Could You Be Experiencing Perimenopause? What It Is and 10 Ways to Cope

Every day, women in their forties tell Dr. Lauren Streicher that they aren’t sleeping well, are feeling moodier than usual, and that they, along with their partners, are frustrated by their low libido. They want an explanation for what’s happening to their bodies, and she has one: perimenopause. North American Menopause Society defines perimenopause as […]

5 Things to Know About the Female Big O

When I told my mother I was writing an article about orgasms, I could feel her cringe over the phone. “Why?” she asked, “It’s so personal.” “Mom,” I said, “I’m not writing about my orgasms.” “Well, I should hope not!” she retorted, thus ending the one and only conversation we’ve ever had on the topic. […]

Menopause: Does Natural Hormone Therapy Help?

Hot flashes. Vaginal dryness. Sleep disruptions. Mood swings. It’s not a pretty picture, but that’s the unfortunate reality for a significant number of women suffering from the symptoms of menopause, which are caused by the natural reduction in hormones that accompany aging. That’s where replacement hormones come in. By swapping in a substitute for those […]

Menopause: “Hot Flash Havoc”

In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative released a study claiming that women who use hormone replacement therapy drugs to treat the symptoms of menopause are more likely to get a deadly form of breast cancer. A media frenzy ensued, and most of the 70 million women in America going through menopause stopped taking hormones. Most […]

Control Your Menopause Symptoms

Hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings and insomnia. If you’re not going through menopause already, these are the side effects you have to look forward to. But “the change” doesn’t have to be as awful as you’ve been led to believe. In the interview below, Dr. Lauren F. Streicher, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial […]