Undergraduate Plays Key Role in Family Research Study

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Typically, hot flashes are thought to result from dropping estrogen levels associated with menopause. However, post-partum women also experience reduced estrogen levels and hot flashes while breast feeding. As part of her student assistantship in Family Research, Amanda Otto ’12 (anthropology) is examining the link between post-partum and menopausal hot flashes. Funded by the Center for Research on Families, Otto is working with Prof. Lynnette Leidy Sievert (anthropology) to study recent mothers in the Pioneer Valley.