AMS HP eNews Bulletin 27 November 2015


  Australasian Menopause Society  
Health Professionals eNews27 November 2015
  Welcome to AMS HP eNews for doctors and other healthcare professionals who have a special interest in women's health. The content covers information and resources relevant to menopause, midlife and the promotion of healthy ageing.


Which IMS videos are your patients watching?

IMS Videos


This popular series has been available since early this year. They are favourite items on the AMS website contributing over 16,000 page views to the website. 

Of the seven videos the most popular is the symptoms discussion with just over a quarter of visitors. Treatment options were fairly evenly spread over the various therapies, with health and sex rounding out the page views. 


See the video overview page at 


Menopause - What are the Symptoms?


  • Professor Susan Davis discusses several of the most common menopausal symptoms.


Menopause - Non-hormonal Treatment Options


  • Dr Anna Fenton discusses a variety of non-hormonal treatment options for menopausal symptoms.


Menopause - Complementary Therapies


  • Dr Anna Fenton discusses complementary treatment therapies for menopausal symptoms.

What is Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT)?


  • Professor Susan Davis discusses the basics of menopausal hormone therapy (HRT). 


Menopausal Hormone Therapy (HRT) safe?


  • Professor Rod Baber discusses the safety of menopausal hormone therapy (HRT). 


Menopause - How will it affect my health?


  • Professor Susan Davis explains how the onset of menopause may affect one's health. 


Menopause - Will it affect my sex life?


  • Professor Susan Davis discusses how the onset of menopause may affect your sex life, as well as various treatment options. 





As menopause approaches, fluctuating oestrogen increases sensitivity to stress, depression    

This study from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that the estradiol fluctuation that is common during the menopausal transition may enhance emotional sensitivity to psychosocial stress. When combined with a very stressful life event, this sensitivity is likely to contribute to the development of a depressed mood.




Hormone replacement therapy may benefit the kidneys  

Hormone replacement therapy may help protect kidney health, according to a study that will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 November 3-8 in the US. The effect of hormone replacement therapy on kidney function in postmenopausal women is unclear.


To investigate, Andrea Kattah, MD, Vesna Garovic, MD (Mayo Clinic), and their colleagues studied 2217 postmenopausal women who participated in the Family Blood Pressure Program, a multi-network study aimed at analyzing the genetics of hypertension. A total of 673 women were taking hormone replacements and 1544 were not. The researchers found that the prevalence of two markers of kidney disease - microalbuminuria and decreased estimated glomerular filtration rate - was significantly lower in women who were taking hormone replacement therapy as compared with women who were not. After adjusting for known risk factors for kidney and cardiovascular disease, the use of hormone replacement therapy remained significantly associated with lower levels of microalbuminuria.   



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Hormones may help younger women with menopause symptoms   
A closer analysis of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative findings, which previously suggested that women taking “estrogen plus progestin hormone replacement therapy” were at an increased risk “of heart disease and breast cancer,” revealed that age “really made a difference in heart disease risk.”  ... 


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