Menopause brings along symptoms of hot flushes, osteoporosis, sudden weight gain, urinogenital problems, hypertension, mood swings and depression. Menopause can be a traumatic stage in a woman’s life when a drop in hormone production affects the physical and psychological states of the body. The latest drug that has been tested and proven to alleviate the symptoms of menopause is Angeliq® (Schering AG), a newly formulated combination of low-dose hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Angeliq contains 1 mg estradiol and 2 mg drospirenone (DRSP). DRSP is similar to endogenous progesterone which gives Angeliq its distinctive qualities. Experiments have shown that Angeliq is effective in reducing hot flushes of women who have been menopausal for over one year. Bone mass density at the hip of these women also increased by four percent in a research carried out in 2004. A questionnaire by Women’s Health shows that menopausal women’s quality of life improved significantly after a year of Angeliq treatment.

A friend whom I’ve lost contact for a while was feeling quite low because his menopausal mother was suffering from depression. A chance encounter in the Internet got us chatting again, starting with symptoms of menopause and ways to overcome the problem, before leading to other topics. My sympathetic ear and suggestions must have touched a chord in him and one thing led to another. I have been married to the man for about six years now and counting my blessings. If you have a sister, an aunt, a mother or a friend who is suffering from menopause, pass on the word about this latest drug. It might be the beginning of a new life for you and them.