to make me go through the menopause to see if i am suffering from endometriosis. has anyone been through this before who could let me know how bad it is and if it is worth it.

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend going to get another opinion, preferably from someone who is experienced at looking at surgical pictures of laparoscopy to diagnose endometriosis and laparoscopic surgery to see what they think before doing Lupron or Zoladex.

      If you have other questions for me please feel free to e-mail or IM me off site any time.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the cause and symptoms of a menopause?
    Can you please support your answer with a picture or a diagram.

    • ANSWER:
      Madam
      I would suggest that you go to WebMD or Discovery Health.com web sites they would be more able to give you the answers that you are looking for plus videos to assisit you.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone think of ways to motivate me?
    I need to lose 20lbs. I have plantar fasciitis so exercising is difficult. Im not an over eater, I don't eat enough or I eat the wrong foods. I am on the downside of menopause and during it I gained the weight, mostly in my midsection. I just dont seem to be able to movtivate myself. Each day I say I will, then put it off another day.

    • ANSWER:
      Sit down and make a list of "what if I lost all this weight.....". Then print out a picture of the body you want and deserve to have. I know it's hard in the beginning, but when you see the changes in your body you won't want to stop!

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I do a less than 15 skit on Menopause?
    In class, I have to do a presentation on the topic "Menopause". I would like for it to be funny. It will involve 4 people total. Any great ideas out there? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      How about pretend that the 4 women are on a talk show (one being the host) on the subject of menopause. As the questions are being asked and answered (actually educating the audience while acting) , have all the women including the host display various symptoms i.e. sweating and fanning, crankiness, crying, tiredness,etc.-you get the picture. Don't have all the women stay in the same character of symptoms though...have them keep changing. For example, you could have the host ask woman 1 what body changes she has experienced and woman 1 could yell at the host are you calling me fat?,etc. Then woman 2 could start crying asking why do we have to fight like this or something. Woman 3 could be fanning herself and ask the host does the A/C work in here, but the host has dozed off...have everyone keep changing and playing off each other. It's hard to explain what's in my head, haha hopes this makes sense!

  5. QUESTION:
    What test could be run on me to test for infertility?
    i believe and am paranoid of the fact that i could be infertile caused by several STDs in the past (which have all been treated). I am very young and menopause is not in the picture. What tests could be run on me in my case?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all do not use your ob/gyn to get tested. If you really want a real fertility checkup you need to go to an RE or reproducive endocronologist they only deal with reproductive issues. They test for everything under the sun. From homeones to rerproductive organ checks. Your OB/Gyn can only run very basic testing.

  6. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced night sweats during a diet cleanse?
    I recently started a cleansing diet which includes a lot of green juices and I now have been experiencing night sweats. I am only 31 so no menopause.... could this be related?

    • ANSWER:
      Cleansing or detoxing have absolutely no medical benefit and are in fact harmful to the digestive system.
      There is no build up of bad plaque or sludge in a normal system.
      If this was the case we would have people dying left and right from malnutrition since their bodies couldn't absorb nutrients.
      We reabsorb most of the water we drink and from our food in the colon. If the colon wall is coated with toxins like these con artists try to sell, we would all be sloshing around like sponges right?
      We "cleanse and detox" 24 hours a day through respiration, sweat, liver, and kidneys.
      We can help by eating a healthy diet with minimal added sugar and salt. Lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain foods, beans, peas, and brown rice keep a system as healthy as it can be.
      Minimal alcohol, caffeine, soda.
      Read food labels. If you can't pronounce it, don't put it in your body.
      Colon cleanses actually flush out the beneficial bacteria and enzymes in the digestive system.
      Search gut flora to learn about the beneficial bacteria we need in our colon.
      They don't tell you about the gas, cramping, and bloating you will experience when you start eating again and the body has to rebuild this bacteria population.
      Some of these con artists have perfected a formula for coagulating your waste to make it look like the gross pictures they present, not to do anything else.
      Spend your money in the produce department instead of giving it away.

  7. QUESTION:
    Is it true that men can retain their youthfulness longer than women?
    I saw many men around the age of 45+ yet still looks like they are in their mid 30's.Their hair does turn to grey for sure but still good looking with hardly any little wrinkles on their faces plus a muscular body and a strong sex drive.many of them are still fertile according to some research.Sometimes thier ladies just can't keep up with their sex crazed and often many women already gone to menopause in during this age.Is this why men in the old age can have many wives?What do you ladies think about this?

    • ANSWER:
      ok when you are 13-21 youremotional about relations, you want to exp. love and I know that youve been thru or seen boys act like jerks, b/c love hurts and this is when all they care about is their tool when the girls want a lovin b/f. then they start to loose there sex drive late20's early 30's about the time you girls like sex or love a lot more at the oppisite time (who says god dosent have sense of humor).well so we NEED emotionallly While you need to get your groove on. But guy's will never admit this(I'm a guy) Ha.ha. but really around the time your desire goes up around35-40 all we want is a wife and kids or nokids but to be loved. men are great at looking like teflon b/c we are young and virile then when we start to see grey, baldness and the worst erectile dys. we get MIDLIFE CRISIS and buy what kids would buy to make us younger (thats shallow) If your woman loves you she loves YOU! aBMW never fixes things ,but we feel it does. Hair can be died pills can make their tool work so your right they look virile and new but believe me many men over 50 cannot get it up and you gals from35-50 are sexcrazed. Your right
      that men can have children for life. and yes I think many religions accomadate this behavior. but believe you me. most men Its hard to see our soft little underbellies. and we get hair transplant we do what ever work out to keep this picture in our head of us in the mirror @16-21 the good years. It helps now that men dont work in the sun anymore well as much. Im not lady but dont shun my answer Im the rare one that'll tell you about us.you have a still virile man or you exp. show you men are virile ya my grandpa was a sneek. some never die sexually even at 70 but menopause if medicated thereafter you can still enjoy sex when I say meds I mean to keep up estrogen intake as well as a little test. But by the way have you been watching big love. J/k

  8. QUESTION:
    Did your kids hair color change to something completely different from when they were just a wee babe?
    Reason I ask is, my husband and I both have very dark brown hair... mine has some reddish tones to it... Our 14mo old babby boy has blonde hair, but it is starting to darken up... I keep trying to picture my son with dark brown hair and it honestly cracks me up.. I just can't imagine it! Did your child's hair color change from birth into their childhood?

    • ANSWER:
      Both my kids started out as strawberry blond, even though there is no red hair in either family. I used to joke about the mailman. Then they became towhead blond at around one, which I was. Now they are both dirty blond. (Which I became at menopause.)

      Their dad, oddly, had the normally dominant brunette color.

  9. QUESTION:
    Do old women fantasizes about young handsome men sexually the same way old men would about young pretty women?
    I am talking like women post menopause in their 60s and beyond. I keep reading and hearing men are more visual than women and always will be but women are still visual but not as much as men. It is common for men of all ages to fantasies about attractive 16-26 year old women.Would or old women fantasies about young men in their 20s.

    • ANSWER:
      As a woman, I would tend to say yes. I mean, who in their right mind will fantasize about a fat, balding man with none of his own teeth? Women and men like aesthetically pleasing pictures.

  10. QUESTION:
    Fellow women! Menopause is awful, massive headaches strange periods Please share with me your honest opinions?
    Its annoying that all my life I had pretty normal cycles, and now Im 45 and I feel awful, headaches, weird periods, sweating Im seeking other women to share stories and honest details of their experiences. A lot of sites are trying to paint a pretty picture of this stressful time in life and Im not buying it, also If you have any tried and successful methods to control symptoms. I cant take headaches of which I am suffering with now, I never had an abundance of them before.

    • ANSWER:
      You can control the headaches via hormone replacement. The headaches are caused by fluctuating estrogen. The solution is to use an estrogen patch--NOT estrogen pills, which cause too many fluctuations. Using an estrogen patch changed every 3 and a half days should help control headaches. You'll also need to take progesterone. Try to take the natural stuff.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a woman to have her periods back after taking zoladex depot 10,8?
    Zoladex had put me into a state of menopause, I took it in September 2006 and still didn't have any periods in the middle of january... I've read on the web that there are (little) chances that the menopause effects can be permanent.... so I hope it's not my case... please describe me your experience with zoladex 10,8 or tell me when I'll be a "normal" person again....
    please, answer ONLY if you can help and answer THIS question.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no real way to tell if the effect is going to be permanant. You may be able to get some blood tests which show your blood levels of hormones which may gove a better picture of what your body is doing. I suggest you talk to a doctor about getting some tests done;

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for menopause symptoms to increase immediately when periods stop?

    • ANSWER:
      35 Possible Symptoms Of Premenopause

      1. Hot flashes, flushes, night sweats and/or cold flashes, clammy feeling
      2. Bouts of rapid heart beat
      3. Irritability
      4. Mood swings, sudden tears
      5. Trouble sleeping through the night (with or without night sweats)
      6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles
      7. Loss of libido (see note)
      8. Dry vagina, a general drying out that can include eyes, mouth, joints and skin. (see note)
      9. Crashing fatigue
      10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease
      11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom (see note)
      12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion
      13. Disturbing memory lapses
      14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urge incontinence (see note)
      15. Itchy, crawly skin (see note)
      16. Aching, sore joints, muscles and tendons (see note)
      17. Increased tension in muscles
      18. Breast tenderness
      19. Headache change: increase or decrease
      20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea
      21. Sudden bouts of bloat
      22. Depression (see note)
      23. Exacerbation of existing conditions
      24. Increase in allergies
      25. Weight gain (see note)
      26. Hair loss or thinning, head, pubic, or whole body; increase in facial hair
      27. Dizziness, light-headedness, episodes of loss of balance
      28. Changes in body odor
      29. Electric shock sensation under the skin and in the head (see note)
      30. Tingling in the extremities, (see note)
      31. Gum problems, increased bleeding
      32. Burning tongue, burning roof of mouth, bad taste in mouth, dry mouth, change in breath odor
      33. Osteoporosis (after several years)
      34. Changes in fingernails: softer, crack or break easier
      35. Tinnitus: ringing in ears, bells, 'whooshing' buzzing etc.

      NOTES:
      Symptom 1 (hot flashes)
      Hot flashes are due to the hypothalamic response to declining ovarian estrogen production. The declining estrogen state induces hypophysiotropic neurons in the arcuate nucleas of the hypothalamus to release gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) in a pulsatile fashion, which in turn stimulates release of luteinizing hormone (LH). Extremely high pulses of LH occur during the period of declining estrogen production. The LH has vasodilatory effects, which leads to flushing.

      Symptom 7 (loss of libido)
      For some women the loss is so great that they actually find sex repulsive, in much the same way as they felt before puberty. What hormones give, loss of hormones can take away.

      Symptom 8 (dry vagina)
      results in painful intercourse

      Symptom 11 (doom thoughts)
      includes thoughts of death, picturing one's own death

      Symptom 14 (incontinence)
      reflects a general loss of smooth muscle tone

      Symptom 15 (itchy, crawly skin)
      feeling of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry itchy skin

      Symptom 16 (aching sore joints)
      may include such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome

      Symptom 22 (depression)
      different from other depression, the inability to cope is overwhelming. There is a feeling of loss of self. Hormone therapy ameliorates the depression dramatically.

      Symptom 25 (weight gain)
      often around the waist and thighs, resulting in the disappearing waistline

      Symptom 29 (shock sensation)
      "the feeling of a rubber band snapping in the layer of tissue between skin and muscle. It is a precursor to a hot flash"

      Symptom 30 (tingling in extremities)
      can also be a symptom of B-12 deficiency, diabetes, alterations in the flexibility of blood vessels, or a depletion of potassium or calcium

      Some of the 34 signs may also be symptoms of one of the following:
      * hypothyroidism
      * diabetes
      * depression with another etiology
      * Multiple Sclerosis
      * other medical conditions
      If you have reason to believe you may have one of these conditions, please see your doctor for treatment.
      Need more info?
      E-mail me!
      Blessings~
      Michelle Jones

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Did people look old when life expectancy was low?
    when people had life expectancy of 30 years a few hundred years ago, did they also look old and had their menopause at around age 25? Or did they look really hot and young, only they died?

    • ANSWER:
      Some looked older, some not. But when life expectancy was 30 years, that didn't mean that most people lived till around 30 then died. It means that there was very high infant mortality. But once you reached adulthood, then your life expectancy was much higher, like till 50 or 60. And the people who died as adults didn't die of old age such that they were wizened and wrinkled and gray. They died of like the flu or tuberculosis, for example. So while they looked older than a well-groomed person of the same age today, they still didn't look terribly old. And it mattered if you worked on a farm or not. The sun ages you so if you're outside all the time, you ended up with far more wrinkles and skin blotches. And your skin was dry and cracked. I've seen pictures of 40 year olds from back then who looked 70, because they worked in the fields all day. But someone living in the city wouldn't look like that because they didn't get any more sun than we do today.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to still have children with a partial hysterectomy?
    I had a partial Hysterectomy 18 years ago. They left one ovary. Is it possible that that ovary is still producing eggs or is it dormant? I am not on any kind of hormone therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends upon what was done. A hysterectomy is the removal of your uterus, which must be in place to carry a child. A partial hysterectomy usually involves removing the uterus but leaving the cervix. An oophorectomy is the removal of one or both ovaries. If you had a partial oophorectomy and your uterus, fallopian tubes and one ovary are still intact it is possible-- not all ovaries go dormant after this kind of procedure. If you had a partial hysterectomy it would be unlikely and inadvisable, although still possible if enough of the uterus was left intact.

      Hormone therapy is usually just prescribed for women experiencing symptoms of menopause. Not all women have the 'normal' night sweats, hot flashes and other associated symptoms of menopause (surgical or otherwise) and they would not be placed on hormone therapy if it was not needed.

      I would talk to your Dr. he or she would be able to give you a realistic picture. You can always seek a second opinion as well. Best of luck.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why are my armpits sweating more than they usually do?
    I'm a 21 year old college student, I'm living where it is currently cold- why have my armpits been sweating much more than they usually do? I heard that it might be my deodorant, but new deodorant brand makes no difference. WTF?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a condition called Hyperhidrosis.Over sweating is a problem that many people suffer from. It is also known as excessive sweating, as well as extreme sweating and in medical terms is called Hyperhidrosis.

