Conference Coverage

Evaluation, Management of Patients With Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal symptoms are relevant for primary care clinicians because many patients, like the “Baby Boomers" and "Generation X” populations, are aging in the United States. The life expectancy of US women is about 81 years of age. Women can expect to spend about one-third of their lives in a menopausal stage, according to Jeffrey Levine, MD, MPH, who is presenting a session on menopausal symptoms at Practical Updates in Primary Care 2022 Virtual Series.

“About 80% [of US women] are going to have some bothersome, either vasomotor and/or urogenital symptoms that can significantly impact their quality of life,” Dr Levine said.

Dr Levine is a professor and the Director of Reproductive and Gender Health Programs in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and a professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr Levine will present a session at Practical Updates in Primary Care 2022 Virtual Series titled “Evaluation and Management of Menopausal Symptoms.”

The learning objectives during Dr Levine’s presentation on menopausal symptoms include:

  • Proactively identify and diagnose menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women while maintaining a high level of sensitivity for patients’ discomfort and distress
  • Describe the efficacy and safety of available therapies for the management of vasomotor and urogenital symptoms of menopause
  • Exercise informed clinical decision-making with respect to therapeutic selection and duration, considering the benefits, risks, and unique needs of each individual patient
  • Implement effective patient-centric counseling strategies that increase patients’ knowledge regarding menopausal symptoms and related therapies

The goal of Dr Levine’s presentation is to help primary care clinicians proactively speak with female patients about menopausal symptoms, understand the efficacy and safety of available hormonal and non-hormonal treatment options, and use an evidence-based, shared decision-making approach to help patients determine a management strategy to alleviate menopausal symptoms and improve overall quality of life.

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