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Find out if you are experiencing Perimenopause. Take our Perimenopause quiz.

December 1st, 2010 No comments

MenopauseRx understands that no two women experience the same perimenopause and menopause transition. For this reason, we have developed a free detailed “Perimenopause and Menopause Assessment Quiz”

Gas and Bloating associated with Menopause?

November 16th, 2010 No comments

Reprinted below is a question that is heard very commonly in the office from patients:

Q: Since I went through menopause, I have noticed more gas and bloating. The symptoms are becoming more embarassing and nothing seems to help. Is there an association between gas and menopause? 

A:  Over the last few years, it has become quite apparent that a very common symptom of menopause is bloating in the intestinal tract due to the production of gas. Recent survey results have found over two-thirds of women experience stomach gas during menopause.

While gas and bloating are very common symptoms during menopause, it is unclear if this is related to the actual hormonal adjustments of menopause or solely an issue of aging . Since approximately one quarter of women have noted increased gas during menopause, some doctor’s have suggested that decreasing hormone production may play a role in this process. Other experts have stated that a change in diet around the menopause transition may lead to more gas and bloating. In fact, over 60% of women were eating more fruit and vegetables and over 70% have made changes in their diet during menopause according to a recent survey.

There are many approaches to reducing gas and flatulence. Fortunately, eliminating healthy gas producing foods does not need to be done.

When ingesting gassy foods such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, legumes, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, and whole-grain breads consider a digestive aid to eliminate gas. Many foods that are part of a healthy diet can cause gas.

Click here for an expanded list of ‘gassy’ foods ( http://www.menopauserx.com/news/gas.htm).

As with all medical conditions, it is recommended to discuss your specific symptoms with your health care provider.

John A. Sunyecz, M.D.

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Is Menopause The Reason I am so fat?

September 10th, 2010 4 comments

Weight gain is a common symptom of menopause… ok so it is more than just common. There are very few women that do not gain weight during menopause, and the lucky few still complain of weight redistribution (extra weight around the belly and waistline). Unfortunately, this is not good news, because abdominal fat is a risk factor for diabetes, hypertension, cancers, and heart disease.
More information to follow in my newsletter on the Big Belly Theory!

Bacteria and the Colon: A Healthy Relationship

September 7th, 2010 No comments

Bacteria and the Colon: A Healthy Relationship

When we hear the word “bacteria” our response is typically: it’s bad. However, there are certain forms of bacteria that are “good” and, in fact, that we need in our bodies in order to stay healthy.

These bacteria are typically housed in our digestive system, specifically, the colon. There they function to:

  • Prevent the harmful forms of bacteria from multiplying
  • Prevent disease from spreading from the colon across the body
  • Assist with digestion of carbohydrates that haven’t been fully broken down earlier in the digestive process
  • Strengthen and aid the immune system
  • Alleviate constipation
  • Prevent diarrhea
  • Produce vitamins – such as Vitamin K – for healthy functioning of the body
  • Produce hormones to help with effective bodily processes

If we don’t have these beneficial bacteria or we don’t have sufficient quantities of them, we are likely to be unhealthy and become ill.

It may be surprising, but there are between 300 and 1000 different species of bacteria – 500 is the number most commonly cited. However, the majority of the bacteria probably stem from only 30 or 40 different species with the most common bacteria genera being: Bacteroides, Clostridium, Fusobacterium, Eubacterium, Ruminococcus, Peptococcus, Peptostreptococcus, and Bifidobacterium. Read more…

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MenopauseRx comments on Supplement Safety

August 9th, 2010 1 comment

Consumer Reports’ ‘Dirty Dozen’: 12 Risky Supplements
These Products May Do More Harm Than Good, Reviewers Warn
Aug. 3, 2010—
In 2009, Americans spent close to $27 billion on supplements — but some of them could be more harmful than good.

This topic was introduced on Good Morning America this week when Dr. Richard Besser discussed the “dirty dozen” supplement ingredients list released by Consumer Reports…

We suggest that you research whether you may be taking one or more of these “dirty dozen” products. As a consumer, you need to thoroughly investigate each and every supplement that you take. While it is important to review your supplement regimen with your doctor, remember, many physicians are not taught about natural products or supplements. If your physician is not knowledgable about your supplements, don’t hesitate to discuss with your pharmacist. Below is a list of the 12 products mentioned in the report.

1. Aconite
2. Bitter Orange
3. Chaparral
4. Colloidal Silver
5. Coltsfoot
6. Comfrey
7. Country Mallow
8. Germanium
9. Greater Celandine
10. Kava
11. Lobelia
12. Yohimbe
Source: Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Professional Version, June 2010

We have checked out the MenopauseRx Store for your safety!

We are asking that you do the same for your medicine cabinet.

Night Sweats and Menopause

June 6th, 2010 1 comment

Getting Help with Night Sweats…

Night sweats are one of the most common complaints of menopause which typically begins in a woman’s late 30s to early 50s. In fact, in a survey conducted by MenopauseRx, approximately 60% of women experience night sweats. Night sweats are part of a variety of symptoms referred to as vasomotor symptoms. Vasomotor symptoms result from the body’s thermoregulatory center responding to lower circulating hormones.