      Over sweating is something that millions of people suffer from daily and sometimes, something as simple as moving from one room to the other room, can cause a person to sweat unduly. For some people who suffer from over sweating, it has become such a problem that they are forced to resort to drastic methods such as surgery or strong medications, to resolve their problems.

      Of course this is not always the case, and not all people who suffer from an over sweating problem need to use these methods. These people can instead use other methods which are also readily available such as herbal treatments and other holistic remedies. These can include such things as homeopathy, acupuncture and ayurveda.

      Not everyone likes to use these types of "exotic" treatments, and for these individuals treatment for their over sweating problem can be found in the arms of more conventional medications and remedies. To find out what these are, you might first want to consult with your physician. You will then be able to get a better picture of what your options are for dealing with the problem of over sweating.

      Of course, although these methods don't always work, especially if over sweating runs in your family, you can try to control, or rather change, your diet. Sometimes dietary habits can have a larger impact on your body functions than you even realize. Another thing that you might want to look into, and which can also sometimes have a good reaction, is changing your lifestyle somewhat.

      More to the point, try to stay as stress free as possible since stress can also bring about over sweating. Just think back to the last stress filled situation that you were in, weren't you sweating profusely, even though you might not have realized it at the time?

      Stress and anxiety-induced over sweating can be controlled more easily than you think, and if you feel that you need help in dealing with this aspect of your life, you can even seek the help of a trained and qualified therapist.

      You can of course use commercially available antiperspirants and things, but with the case of over sweating these might just not be strong enough to deal with your problem.

      Or as mentioned earlier, if your over sweating problems are all genetic and passed down to you through your family tree, then help might still be at hand. Ask other members of your family what they did to control their over sweating problems. You might find that the answer is lying within your reach!
      t is a known fact that overweight and obese people are more prone to excessive sweating as they perspire more. However, excessive perspiration can be also due to several underlying medical conditions such as menopause, psychiatric illnesses and very active thyroid glands. Excessive sweating is also known to occur to people with no known medical condition and thus the cause of heavy sweating for this group of people is unknown.

      It is very distressing to suffer from over sweating and many people with this condition also suffer from low self esteem. This is because excessive sweating may cause them to have undesirable body odor, looking unkempt and dirty.

      It is easier for those who are overweight to reduce excessive perspiration since it is just a matter of reducing their body fat weight. Losing weight is easy with the right combination of exercises and healthy eating habits. Many people who find it hard to lose weight and disagree with me that losing weight is easy is because they are doing it wrongly.

      If excessive sweating is localized on parts of the body such as armpits, palms or the soles of feet, then treatments may be necessary to reduce over perspiration. Sometimes anti-perspirants applied to the affected body part may just stop excessive sweating albeit temporarily.

      Simple and non surgical medical treatments that are known to reduce or even sometimes stop excessive sweating successfully are Iontophoresis where a low electrical current is introduced to the affected parts of the body or getting Botulinum toxin injections commonly known as Botox injections.

      If you are suffering from excessive sweating and over perspiration, and since this condition is most prevalent among people who are overweight, go get a medical check up to see if you are obese. If you are, then embark on a healthy diet and exercise program and your excessive sweating condition may be solved permanently.

      Antiperspirants

      The traditional treatment is through the use of antiperspirants. Special antiperspirants have been created especially for people that suffer from hyperhidrosis. These antiperspirants have a clinical formula that provides better protection.

      Botox Injections

      Botox injections are a fairly new form of treatment for people that suffer from overactive sweat glands. It is also one of the most effective forms of treatment. Not only is it very effective at reducing sweat but it also works very quickly. Patients can feel and see results in less than 2 weeks after a Botox treatment. The downside of botox injections is that it is not a cure for excessive sweating and in order to continue with a reduction in sweat, the patient will be expected to keep up with botox injections.

      Oral Medication

      There are two common drugs used to treat patients; Robinul and Ditropan. These drugs are not really used for patients that only sweat in one body are such as the under arms. They are typically used for patients that sweat all over. They work pretty effectively, however there are quite a few side effects associated with them and some of them seem pretty serious such as loss of taste and some patients have reported more serious side effects such as difficulty breathing and swallowing.

      Surgery

      Surgery for the treatment of over sweating has tremendously improved since 2000 and continues to improve. The surgery is now less invasive. The surgery only requires 3 small incision sites that are typically done below the breast. A tiny scope is inserted and allows the doctor to remove the section of the nerve that is responsible for sweating. The surgery is performed in 30 minutes and the results are nearly instant.
      The surgery costs roughly ,500.00 but it is a final solution to ending the problem once and for all.

      One of the cause of over sweating is weight. If you are over weight or obese, you could be over sweating because of that. The simple solution for this is too lose the weight. Losing the weight might not be over night, but developing a healthy life style will not only possibly cure your sweating but it could also make you healthy.

      a solution to sweating can be simple as avoiding foods. If you are easily sweating, it is adviceable that you stay away from spicy foods. Spicy foods can trigger sweating. Also having high blood sugar can, be a cause of over sweating. Watching your blood sugar and foods that you eat that can contribute to this could be the solution to over sweating.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it ideal to do the same amount of strength training and cardio?
    I have 30 minutes each day and i am drafting a workout plan and i have 6 days per week to workout and i would like to know if i can strength train for 3 and do cardio for the other 3 or should i do more cardio. I want to be slimmer.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't listen to anyone who tells you cardio burns fat or makes lean muscle which will melt those pounds away. That's a gross exaggeration. Any kind of exercise burns fat but it is a poor way to go about fat loss. Here's why.

      You have to run about 5 miles every day of the week to burn one pound of fat per week and you certainly can't do that in 30 minutes/day. That's a lot of work and alot of time spent doing something which you can also accomplish with no work or time simply by eating right. You should exercise based on your age, resources, health, fitness goals, etc. Exercise for fitness, diet to lose fat.

      You can cross-train and probably should. Women especially need to establish good exercise habit to ensure for health maintenance and the fitness to meet the demands of pregnancy, menopause, osteoporosis, etc. But to make sure that your fitness program keeps up with your ever changing body you should learn to be your own personal trainer. There's a ton of information at your finger tips...all you have to do is your "homework".

      There is a lot of junk information on the internet including this website where the answerers are often more clueless than the askers. So, here are some solid websites you can trust. Get to know them. Dig into them. Watch all the videos. Study. Learn. And build the best body nature and your genes will allow.

      Here are some excellent links to help you on the road to becoming your own personal trainer, fitness guru, diet planner, nutritionist, and all around good steward of your health for life.

      NIH - this is the Mother of all health websites and comes to you from the US National Institute of Health...the watchdogs of American's health. It has a wealth of high quality information waiting for you. Use the search feature and then dig into the search results. If you don't find what you want, try different key words. Some of the info is too technical for general consumption so keep looking and you'll likely find what you want in a more easy-to-understand format. --> http://nih.gov/

      A GREAT NO FRILLS RESOURCE - This is an excellent, easy to use resource for physical training info, anatomy, kinesiology, etc. It will show you muscle pics, tell you how to work them, estimate calories expended, and even tell you how long you’re going to live (give or take).  http://www.exrx.net/index.html

      EXERCISES & ROUTINES – This website has pictures to show you how to perform everything from bodybuilding exercises to Pilates and more. It’s worth a look for those who want a preplanned routine. Some routines may require equipment. http://www.fullfitness.net/

      YOUR FITNESS PAL - This is an excellent user-friendly website which will help you count your calories, track your intake, and find those trouble sports. It has some cool tools too. A MUST for dieters. --> http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

      FOR FAT LOSS DIETING – Here’s a very comprehensive website for beginning dieters chock full of tips, diet plans, exercise routines, cool tools, etc.  http://www.freedieting.com/

      NUTRITION DOT GOV - A great place to go for general nutrition info brought to you by the US government and the USDA, the watchdogs of the American food supply. --> http://riley.nal.usda.gov/

      FOR KIDS & TEENS (and adults too) - This is a great website for kids and teens and their growing bodies and special considerations. If you're still growing, check it out. If you’re not, check it out anyway. It has good info for adults and parents too. --> http://teenshealth.org/teen/

      STAND FIRM – Lots of instructions, tips, and helpful commentary for those interested in general overall fitness.  http://www.youtube.com/user/StandFirm

      SCOOBY – Scooby will appeal more to guys than gals but his advice is top notch and good for both sexes even if his body doesn’t match his head (lol). He’s funny, smarter than he looks, and when it comes to building muscle, there’s nothing like seeing the real deal in action. No nonsense body building with nutrition info everyone should watch. He has rock solid common sense info for teens, girls, guys, newbies, advanced body builders, etc. and he's not selling anything. Be sure to watch all the videos which apply to you and your needs.
      Website: http://scoobysworkshop.com/general_philosophy.htm
      YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961

      Good luck and good health!!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to cry to every Taylor Swift song?
    I'm an elderly woman going through menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      it's fine as long as it's not one of the upbeat, fueled by anger songs like picture to burn or better than revenge

  19. QUESTION:
    what age do the menopause start and what are the syndrome's?

    • ANSWER:
      Start at any age after maturity, but most often in the late 40s. Periods become irregular, long spaces between them, become lighter usually.
      Some women get depressed and many have hot flushes, worse at night with associated sweating then.
      Not a pretty picture, but a lucky friend of mine just suddenly stopped, no problems no symptoms at all.

  20. QUESTION:
    If you are underweight as a teenager, does it affect your fertility later in life?
    I'm 16 years old and my BMI is about 18. I've been told by my family and people that I'm "very underweight" and I was just wondering if it could affect my fertility later in life?

    • ANSWER:
      Your BMI isn't a good indicator of your health (it can be skewed based on body composition) but if you can find out your body fat, muscle mass, and weight then those are a better picture of your health. 18 for a BMI is on the low end, but it's not as bad as it could be (16,17). If you are underweight and remain that way for extended periods of time, then yes, it can affect your fertility. It'll stop your cycle, and if it isn't dealt with then it can lead to early menopause or you could just never get your cycle back.

  21. QUESTION:
    Women,How do you know when you are going thru menopause?
    Please give me ideas of what some symtoms could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Menopausal Symptoms:

      1. Hot flashes- flushes, night sweats and / or cold flashes, clammy feeling.
      2. Bouts of rapid heart beat.
      3. Irritability.
      4. Mood swings, sudden tears.
      5. Trouble sleeping through the night ) with or without night sweats.
      6. Irregular periods; shorter, lighter periods; heavier periods, flooding; phantom periods, shorter cycles, longer cycles.
      7. Loss of libido- for some women the loss is so great that they actually find sex repulsive.
      8. Drying out- can include eyes, vagina (results in painful intercourse), mouth, joints, and skin.
      9. Crashing fatigue
      10. Anxiety, feeling ill at ease.
      11. Feelings of dread, apprehension, doom, includes thoughts of death, picturing one’s own death.
      12. Difficulty concentrating, disorientation, mental confusion.
      13. Disturbing memory lapses.
      14. Incontinence, especially upon sneezing, laughing; urgent incontinence ( reflects a general loss of smooth muscle tone).
      15. Itchy, crawly skin- feelings of ants crawling under the skin, not just dry itchy skin.
      16. Aching, sore joints- muscles and tendons, may include such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome.
      17. Increased tension in muscles
      18. Breast tenderness
      19. Headache change: increase or decrease.
      20. Gastrointestinal distress, indigestion, flatulence, gas pain, nausea.

      Well there are more.. about 15 more..

      Just visit this site please for the complete list.

      http://bestproducts.awardspace.com/menopauserelief.html

  22. QUESTION:
    I do not want to have kids, so how can I go about getting my tubes tied?
    I am 22 and happily married if that helps.
    Of course I know that I need to see a doctor.
    I am currently on birth control but I am tired of having to send a month to stay on it. I just want to get fixed so I will never have to worry about birth control or getting pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      Find the right doctor. If you choose to embark on this journey, though, be prepared to hear no a lot of times before you hear yes. I've heard of very young women getting sterilized, so I believe it's an attainable goal. I think the attitude you're going to have to develop, though, is "This is what I'm going to do. If Dr. X doesn't want to do it, maybe Dr. Y will, and, if not, I'll go on to Dr. Z." Be prepared to spend a lot of dollars to be told you'll change your mind.

      Do your research. Know every method of sterilization inside and out. Know the law regarding sterilization (you'll be surprised at what it is--the rule of 120 has been off the books for more than 30 years). Know every single method of birth control and why you don't want to use it. Get your husband to come with you to the consultation. Make sure he's informed, too.

      I'm not trying to be negative; I'm just being as honest as I know how to be. It would surprise the poop out of me if you didn't have a heck of a battle ahead of you.

      Just like you, I didn't want to have kids when I was 22. Later, I didn't want to have kids at 25, at 27, at 30, at 35...well, I'm sure you get the picture. I asked about sterilization once in my late 20s and got turned down flat. I was livid. I got a Paragard (Copper) IUD, which lasted for 10 (ten) years. I paid ~0 US for the Paragard, which means it cost me /year during the ten years I had it. ~0 was the cost of the IUD at a time when insurance didn't cover them very often. Now, with my current insurance, an IUD would cost . With the ten year Paragard IUD, that comes to /year. Amazing difference, huh?

      By the time it was time to have my Paragard removed, I found a doctor willing to sterilize me with no fuss or fanfare. Take heart, though, I was into my late 30s by that time. I could have gotten another 10 (ten) year Paragard IUD, but I didn't want to have to revisit "decision time" again ten years down the road and that much closer to full menopause. I had started having some problems that were going to make it hard to conceive even if I had wanted children--which I didn't. I got treated for my problem and sterilized in one swoop.

      To some extent, I'm glad I waited as long as I did. It's easier to say, "No, actually, I won't change my mind" at 40 and be sure of it than it was in my 20s. You know what, though? People still tell me I'm going to change my mind since [fill in the blank] did. Not having children is a choice that lot of people just aren't going to agree with. Some of them will even be offended. After this many years, I've seen it all--I think.

      Here's my advice (and it's worth exactly what you paid for it). Save your money for now. Look into some options for long term birth control. Implanon lasts for three years. The Mirena IUD lasts for 5 years--and I've read many women don't have a period. The Paragard IUD lasts for 10 years. See if your insurance will cover any of those. If not, contact your local family planning service and see if you qualify for a discounted rate. Even at ~0, the Paragard IUD only cost me /year for birth control.

