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Menopause Is More Than A Hot Flash
Date:7/15/2009

NORTH WALES, Penn., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Many often equate menopause with hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings, but a recent survey shows that a spectrum of menopause symptoms and their severity can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on every aspect of women's lives. According to the "Menopause Impact Survey", sponsored by Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (now Teva Women's Health, Inc.) a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA) and conducted by Yankelovich Inc., part of The Futures Company, a majority of women reported their menopause symptoms negatively impacted their personal health and well-being (67%); sex life (58%) and relationship with their significant other (52%).

While many women accept menopause as a part of life, a majority were surprised by the timing and impact that menopause had on their lives, with two-thirds of women reporting being unprepared for the symptoms and impact of menopause. Overall, the impact of menopause on their sex life surprised women the most -- more than one-third of women reported that their sex life has been negatively impacted by menopause more than they expected.

"While women theoretically understand that they will experience menopause, many underestimate the symptoms they may experience and how they will be impacted physically and emotionally," says David Portman, MD, Director and Principal Investigator of the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research. "Some studies have shown that women can have upwards of a dozen moderate-to-severe hot flashes a day, with each one lasting a few minutes. It is no wonder symptomatic women report such an impact on their lives and relationships."

Older women with partners are more likely to report feeling the impact of vaginal symptoms on their sexual relationships. This
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