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New survey shows patient concerns and misinformation impede treatment of menopausal women
Date:7/10/2012

eractive tool that guides a woman through the different options available to get relief from her symptoms through a series of prompting questions about those symptoms and her personal health history. The Map also has links to questionnaires that help assess current risk for breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. The tool weighs hormonal and non-hormonal therapies against the risks based on individual symptoms and medical history.

Findings from the survey include:

  • The vast majority of physicians surveyed (90%) say they are very comfortable talking to their patients about menopause, while fewer (71%) say their patients feel the same way.
  • Data suggest women may not be talking about all of their symptoms to their doctors particularly to male physicians. While 55% of female physicians say it is very common for women to talk to them about a lack of sexual desire as a result of menopause, 38% of male physicians say the same. Our April 2012 survey found 28% of women ages 45 to 60 are currently experiencing moderate to severe lack of sexual desire as a result of menopause.
  • While most physicians surveyed (71%) have a positive impression of hormone therapy, 73% say they are prescribing the treatment at lower rates than they were ten years ago.
  • Physicians say women are not receiving hormone therapy because patients are uncomfortable with the risks and are unwilling to consider the option (88%). Many OB/GYN physicians (57%) also say women are confused about hormone therapy. Only 11% of women ages 45 to 60 have a favorable view of hormone therapy.

Six in ten physicians (61%) say consensus from the scientific community on the effectiveness and risks of treatment options would be very helpful for treating women with menopausal symptoms. Today, the Society in partnership with the North American Menopause Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement of agreement regarding the benefits of ho
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Contact: Aaron Lohr
alohr@endo-society.org
240-482-1380
The Endocrine Society
Source:Eurekalert

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