      I'm not trying to tell you that you don't know yourself or what you want. I am sure you do. I know I did. Seeking sterilization now will, however, probably be an unpleasant battle because of your youth. You could spend some money on a semipermanent method, and if you stick with it until it expires, you'll be that much older. But, ultimately, it's your choice and your checking account.

      One other thing: These sterilization surgeries are not cheap. Mayo Clinic posts average costs of these operations, I think. Do a google on Mayo Clinic + [fill in type of sterilization you want]. If you don't have insurance, and you don't qualify for discounted services (or government assistance), you may not have that kind of money laying around. I sure didn't in my early 20s. If you're having trouble coming up with the each month for birth control pills, ask your family planning clinic for free pills or ask your doctor for samples. Ask for a prescription for the generic version of your pills.

      One other tidbit of wisdom I'll impart is that a lot of insurance plans do not cover sterilization reversal, so, if you get your tubal now and change your mind in ten years, you'll have to pay out of pocket to get it reversed. And the reversal may not work.

  23. QUESTION:
    At what point in history did youth and beauty become more important than age and wisdom?

    • ANSWER:
      My educated guess would be that it started in the early 20th century, and more specifically right after WWI, which gave birth to the fads and fashions of the 1920s.

      Before that, youth and beauty were almost always used as a symbol for innocence. Even as late as the Victorian Era, young beautiful people, especially women, are a symbol of innocence, both about the ways of the world, and about harsher realities, such as disease and malnutrition. Their innocence is depicted as a kind of beauty in itself, and one that is all the more precious because it will undoubtedly fade very soon.

      The post-WWI era is the first time that I have ever seen where there was a definite shift toward maintaining youth. For example, it's the first time I can think of when women's fashions really demanded young, almost sexless bodies. Full bosoms and hips, which had been in fashion just a generation ago were suddenly seen as undesirable, and undergarment manufacturers started marketing bindings for the breasts, not to shape them, but to make them disappear. Similarly, if you read mail order catalogs or magazines from the period, there is a definite shift to staying young, rather than re-capturing lost youth. Before that period, there were a lot of products marketed to both men and women which promised to restore youthful things, such as energy for women in menopause, or sexual function for aging men. Suddenly, there was an influx of products that promised eternal youth and beauty if you just used the right cream or took the right medicine. And again, in the books of that period, you see a shift from older people being honored for their age and wisdom to them being dismissed simply because they are old.

      I think that the trend which started in the West in the 1920s just continued to grow as the century progressed. Unlike other fads, which come and go, that one stuck. If you even compare magazine print ads from say 1905 and 1945, you see a marked difference. In 1905 the respectable homemaker who was the target of ads for things in the home, such as housewares and appliances, was an older woman, and I would guess from looking at them that she was about 45 to 50 years old. By just after WWII, the very same types of ads showed women who were clearly much younger, with models who appeared to be in their early to mid 20s. I suspect part of it, in advertising, at least, was that the target audience in 1945 were men who were coming home from war, marrying, and settling into domestic life, and that was their age group, but I also think it's indicative of a larger cultural trend.

      Even now, it continues. Have you noticed that advertising icons such as Aunt Jemima and Betty Crocker have become younger and younger? When I was a child in the 70s, the pictures of these women on packages of food showed older women with wrinkles and gray hair that clearly stated "Trust me and my products, because I have experience". Now, if you can find the older images and compare them to the newer ones, you see drawings of women who are significantly younger, and free from bothersome wrinkles and grays.

      The saddest thing in all of this, for me, at least, is that what started out as a trend in the Western world is slowly but surely being exported, and has been for some time. I was reading recently that Asian women in Southern California are a huge source of income for plastic surgeons. Traditionally, light skin was highly prized in Asian countries, as it meant that women did not work outside in the sun doing menial labor. The article I read said that about 15 years ago, they started also having a lot of procedures to remove signs of age. This was a real surprise to medical people, as before then treatments consisted almost entirely of skin bleaching and whitening. Doctors have rushed in to supply the need, however, and are now helping 50 year old women look like they did when they were 28.

  24. QUESTION:
    Why are so many teens on birth control for other reasons?
    like because they have cramps? please its either pop an advil or deal with it. im 17 and not sexually active and i could never picture going on the pill for that reason even though i have horrible cramps. some people say its for their irregular periods but mine still isnt regular and i'm not going on the pill for it. i just don't get it can someone please elaborate.
    kids these days? i'm not doing anything i'm merely asking a question... i'm sure

    • ANSWER:
      Some parents will force their teens on birth control and to be honest I work in the doctors office and I don't blame them. Cramps for you may be completely different then for other girls. Some young 13-15 year old girls will have a cycle and clots the size of golf balls will come out and can be very painful for them. I am not trying to get to graphic but sometimes birth control is the only answer. Birth control can be used not only for teens in this situation but for 60 year old women who will never have children but are going through menopause and their cycles are horrible. If you don't want birth control you don't have to have it but don't assume they shouldn't get it because you are against it. That is how they "deal with it."

  25. QUESTION:
    What do we know about mood disorders after menopause?

    • ANSWER:
      What you need to do is let all your feelings(good and bad) out. Don't keep these feelings locked up inside you like a ticking time bomb. I learned to use Yahoo!360 to do just this.

      In March 2006, for me, it started out as a place to write down my feelings and not keep them bottled up inside me. As time has passed I still write about my feelings and what goes on in my crazy life but I've also met some real nice people to communicate with. I also share pictures, my favorite places on line, things I like to do, and many other things. It's a lot of fun! Use this link: http://360.yahoo.Com/sue_10512
      to visit my Yahoo!360 blog to see what I mean.

  26. QUESTION:
    Does Fibrocystic Breat Disease and ovarian cysts have any kind of relation to each other?
    I have had FBD since my early teens, and now I am 18 and I have had two ovarian cysts(that I know of within the last 3 months) rupture. Is there any kind of relation between these two conditions? and could this effect my fertility?

    • ANSWER:
      No not in relations...Bra Cancer is much different and it is a cancer as far as I know cancer is malignant and damage is done on normal cells as Cancer feeds off the body to be a over growth of cells and the cells are accepted by the body not as foe but as friend yet the cancer feeds until is uses up the good of the body and rots...
      So far in my recent diagnosis of fibroids...It is not cancerous and at any time fibrois appear..due to being obese as a feature in Black Women more...durring 40's and women who have not had children and are close to menopausal stages the fibroids will dry up...The body is making one last big bang...stage is set to give yourself a chance or one last call before closing time the fibroids can be treated with drugs or removed by lazer and healing time is 2 to 3 days on a treatment...Total removal of the lining by historectomy will remove the area only responsible for the growth and rinder you unable to have children...even the treatment says no children stage...It can be avoided the idea is to prolong your female hormones nature given and not rush into menopause
      A Pause for the Men...I understand that The Big S is still on and Poppin...Either Way...You are quite young for this so look to speed up having your children ...Tell the doctor children are a option in your future...You can still have a baby soon...Cover the basis legal...Marrage if the Guy agrees is a better option than child support or welfare or with your parents help....for you it is possible..option.
      Take care to be here for a long time unless you bleed heavy and unless you are in pain You can live with fibroids for a long time and not have a problem and they grow slow so you have plenty of time to see how you are going to proceed
      Not many doctors will tell you anything you have to be a big vigulanty on the web and look up sources.
      Web MD and Fibroids section of Yahoo was a big brace for me.
      Details even the National NDCC will send you a book for free
      booklet...
      I would read about MS and Fibroids and as I turn 40..I go for a checkup and the doctor finds things and I thought I was the picture of health to me ... Overly healthy in a way the fibroids do not hurt me until they started ultrasounding and picking with them in test...I am looking at option of hystorectomy..I want this as a last resort...Kind of thanking God I have options
      Lazar...Emoblization...Therapy Support Groups...I am not going to give up and give in without a fight...While I still have God and a great fight in me to try to live...
      I heard on the radio One woman said it is common and she can feel hers being fed if she drinked sweet tea or fried chicken...I too feel to cut of the source of it being fed and it will need to die or fall out or burn out or cut out ...Idea it is genetics and it will come back and case out other areas...
      I have a big choice to make even with the doctors I feel I got to answer to God for myself...I lay on MRI tables thinking of the people before me and after me....The times in church when they said to prepare for times like these in your health with your faith ...I am not going to give up on God and I wonder about what must I face to be saved...What must I give up to be saved...A man on the Radio said You do not know what you must give up to be saved in this race for life.. Or how what you are going to face will be a great help to others going through on the journey...So I made a decision to follow Christ example...and I figure he gave up his life ....for us and many of us can not face what he faced for us. He ask for so little to live right and some of us can not even face living right and following the so called rules and staying off Jerry and Maurry...It seems like nothing happens to them...They just mess up a poor innocent baby...and have to work harder to make a great life come for the child...

  27. QUESTION:
    What is a mammogram and when do you need to get checked? Is there a certain again?
    I am 24, should I get a check up?
    And What type of doctor does this?

    • ANSWER:
      A mammogram is a test to check for abnormalities or cancer in the breasts. It is performed at a radiology lab (referal by your dr.) & the test consists of using a machine that quite literally squishes & x-rays the breasts. It's suggested that every woman get one starting at 40 years old or slightly earlier if there is a high occurance of cancer in the family or if menopause has begun early. (It did for my mom, she was in her late 30s.)

      At 24 you do not need to get a mammogram unless it's absolutely necessary in which case they'd have to do it via ultrasound or similar (reason explained below). I'm the same age & have already checked into it cause there is a HIGH occurance of all female cancers in my family....especially breast cancer. I've had a cervical cancer scare myself (when I was 22) & quite a few female relatives who have had breast cancer have had it bad enough that they needed to get mastectomies done =o( I asked my doctor about it due to my family history & she said that at this point it's unnecesary because at this age the breast tissue is entirely too dense for them to be able to get checked. If any of my relatives had gotten their cancer pre-menopausal (which they did NOT - it was all post) then I could've gone to a geneticist & gotten a test to see if I was genetically predispositioned for it. For now just go to your ob/gyn regularly (at least once a year), make sure to get a PAP (this is another crucially needed test for women) & even though they do a breast examination by hand there, it is highly suggested to also perform one on yourself at home at least once monthly. If you do not know how, the doctor can show you & give you brochures that include pictures on showing you how. It only takes a few minutes to do it & can easily be done while in the shower for example.

  28. QUESTION:
    my test came back daying i had occlusion and stenoisis of the cartiotid artery with cerebreral infraction dr?
    isnt helping am 44 please help
    sorry about the bad spelling also have senile osteoporosis at 44 what gives ?

    • ANSWER:
      First lets define the terms in basic english:

      1. Occlusion = blockage
      2. Stenosis = narrowing of a vessel
      3. Carotid artery = the MAIN artery that carries blood from your heart to your head. you have one on each side of the neck. this is the one you may have seen it on TV, where Paramedics feel for a pulse when someone is not responding.
      4. Cerebral = related to the brain
      5. Infarction = death of tissue usually from lack of oxygen or blood flow.

      So lets put it all together:

      You have a blockage and narrowing of the main artery or both arteries in your neck which caused you to have a Cerebral Vascular Accident ( medical term for Stroke ). The reason why your carotids became blocked and narrowed is because of arteriosclerosis or "plaque" that builds up along the walls of the arteries. It gets there mostly from the Cholesterol in our blood. Over time as we age more builds up... it becomes calcified and hardens the artery. Arteries should be soft and pliable not hard and thick. A few reasons why this happens has to do with 1) our diet is high in fat 2) our diet is high in cholesterol 3) our genes because if someone in our family had heart disease or a stroke we are also more likely to get one 4) our own body makes alot of cholesterol, more than it should 5) the process of aging makes arteries damaged 6) lack of exercise to remove fat and cholesterol 7) smoking narrows and hardens arteries. So some of this is to blame on our lifestyle, and some of this is to blame on our ancestors.

      Strokes can be very mild, so that you don't even realize you had one. Sometimes this is called a "mini stroke". Or Strokes can be very sever and debilitating... so that you could be paralyzed on one side of your body... you may not talk or walk the same... you may lose some vision... and your mind wont work right.

      Now your Carotids can be partially blocked or fully occluded. They can do a visual image on a screen, after putting dye in your arteries to tell them how much of a blockage is present. Don't worry, its just like an x-ray. It puts a picture on a screen and shows how the blood flows through your body. Usually they will not do anything if you are less than 80-90% blocked, and have had no problems. If you are more than 90% blocked and having problems, they would do something called Carotid Endarterectomy... it's a quick surgical procedure where they go in and "Roto Rooter" the plaque lining the artery to remove the blockage. Think of it like having the Plumber come by to you unblock your sink drain!

      Now as for the Senile Osteoporosis... it is possible to have this age 44...

      for one... if you are past menopause, you probably have Post - Menopausal Osteoporosis (Type 1).... This is brought on by the lack of estrogen. Estrogen is a hormone that helps women replace the Calcium in our bones. Calcium is essential for new bone formation. Bones are constantly being broken down and rebuilt. As we age, and not enough calciu,, the bones aren't rebuilt as much or as strong. So they become fragile and likely to break (fracture).

      Then you can also get Type 2 Osteoporosis. The reason why it's called Senile osteo is because it usually occurs in older people. It is brought on by an age related Calcium Deficiency or Vit - D deficiency. If you live in a cold climate, you haven't gotten enough sun. The Sun helps our bodies to manufacture Vit - D.

      Women most at risk for Osteoporosis are Thin or small framed. Their bones are smaller. Also white, fair-skinned women because of the lack of sunshine.

      Lastly, some medications can cause Osteo... ask your doctor about your medications and see what he says.

      Good Luck to you,
      Nurse Angie

  29. QUESTION:
    Do you always bleed/does it always hurt when a woman loses her virginity?
    I lost my virginity not too long ago and have had sex about 4 times since, I never bled, nor did it ever hurt, But it hasn't started to feel good, or really feel like anything. My boyfriend is concerned that he didn't "pop my cherry". is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Run, don't walk, and get this book,
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Bodies,_Ourselves

      Our Bodies, Ourselves is a book about women's health and sexuality produced by the nonprofit organization Our Bodies Ourselves (originally called the Boston Women's Health Book Collective). First published in 1973, it contains information related to many aspects of women's health and sexuality, including menopause, birth control, childbirth, sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health and general well-being.

