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Exploring the Impact of Menopause on Women’s Health

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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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