How to Cope…

A new study reports that 20 – 40% of adults have experienced night sweats in the past month, of which 50% of these adults complained of severe nights sweats (they required a change in bed clothes) and yet they have not reported these symptoms to their physicians.(1)  

Oftentimes, night sweats can be so intense that they interrupt a woman’s sleep, which is associated with reduced quality of life.  

The symptoms of night sweats can drastically disturb sleep patterns, making it difficult to wake up feeling rested. Because of this, women who suffer from night sweats often experience:  

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Exhaustion during the day
  • Irritability
  • Heightened levels of stress

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep night sweats at bay. Here are a few strategies to consider:  

  1. Look for patterns: Keep track of potential triggers (tobacco, diet, caffeine, and alcohol)
  2. Stay comfortable with moisture wicking clothing: Wick away moisture from the body and speed up the evaporation process, thus helping to regulate the body’s temperature as you sleep.
  3. Hormone therapy (HT): Many studies have shown that HT improves quality of sleep. Click here to learn more…..
  4. Breathe deeply: Relaxation breathing may help
  5. Complementary and Alternative therapy: including herbal remedies. Click here to learn more.….
  6. Exercise

“A recent study done at Penn State indicates that increasing cardio-respiratory fitness, including walking and yoga, could be a way to reduce menopausal symptoms. Other research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that during menopause, overweight women have significantly more hot flashes and night sweats. Getting active and losing weight, of course, may not only reduce night sweats but can also positively affect your overall health and well-being.”(2)  


1. James W. Mold, MD, MPH, Suanne Goodrich, PhD and William Orr, PhD, Associations Between Subjective Night Sweats and Sleep Study Findings, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 21 (2): 96-100 (2008)
2. Jessie Sholl, Menopausal Night Sweats: Why They Happen and How to Cope, Everyday Health, 10/13/2008.

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Pain Relief Patch (SalonPAS) and MenopauseRx

June 1st, 2010 2 comments

MenopauseRx is pleased to announce an agreement with the manufacturer of SalonPAS.  Beginning immediately, MenopauseRx will provide a free sample of SALONPAS®PAIN RELIEF PATCHwith each order from the MenopauseRx.com online store.  Each SALONPAS®PAIN RELIEF PATCHsample contains three (3) ultra thin, comfort stretch patches that are helpful in alleviating muscle pain.  Effectiveness related to stiff neck, sore shoulder, backache and joint pain has been confirmed in clinical trials.

The SALONPAS®PAIN RELIEF PATCH is the first and only FDA approved over-the-counter topical pain relief patch.  Two powerful ingredients, ‘Methyl Salicylate and Menthol’, go right to the site of pain. SALONPAS®PAIN RELIEF PATCH reduces inflammation and relieves mild to moderate pain for up to 12 hours.

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How does Soy help during Menopause?

Soy Supplement

Effisoy to help Menopause Symptoms

What is Soy?

You have likely heard a lot about soy and its wide range of health benefits including menopausal relief in the news lately. But what exactly is soy and what about soy is good for you? 

‘Soy’, ‘soy protein’, ‘isoflavones’ and ‘phytoestrogens’ are commonly mentioned when discussing natural methods used to reduce menopause symptoms. Although there are similarities, there are also distinct differences between the various soy foods and supplements available.

Pertinent Points:

»  Soy beans and other legumes contain isoflavones and are an important source of dietary phytoestrogens. 

»   Soy protein and soy isoflavones are not the same thing.  Therefore, for optimal benefit of the soy isoflavone, it is important to ascertain the isoflavone content of any particular soy product or food chosen.  

»   Soy based compounds must be absorbed in sufficient quantities before they can have any effect in the body, which can cause the effectiveness of various products to differ.     

Read more…

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How long will I have hot flashes?

Did you know that vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes and night sweats) might last much longer than previously thought? This may impact the length of time many women will consider using hormone therapy.

A recent study by Cole, with 13 years of data on 438 women, found that the average length of symptoms lasted 5-6 years. This is a much longer duration than many clinical guidelines estimate symptoms to last. Most current guidelines mention that symptoms may last 6 month to 2 years.

Hot flashes and night sweats may adversely affect quality of life and the daily activities of women during the menopausal transition.

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Top Ten Steps to a Healthy Menopause

#10: This is not your grandmother’s menopause

At the turn of the 19th century, a woman’s average life expectancy was 48.3 years. Most women did not live beyond their childbearing years. Today, if you are 45 years old, you can expect to live another 35-40 years. Some would say that it’s not natural for a woman to live so many years without the benefits of the hormones they had when they were younger. Menopause is a natural part of life, not a disease; you can expect to stay fit and healthy after menopause.

#9: Know what’s happening physically

Estrogen is necessary for reproduction and provides you with feminine characteristics. When your ovaries stop producing the hormones necessary for pregnancy your periods stop as well. Menopause is merely your last menstrual period. For many women, the changes leading to menopause begin a few years before their last period, and during this time of hormonal fluctuation, they may experience hot flashes, sleep disturbances, night sweats, palpitations, headaches, mood swings, and fatigue.

#8: Menopause can affect sexual function

Women experience the effects of menopause in a variety of ways. Lack of hormones can affect the lubrication of the vaginal wall. As a result, you might experience vaginal dryness that makes sexual intercourse painful. You shouldn’t have to have pain with intercourse.

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