Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD and the Board of WVFC


We applaud Courtney Cox as she was quoted in a recent major news item dismissing reports that she is unable to conceive and is in menopause.

Her personal gynecologic history is no one’s business. But as she is 43, she has in fact joined us and millions of other women in The New Menopause. And, she gets it.

As she referred to the lunatics who follow her around to a doctor’s office and take photos of her as she is leaving, “It’s not worth getting upset about. If I’m looking OK in the photo, I don’t really care.”

So here is our open letter to Ms. Cox:

You have been given the rare privilege of talent and a wide audience to appreciate it. With that apparently comes public interest in your personal challenge. While the trade-off of privacy for celebrity is complicated and not without its horrors, you are the ideal woman to become a groundbreaking pioneer, a fearless female who will speak truth to weakness.

We encourage you to fully embrace and speak for The New Menopause and be among the first young women of your generation who give voice and embodiment to what it really is.

The New Menopause is a social construct that allows women 40 years old and older to consider who they are now, how they want to manage the many life and health events that are normal for women in this greater part of life, and to emotionally prepare for the nonsense that society has inflicted on women as they enter a stage where reproducing is not the main event.

The mission of Women’s Voices for Change is to make menopause not only an acceptable word, but to redefine it, by using it in the positive connotation it deserves. The time after age 40, which is to say the time when women very definitely begin the physiological changes that signal menopause, is one of reinvention, evolution, excitement, vitality, visibility, courage and, above all, determination to become the women we have always wanted to be.

Women living The New Menopause include dozens of living Oscar winners, astronauts, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 companies, heads of state, a presidential candidate, and the richest (and most would say most influential) woman in America.

As a beautiful woman who has enjoyed great popularity among young girls, you are uniquely poised to mentor them into the “men” word that they can redefine. The New Menopause is a great frontier waiting to be claimed and mapped by women of all ages as our own beautiful landscape. You seem uniquely prepared to lead. We celebrate the steps you have already taken.

With deep respect,
Women’s Voices for Change
Speaking for all of us who weren’t born yesterday

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