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Feature Article

Managing menopause. Part 1: an individual experience

Vivienne M O’Connor

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Abstract

Menopause is a natural and universal event of the human female life cycle. However, it is an event that is different for each individual. Part 1 of this article describes the spectrum of symptoms that may be experienced and advocates a patient-centred approach to management.

Key Points

  • Every woman has individual concerns about menopause to be addressed.
  • A woman’s concerns are influenced by social, cultural and psychological factors.
  • Menopausal symptoms must be evaluated on an individual basis and alternative serious underlying disease excluded.
  • Taking time for discussion before initiating management will improve satisfaction and adherence to the management plan.
  • Regular follow up visits uncover all the issues and defuse emerging problems.

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