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Exploring the Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health

January 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EST

Each day, about 6,000 American women reach menopause, the biological process defined as the final menstrual period, marking the end of menstruation and fertility. This transition typically occurs when women are in their 40s or 50s and is characterized by a significant decrease in estrogen.

This estrogen depletion can cause vasomotor symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats as well as genital and urinary symptoms. These symptoms can last several years for some women, drastically affecting their quality of life. Women also have increased risks of other health conditions following menopause, such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, osteoporosis, skin issues, and insomnia. For example, the drop in estrogen associated with menopause has a direct relationship with the development of osteoporosis.

Despite the vast number of women affected by these menopause-related symptoms and health issues, treatment options — especially non-hormonal ones — remain few. Increased education is also greatly needed for both patients and clinicians to promote awareness of symptom management as well as the increased health risks associated with menopause. To explore these issues further, SWHR is convening a diverse, interdisciplinary group of basic and clinical researchers, health care providers, patients/patient advocates, and thought leaders for a closed roundtable meeting to discuss the impact of menopause on women’s health.


January 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am EST
January 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pm EST
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  • Review the current state of the science regarding menopause and the effects of estrogen depletion on women’s health
  • Identify knowledge gaps specific to estrogen depletion in menopause and the associated symptoms and comorbidities
  • Pinpoint unmet needs in menopause research, clinical care, policy, and education
  • Develop recommendations on how to further research, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment strategies, and patient and clinician education


  • Omisade Burney-Scott, creator, The Black Girls’ Guide to Surviving Menopause

  • CheMyong Jay Ko, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Nina Coslov, MBA, patient advocate and founder, Women Living Better

  • Stephanie Faubion, MD, MBA, Mayo Clinic

  • Karen Giblin, patient advocate and president, Red Hot Mamas North America

  • Shiying Jin, PhD, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

  • Pauline M. Maki, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Sabrina K. Sahni, MD, Cleveland Clinic Florida

  • Philip Sarrel, MD, Yale University

  • Lisa Satterfield, MS, MPH, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • Jan L. Shifren, MD, Harvard Medical School

  • Arianna Sholes-Douglas, MD, founder, Tula Wellness

  • Rebecca C. Thurston, PhD, University of Pittsburgh