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Is It HOT IN HERE Or Is It Just Me - Navigating the Midlife Transition

Is It HOT IN HERE Or Is It Just Me - Navigating the Midlife Transition




Women live over half of their life after menopause, but what was a transition viewed with dread can now be managed, and women are leading vibrant and rewarding lives, through and after menopause. This presentation helps women learn how to feel like themselves through the midlife transition and beyond.



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    Is It HOT IN HERE Or Is It Just Me - Navigating the Midlife Transition Is It HOT IN HERE Or Is It Just Me - Navigating the Midlife Transition Presentation Transcript

    • Is it HOT IN HERE, or is it just me? How to feel your best through midlife and beyond.
    • Our average life expectancy is 84 years old. 50% of all U.S. women are postmenopausal 5,000 women enter menopause each day Women live half their lives after menopause
    • Health risks increase with age
      • Heart disease is the #1 killer of women
        • 1 out of 3 women will die from it.
        • A woman is 6 times more likely to die from heart disease than breast cancer.
      • Half of women will experience a bone fracture due to osteoporosis in their lifetime
        • 55% of women over age 50 have low bone density
        • 20% of women die within one year as an indirect result of a hip fracture.
    • The average woman will reach menopause at 51 years of age. Perimenopause refers to the 10 to 15 years surrounding a woman’s last period.
    • Menopausal Symptom Timeline Age 35 40 45 51 55 65 70 Last Menstrual Period Irregular periods & mood swings Hot Flashes Vaginal Discomfort Bladder Discomfort Heart Disease Osteoporosis
    • Symptoms vary between women
      • Fatigue/lack of energy
      • Anxiety
      • Irritability
      • Depression
      • Breast tenderness
      • Headaches or migraines
      • Mood swings
      • Water retention
      • Urinary incontinence
      • Hot flashes
      • Sleep disturbances
      • Increased facial hair
      • Acne or oily skin
      • Low libido
      • Bloating
      • Vaginal dryness
      • Memory loss or changes
      • Weight gain around the middle
    • Top Three Symptom Complaints of Menopausal Women
      • Hot flashes
      • Vaginal dryness
      • Lack of libido
    • What are your symptoms? Take the online self-assessments at www.womenshealth.com
    • “ The choices that you make now have the power to secure vibrant health and well-being for the rest of your life.” Christiane Northrup, MD, The Wisdom of Menopause
    • Now is the time to make smart choices that can help you live a longer, happier and healthier life.
    • Education Self-Care Testing Personalized Prescription Care 4 Point Continuum of Care
    • Good Health Starts with Self Care A few simple self-care measures go a long way in helping to manage hormonal symptoms. Whether you choose prescription hormone therapy or not, we recommend a good self-care plan as the foundation of any symptom management program.
    • How well do you take care of yourself?
      • Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      • Exercise regularly
      • Take nutritional supplements
      • Manage your stress level. Relax!
      • Don’t smoke. Limit alcohol intake.
    • Educate yourself
      • Read about midlife changes.
      • Understand what is happening to your body.
      • Inform yourself of various treatment options.
      • Hormone therapy is an individual decision that depends on:
          • severity of symptoms,
          • personal health risks and
          • family history.
      • Get your hormone levels tested!
      • Testing can help determine if your hormone levels are low of out of balance .
      When Self-Care Isn’t Enough Low-dose, bioidentical hormones therapy may help
    • A hormonal profile is as unique as a fingerprint Every woman experiences hormonal changes and symptoms in very different ways.
    • Saliva Hormone Testing Is Precise and Convenient
        • Measures Only “Free Hormones”
        • Non-invasive
        • Samples Collected at Home
        • Results and Therapy Suggestions Returned to Provider
    • NTx Urine Rate of Bone Loss
        • In as little as three months, NTx measurements can show the effect of a bone loss prevention self-care plan and/or prescription therapy
        • This is a distinct advantage over the one to two years required to see a change in bone densitometry (BMD) measurements.
    • Hormone Therapy: Good or Bad Many women abandoned hormone therapy treatment after the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Study was halted prematurely for fear hormone therapy increased health risks in post-menopausal women. We’ve learned a lot since then!
      • The study only looked at one type of hormone therapy – Prempro, a synthetic estrogen/progestin hormone derived from horse urine.
      • The average age of WHI participants was 63 – 10 years or more beyond when women typically seek hormone therapy.
      • Researchers say many of the women in the WHI study may already have been in the early stages of heart disease or were unhealthy when the trial started.
    • HT Must Be Individualized Using The Lowest Effective Dose
          • - North American Menopause Society
          • - Food and Drug Administration
          • - American College of Obstetrics/Gynecologists
      • “ Hormone therapy if indicated, if individualized, and if monitored, is safe” - Notelovitz, MedGenMed 4(3), 2002
    • Bioidentical vs. synthetic hormones The difference is in the chemical structure The synthetic hormone medroxyprogesterone acetate, commonly known as Provera ® has a different chemical structure than natural progesterone – and acts differently in the body.
    • One size does NOT fit all!! You wouldn’t try to fit your foot in a size 6 shoe, if you really wear a size 9. Shoes aren’t one size fits all and neither is your hormone profile. Hormone therapy should be personalized for what your body needs, no more and no less.
    • Why Most Women Stop HT
      • The side-effects of underdosing or overdosing “one size fits all” standard dosages
        • Depression
        • Moods Swings
        • Fluid Retention
        • Breakthrough Bleeding
        • Breast Tenderness
    • Conventional to Customized
      • Flexible dosing of
        • Patches
        • Capsules
        • Tablets
        • Creams
        • Gels
        • Suppositories
      • Talk to your healthcare provider about hormone therapy:
      • Know where your provider is coming from
      • 2. Know yourself, your history and your health philosophy
      • 3. Know what you’re asking for
    • Women’s Health America
      • Our story began in the 1970s with a single woman suffering with PMS
        • First in U.S. to
          • Identify and develop treatment options for PMS with natural progesterone therapy
          • Introduce individualized hormone therapy treatment
          • Offer free follow-up hormone and bone loss testing
      • Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph., WHA Founder and CEO, recognized the opportunity to develop a professional organization providing credible information, quality products, and services for women and men experiencing symptoms due to hormonal imbalance.
    • In 1982, Marla Ahlgrimm co-founded Madison Pharmacy Associates, LLC, (MPA) the first pharmacy in America to specialize in women’s hormone health, especially PMS, perimenopause and menopause.
    • Working With WHA is Convenient For You
      • Mail order test kits and prescriptions- PCAB Accredited
      • Over the counter products for your self care
      • Toll-free professional assistance
      • Education
      • Priced competitively
    • 1289 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717 Phone 800.558.7046 Fax 888.898.7412 www.womenshealth.com