"Treat the disease, you win some, you lose some. Treat the patient, you always win."
~Patch Adams~

Monday, March 14, 2011

How do professional women cope with the menopause?

Today's article is from the DailyMail.com (UK). Most of the information on HRT (they're talking about the synthetic HRT---Premarin/Prempro) you've already heard ad nauseum, but do read the second half of the article. If you are a professional woman (working women period are professionals at whatever it is they do)----even though menopause can be an uncomfortable topic----if you are suffering from symptoms at work, you need to be upfront with supervisors/bosses/colleagues about what is going on. Menopause is nothing to be ashamed of, it's a medical issue like anything else. If you need extra ventilation/fan for hot flashes, you have a right to have it. If you are more tired at times, either because of the lethargy that often accompanies hormonal changes, or because you are sleep deprived, a quiet, upfront, no whining chat with your boss about modifying your work day a little is smart. I know in this economy of "you're lucky to have a job" mentality that it's not only possible, but it saddens me to think that still far too many women are ashamed of what transition they are experiencing.

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