Each woman’s menopause experience may vary. To help women understand their menopause symptoms and the treatment choices available, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® program called Managing Menopause: Choosing Treatments for Menopause Symptoms.
This program is for women age 40 to 60 years who are currently going through menopause or will be in the near future, and have questions about menopause. The program provides an overview of menopause, the most common symptoms of menopause, and how to manage those symptoms. Hormone therapy is discussed as a treatment option for hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. The program also presents other treatment options for menopause symptoms, such as non-hormonal prescription medications, lifestyle changes, and complementary and alternative therapies. In addition, the program describes changes that might occur around the time of menopause, such as mood changes, lower sex drive and problems with bladder control.
The program includes interviews with real patients who chose hormone therapy and those who chose to manage their menopause symptoms without hormone therapy. They describe how they made their treatment decisions and how their menopause experience affected them both physically and emotionally.
This program was developed with our production partner, Health Dialog. It is available as a DVD and a booklet.