Menopause Is Not a Disease (Ask Dr. Pat)

April 14, 2014 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“My girlfriends and I talk all the time about how we will manage menopause. What can I do to prepare for this horrible time so that I don’t ruin my life like my mother ruined hers?”

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Ask Dr. Pat: Painful-Intercourse Treatment

February 3, 2014 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

This loss of intimacy has been very hard on me and has been difficult for my marriage. I have heard about a new drug from television ads and in women’s magazines. Do I need to take a pill by mouth to fix the tissue down there?

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Bodies, Hot and Cold

November 10, 2013 by Susan Klatsky Cohen


By Susan Klatsky Cohen

I wasn’t used to sharing a bed, so initially I slept as far away from my husband as I could. Then I discovered that Michael was a living radiator, with a body that gave off heat. So I became a heat-seeking missile, snuggling until he woke up with his nose pressed against the alarm clock.

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Ask Dr. Pat: The Brand-New News About Hormone Therapy

October 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen


BY Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Investigators from the Women’s Health Initiative Hormone Trials are reaffirming conclusions that hormone therapy is not recommended for the prevention of chronic disease, but may remain a reasonable option for the short-term management of menopausal symptoms for younger women.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Depression “Without a Reason”

May 9, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“After my menstrual cycles began to change, I became more volatile, needed more sleep, and, for no reason, would sink into an emotional pit: feeling hopeless, having trouble concentrating, and not knowing how to climb out of the pit.” What should I do?

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Catch-22 on Progestins

February 18, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D.

Medical Mondays 2

Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen likes to be a collaborative physician. Here, she asks Dr. Elizabeth Poynor, a gynecologic oncologist, to tackle a frequently asked question about what a patient should do when she needs to take a progestin, but her body can’t tolerate it.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is It “Just Menopause?”

January 21, 2013 by Patricia Allen

Medical Mondays 2

Patricia Yarberry Allen, publisher of Women’s Voices for Change, is director of the Menopause Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Here, she takes on the question “If everything is normal on my exams, doc, why do I feel so bad?”

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Menopause, Ten Years Later: A Milestone Study Reconsidered

July 23, 2012 by Wulf H. Utian, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wulf H. Utian, founding executive director of the North American Menopause Society, takes another look at the momentous decision, a decade ago, to halt one part of a Women’s Health Initiative study involving estrogen and progestin, discussing what that decision has meant for our generation of women.

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Hot Town, Hot Flashes—Should You Risk Hormone Therapy?

July 12, 2012 by Patricia Allen

There is hope for women in the menopausal transition who are hot hot hot in the summer. Patients have lost patience. They don’t want to hear about cold water and cold cloths. Many doctors act as if low-dose, short-term systemic hormone therapy has a risk profile like that of heroin. It’s TIME for some balance here, people!

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The Wednesday 5: The Little Black Jacket, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Judge Marilyn Milan

June 13, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week, bloggers payed homage to the little black jacket, specifically the Chanel version, synthesized the recent news on hormone replacement therapy, offered tips on short-term bond investments, gave a shout-out to Judge Marilyn Milian, and anticipated the release of a documentary on rape in the U.S. military.

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Menopause and Hysterectomy: Ask Dr. Pat

April 16, 2012 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

How do I know if I am in menopause or if these symptoms are caused by some other medical or stress problem, since I don’t have periods anymore?

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Estrogen and Cognitive Function: Ask Dr. Pat

February 21, 2012 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

My gynecologist says that with my level of vaginal thickening, if I want to stay on systemic hormone therapy I need a hysterectomy. What should I do?

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The Wednesday Five: Fashion Tips from Queen Latifah, Lauren Greenfield at Sundance, and Is Your Menopause in Your Genes?

February 8, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Our second February blog follies includes Black History Month, women directors triumphing at Sundance, and new research on possible genetic links to the timing of menopause.

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When It Isn’t “Just Menopause” After All: Ask Dr. Pat

December 13, 2011 by Patricia Allen

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“Dear Dr. Pat, I am 44 years old and need to know how to manage the symptoms I am having. In all the WVFC articles about menopause management, I didn’t find an answer to my question.”

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Report From NAMS: Genetic Testing, Mind-Body Connections

September 27, 2011 by Wulf H. Utian, M.D., Ph.D.

Wulf H. Utian, M.D.

The four-day annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society ended with several sessions that underscored one of WVFC’s most important messages—that menopause is not just about hormones.

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