Let’s face it. Doctors, even gynecologists and women’s health practitioners, don’t have all the answers about menopause and how to treat the myriad symptoms that come along with “the change”– hot flashes, insomnia, depression and anxiety, sexual dysfunction, to name a few.
According to an article from the New England Journal of Medicine, the newest generation of medical graduates and primary care providers lack the training to manage menopausal symptoms an increasing number of women will experience during the next decade.
This education gap is creating a “large and unnecessary burden of suffering” for women in midlife, say doctors JoAnn Manson of Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University and Andrew M. Kaunitz of University of Florida College of Medicine, authors of the article.
So what’s a woman in transition to do? Often, we go to our girlfriends for advice on how they’re managing symptoms, from hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alternative therapies like acupuncture, herbs and supplements. The problem is, menopause affects every woman differently, and what works for your best friend or sister may not be the best treatment for you.