      Now in its 12th edition, and published in over 20 languages and braille, the current edition, calling itself "a new edition for a new era," contains 832 pages, including new pictures, diagrams, and interviews. The New York Times has called the book "America's best-selling book on all aspects of women's health" and a "feminist classic."

  30. QUESTION:
    Why do married men cheat on their wives ?
    Its such a shame, American men get married to a woman close to their age after 15-20 years, they become stable/successful only to dump them for a younger a girl.

    Or the frequent cheating that goes on? How can they do that?

    My parents have been married for 30 years. Its true that my mother looks half his age but then again in Eastern race women age better and marry older so there is a bigger age gap. But anyway...

    What a shame. I ask this question because one of my professors was crying in tear that her successful husband and her were getting a divorce because he was cheating

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I agree man should marry a woman younger than him, in olden times it was a minimal norm, and for good reason women do age faster. But asian women are known to age gracefully and much slower and even in mid-age look very young and hard to tell their age. But its also known fact about Asian women is, after the menopause they go totally downhill and fast, am sure u must have seen on net, meme and funny pictures about it.
      As for cheating it known that married women cheat much more than men but they hide it better that is all. Probably cause women don't feel as much guilt with physical act of cheating compared men, for women emotional cheating seems to be more important, at least that's what psychologists believe.

  31. QUESTION:
    is the Ypsilanti mental institution still standing?
    is it still standing? i mean would we be able to get in? if not, is their any other abandoned mental institutions that are still standing and that are open to the public?

    • ANSWER:
      Ypsilanti State Hospital
      Ypsilanti, Michigan

      Established around the 1930s southwest of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Closed in 1992, it has last housed the "Center of Forensic Psychiatry". Most of it has been demolished during 2001, and the rest is expected to be gone by 2003.

      Ypsilanti (with picture) http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/

      Others:

      Afflicted: 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums “Open” for Exploration

      FEATURED — BY RACHEL GREENBERG ON JULY 17, 2010 AT 10:00 AM

      With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy. Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions.

      In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. Utilizing radical treatments that were incredibly painful yet ineffective, early hospitals often created more suffering than good for the inflicted. To make matters worse, infectious outbreaks forced patients to be quarantined from the rest of society, further isolating them.

      After decades of overcrowding in both asylums and sanatoriums, the invention of antibiotics and behavioral drugs, and an evolving understanding of mental illness rendered these massive compounds obsolete. Although most have been torn down, a few still remain standing. Abandoned for years – even decades – these remaining hospitals are deteriorating, rotting, and are reportedly haunted.

      Although these spots may be spine-chillingly eerie and seem rife for exploration, be forewarned. Many of the buildings have yet to be torn down because they contain loads of asbestos, and as their condition deteriorates, this toxic insulation is being exposed. Due to wannabe explorers, local law enforcement monitors these buildings heavily, since they are mostly on state-owned land.

      If you decide the risk is worth the reward, we didn’t send ya.

      (MY NOTE: This website gives very detailed and eerie descriptions of each of these hospitals and asylums. There are several pictures of each one. You should find it to be an interesting study!)

      1. Henryton State Hospital, Marriottsville, Maryland

      2. New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum/Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, New Jersey

      3. Santa Fe Railroad Hospital/Linda Vista Community Hospital, Los Angeles, California

      4. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum/ Weston State Hospital, Weston, West Virginia USA

      5. Overbrook Insane Asylum/Essex County Hospital, Cedar Grove, New Jersey

      6. Renwick Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island, New York, USA

      7. Old Mercy Hospital, Liberty, Texas

      8. Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Long Island, NY

      9. Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Louisville, KY

      10. Athens Lunatic Asylum/The Ridges, Athens, Ohio

      11: BONUS – Byberry Mental Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

  32. QUESTION:
    Is missing period normal after getting treatment for heavy bleeding or is the starting of menopause?
    Am 41 this yr and I had sterilization Feb last yr thereafter my periods were heavy my gynecologists prescribed medication for 3moths now I missed my period completely my gyne says its ok because am not preg

    • ANSWER:
      41 is pretty young to be in the menopausal phase of missed periods. I would suspect it is the medication you are taking. Did you miss a full cycle? I am 45 and I too have suffered from heavy periods throughout my fertile life. I have yet to miss a period but they are changing, I don't flow as heavy as i once did , and last month I had 2 periods within a 30 day cycle. one was mild and short lived the second one was quite painful indeed.So they are changing for me, but i have yet to skip one (sigh) . Keep calander track of your cycles so you know how many days exactly are between your periods.You can chart how they are changing or varying or not. But you maybe one of those rare women that ceases menustration extremely early in life, However, missing only one so far it is hard to tell. If this pattern continues take it up with your physcian so he can administer the apropriate tests to see exactly where you are in the menopausal big picture . Listen to your body and report any concerns to your doctor. The 4th decade of a womans life... its been kinda tough for me.. and you? Cheers!

  33. QUESTION:
    I am having Irregular vaginal bleeding ? Im worried if this is the symtom of Cervical cancer?
    I had taken contraceptive pills some weeks ago, but discontinued taking it ! I have small amount of vaginal bleeding since many days now. Could it be because of the pills or is it the early symtoms of Cervical cancer?

    I know I will ask my GP and go for a smear test ! but please GUYSS let me know what you think !!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian germ cell tumors can be difficult to diagnose (find) early. Often there are no symptoms in the early stages, but tumors may be found during regular gynecologic examinations (checkups). A woman who has swelling of the abdomen without weight gain in other places should see a doctor. A woman who no longer has menstrual periods (who has gone through menopause) should also see a doctor if she has bleeding from the vagina.
      Tests that examine the ovaries, pelvic area, blood, and ovarian tissue are used to detect (find) and diagnose ovarian germ cell tumor.
      The following tests and procedures may be used:
      •Pelvic exam: An exam of the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and rectum. The doctor or nurse inserts one or two lubricated, gloved fingers of one hand into the vagina and the other hand is placed over the lower abdomen to feel the size, shape, and position of the uterus and ovaries. A speculum is also inserted into the vagina and the doctor or nurse looks at the vagina and cervix for signs of disease. A Pap test or Pap smear of the cervix is usually done. The doctor or nurse also inserts a lubricated, gloved finger into the rectum to feel for lumps or abnormal areas.
      •Laparotomy: A surgical procedure in which an incision (cut) is made in the wall of the abdomen to check the inside of the abdomen for signs of disease. The size of the incision depends on the reason the laparotomy is being done. Sometimes organs are removed or tissue samples are taken for biopsy.
      •Lymphangiogram: A procedure used to x-ray the lymph system. A dye is injected into the lymph vessels in the feet. The dye travels upward through the lymph nodes and lymph vessels, and x-rays are taken to see if there are any blockages. This test helps find out whether cancer has spread to the lymph nodes.
      •CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly. This procedure is also called computed tomography, computerized tomography, or computerized axial tomography.
      •Blood tests: Tests to measure the levels of alpha fetoprotein (AFP) and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in the blood. AFP and HCG are substances that may be signs of ovarian germ cell tumor when found at increased levels

  34. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to wish I was a guy?
    I am a 18-year old girl. Lately I have been wishing I was a guy. I am sick of periods and all the other B.S. that comes with being female. Is this normal? Guys just seem to have it so easy and don’t have to put up with a lot of stuff like we do? Is there anything good about being a woman? It has gotten to the point, I find myself staring at pictures of naked men and wishing I had a penis and testicles.

    • ANSWER:
      yea me too!
      Girls have it so harder then guys! This is what we have to go through:
      Sore boobs
      bras
      annoying discharge
      pms
      periods
      hurts when we have sex
      we have to carry the baby around for 9 months
      give birth
      breast feed (so sore and it hurts!)
      menopause

      This is what guys go through:
      sore balls. yep thats about it :)
      oh and it feels good to them when they have sex.

  35. QUESTION:
    what are the types of birth control and pictures of theses types?

    • ANSWER:
      1. The depo shot. I would not recommend this method. A shot is injected every 3 months. If you do not receive the shot excatly every 12 weeks you need to use another backup method of birth control for a week. I expereinced awful bleeding the whole 3 months i was on the shot. Some women stop their periods all together.A plus is that you are protected from pregnancy right away. Most dr.s tell you to wait 24 hrs though.
      2. Coil or IUD. This is inserted into the womb. It is effective right away. It can remain in for up to 5 years and will protect against pregnancy for that long. After 5 years,it is removed and changed. The coil is very tiny, and has little strings attrached that gives out the hormone to provent pregnancy. You have to be very careful as to not tear the threads. Tampon use is not reccommended. If you have never given birth vaginally the insertion may be quite painful. Your gyno may administer pain killers during the procedure and give you some to take home. The pain will go away soon though!
      3. Getting your tubes tied. This is basically done if you never want to get pregnant again. Your tubes or either tied or the tips are burned. Tubes have been untied but rarely done.
      4. I am currently taking birth control pills. Birth Control Pills are an excellent means of contraception and are the most commonly used method of birth control used in the United States. Most birth control pills use a combination of two types of hormones--estrogen and progesterone.
      Any healthy woman between the ages of puberty and menopause When pills are used perfectly --that means taken at the same time every day, and other considerations such as concomitant antibiotic or other dug use or vomiting and severe diarrhea are taken into account--only about 1 out of 1000 women (0.5%) over the course of a year will actually become pregnant. In actuality, with typical use--taking them erratically or failure to use a back-up method during a flu-like illness, for example--the failure rate is about 3%.Many pill users experience some nuisance side effects such as nausea, spotting or even bleeding between periods. Mood changes, weight gain, breast fullness or tenderness, headaches, and decreased sex drive may also occur with pill use. Side effects can vary from one woman to another and from one pill to another. Most side effects resolve on their own in a matter of days to a few months. Also, birth control pills are expensive. The average price is . per cycle pack.You may begin taking your birth control pills in 1 of 3 ways:Sunday Start cycle: Start your first pack of birth control pills on the Sunday during or immediately following your menstrual period. Thus, if your period starts on a Sunday, you start the birth control pill that day OR
      Day 1 Start cycle: Start your first pack of pills the same day your period starts. Thus if your period starts on a Tuesday, you start the birth control pills that day.
      Day 5 Start cycle: Begin your pills on the 5th day after your period starts, counting the day that the bleeding starts as day 1 (even if it's 10 p.m. or later).
      The advantage to the Sunday Start cycle is that you will never have your period on the week-end. If this is important to you, use the Sunday Start. The advantage to the Day 1 start cycle is that you will be immediately protected from pregnancy. If maximizing the contraceptive effect of the "pill" is most important to you, use the Day 1 Start. There is no particular advantage to the Day 5 Start cycle. Many European manufactured pills instruct women to start their pills in this manner, and sometimes your clinician, for certain medical reasons, will have you use this start as well.
      Once you have taken that first pill, take one tablet every day thereafter until you have taken all 21 tablets in the package and there are no tablets left. You will take no pills for the next 7 days. If you have a 28-day package, you will have 7 tablets of a different color to take during these 7 days. These 7 different pills are not medication and serve only as reminder pills. No additional birth control is required during this week. About 3 days after finishing all 21 tablets, most women will have a "period", often much lighter and shorter than you're used to.

      On the next Sunday (the 8th day) begin a new package, whether or not you are still bleeding. You will now have a regular 28-day cycle: 21 days taking birth control pills and 7 days taking either the reminder pills or no pills, and during which time you will menstruate.

      Points to Remember

      The best time of day to take your birth control pill(s) is with a meal. It helps to prevent nausea. However, you may take it at any time that is most convenient for you. The important thing is to take it regularly at about the same time every day.
      Theoretically, your pills are effective from the seventh day if you start using the Sunday Start or the Day 5 Start cycle. However, for practical purposes you should not consider yourself safe until the end of the first cycle. If you take them regularly, you are protected from then on, even during the week of no birth control pills. Using the Day 1 start, you are protected from pregnancy right away, since you are taking the pill at the beginning of your period, thus interrupting your natural hormonal cycle at the beginning.
      You can usually expect your menstrual period about two to three days after you finish your package of 21 pills, or on about the 2nd or 3rd reminder tablet if you have a 28-day package.
      If you have been taking your pills regularly and you miss a menstrual period, do not panic. It is unlikely that you are pregnant and you should continue taking your tablets on your regular schedule. However, if you should miss two consecutive periods, you should be seen by your clinician to exclude pregnancy, and possibly to change the pill type.
      If you forget, or omit one or more tablets, see the information in your package insert on taking your pills properly.
      If you are taking oral antibiotics of any kind, be sure to use an additional back-up method such as condoms, spermicidal suppositories, VCF etc. during the entire time you are taking the medication and for a full 7 days afterward.
      Oral contraceptives may have other side effects, including breast tenderness, nausea, headaches and changes in menstrual periods. Many of these symptoms will disappear with time. Therefore, if you have symptoms you think may be due to your pills, and they are not too troublesome, it may be best to wait two to three cycles for them to subside. However, if your symptoms are very troublesome, a change in the type of pill might alleviate them. You should arrange to see your clinician to do this.
      A common side effect is breakthrough bleeding (BTB)--light bleeding or spotting between periods. It may even be as heavy or almost as heavy as a regular period. This is not dangerous. If it persists two months in a row, or if it is extremely troublesome, consult your clinician. A change in the brand or dosage of your pills might help. There is no relationship between breakthrough bleeding and contraceptive protection as long as you are taking your pills consistently at the same time every day. You are still protected against pregnancy even though you are having a flow.
      If nausea is a real problem, consider taking your birth control pill at bedtime with a DRAMAMINE tablet (motion sickness pill, no prescription required). If this does not control the nausea, take your birth control pill at supper and DRAMAMINE at bedtime. The nausea is usually short-term, gone by the second or third cycle.
      Weight gain has not been a problem on the current low-dosage pills. If you do notice a slight weight gain, try decreasing your salt intake, decreasing you calories slightly, and increasing your activity, which will counterbalance it. The weight gain should not continue month after month.
      If you decide to stop your birth control pills, finish off a cycle (no need to use the reminder pills). This will keep your menses more regular. Your first spontaneous flow off the pills may be delayed. This is not unusual. Occasionally, your concern over symptoms may warrant stopping your pills in mid-cycle. If so, expect some bleeding and menstrual irregularity for a cycle or two. If you have any symptoms which concern you, do check with your clinician.
      You will have a prescription after the first few months of pill use. The pharmacist will keep your prescription. Your first prescription pack will have a prescription number. The only way you can get a refill is with that prescription number. Therefore, record the number so that if you lose or misplace your pill pack, you can still purchase a refill. Remember to get a new prescription filled before the old one runs out. That way, you will always have a pack on hand. Make this a part of your regular vacation and holiday planning.
      Keep in mind that the pill does not protect you from the HIV virus that causes AIDS or any other sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, chlamydia, or warts. Only latex condoms, preferably those lubricated with spermicide, provide any protection. Hope his helped.

  36. QUESTION:
    What r the pit falls of the idea of interpretting Quran & hadith by the people who r not skilled .?

    What is your opinion on the issue.
    which tafseer quran Shias, submitters and rejector of hadith use.
    Edit @Mohammad K

    would u like to allow a 10th grader to interpret any book of the knowledge ,who just knws the language of the book,or you would like to ask the experties.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a translation of the tafsir of the great Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir
      regarding the Koranic verse which implies that marriage to prepubescent girls is lawful under Islam. Ibn Kathir is quite
      explicit about the fact that he is dealing with prepubescent children:
      " The `Iddah of Those in Menopause and Those Who do
      not have Menses
      "Allah the Exalted clarifies the waiting period of the
      woman in menopause.
      And that is the one whose menstruation has stopped due
      to her older age.Her `Iddah is three months instead of the three monthly
      cycles for those who menstruate, which is based upon the Ayah in (Surat)Al−Baqarah. [see2:228]
      The same for the young, who have not reached the years of menstruation.
      Their `Iddah is three months like those in menopause."
      (The commentary together with the Arabic can be found
      at the following link:
      http://www.tafsir.com/default.asp?sid=65&tid=54196):
      Re: Ibn Kathir on marriage to prepubescent girls.

      Ibn e khatir legalized pre menstrual girls, innocent small little kids to have them married ! terrible,and those who follow him,do you think he was a scholar ! he opened the door for this sick practice !

      One of the greatest names of the Islamic world of the
      20th century , the Chief Saudi Cleric, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baaz, issueda Fatwa in 1970:
      Whoever believes that the Earth moves around the Sun,
      or that man has landed on the moon is an ardent Kaafir. Furthermore,
      anyone doubting his infidelity would be a greater Kaafir and his wife
      would be automatically divorced from him. It would be haram to marry into his family, drink water in his house, pray behind him, or to attend his funeral prayer. Amusingly,
      this is a prototype of the kind of Fatawa dispensed by our Mullahs
      rendering Kaafir whoever won’t heed them.

      above are some examples of pitfalls

      Muslims disregard tafseer and follow Tasreef,

      Tasreef is the Quranic process where verses in one part of the Quran explain or provide deeper understanding of the verses in other parts of the Book. Concisely, it means looking at the Quran in its Big Picture.

      what is the certification of understanding Glorious Quran .who gives these degrees and certificates,who authorizes if one understands Glorious Quran or not when the Teacher of Glorious Quran is Allah Allmighty Himself,does it require any certification !

      [21:10] We have sent down to you a scripture containing your message. Do you not understand?

      Fatima gave a good replym,
      see ibne khatir explanation and bin baz fatwa, werent they skilled so called scholars !

  37. QUESTION:
    do i have a skin condition of some kind?
    For a long time my face and ears have become very flushed at random no apparent reason, and always at the end of the day, and recently my face and neck have been itching constantly

    i'm not using any new facial products or washes and i don't have any other skin conditions, excluding occasional acne, but of course that's normal

    is this anything at all i should be concerned about or should i just wait it out?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have any other symptoms and how long has this been going on!! Can you trace it back t a specific time when something may have changed physically in your life such as pregnancy, menopause, new job, new house, Etc.?? Does it go away by itself every night??? Are you using any products to try to help it?? You say that it has been going on for a long time - how long?? - anything longer than 2 weeks merits a doctor visit!!

      There are many things that could cause this!! The simple causes could be - are you getting too hot or overheated just prior to this breakout?, are you under any emotional stress?, have you also eliminated the use of any new shampoos, hair sprays, new make up brand(or make up that is old and should be thrown away), New clothes that have not been washed, new sheets or pillow cases, new hand soap at work, etc.??? And have you checked to see that none of your regular products have changed their ingredients?? All of those are the most obvious and the easiest for you to rule out on your own!!

      The less obvious - people with high blood pressure sometimes have the sensation of the blood rushing to their face and head which can cause itching, if you suspect this you need to get a doctor to check it out; Is it possible that your age and menopause may be a factor, when I started going through this the blood would rush to my face and especially my ears making me look all red and blotchy, itchy and flushed but not necessarily sweaty; are you out in the sun a lot - people can sometimes develop sun poisoning; are you taking any medications at all because you can build up a tolerance to medicines you have taken a while and then have a reaction to them; it is possible you are having episodes of hives that could be caused by something as simple as stress; and if none of this sounds plausible to you then - There are many skin conditions such as ezcema, psoriasis, roscea that this could be!! If you have been able to rule out everything else then go see a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis!! You can also do some on line research using any search engine such as google, yahoo, etc. on skin deseases!! Just type it a condition and a wealth of informative sites will appear!! Many will have pictures and that may help you to figure out what it is!! At the very least it will arm you with knowledge before you go see a doctor!! I wish you well and hope you will seek out the right help!! I hope that some of my suggestions may be helpful to start your hunt for clues as to what it is, but I caution you to be careful of advise on YA because all we can do is offer our opinion!! You really need to do research and then see a doctor! Good Luck!!

  38. QUESTION:
    What happens to the body when you dont release a egg? So confused!?
    AF came this morning and I had a ovarian cyst rupture on me. It was SOOO painful. Someone told me that the reason I got the cyst was because I did not release a egg at ovulation. I am very confused. I thought I always released a egg at ovulation. Why wouldnt I? How do you know if you released an egg or not for the month. I am ttc, and this scares me.

    • ANSWER:
      A anovulatory cycle is a cycle in which you do not ovulate- no egg is released. It can happen every once in a while and is nothing to be alarmed about- if it only happens once in a blue moon. Some women have difficulty ovulating and often have anovulatory cycles. Women who often have anovulatory cycles, generally have a problem- hormonal, PCOS, early menopause, under weight or extremely over weight, etc......

      The only way to know defiantly if and when you are ovulating is to chart your waking temperature.

      Read the book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. The book explains your cycle, charting and how to get pregnant. It is a great book and a must read! Check out the website: http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ Buy a basal thermometer at the drug store. Start charting your waking temperature so that you can get an accurate picture of what is happening in your cycles.

  39. QUESTION:
    does ignasia amara work for nervousness?
    i bought a little vile of it at the whole foods market/store. do you guys think these homeopathic medicines work that they sell there.
    i saw a whole slew of them..for nausea, sleeplessness, etc.
    do you guys think these really work..? i just dissolved the one for nervousness.. but i wanna know if anyone has had good results with them

    • ANSWER:
      You will definitely get good results provided the Ignatia Amara picture fits you!

      Ignatia (St. Ignatius' Bean)

      Named for the patron saint of spiritual retreats and exercises, this small tree supplies us with the emotionally and physically supportive St. Ignatius bean. In homeopathic form, this remedy treats a wide range of symptoms that can be caused by emotional turbulence. Loss of a loved one, trauma (even in the not so recent past), homesickness, broken hearts of all shapes and sizes, long, intense study periods, constant stress, in short any strong emotions that, if repressed can set off a wide array of symptoms in the body.

      Read http://www.1-800homeopathy.com/enews/ignatia.htm

      Ignatia, sometimes referred to as "homeopathic Prozac," treats acute stages of grief, most often resulting from a sudden loss, abuse, romantic disappointment, or emotional trauma, and the physical ailments that result. These commonly include digestive disorders, mood swings, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, muscle spasms, a lump in the throat, and hemorrhoids.

      Read http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NAH/is_3_29/ai_54189565

      How to Use Ignatia Mara Homeopathic Remedy

      Homeopathy utilizes microextracts made from plants, flowers, herbs and animals in very diluted alcohol-based tinctures or pellets that are taken under the tongue. The extracts take time to work but can help alleviate health issues ranging from depression, anxiety, sadness or obsessive behaviors.Ignatia Mara is one remedy that every household could benefit from. It is often recommended by licensed homeopaths for use when a person is grieving over a death of family, friend or pet, or in times of a relationship breakup.

      Read http://www.ehow.com/how_4557815_use-ignatia-mara-homeopathic-remedy.html

      Homeopathic Remedy Ignatia

      The following is a list of health concerns for which Ignatia is listed as a homeopathic remedy. Refer to the individual concerns for more information.

      * Allergies and sensitivities
      * Anxiety
      * Backache
      * Depression
      * Hemorrhoids
      * Menopause symptoms
      * Postpartum depression
      * Restless legs syndrome
      * Sleeplessness

      Read http://www.vitacost.com/Healthnotes/Homeo-Homeoix/Ignatia.aspx

  40. QUESTION:
    I have stretch marks all over my body because I'm sort of overweight. will they ever go away?
    it is killing me that if i ever get to the weight that i want to be at, that i won't be able to wear a bikini or something like that because i have stretch marks. Please help?

    • ANSWER:
      The only way for stretch marks to go away is to take away the skin where you have them.
      Like women getting a tummy tuck after giving birth (like celebrities) when they still have hanging lower belly skin and cut it off using cosmetic surgery.

      Overtime, stretch marks will fade.
      When you’re +50yo, you barely notice them anymore, especially as you don’t really care about them anymore (you get other problems at that age).
      Plus, you don’t have to wear a bikini at 50 and can wear one of those awfully cute swimsuits that look like short skirt party dresses.
      Don’t you wish you were born 100 years ago before the “invention” of the bikini in the 1940s?

      Even beautiful, thin people have stretch marks (and women have cellulite until their reach menopause and start storing fat reserves like men).
      When you see a picture of a celebrity or models, the stretch marks are photoshopped out.
      Runway models on runways or Beauty Pageants contestants…they use make-up to cover them.

      I got some stretch marks on my butt when I lost a huge amount of weight at 19 because of sickness (I went from thin to skeletal)…no guys I ever knew ever cared for them. Stretch marks don’t bother guys at all. I’m very proud of the stretch marks I got on the sides of my lower belly because I had babies (like men being proud of their battle scars).

      So…it’s killing you? You need a readjustment of your self-esteem, your body image…
      Nobody cares about your stretch marks. They’re too busy worrying about what YOU think about their stretch marks and cellulite and pimples on their face and thinning hair…don’t be like them and you’ll be able to love your body so you can develop your personality.

      Look at Melissa McCarthy…she’s not like “it’s killing me that I’ll never be thin, I’m so fat, boo-hoo”
      She’s funny, adorable, outgoing, charming, refreshing, nice and “add positive adjectives here”.
      She a great actress with the greatest personality I’ve ever seen.
      I don’t really care if she’s obese or has stretch marks.

  41. QUESTION:
    At times it seems my insides are shaking so hard, as if I'm cold. At times it lasts hours and it overwhelms me?
    It feels like everything inside of me is jittery and it comes out of the blue, not when I'm anxious in particular. It scares me because I feel cold but I'm not. This has gone one for a couple of years.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey chickee. How old are you? Do you have a lot of stress in your life? Do you take iron supplements?

      There are so many contributing factors to shaking and feeling as if you're cold. Without a full picture, I'd say you should make sure you're receiving enough of oxygen heavy red blood cells.

      Are you going through any life changes? (i.e.: menopause, kids running off to college, job change, etc.) There are so many contributing factors to shakiness.

      At this point, with the shakiness and cold feeling, I'd be concerned about anemia. If you're able, contact your physician for some blood work. If you aren't able to do that, contact your local health department. They offer healthcare at a reduced price. They can also point you to other community resources for mental healthcare, etc.

      Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    when in menopause does a breast shrink?
    I am 41 years old, I have 3 almost grown girls. a set of twins, and a single. I just lost 38 pounds and had a hysterectomy 5 years ago. Is that possible? It's really
    bugging me! even my boyfriend has noticed! lol whats going on with this picture???

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, breasts can shrink. They also shrink when you lose weight.

  43. QUESTION:
    At what point in history did youth and beauty become more important than age and wisdom?
    In many tribal societies, the elderly were seen as a source of wisdom and were treasured by their society. Looks were unimportant. In our own society now, youth and beauty are worshipped far above age and wisdom. What happened? When did the shift occur?

    • ANSWER:
      My educated guess would be that it started in the early 20th century, and more specifically right after WWI, which gave birth to the fads and fashions of the 1920s.

      Before that, youth and beauty were almost always used as a symbol for innocence. Even as late as the Victorian Era, young beautiful people, especially women, are a symbol of innocence, both about the ways of the world, and about harsher realities, such as disease and malnutrition. Their innocence is depicted as a kind of beauty in itself, and one that is all the more precious because it will undoubtedly fade very soon.

      The post-WWI era is the first time that I have ever seen where there was a definite shift toward maintaining youth. For example, it's the first time I can think of when women's fashions really demanded young, almost sexless bodies. Full bosoms and hips, which had been in fashion just a generation ago were suddenly seen as undesirable, and undergarment manufacturers started marketing bindings for the breasts, not to shape them, but to make them disappear. Similarly, if you read mail order catalogs or magazines from the period, there is a definite shift to staying young, rather than re-capturing lost youth. Before that period, there were a lot of products marketed to both men and women which promised to restore youthful things, such as energy for women in menopause, or sexual function for aging men. Suddenly, there was an influx of products that promised eternal youth and beauty if you just used the right cream or took the right medicine. And again, in the books of that period, you see a shift from older people being honored for their age and wisdom to them being dismissed simply because they are old.

