A full 72 percent of women experiencing menopausal symptoms have not received treatment for them, according to a new survey by the Endocrine Society. The poll, conducted in mid-April, also found that 60 percent of women exhibiting symptoms of menopause have not talked to their primary health providers about possible treatment.
The statistics prompted the Endocrine Society and its Hormone Health Network to develop a so-called Menopause Map — an interactive online quiz that helps women and their doctors discuss what treatment options (hormonal or nonhormonal) might be the most effective for them.
Menopausal women who are about to or have already stopped menstruating may also experience hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, mood swings, fatigue, depression and vaginal dryness, among others. Although the tool does not encourage women to pursue one avenue of treatment over another, it prompts women to consider a range of options to alleviate menopausal symptoms, including hormone therapy.