9 Menopause Messages from NAMS (North American Menopause Society) 2019

Women supporting women in midlife transition

I just came back from the North American Menopause Society’s (NAMS) 30th annual conference in Chicago. In the three days I was there, I learned about the latest research surrounding peri-menopause and menopause. The subject is vast and we know that for every woman menopause and the years surrounding it are a time of change. Since I was listening to top speakers for 3 straight days- I wanted to share 9 initial take home messages.

  1. One of the first take home messages I received is that menopause is not a disease state- it is a natural process all women go through.
  2. Menopause is defined as the the cessation of menstruation for a full year after the last period. The average age of menopause in the US is 47-53 years.
  3. The years ( can be up to 10 years!) before your final period are called peri-menopause when hormone  fluctuate up and down and periods vary in frequency, length and intensity.
  4. Peri-menopause is a time when hormones are all over the place- that is why physicians can’t get accurate hormonal blood values.
  5. Peri-menopause and menopause symptoms vary by individual. WE all have different genetics and lifestyles.
  6. Physicians help manage the symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause via therapies- hormonal or not.
  7. Hormonal therapy is far form exact- under physician’s guidance- many women choose to use hormonal therapies to help with menopausal symptoms.
  8. Menopause affects heart health, bone health, the brain, sexual health and body composition.
  9. Lifestyle factors such as stress reduction , exercise, well-being, relationships, mental health, sleep and nutrition play a supporting role in peri-menopause & menopause.

Over the next year I would like to share with you some of the latest research in regards to menopause and lifestyle.