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September is Menopause Awareness Month

For the past 5 decades, the American media have closely followed every new Baby Boomer trend. Now with 4,000 women entering menopause per day, this topic is a popular one. Sadly, however, most women are still confused about where to get reliable medical information about menopause, how they know they are in menopause, and what the important health implications are. We asked Marie Lugano, President of the American Menopause Foundation to comment.

Marie Lugano: "September is menopause awareness month in eleven states, thanks to the American Menopause Foundation. Why do we need this awareness? Because both physicians and women need to know all of the health implications associated with menopause."

These implications include the short-term symptoms of menopause that affect 2 out of 3 menopausal women. More important are the long term health consequences, which all women should discuss with their health care providers when they are in their 40's. All of these symptoms are caused by estrogen loss, which is what causes menopause itself. We'll discuss this in greater detail tomorrow on Dr. Donnica's Women's Health Report.

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Created: 9/25/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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