"Researchers found that menopause typically begins two to four years earlier in women whose bodies have high levels of certain chemicals found in household items, personal care products, plastics and the environment, compared to women with lower levels of the chemicals.
The investigators identified 15 chemicals -- nine (now banned) PCBs, three pesticides, two forms of plastics chemicals called phthalates, and the toxin furan -- that were significantly associated with an earlier start of menopause and that may have harmful effects on ovarian function."
The story link above has more information about what this may mean for your health and what small things you can do to limit exposure.
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A new study found that just a 5 percent change in weight (gain or loss) may affect postmenopausal bone health. A weight loss of 5 percent was associated with high risk of hip, upper limb, and central body fracture, while weight loss was associated with upper and lower limb fracture.
The story link above has more information on percentage of risk .
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This article has some good tips on common hot flash triggers to avoid, such as caffeine and spicy foods, as well as some actions you can take to hopefully help keep them at bay. Please let us know how you are doing and what works for you!View Thread
Hi - Here is a discussion about hot flashes and chest pain from a while ago that has a number of replies, including some from Dr. Minkin. You might want to take a look at the posts and see if any of the experiences posted there mirror your own and if their advice may be helpful for you. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
Hi lynn1960 and welcome to the community! This slideshow on coping with menopause symptoms has a piece on hairloss (and it might be helpful just to look through the entire thing). If you routinely color you hair, it suggests making sure the dye you use is free of harsh chemicals, and also limiting your exposure to the sun as it drys out your hair. This section of our hair loss center focuses on fighting hair loss in women and is filled with information. This slideshow on thinning hair causes and solutions may also prove helpful.
Here is some information on postmenopause that you may find it helpful to read through. Your symptoms should decrease as you enter postmenopause -- which you are considered to be in after you have not had a period for a year. If you haven't had a period for 10 years and you are just beginning to experience these symptoms again, it may be a good idea to speak with your doctor about them. Please let us know what you find.View Thread