      I think that the trend which started in the West in the 1920s just continued to grow as the century progressed. Unlike other fads, which come and go, that one stuck. If you even compare magazine print ads from say 1905 and 1945, you see a marked difference. In 1905 the respectable homemaker who was the target of ads for things in the home, such as housewares and appliances, was an older woman, and I would guess from looking at them that she was about 45 to 50 years old. By just after WWII, the very same types of ads showed women who were clearly much younger, with models who appeared to be in their early to mid 20s. I suspect part of it, in advertising, at least, was that the target audience in 1945 were men who were coming home from war, marrying, and settling into domestic life, and that was their age group, but I also think it's indicative of a larger cultural trend.

      Even now, it continues. Have you noticed that advertising icons such as Aunt Jemima and Betty Crocker have become younger and younger? When I was a child in the 70s, the pictures of these women on packages of food showed older women with wrinkles and gray hair that clearly stated "Trust me and my products, because I have experience". Now, if you can find the older images and compare them to the newer ones, you see drawings of women who are significantly younger, and free from bothersome wrinkles and grays.

      The saddest thing in all of this, for me, at least, is that what started out as a trend in the Western world is slowly but surely being exported, and has been for some time. I was reading recently that Asian women in Southern California are a huge source of income for plastic surgeons. Traditionally, light skin was highly prized in Asian countries, as it meant that women did not work outside in the sun doing menial labor. The article I read said that about 15 years ago, they started also having a lot of procedures to remove signs of age. This was a real surprise to medical people, as before then treatments consisted almost entirely of skin bleaching and whitening. Doctors have rushed in to supply the need, however, and are now helping 50 year old women look like they did when they were 28.

  44. QUESTION:
    Do you think It's okay for my mom to snoop through my phone often?
    I'm 16(girl) and a for Christmas I got the iphone 5 in white from my dad. I was so happy and grateful to get it but my mom didnt know I had a phone because I wasn't supposed to have one because she says Im too young and says you may get innapropoate picture messages from a random person and it can happen because I heard it on the news she said..I said that doesnt make sense because the odds of getting a random inappropriate message is like 0. Just recebtly she found out I had a phone because it went off and she told me to give it to her and was mad at me for lying to her for not having one because I didnt want to deal with her reaction. She conviscated from me and decided to let me keep the phone but she wants to look through all my messages, voicemails, past calls, and apps when she wants to , and wants to have my password to my phone so she can monitor what i have on there...do you think that's normal? I dont look at porn because I know its wrong and i dont even have a boyfriend and my dad thinks shes crazy which is why he's getting a divorce..its not she doesnt trust me she said even though thats what it seems like and i told her about it but she said im only trying to protect you from evil and you're underage and as long as you live on my roof even when youre 22 i want to look at your phone..this situation got me so mad i cried..i dont like lying which i admit was wrong..but i didnt want her to find out and ruin my chances of normally using a phone which is too late now...I dont smoke or drink Im clean and i believe in waiting before marriage and i dont even have a social life because of my mom

    I lock my phone by the way because just in case if it gets lost or stolen, the person who steals it cant hack into my messages and Facebook and do bad things with it

    another reason why i wouldnt like my mom looking at my phone because she'll go through all my messages and question every detail of it and ask me the meaning of everything through the messages and if i text something personal to a friend about a situation happening to me at school or w.e. she will question that too and i bascially cant have any privacy..I dont feel like explaining every text message to her

    I am mature and I know morally right from wrong. And Im obviously aware she cares for me but there should be a limit on how overboard you go with your parenting. It's good to be cautious, but my mom is just paranoid and sheltering a person too much is not going to benefit them. Ive tried talking to my mom about this calmly and respectfully, but she doesn't listen and just interrupts me and doesn't give me legit reasons. She's really moody because she's going through menopause a possible divorce. She just says, "keep talking to me about getting your phone back and I'll take away the mouse and keyboard to our computer and TV, etc..and says with an attitude, " I dont care, it's my duty as a mother to guard you from wrong things, etc"
    I guess it was wrong to get a phone without my mom's permission..but I'm 16. I think I'm old enough to have a phone without a paraniod mom breathing over my shoulders.. i really needed one and I dont use it all the time and if there's an emergency , it's useful of course..
    Like i feel like im hiding drugs or something..it's just a phone. She should be grateful I'm conservative and dont cuss and party and dress inappropriate and believe in staying pure as a teen and not giving into peer pressure to just fit in.
    to the third answer I don't really care . I have an A in english and my teacher said I'm very good in Grammar. I just decided to write some of my paragraph in teen text and regular writing, It's not a big deal. I never said I knew everything and I am humble. All I said is that I know what's right and wrong because It's common sense...So shutup. and OKay, lying was wrong. I was wrong. But I think I should have a phone at 16 and not wait at 18 to get a phone..and don't correct me grammar Nazi. You started some of your sentences with fragments and yes she should trust me because I admit I'm a good kid. I admit I'm not perfect, but I know what's right.

    • ANSWER:
      No, she should not be doing that, especially if she does it on a daily basis. She does have the right to parent you in almost any way she wants, but your phone is one of your private things that she shouldn't get involved with. Make it clear that she can trust you, and perhaps she will think better of her choice, but if you are known for not keeping to the rules or getting naughty or something quite rare, than you should face the right consequences (aka having your phone monitored)

  45. QUESTION:
    Maybe they should put MORE teams in the South?
    Better chance of going skating on a pond in Florida these days! Florida colder than B.C.....there is talk that Vancouver could be 15 degress C later this week. Washington having a winter worse than Toronto......what is going on?

    Hockey/Bonus Q- What are the odds that Canada would be icing a completely healthy team? Anyone feel a little bad for Jeff Carter?

    • ANSWER:
      ^^^^^Hey, Centimeters-- you remind me of someone..........

      http://www.minorlooneytunes.com/pictures/hawk011.jpg

      Mother Nature HAS to be going through menopause and is obviously off the Midol given the recent climate oddities..
      The igloo we built about 3 weeks ago is still hanging on in the backyard (though not habitable).. Already gotten about 10 inches overall here this year.. Rednecks are in a panic as their normally uncovered skin tone is starting to match the rest of their body.. Armageddon I tell ya..

      Carter should have been on the roster to begin with IMO.. I would have lost the bet that Canada would be 100% come start time.. Alas-- Shea Weber is notorious for taking out his own men with that point shot-- Carter still has a chance to lace 'em up.. :)

  46. QUESTION:
    natural approach to female facial and body hair removal?
    i have an elevated level of dheas and i am in the process of going through tests for the underlying cause of that. i am 19 years old so there is no way it's menopause or pre-menopause. it could be pcos though.
    either way, i want to know about dietary or lifestyle changes i could make to deal with this issue. i have tried virtually every hair removal method (but i don't have the money for electrolysis or laser hair removal yet...so i've tried every temporary method), but it hurts a lot and the results last about 24 hours. i'm not exaggerating. this is where i have excess hair:
    -face (particularly jaw line, lower cheeks, mustache, and lower chin)
    -abdomen (very heavy on stomach right below belly button but stretches all the way up to between my boobs (it's very light colored up there, though, so actually barely noticeable)
    -pubic mound (picture tan lines from a bikini...the hair goes outside of the white part)
    -my bikini line stretches down most of my tight
    -arms (very heavy on forearms but also goes to upper arms)
    -fingers/hands
    -toes/feet

    are there any supplements i could take to help this? what about certain foods that help? and certain foods that make it worse? the same goes for drinks. also, as far as my facial hair, is there any ingredients in makeup i could be using that could make it worse? or ingredients in lotion or body wash that could be making my body hair worse?

    • ANSWER:
      THREE MOST COMMON MYTHS about pubic hair removal:
      1.The rate of hair regrowth will not change because of hair removal.
      2.Hair coverage will not change in density; your body has a set number of hair follicles.
      3.Ingrown hairs are common but not impossible to avoid; everyone has different susceptibility to ingrown hairs. Meaning: it's in your DNA. Supplements have side effects, like medications, anti-acne products, birth control pills - that can do MORE HARM than good. and in order to list the side effects, one could be hair growing elsewhere, or HAIR LOSS.

      -face (particularly jaw line, lower cheeks, mustache, and lower chin) use a pair of tweezers by plucking. Take seconds & you're done!

      -abdomen (very heavy on stomach right below belly button but stretches all the way up to between my boobs (it's very light colored up there, though, so actually barely noticeable). Everyone has body hairs. Unless you're a model or actor and are getting paid to take them off, they still get them airbrushed, but normal people don't.

      -pubic mound (picture tan lines from a bikini...the hair goes outside of the white part). From a public health standpoint, pubic hair doesn’t have any advantages, but the negative health effects associated with hair removal processes are of some concern. And despite recent attacks against hair removal, keeping pubic hair isn’t right for everyone. As long as you’re careful with the removal process, you can be just as healthy (or even more healthy!) with little or no pubic hair.

      -my bikini line stretches down most of my tight. Females: "Going Brazilian increase your odds of an external infection where the hair grows. Shaving and waxing can make the skin angry and irritated the more hair you take off the greater your risks. A bad cellulitis infection on her labia a patient went to ER, they were swollen the size of a golf ball. A little lawn maintenance is fine". ~ Glamour 2-13

      -arms (very heavy on forearms but also goes to upper arms). For females, NEVER use shaving for your facials or your arms. Again, hair anywhere else on your body: -fingers/hands, -toes/feet ARE ALL NORMAL. JLo, Penelope Cruz, Demi Moore have them, if you've watched earlier videos!

  47. QUESTION:
    How treatable is ovarian cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      This nasty little beast is best caught early. Unfortunately like other abdominal cancers it is very hard to detect due to it's vague symptoms. It cannot be detected by a pap smear.

      Symptoms

      Early ovarian cancer may not cause obvious symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

      * Pressure or pain in the abdomen, pelvis, back, or legs
      * A swollen or bloated abdomen
      * Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation, or diarrhea
      * Feeling very tired all the time

      Less common symptoms include:

      * Shortness of breath
      * Feeling the need to urinate often
      * Unusual vaginal bleeding (heavy periods, or bleeding after menopause)

      Most often these symptoms are not due to cancer, but only a doctor can tell for sure. Any woman with these symptoms should tell her doctor.

      Diagnosis

      If you have a symptom that suggests ovarian cancer, your doctor must find out whether it is due to cancer or to some other cause. Your doctor may ask about your personal and family medical history.

      You may have one or more of the following tests. Your doctor can explain more about each test:

      * Physical exam: Your doctor checks general signs of health. Your doctor may press on your abdomen to check for tumors or an abnormal buildup of fluid (ascites). A sample of fluid can be taken to look for ovarian cancer cells.
      * Pelvic exam: Your doctor feels the ovaries and nearby organs for lumps or other changes in their shape or size. A Pap test is part of a normal pelvic exam, but it is not used to collect ovarian cells. The Pap test detects cervical cancer. The Pap test is not used to diagnose ovarian cancer.
      * Blood tests: Your doctor may order blood tests. The lab may check the level of several substances, including CA-125. CA-125 is a substance found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells and on some normal tissues. A high CA-125 level could be a sign of cancer or other conditions. The CA-125 test is not used alone to diagnose ovarian cancer. This test is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for monitoring a woman's response to ovarian cancer treatment and for detecting its return after treatment.
      * Ultrasound: The ultrasound device uses sound waves that people cannot hear. The device aims sound waves at organs inside the pelvis. The waves bounce off the organs. A computer creates a picture from the echoes. The picture may show an ovarian tumor. For a better view of the ovaries, the device may be inserted into the vagina (transvaginal ultrasound).
      * Biopsy: A biopsy is the removal of tissue or fluid to look for cancer cells. Based on the results of the blood tests and ultrasound, your doctor may suggest surgery (a laparotomy) to remove tissue and fluid from the pelvis and abdomen. Surgery is usually needed to diagnose ovarian cancer. To learn more about surgery, see the "Treatment" section.

      Although most women have a laparotomy for diagnosis, some women have a procedure known as laparoscopy. The doctor inserts a thin, lighted tube (a laparoscope) through a small incision in the abdomen. Laparoscopy may be used to remove a small, benign cyst or an early ovarian cancer. It may also be used to learn whether cancer has spread.

      A pathologist uses a microscope to look for cancer cells in the tissue or fluid. If ovarian cancer cells are found, the pathologist describes the grade of the cells. Grades 1, 2, and 3 describe how abnormal the cancer cells look. Grade 1 cancer cells are not as likely as to grow and spread as Grade 3 cells.

      Treatment Methods

      Your doctor can describe your treatment choices and the expected results. Most women have surgery and chemotherapy. Rarely, radiation therapy is used.

      Cancer treatment can affect cancer cells in the pelvis, in the abdomen, or throughout the body:

      * Local therapy: Surgery and radiation therapy are local therapies. They remove or destroy ovarian cancer in the pelvis. When ovarian cancer has spread to other parts of the body, local therapy may be used to control the disease in those specific areas.
      * Intraperitoneal chemotherapy: Chemotherapy can be given directly into the abdomen and pelvis through a thin tube. The drugs destroy or control cancer in the abdomen and pelvis.
      * Systemic chemotherapy: When chemotherapy is taken by mouth or injected into a vein, the drugs enter the bloodstream and destroy or control cancer throughout the body.

  48. QUESTION:
    Pain in stomach and dont know what it is.?
    I've had this pain which feels like its in my left ovary. It hurts worse when my monthly is on and i don't know what it is. I went to the doctor and they sent me to a place where they do ultrasounds and i got it done and they found nothing on the ultrasound pictures but follicles. I went to the hospital and they found nothing and only prescribe me some pain medicine. I also went to a gynecologist and they did a cervix check and everything, still found nothing. What could be the problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be an ovarian cyst, it happes every month to all of us women before menopause.........sometimes the cysts are bigger and painful than others.

      Dont' forget you know you body best. Get a 2nd opinion, there could be something seriously wrong with you. You need to see a doctor.

      Please google: ovarian cyst.......C what U think

  49. QUESTION:
    Ever listen to a radical anti-smoking vegetarian?
    If you ever studied WW2 you have, his name was Hitler. Why do the same types today, when they preach, remind me of him?

    • ANSWER:
      They're all prone to rage?!
      It's because taking in too many plant estrogens can actually alter your own hormone levels. There are over the counter menopause supplements that rely on this. What happens is there are spikes in testosterone meant to combat the excess estrogen. This extra testosterone makes people arrogant, irritable(irritating), and prone to freaking the F' out. They've proven it in chimp populations. Vegetarian males are also prone to looking 'soft', because of excess surface body fat, especially around the face(picture Hitler..). The result is an angry little sissy that gets in your face even though you could kill him with one punch(once again, just like Hitler).
      As far as the anti-smoking thing, that's just straight totalitarian control. Weak people FORCE there beliefs on people in an effort to stroke their egos.

