Why Don’t Women Want To Talk About Menopause?

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When I read about the AARP Menopause Survey in last month’s AARP THE MAGAZINEI was surprised to find out that 42% of the more than 400 women between the ages 50 and 59 who participated in the survey, say they’ve never discussed menopause with a health provider.

Really ladies? Why don’t women want to talk about menopause?

The same survey also reported that 84% of women say their symptoms interfere with their lives, with 12% who say they interfere “a great deal” or are debilitating. The most common symptoms of menopause for women: 50% hot flashes (thankfully, haven’t had too many of those); 42% night sweats (yep, still getting those flashes even at 60); 38% vaginal dryness (check, check, check – count me in this percentage).

There we go. Now we’re talking about menopause!

AARP Menopause Survey

*AARP surveyed more than 400 women between ages 50 and 59 to ask about their experiences with, and attitudes toward, menopause.

An Interview with Dr. Charlotte Yeh
Recently, I had a chance to talk about menopause with Charlotte Yeh, MD FACEP, who is the Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, Inc. Dr. Yeh has more than 30 years of health care experience. She is an expert in health care delivery in the areas of quality, safety, and efficiency. I asked Dr. Yeh some basic questions that I thought might be useful to women for whom menopause is a new experience. (However, even those of us like me who are post-menopausal may find Dr. Yeh’s guidance reassuring.) Continue reading