Most Doctors Are Not Adequately Educated About Menopause Causing Women To Needlessly Suffer

Most Doctors Are Not Adequately Educated About Menopause Causing Women To Needlessly Suffer

Most Primary Care Residency Programs in the United States don’t Provide Adequate Education in Women’s Health or in Menopause management in Particular

Published on April 20, 2017

Most Primary Care Residency Programs in the United States don’t Provide Adequate Education in Women’s Health or in Menopause management in Particular

Judith Rubin, MD
Family Physician at Nouveau Health

More than 50 million women will be in menopause by the year 2020 in the United States of America. Two thirds of these women report symptoms of menopause which include hot flashes, insomnia, memory loss, decreased energy and motivation, poor self confidence, decreased libido, or problems with their relationships.

Despite the availability of safe and effective treatment for menopausal which have been shown to decrease coronary artery disease and stroke, decrease the risk of all cancers, fractures, diabetes and death from any cause, women remain untreated for menopause and their doctors continue to refuse to treat them.

My Experience as a Physician has shown me that the vast majority of male primary care doctors refuse to treat women for an women’s health issues. In addition, most women primary care physicians and physician extenders are not interested in treating their patients for menopause, siting increased risks and a clear lack of understanding of the literature. When I have tried to educate them with peer review articles they refuse to read them.

According to JoAnn Manson MD MPH, a world expert in menopause “Our own experience similar suggests that training in menopause management is often inadequate for primary-care and obstetrics and gynecology residents and that many physicians do not feel comfortable providing such care after completing their residency”.

As a Physician, I have dedicated the last 25 years of my practice to understanding the treatment of women in menopause both safely and effectively. There is no reason for women to suffer with menopause which is so much more than hot flashes. I urge patients to seek out a physician who has read the literature and understands how to help women in menopause safely.

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