  50. QUESTION:
    What year did you notice Aunt Jemima had a make over?
    pancake box--to you like.

    • ANSWER:
      When she hit menopause, her old look just HAD to go

      jk

      Women Who Have Portrayed Aunt Jemima

      Nancy Green (1834 - 1923)
      The first Aunt Jemima, Nancy Green, was born a slave in 1834. She signed an exclusive contract which gave her the right to portray the character for the rest of her life. Green was featured at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Green, as Aunt Jemima, cooked pancakes, sang songs, and told stories of the Old South.*
      Anna Robinson ( ? - 1951)
      In 1933, Anna Robinson became the second Aunt Jemima, and was featured at the Chicago Century of Progress Exhibition. Robinson's likeness was captured on a painted portrait, an image that changed the product's packaging.*
      Edith Wilson ( ? - 1981)
      Prior to becoming the character, Edith Wilson was a classic blues singer and actress in Chicago. She appeared in "Amos 'n' Andy" and the movie, To Have and Have Not. Quaker Oats had Wison portray Aunt Jemima on radio, television, and in personal appearances from 1948 to 1966. Wilson was the first Aunt Jemima to appear in television commercials.*
      Ethel Ernestine Harper ( ? - 1981)
      Ethel Ernestine Harper was Aunt Jemima during the 1950s. Prior to assuming the role, Harper graduated from college at the age of 17 and became a teacher. As an acrtess, Harper performed in the Hot Mikado and the Negro Follies.*
      Rosie Hall (1900 - 1967)
      Rosie Hall worked for Quaker Oaats in the company's advertising department until she discovered their need for a new Aunt Jemima. In 1988 they declared her grave an historical landmark.*
      Aylene Lewis ( ? - 1964)
      Aylene Lewis first portrayed Aunt Jemima in 1955 at a restaurant of the same name at Disneyland. As Aunt Jemima, Lewis posed for pictures with visitors.*
      Ann Short Harrington (1900 - 1955)
      Little is known about the career of Ann Harrington. Clippings from New York papers indicate the Harrington was "discovered" working as a cook in Syracuse, New York for the Kapa Sigma fraternity house. Before the fraternity, Harrington had worked for the former New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. It is unknown how long Ann Harrington portrayed Aunt Jemima, but she apparently appeared on television shows as the character in the New York area.**

      The Aunt Jemima trademark has been modified several times over the years. Aunt Jemima is no longer a slave, but either a housewife or some other benevolent mother figure. She has been made younger and more physically attractive, and her kerchief has been eliminated for a more modern hairstyle and pearls. This new look remains with the products to this day.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to cure heavy menses? What problems will happen if you have heavy menses?
    How to cure heavy menses? What problems will happen if you have heavy menses?

    And also what causes heavy menses ?
    will heavy menses go away w/ time?

    • ANSWER:
      the pill, or if you are done having kids a uterine ablation. no it does not go away with time, at least not until menopause. problems it could cause would be anemia.

  2. QUESTION:
    What causes the hot flushes that occur during menopause?
    My hot flushes were so severe that I didn't need a blanket all winter long. Also, is there such a thing as male menopause? If so, do men get cold flushes?
    I went through a severe menopause while in my thirties, as the result of a complete hysterectomy after having uterus cancer.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is hormonal but japanese women rarely suffer from menopausal hot flushes due to their diet. Soy is of significant benefit. They say there is such a thing as male menopause due to lowering of testosterone. I'll add a few links.

      Diet cures hot flushes:
      http://www.naturalnews.com/019538.html

      Male Menopause:
      http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2004/12/09/1261255.htm

  3. QUESTION:
    How long will a womans period last during menopause?
    Hi. Uhh, hard question. My mom turns 50 in a few days (I'm 13) and has been going through menopause for a while. How long would her period last? She can be really mean to me and my dad. Also, is there any way to maker her less mean? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, but menopause has no set age nor does it cure someone from being mean. Some women reach menopause in there 70s & others in there 60s & yes for some its even in there 50s. I hope you notice I do not say just age 50, but age 50-59=50s. Just because a woman has her period doesn't mean that she exhibits hostility, vindictiveness, or meanness. That is just an excuse your Mother is using to hurt everyone around her. I know its not what you want to hear but really its the truth. Your mother doesn't have a hormonal imbalance that just magically disappears when her period is over. Hope I helped and Good Luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the cure for hormonal imbalance?
    if a female has both estrogen and testosterone in equal quantities and bcoz of that she has hair fall on head and hair growth on arms legs and underarms whats d cure. She also does not get chums without medication.
    she has more testosterones than is normal and bcoz of that she ain't getting periods regularly. that contributes to her being overweight. it becomes a vicious cycle. plus she has hair when its not needed and hair loss where required. is there a cure for such a condition? if so what, how and is it natural? no drugs please!

    • ANSWER:
      First, Hormonal Imbalance can be cured though it takes a loooong time.In my case it took 9 years.
      Second, Medicines help to get the chums and the flow comes for a while.The body needs to generate the hormones by itself.Prolong medication makes the body used to artificial sources and the body eventually stops creating the hormones.Still the cycles can be regularised if the person has not reached menopause.
      Third, the test needs to be done to know which is the hormone causing the problem.In most cases its thyroid, more testosterone or reverse LH,FSH ratio.In my case the doctors were thinking its thyroid and testosterone for five years and then they found out its LH imbalance.Even that diagnosis may not help as the only medication for that might react to the body (as happened in my case).
      THE CURE:
      1. Live a routined life. Change the life style.Quit smoking.
      2. Overweight as people say is the cause, It actually is. Paradoxically not all overweigth people have hormonal imbalance but those who have tends to put on weight and the viscious cycle goes on.Doctors asked me to reduce 12-14 kgs. I lost 4 kgs and since then everything is fine.
      Generally, a tough exercise regime and strict diet is given to follow.Trust me , nothing works.
      3. Homeopathy helps but need to be followed strictly and endlessly .In my case patience ran out before it could be cure me.
      4. Breathe out.Exhale. Do breathing exercise for half an hour a day EVERYDAY.Do Pranayama, kapalbhati and anulom vilom.In my case it took 5 months to cure me,after 8 yrs of trying everyting.But learn it from a practitioner.
      5. Very Importantly, SLEEP. Dont sleep more or less.Sleep for 7-8 hours at NIGHT.If you have a night shift job.Quit it.

  5. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & 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.

      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.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
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      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

      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)

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is there a permanent cure to ovarian cysts?
    I seem to keep getting ovarian cysts (I have had two that have caused serious problems in the last four months). Is there a cure for this that doesn't involve surgery? My mom wants me to get my ovary removed so that they can't grow there but that seems really drastic to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Removing your ovary to prevent ovarian cysts is like deciding that to prevent a sprained ankle, you should have your leg amputated. Someone who gets one ovary removed at your age risks a lot of things--mortality rate decreases almost 2x, and you'll go through menopause early, and you might even have slight fertility problems. And that could still mean that you have ovarian cyst problems in your other ovary. So you're right, it's drastic to remove your ovary. It's replacing one problem with another problem. However, one way to decrease incidence of ovarian cysts is to go on birth control pills. I'm not sure why your doc hasn't recommended that yet, but it makes a lot of sense.

  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:
    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. QUESTION:
    Does the age you first got your period determine when you will go into menopause?
    I started my cycle really early and am concerned a bout early menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      The age you started doesn't really determine your Menopausal age. I was 1wk. off my nineth Birthday I became Pre- Men. 53. We all are supplied with many 1000s of eggs to last. through. When they are no longer viable etc. we commence the next stage of life. However some conditions can interfere ie. Endometriosis., Hormonal, Cancer,infertility can result.
      If you plan on having children don't wait too long from 27 the change of getting pregnant starts to decline quite considerably. I'm not sure on the stats about 20% I think you can check that on the Web anyway under fertility and age best to conceive and declining changes and infertility. IVF is a way but isn't the wonder cure for all.
      My Sis tried 14yrs, finally had eggs donated and became pregnant. A lot of emotional stress on both partners when going through this.
      Hope that answered it for you.

  12. QUESTION:
    How can you cure clammy hands?
    For the past 5 years, my hands have always been either ice cold or burning hot - and constantly sweaty.

    It's really embarasssing.

    I think it might be caused by a circulation problem, but I'm not sure.

    Anyway, has anyone heard of this condition before - or know any solutions to cure it?

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      hyperhidrosis
      (excerts from wikipedia article):

      Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, axillae, and the groin area are among the most active regions of perspiration due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands; however, any part of the body may be affected. Primary hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or even before and seems to be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.

      Primary hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life. The latter form may be due to a disorder of the thyroid or pituitary gland, diabetes mellitus, tumors, gout, menopause, certain drugs, or mercury poisoning. Such secondary forms may have more serious consequences than hyperhidrosis.

      Affected areas
      Palmar: excessive sweating of the hands.
      Axillary: excessive sweating of the armpits.
      Plantar: excessive sweating of the feet.
      Facial: excessive sweating of the face. (i.e. not emotional or thermal related blushing)
      Cranial: excessive sweating of the head, especially noted around the hairline.
      General: Overall excessive sweating.

      Cause
      The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown, although some surgeons claim that it is caused by sympathetic overactivity.

      However, anxiety can exacerbate the situation for many sufferers. A common complaint of patients is that they get nervous because they sweat, then sweat more because they are nervous. Other factors can play a role; certain foods & drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and smells can trigger a response (see also diaphoresis).

      (more on treatments and medications in wikipedia article)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperhidrosis

  13. QUESTION:
    What is causing my friends mom to have dizziness, hot flashes, and shakes?
    Today my friend's mom has been having moderately severe dizzy spells. And after her hot flashes and dizziness subsides she gets very cold and starts having the chills. Can anyone tell us what's wrong and maybe a way to temporarily cure it?
    Thanks a bunch.

    • ANSWER:
      she should go see a doctor or its menopause

  14. QUESTION:
    How much of an indicator of gynecological cancer is post-menopausal bleeding?
    My mother went through menopause six years ago.

    For the last three days she's been bleeding and feeling tired; I suspect she may have some kind of cancer.

    She is not on hormonal therapy.

    Is cancer the only thing this could indicate? Could the fact that I'm visiting her for the summer have an effect on her (the age-old phenomenon of women living in close-by spaces) ? I'm pressuring her to see a gynecologist - if she does have cancer, how much easier would it be to treat it if she sees a doctor within about a week of the first bleeding ?

    • ANSWER:
      It COULD be a bad sign but there is no way she can be diagnosed over the internet. She needs to see a doctor ASAP and yes, the sooner it is found (if it turns out to be something bad) the better! It could be the difference between a cure and not having one.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is breast cancer generally less aggressive in women in there 70's and 80's?
    I've read a number of articles including Womansday that have claimed that women in there 70's and 80's have the highest cure rates because the cancer is not very aggressive. Why is that??

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know why the first person who answered insists on pretending to be a doctor with those nonsense answers. It is so annoying, Menopause does not cause cancer to be more aggressive, but most women who get breast cancer are postmenopausal.

      The reason it is less aggressive with age is because it is a hormone driven cancer and the older we get the less hormones we produce. Also the younger the person it the more aggressive it usually is.

  18. QUESTION:
    How long will my generation live to be maybe 200?
    I am 15 and I think my generation will live to be like 500 or 200 cause the world is advancing.Maybe women in the future dont have to go through menopause cause they may invent something to stop people from looking old

    • ANSWER:
      Because of diet the life expectancy of newer generations will most likely decrease despite medical advances. The fast food, frozen meals loaded with salt and preservatives, boxed meals, sodas, and junk foods (dont even get me started with growth hormones in meat) all take their toll. You definitely wont live to 200. Science doesn't advance THAT fast. There are no miracle cures even close to complete that would extend our cellular life and were not likely to see those kinds of advances for another 100+ years. At the moment there is more concern for making the quality of life better as we age (HGH and the like). Rather than extending lifespans like your talking about.

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy the herb black cohosh?
    I heard it s a good cure for blushing.

    • ANSWER:
      BLACK COHOSH 500MG £6.99

      BLACK COHOSH IS A SHRUB LIKE PLANT NATIVE TO THE EASTERN DECIDUOUS FORESTS OF NORTH AMERICA.THIS HERB WAS USED BY AMERICAN INDIANS TO RELIEVE THE SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE.THIS HIGH STRENGTH PRODUCT CONTAINS EXTRACT EQUIVALENT TO 500MG OF BLACK COHOSH STANDARDISED TO CONTAIN 5MG OF TRITERPENE GLYCOSIDES. ONE A DAY
      SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS

      90 TABLETS £6.99 (£5.95 +VAT)

      BLACK COHOSH COMPLEX WITH SAGE £5.99 - £14.99

      THIS COMPLEX HAS BEEN SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO SUPPORT HEALTH AND WELL BEING DURING THE MENOPAUSE AND BEYOND.THIS HIGH STRENGTH COMPLEX CONTAINS BLACK COHOSH, SAGE, LIQUORICE, WILD YAM AND SIBERIAN GINSENG. 1-2 TABLETS A DAY
      SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS AND VEGANS

  20. 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

  21. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of severe agitation?
    due to pms, depression and of age to start menopause.

    • ANSWER:
      Two enzyme are helping many people who have PH levels that are said to help with neurological problems. Peptizyde and HN-Zyme Prime. http://owen.curezone.com/healing/autismenzymes.html

      The Water Cure is something you should also consider. Drink 6-8 glasses of distilled water with a pinch of sea salt to remineralize your body and help with PH problems.

      Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with cinnamon to taste in apple juice and or unsweetened grape juice.
      http://curezone.com/blogs/f.asp?f=179

      Take a good multi-vitamin. Test the vitamin. Drop it in a cup of apple cider vinegar. If it doesn't disolve easily then it is not a soluable vitamin.

      Try a special kind of Niacin called Niacin Inositol Hexanicotinate.
      This is good for many conditions including Depression, Alzheimer's, Neurological imbalance, Hairloss, and I have a hunch it would help with your disposition.

