postmenopausal women

Sex Should Be Anything But Painful

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

RelationshipsQ: I am a 60-year-old female now, am postmenopausal, and have terribly painful sexual intercourse. I have been diagnosed with severe atrophy of the vaginal wall.  Is there anything I can do besides hormone therapy to help? I am a breast cancer survivor and have been advised against hormone therapy. Is there an over-the-counter product I can use? I have tried various lubricants without success. Dr. Pepper Schwartz: Happily, there is quite a bit you can do. You can certainly …

The Secret To Weight Loss? Pen and Paper

Posted on 07/16/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe most effective secret to weight loss for older, overweight women? Keeping a food diary. That was the surprising result of new research from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle that found that women who kept food journals lost six pounds more than those who didn’t. The researchers also found that skipping meals was a bad idea. Older women who skipped meals lost almost eight fewer pounds over a year than the women who did not. And the …

Painful Sex? Perhaps It’s a Dry Vagina

Posted on 06/1/2012 by | Sex & Relationships | Comments

Personal HealthQ: How do I get my 70-year-old wife’s vagina loose enough to where it’s not painful for her to have sex? Dr. Schwartz: The thing we’d have to establish first is why her vagina so tight that penetration is painful? If she has been able to have sex with you before, my guess is the pain comes from lack of lubrication. As women age, our estrogen levels dip and it’s estrogen that has been providing the slippery fluid that allows …

Statins Linked To Diabetes In Older Women, Study Finds

Posted on 01/11/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOne in four Americans over age 45 take a statin to lower their cholesterol, but a new study says the popular drugs may increase the risk of diabetes. An analysis of postmenopausal women who were taking statins found they had almost a 50 percent greater risk of diabetes than those who weren’t on the cholesterol-lowing drug. The study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at nearly 154,000 women, average age 63, who didn’t have diabetes when the …