Hot Flashes from the NAMS Conference

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So, I spent the last few days at the conference of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) in Orlando. There were over 700 people here, all aspiring to be experts in the study and treatment of menopause. It is still the case that med school only offers future doctors a few hours (one person told me five hours) dealing with menopause issues. Considering that this affects half the population, this is shameful. NAMS has developed a specialized course and has certified 1025 doctors in menopause. A great achievement, since they are only 15 years old, but a tiny proportion of OB/GYNs, PAs, etc. You can go to their website,, to find a practitioner near you who has received this training.

The conference was truly inspiring but, for a while there, I was the only member of the press present. Everyone else had dropped out due to the hurricane. Let me say that it was totally worth the risk if you care deeply about this subject. It was a ten!

I got to interview six of the conference presenters, plus talk to a bunch of the participants. Here’s who I talked to, Click on their names for a link to information about them. I will be posting transcripts soon.

Dr. Pauline Maki Dr. Maki is the former president of NAMS and the current chair of the Scientific Program Committee.

Dr. Holly Thomas : Changes in Sexual Function Among Midlife Women: “I’m Older…I’m Wiser.”

Dr. Hadine Joffe : Depression in the Menopause Transition: Role of Female Reproductive Hormones, Hot Flashes, and Sleep.

Dr. Sheryl Kingsberg : The EMPOWER Survey: Identifying Women’s Perceptions on Pain at Sexual Activity Due to Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA) and Treatments.

Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton : current executive director of NAMS. Dr Pinkerton presented the 2016 NAMS position statement.

Dr. Krista Varady Alternate-Day Fasting. Here is a link to her BOOK.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Matthew was raging…

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