CHICAGO — A recently revamped Menopause Map, developed by Endocrine Society physician experts, offers new resources for perimenopausal or postmenopausal women, according to information released at this year’s meeting.
The online educational tool features interactive questionnaires regarding age, reproductive health and symptoms that help guide women to gauge their stage and understand exactly what to expect so they are better prepared.
In an interview with Endocrine Today, Susan Kirk, MD, advisory committee member of the Hormone Health Network, the society’s public arm that helped launch the program, called the site “a one-stop-shop for all things menopause to empower and educate women about the natural changes that occur as she approaches and goes through menopause, as well as what she might experience after the transition to becoming post-menopausal.”
Members of the nation’s largest menopause management education and peer support program, Red Hot Mamas, helped review and develop the site’s content.
“The Menopause Map can be used by women of all ages to learn more about the hormonal changes that occur during all stages of menopause which include: preparing for menopause, premature menopause, perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause. Women who are currently on this journey should find it useful, and even fun, to use,” Kirk said.
A section dedicated to health care professionals offers the ability to download or order printed materials while printable resources are available for patients to take to their doctor visits.
“Many women sometimes feel embarrassed about discussing their symptoms with their provider and the Map focuses on starting the dialogue and more importantly continuing the conversation. The new tool fills a void because it combines menopause education, peer-to-peer support, and shared-decision making tools for providers and patients all in one tool,” she added.
The Hormone Health Network plans to launch a print magazine for physicians’ offices and an interactive e-magazine to create ongoing dialogue about menopause through videos, animated resources and peer-to-peer support.
For More Information: Menopause Map – menopausemap.org