AMS HP eNews Bulletin 29 January 2016


  Australasian Menopause Society  
Health Professionals eNews29 January 2016
  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.


Know your chances    

The National Cancer Institute in the USA has developed a website of interactive risk charts to put cancer in context. 


Risk charts present these basic facts by showing the chance of dying from a variety of cancer and other diseases over specific time frames. Because age, sex and race are so important in determining your chances, the charts let you account for these factors. While other factors make an important difference (like smoking or having a serious disease run in your family), the numbers from the charts will get you into the right ballpark.


Know your chances


In the image above we have chosen a female age 50 years to view risk. 


Go to to view any age. 



Associations between lifetime tobacco exposure with infertility and age at natural menopause      

Several studies have investigated the association of tobacco use with infertility and age at natural menopause, yet few have explored secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure with these outcomes.


This study offers a comprehensive, quantified secondary data analysis of these issues using the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study (WHI OS).


The study concludes that active smoking and SHS exposure are associated with increased risk of infertility and natural menopause occurring before the age of 50 years.




ESHRE Guideline on the management of premature ovarian insufficiency   

ESHRE GuidelineThis guideline offers best practice advice on the care of women with premature ovarian insufficiency, both primary and secondary. The patient population comprises women younger than 40 years (which includes Turner Syndrome patients) and women older than 40 years, but with disease onset before 40. The first chapters of this guideline will elaborate on the nomenclature and definition of premature ovarian insufficiency.


This guideline is aimed at European healthcare providers and women with premature ovarian insufficiency. It was developed by a guideline development group (GDG) set up by the ESHRE Special Interest Group Reproductive Endocrinology. The GDG constituted clinicians with special interest in women with premature Ovarian Insufficiency, including an expert in bone health, cardiology, psychology and neurology, a literature methodology expert and a patient representative.   



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Association of Age at Menopause and Duration of Reproductive Period With Depression After Menopause

Estrogens have neuroprotective and antidepressive effects; however, associations between indices of reduced endogenous estrogens and risk for postmenopausal depression have not been systematically explored...

Cardiac and stroke death after withdrawal of hormone therapy

These newest findings by Mikkola and colleagues are the largest and most robust data to date confirming that both cardiac and stroke mortality are potentially increased after discontinuing HT...

Treatment of vitamin D insufficiency in postmenopausal women: desirable levels of vitamin D and supplementation

In a recent article in JAMA, Hansen and colleagues presented a randomized clinical trial of treatment of vitamin D insufficiency in postmenopausal women [1]. The trial compared the effects of placebo, low-dose cholecalciferol, and high-dose cholecalciferol on 1-year changes in total fractional calcium absorption, bone mineral density (BMD), timed-up-and-go and five sit-to-stand tests, and muscle mass in postmenopausal women with vitamin D insufficiency...

Alcohol Use and Menopause

The latest NAMS Practice Pearl, "Alcohol Use and Menopause," defines what constitutes light or moderate drinking and what may be considered "at-risk" drinking...


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