      Consciously do not grind your teeth. Whenever you get frustrated or angry, drop your jaw and relax it.

      Don't give up and be proactive in overcoming your agitated disposition. Start today with the Water Cure and try some or all of the other suggestions until you find what works for you. You can beat this thing.

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell me something more abouth hormonal disorders at women?
    Out of curiosity. What are the most usual hormonal disorders; What usually cause (which) hormonal disorders; What are simptoms; how do you cure a hormonal disorder; What to do/ not to do to get a hormonal disorder?...

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the 3 most common hormonal disorders in women:

      Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
      Thyroid Dysfunction.
      Adrenal Fatigue.

      Here's a brief description of each:

      ♯ Common Hormone Disorders: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
      The most common hormonal disorder among women is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects an estimated 7 percent of women. However, many cases may go undiagnosed, so as many as one in 10 women may be affected.

      "This is a syndrome, which means it is a collection of features," said Dr. Ricardo Azziz, chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's department of obstetrics and gynecology.

      Two-thirds of women with PCOS are overweight and most are insulin resistant. Symptoms include:

      ♦ Irregular or absent periods
      ♦ Unusual body hair growth
      ♦ Unusually severe acne
      ♦ Darkened skin patches
      ♦ Rapid weight gain

      Although the cause of PCOS remains unknown, researchers are looking into its connection to obesity, genetics and insulin production.

      Lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet and exercising, are often "prescribed" for patients with PCOS. This is because weight loss has been found to cause an improvement, or even a remission, of symptoms. Sometimes medications, including birth control pills and fertility drugs, are prescribed to help with symptoms.

      ♯ Thyroid Dysfunction:
      Over 20 percent of menopausal women in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, according to Marcy Holmes, NP, Certified Menopause Clinician, and Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN N.P. However, studies suggest that millions more may be suffering from subclinical problems, but remain undiagnosed.

      Most women are affected by hypothyroidism, a sluggish or "underactive" thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

      ♦ Fatigue
      ♦ Weight gain
      ♦ Depression
      ♦ High cholesterol

      Other women may be affected by the opposite, hyperthyroidism, which is an overactive thyroid. A person with hyperthyroidism may:

      ♦ Have trouble sleeping
      ♦ Feel anxious
      ♦ Be irritable
      ♦ Feel overheated
      ♦ Experience weight loss (with an increased appetite)

      Hormonal imbalances, which could be caused by stress and nutritional deficiencies, trigger thyroid disease. Hypothydroidism may also occur at other times your body may be more prone to hormonal imbalance, such as during perimenopause, menopause and pregnancy.

      ♯ Adrenal Fatigue:
      Your adrenal glands (located on top of each kidney) act as control centers for many hormones. One of their most important tasks is to get your body ready for the "fight or flight" stress response, which means increasing adrenaline and other hormones.

      This response increases your heart rate and blood pressure, slows your digestion and basically gets your body ready to face a potential threat or challenge.

      While this response is good when it's needed, many of us are constantly faced with stressors (work, environmental toxins, not enough sleep, worry, etc.) and are in this "fight or flight" mode for far too long -- much longer than was ever intended from an evolutionary standpoint.

      The result? The adrenals become overworked and fatigued. Symptoms of adrenal dysfunction are varied, but include:

      ♦ Fatigue and weakness
      ♦ A suppressed immune system
      ♦ Muscle and bone loss
      ♦ Depression
      ♦ Hormonal imbalance
      ♦ Skin problems
      ♦ Autoimmune disorders

      You can support healthy adrenal function by:

      ♦ Resting more
      ♦ Reducing stress in your life
      ♦ Eating a nutrient-dense diet

  24. QUESTION:
    Am I the only person who gets hot flashes with gas and/or diarrhea?
    I am 31 and have lived with this nightmare for some time now and it is really starting to run my life. The hot flashes are hoooorrible. I can't function correctly with them. I barely get any sleep. I run my own business and take care of 3 kids and it is debilitating my life.......Pls any suggestions or medications that can help cure this?? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      the only thing i can think of is early menopause.

  25. 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!

  26. QUESTION:
    what is the best medicine or remedy for sweaty hands?
    i have very sweaty hands and i need a cure... what can i use that will help get rid of this problem.. thanks a lot for your help

    • ANSWER:
      you can actually get botox in the sweat glands.
      a friend of my mums had an operation which fixed the hands but now she has sweaty feet because the sweat technically has to go somewhere else. but she will have an operation to fix that too.
      go see your gp for suggestions
      i know sage tea is good for sweating/hotflushes but has only been proven in menopause.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to CURE pcos without surgery?
    I'm tired of treating it, I want to be CURED of it. The only problem is....having kids someday is a MUST so I don't want any of my woman parts removed...at least not until I have kids. but I don't plan on having any until at least 8 years from now.

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed at 19 but had it since puberty. I understand how you feel. PCOS is a monster roller coaster.

      I know that you know how to treat PCOS since you are currently but this is my 'pep talk' to you since it sounds like you need one. :)

      The best you can do toward a cure is watch what you eat, maintain a normal weight and exercise.

      Diet is key:

      Stay away from processed food, carbohydrates and sugar. See these foods as being your enemy.
      http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/weight-loss.html

      Normal body weight:

      The more fat you have the more confused your hormones are. You want your hormones to be as normal as possible. Losing the extra fat will go a long way.
      Fat is actually an endocrine organ. After menopause, fat produces estrogen which can be fuel for breast tumors.
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4946586/ns/health-fitness/

      "A weight decrease of only 5% of total body weight is associated with decreased insulin levels, increased fertility, reduced hirsutism and acne, and lower free testosterone levels."
      http://www.soulcysters.com/weight_loss.html

      Enough said about the benfits of weight loss on PCOS.

      Exercise:

      Exercise improves insulin sensitivity. If for no other reason, that's reason enough to exercise.
      http://www.soulcysters.net/showthread.php?130395-Exercise-Improves-Insulin-Sensitivity-for-Women-With-PCOS

      This is a crucial time in your life. You have eight years before you want children. If you take control of your PCOS now, your body will be more likely to cooperate when you are ready to conceive.

      As far as a cure? I personally think PCOS is a condition I just have....period. It's like any other health condition that has to be watched and controlled. The best you can do is educate yourself and then act on what you know.

      A healthy life to you!

      Lisa Kay

  33. QUESTION:
    How could a female stop depression having no cure for hair loss? wyl pushin her 2 depart from intimatin others?
    A scientific research or helpful guide need to be introduced enabling such patients to keep their spirit well. Though it may seem so trivial, it really hurt their feminine charm and confidence a lot!!!! thanks.

    • 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!

  34. QUESTION:
    What kind procedures are done to stop having period at over age 50?
    I have heard that some people who are over age 50 and still having a heavy period can get some kind of "thing" in their uterus. So that would stop the period until they get their menopause..do you all know what that is exactly? and how does it work? any link regarding this would be a help too..thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a list of what can be done.
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/menorrhagia/DS00394/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs
      Dilation and curettage (D and C). In this procedure, your doctor opens (dilates) your cervix and then scrapes or suctions tissue from the lining of your uterus to reduce menstrual bleeding. Although this procedure is common and often treats menorrhagia successfully, you may need additional D and C procedures if menorrhagia recurs.
      Operative hysteroscopy. This procedure uses a tiny tube with a light (hysteroscope) to view your uterine cavity and can aid in the surgical removal of a polyp that may be causing excessive menstrual bleeding.
      Endometrial ablation. Using a variety of techniques, your doctor permanently destroys the entire lining of your uterus (endometrium). After endometrial ablation, most women have little or no menstrual flow. Endometrial ablation reduces your ability to become pregnant.
      Endometrial resection. This surgical procedure uses an electrosurgical wire loop to remove the lining of the uterus. Both endometrial ablation and endometrial resection benefit women who have very heavy menstrual bleeding. Like endometrial ablation, this procedure reduces your ability to become pregnant.
      Hysterectomy. Surgical removal of the uterus and cervix is a permanent procedure that causes sterility and cessation of menstrual periods. Hysterectomy is performed under anesthesia and requires hospitalization. Additional removal of the ovaries (bilateral oophorectomy) may cause premature menopause in younger women.

      A hysterectomy can be done but it doesn't mean the ovaries have to be removed with it and it should be the last resort because a hysterectomy is major surgery that involves major cutting and stitching. A woman who has a vaginal hysterectomy can have over 200 internal stitches and the minimum recovery is six weeks. The term hysterectomy refers to the removal of the uterus. If the ovaries are taken it's called a bilateral salpingo oopherectomy. When the entire uterus is taken it includes the cervix which is the neck or bottom of the uterus and is termed a total hysterectomy. It's possible to have a total hysterectomy and keep both ovaries. I had a TVH and kept both ovaries. There's also another procedure that may be able to be done in an outpatient setting but I think it's similar to ablation usually with all of them it's recommended that women don't have kids after them. While some may not be a guarantee it's also important to know the causes of heavy bleeding. Some cases may not respond to the other things and a hysterectomy would be the only choice which could work. If there's endometriosis or adenomyosis (endometriosis inside the uterine muscle) a hysterectomy is the only cure.

      Edited: About what the previous responder Mike said about a hysterectomy not intended to stop periods...When the uterus and cervix are removed there shouldn't be any bleeding at all even if both ovaries are present. It's the linning of the uterus and sometimes the linning left in the cervix that builds up every month which causes bleeding. Women who have a tubal ligation simply don't pass the eggs into their uterus and they still have periods because of the uterine linning that builds up from hormones and such. Because I kept my ovaries with my total hysterectomy (see note at bottom for definition of total hysterctomy) my doctor said the eggs would just disinigrate into my body but because I don't have a uterus or cervix anymore I don't get anymore periods. I don't need any hormone replacement therapy because my ovaries are still providing enough hormones until I go into menopause. There have been women who have had both ovaries removed and still have the uterus although it's not as common to leave the uterus in when both ovaries are out and they still get periods or messed up cycles because of the unbalanced amount of hormones. It's the linning from the uterus that sheds every month.

      Here is a list of the different types of hysterectomies and please do not confuse the term partial and total hysterectomy.
      Note: The term hysterectomy refers to the removal of the uterus not the ovaries. A total hysterectomy is when the cervix is removed with the uterus which is the bottom part or neck of the uterus and is about the size of a coat button. It can still contain a linning and shed every month for women who opt to keep their cervix. Some women have had to go back in and have the cervix removed because it bled so much. One can have a total hysterectomy while keeping both ovaries and tubes.

      http://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/view_hysterectomy_defined.htm
      Total Hysterectomy
      A total hysterectomy is removal of the entire uterus which includes the cervix. A radical hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, the tissue on both sides of the cervix (parametrium), and the upper part of the vagina.

      Partial Hysterectomy
      A partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy is removal of just the upper portion of the uterus, leaving the cervix intact
      Removal of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes (bilateral salpingo oopherectomy) may also be done at the same time.

      Hysterectomy Types
      A hysterectomy may be done through an abdominal incision - Abdominal Hysterectomy

      A hysterectomy may be done through a vaginal incision - Vaginal Hysterectomy

      A hysterectomy may be done completely through laparoscopic incisions (small incisions on the abdomen -- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy.

      A hysterectomy may be done completely through the use of a robotic surgical device through small incisions in the abdomen - da Vinci® Hysterectomy.

      Your physician will help you decide which type of hysterectomy is most appropriate for you, depending on your medical history and the reason for your surgery.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is endomitriosis? What are the causes, symptoms? Anyone suffering from it and What would you like to ask?
    I have been diagnosed with this? What does it mean? What do you feel like? What is usually the "fix" to this problem? How do you feel? What can I expect? Does hysterectomy cure this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a lot of endometriosis support groups on line. Check out yahoo groups to find one. They'll be a big help. To answer your question:

      The lining of the uterus, the thing that builds up and sheds every month, is called the endometrium. Sometimes bits of the lining get out of the uterus somehow and attach to other body parts, usually in your abdominal cavity. Then, every month, they build up and shed just like what happens in the uterus. But because they're in the abdominal cavity, this is not supposed to happen, and it causes problems. It ends up causing pain and scar tissue. There are varying severities of it--stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4, depending on how much endometrial tissue is in your body, and how bad it is. Besides causing pain every month, this may also cause you to have problems getting pregnant naturally, but using IVF, you should still be able to get pregnant. Some with endometriosis don't have any problem getting pregnant.

      There's no good fix for this. There are a few things to do:
      1) Putting you on birth control pills can help alleviate the problem but not completely.
      2) Surgery can remove the endometrial implants but they'll grow back.
      3) The drug Lupron causes your ovaries to shut down and so the endometrial tissue shrinks and hopefully dies with the lack of ovarian hormones feeding it. So sometimes they put women on Lupron for 6 months or so, during which time the woman experiences menopausal symptoms as a result of no ovarian hormones. So: hot flashes, trouble sleeping, dryness, fatigue, brain fog. Then you stop the drug and the ovaries restart and hopefully the endometriosis is not as bad. But it grows back.
      4) Surgery to remove the uterus. This can help to reduce severity of the endometriosis, and reduce pain. But there is still endometriosis in the abdominal cavity
      5) surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries and endometrial implants. This should solve the endometriosis problem, but then you'll have the surgical menopause problem. Generally after this surgery, women do not use hormones for some months in order to starve out and kill the endometrial implants. Then they start taking hormones to relieve the surgical menopause symptoms.

  36. QUESTION:
    are hormonal replacement pills bad to take in the long run?
    if you stop taking them does acne come back just as bad as before , if not worse? or is it a long time cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Two common classes of drugs used to manage acne are the tetracycline antibiotics and the Pill. Both are quite effective when you take it, but there is a chance of relapse when you discontinue.

      It won't necessarily come back worse than before though. Not all people relapse. Acne often improves with age.

      Edit: Note: Menopause is not a disease and neither is it treated as one in conventional medicine. However, symptoms can be distressing and cause problems and the aim of medicine isn't just to cure a problem, it also aims to improve quality of life.

      Also note homeopathy is bunk.

  37. QUESTION:
    How to cure rough n tough hairs and also hair fall?
    Hey , i am 21 male . I have very rough n tough hairs . I also have huge hair fall . Plz help me guys . Suggest me something for that .

    • 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. 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.
      For your rough n tough hairs, towe