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Amy Robach on struggling with early menopause: From hot flashes to embracing aging

“Good Morning America” news anchor Amy Robach underwent her first-ever mammogram in October 2013, live on “GMA” for breast cancer awareness month. Weeks later, in November 2013, Robach announced on “GMA” that she had breast cancer. Robach underwent a double mastectomy and eight rounds of chemotherapy, all while raising a family and reporting on “GMA.” As a side effect of the chemotherapy, Robach went into menopause, a change that signifies the end of all monthly menstrual cycles. It happens when sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease. Robach,…

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Menopause: Answers to your most common questions

Menopause. It’s a condition that affects millions of women, and it involves some pretty significant changes — as well as symptoms. Here are a few answers to some of the most common questions about menopause. Menopause is defined as not having your period for 12 months — a change that signifies the end of all monthly menstrual cycles you will experience. It happens when sex hormones like estrogen and progesterone begin to decrease. According to the Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organization that focuses on clinical practice, education and research, menopause…

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Menopause Facebook group draws over 11K women seeking support

When Gwen Harris was hit “like a ton of bricks” with menopause symptoms in her early 50s, she said she felt like she knew no one who could relate. “I felt literally like a fish out of water,” said Harris, 59, whose symptoms included sweating so severe she had to bring a change of clothes with her everywhere she went. “It’s very hard to describe [menopause] to people and it’s hard to talk about these things.” Harris, who lives near Seattle, turned to Facebook and started a group she named…

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Employers urged to 'normalise' menopause in the workplace

Media playback is unsupported on your device Employers need to do more to “normalise conversations” about the menopause in the workplace, say experts. The comments came after a BBC survey found 70% of respondents did not tell their bosses they were experiencing symptoms. Some firms have brought in menopause-specific policies but experts said for many it was still a taboo subject. GP and menopause expert Louise Newson said it was a “silent issue for too many organisations”. The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer…

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Skinny women risk early menopause

Being a skinny teenager increases a woman’s risk of having an early menopause, new research suggests. The same association was found for women who are underweight in their mid-30s. Early menopause affects about 5 per cent of women. Photo: Stocksy In addition, underweight women who lost nine kilograms or more on at least three occasions between the ages of 18 and 30 doubled their chances of ending reproductive life prematurely, the study found. Early menopause is defined as naturally ceasing to have periods before the age of 45. Researchers analysed data…

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