Tips For Moving Through Menopause

New Directions cover If menopausal symptoms are adding stress to your household, professional, or social obligations, you should know that you are not alone and that there are resources to help you.

Two new brochures are now available, offering tips and facts to ease you through this time in your life: New Directions: Moving Through Menopause at Home and Moving Through Menopause at Work. Learn to take charge throughout your menopausal years and beyond by calling the toll-free number, 1-800-561-2761 and requesting a free copy of one or both of these brochures.

"Hot flashes can be disturbing, even embarrassing at work, and night sweats can interrupt sleep," says Lila Nachtigall, M.D., Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York University School of Medicine. "But if a woman takes charge of her menopause with the facts and proper treatment options, she will be able to move through menopause at work and home with confidence and ease."

These brochures contain tips and facts that can empower you and help you move in a healthy direction at menopause. There are useful suggestions for alleviating discomfort resulting from hot flashes and night sweats. You can learn how to actively manage your health at home or at work with diet, exercise, and treatment options.

Information is included on the long-term health implications of menopause, such as osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bones to deteriorate and become brittle. The lack of estrogen after menopause is the single most important contributor to this bone loss in women.

In addition, you can learn how to communicate effectively with your health care provider, make the most of your doctor's visit, and make the proper decisions about your treatment options.

To help you determine if you are going through menopause, take the following quiz. If you answer "yes" to three or more questions, be proactive about managing your health right from the start and talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

  • Are you between the ages of 40 and 55, and have you had a change in length, flow, or frequency of your menstrual cycle?

  • Have you ever experienced a momentary flush, accompanied by a feeling of intense heat, which may last from 1 to 3 minutes?

  • Have you experienced multiple awakenings at night or has your sleep been interrupted by a combination of intense heat and drenching sweats which may keep you awake at night?

  • Has sexual intercourse been uncomfortable or even painful as a result of vaginal dryness?

  • Did your mother go through menopause at approximately the same age you are at now?

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