The FDA recently approved Brisdelle, the first non-hormonal medication for hot flashes associated with menopause. This may be exciting news for women wishing to avoid hormonal options for their hot flashes. But, before you take on a new medication, consider the side effects and other options (including bio-identical hormone replacement) to see

The FDA has approved a new drug to treat hot flashes in menopausal women called Brisdelle. It is a form of Paxil, an antidepressant. Antidepressants are not a new treatment for menopausal symptoms.  Medications such as Effexor, Paxil, and Prozac can decrease hot flashes and night sweats. They are not as effective

What Causes Anxiety in Perimenopause? Anxiety during perimenopause is a very common issue.  All too commonly it is treated by primary care doctors, psychiatrists and even gynecologist using SSRI medications like Zoloft or Prozac.  But, alas, as I am fond of saying, these women do not have a Zoloft deficiency.  It is

A recent study presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting in October demonstrates that estrogen and progesterone use started close to menopause can improve menopausal symptoms, mood, and heart disease. This is in stark contrast to the Women’s Health Initiative that showed estrogen use increased heart disease, stroke, breast cancer,

In results published in the journal, Neurology, researchers uncovered significant evidence that hormone therapy treatments in early menopause reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 30 percent. Researchers of a population based in Cache County in Utah found that women who began hormone replacement therapy within five years of

The widely anticipated preliminary results of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS) were released last week, pouring light over the dark shadow cast by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI.) The four-year study tested the safety and efficacy of micronized (bioidentical) progesterone combined with either oral (traditional) estrogen (o-CEE) or transdermal (bioidentical)

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Dr. Jen tells the readers of Family Circle magazine all about menopause. Pick up your copy and check out page 157: 18 Things Every Woman should know about Menopause

Get it while it’s hot! Everybody’s favorite sexual health expert, Dr. Jennifer Landa, chatted with Essence magazine to help women ensure their journey through menopause is a smooth ride. Check out the article inside the August 2012 issue of Essence, titled, “Hope for Change.”

This is a topic that causes a great deal of confusion.  I wish I could answer this question with a simple yes or no, but like many things in medicine, the answer is much more complex than this.  Unfortunately, the medical community often wants the answer to be easy, so you get

The stigma surrounding hormone therapy has slowly wafted into a mere dust clouds as more and more research unravels the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) published ten years ago yesterday. Today, at least 15 major medical organizations endorse hormone therapy as a viable option for the treatment of menopause. The WHI

The hormonal decline that occurs with menopause causes uncomfortable symptoms that lead many women to seek relief. Relief is rumored to exist with a steady soy diet or acupuncture, but hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is known as the most effective. Many women, however, live in fear of hormone therapy, questioning its safety

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If you missed Thursday’s broadcast, you can hear it again on Blog Talk Radio. Listen as I discuss menopause, low libido, hormone balance and thriving as a woman over 40.

During my trip to NYC, yesterday, I chatted with Gail and Carrie – the girls of the “Magnificent Menopause and Beyond” radio show. These ladies know how to have fun!! Listen to my discussion with these dynamic women as we discuss sexual health after 40 and how to make it thrive. Catch the

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) issued the following revised position statement, which is in favor of hormone therapy for women in menopause: http://www.menopause.org/psht12.pdf This may seem like an earth shattering statement based on new information, but I feel this is a long overdue statement.  The practice of Hormone Therapy was essentially

Weight gain and menopause seem to go together.  Many of my female patients describe rapid weight gain as they approached and entered menopause.  I hear them say,”I don’t know what happened.  I eat the same and exercise same, but I don’t dress the same because I can’t fit into my clothes any

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