The Missing Message of Menopause

What does the average obstetrician/gynecologist learn about menopause in medical school? Not nearly as much as they should according to research led by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, which found only one in five such physicians receives formalized training in the condition, although many more would like to receive it.

The small study is somewhat alarming because the OB/GYN community is often the first line of care for middle-age women experiencing the onset of menopause, defined as the time in biological life that begins when periods have ceased for at least a year, due to diminishing levels of estrogen and progesterone.

The takeaway: Don’t assume your own doctor is well-versed in this subject and consider seeking other opinions if you feel your treatment for issues related to this change-of-life transition are deficient.