APAOG Webinar: Managing Menopause
Speaker: Rachel Ditoro, MSPAS, PA-C
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Menopause and aging are associated with negative changes to the brain, skeletal, cardiovascular and urogenital systems. Menopausal symptoms, most commonly hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, vaginal dryness and discomfort, significantly affect the quality of life for many women at this stage in their lives. Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is the most effective intervention for the management of these symptoms, however following the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study in 2002 use of MHT declined sharply. Review of later subgroup analysis and follow-up phase evaluation now supports use of MHT in selected menopausal women for relief of these symptoms. Non-hormonal therapies are also available, as well as over-the-counter supplements for symptom relief, and should be explored in order to fully counsel patients about all of their options.
At the conclusion of this session participants should be able to:
- Determine appropriate use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) within select patient populations.
- Describe non-hormonal therapies for the alleviation of menopausal symptoms.
- Discuss over-the-counter preparations menopausal patients may be taking.
About the Speaker:
Rachel Ditoro is an Associate Professor and the Director of Educational Competency at Salus University's Physician Assistant Program. Rachel has been a PA for 19 years and in PA education for 12 years. Her clinical practice has been focused in the area of Women’s Health, working in reproductive endocrinology, family medicine and most recently in gynecology.
This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits by the PA Review Panel. PAs should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program was planned in accordance with AAPA's CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.