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Why Are Women Not Treating their Menopause Symptoms?

From the Show: HER
Summary: How effective and safe are hormone therapies, and when should a woman think about using them?
Air Date: 9/10/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Philip M. Sarrel, MD
Philip SarrelPhilip M. Sarrel, MD, completed his medical education at New York University School of Medicine, his internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital, and his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to his many years on the faculty of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sarrel has also been a Faculty Scholar in the department of psychiatry at Oxford University, Visiting Senior Lecturer at King's College Hospital Medical School at the University of London, Visiting Professor in Cardiac Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.. He is currently Emeritus Professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry at Yale University.

Dr. Sarrel is the founder of the Yale Menopause Program and the Yale Sex Counseling Service. Dr. Sarrel is a founding member of the International Academy of Sex Research, AASECT, and SIECUS, the Sex Information and Education Council of the US. He is also a founding member of the International Menopause Society and NAMS, the North American Menopause Society.

Dr. Sarrel's research interests have included the effects of transdermal estrogen in postmenopausal women with symptomatic atherosclerotic coronary vascular disease; nutrients and endothelial function; ovarian hormones and menstrual cycle-related migraines; female sexual function, and numerous other topics. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 journal articles, 50 book chapters, and six books, as well as more than 50 abstracts.

Dr Sarrel is an Editor of Menopause, the Journal of the North American Menopause Society. He has served as an editor or reviewer for numerous medical journals including Maturitas, The Journal of the International Menopause Society, the Journal of Gender Specific Medicine, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Why Are Women Not Treating their Menopause Symptoms?
According to a recent study, many women that experience severe menopausal symptoms are not being treated for them, even though there are many safe and effective therapies.

Researchers from Monash University in Melbourne looked at a survey response of 1,500 women between the ages of 40 to 65. The results were published in the journal Menopause.

Researchers found that 17 percent of women were having moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats), and 18 percent reported moderate to severe sexual symptoms. However, most were not receiving any kind of treatment. Only 11 percent reported use of HRT, and only one percent were using another type of therapy that didn't involve hormones.

Why are women not being treated?

Phil Sarrel, MD, shares the recent study that shows women are not getting treated for their menopausal symptoms, even though therapies exist.
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