Thursday, October 30, 2008
Medical Reports: Menopause Mist
Forty-three million American women will go through menopause. This year many will suffer through miserable hot flashes and night sweats. Now a new treatment claims relief is just a spray away. Seven's Lynn Martinez has more on this Menopause Mist.
WSVN -- The sweltering South Florida heat can make anyone sweat, but for some women, the sun has nothing to do with their overheating.
Felice Lewis started getting hot flashes a week after her hysterectomy. Her body was thrown into menopause by the surgery, and she wasn't ready for the changes.
Felice Lewis: "The mood swings and not being able to sleep, all of that just started right away. I was really surprised."
Gynecologist Mark Firestone says most women reach menopause by age 57, but symptoms can start much earlier, including hot flashes, difficulty concentrating, loss of sex drive, insomnia and mood swings. Felice says it drove her crazy when her mood would change in a heartbeat.
Dr. Mark Firestone: "You just can't pinpoint it or know ahead when it's going to happen it just happens."
It's issues like these that make many women seek out hormone replacement therapy, but there can be serious side effects.
Dr. Mark Firestone: "It could increase her risk of developing a blood clot. It could also increase her triglycerides and affect her cholesterol."
Felice was willing to try anything to get relief. That's when doctor Firestone told her about a new medication called Evamist. It's made from a natural form of estrogen.
You spray Evamist on your arm. It goes through your skin directly into your bloodstream. Dr. Firestone says it provides a more stable release of hormones throughout the day, and the mist has fewer side effects because it's not a pill that has to be processed by your liver.
Dr. Mark Firestone: "You can give a woman a much lower dose, and that will be much more effective for her."
Felice sprays her inner arm once in the morning, and she's off.
Felice Lewis: "Within a couple of days I saw relief. I could not believe it."
Now instead of snapping at her husband, Felice is laughing with him again, as for her hot flashes she went from five a day to zero.
Felice Lewis: "It has changed my life. It has changed my life."
Lynn Martinez: "For most women, menopausal symptoms last about two years or longer."
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