I met Dr. Alyssa Dweck At The American Heart Association Go Red For Women Event At Lv2bfit in Rye Brook, N.Y. We Were Fast Friends. She's a brilliant and funny Ob/Gyn who is quoted extensively this week in an important piece every babe should read, called "Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: A Beginner's Primer".
“We have to remove the taboo and embarrassment to make sure that women can have a candid dialogue with their doctors.” says, Dweck who is also the Co-Author of 'V Is For Vagina'.
( How much do you hate the name Vagina - should have been named something sweeter like 'Calla Lily' Don't Ya Think?)
The goal of the two-part piece ,"Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: A Beginner's Primer, written by by Marcia G. Yerman For EmpowHER is to present material from diverse sources that will inform women so that they can be proactive on behalf of their own well-being.
In 2002, the Women’s Health Initiative contributed a study to The Journal of the American Medical Association on the “Risks and Benefits of Estrogen Plus Progestin in Healthy Post Menopausal Women.” Ten years later, there continues to be fall out from the original findings.
What the average woman may not know is that the hormone replacement therapy studies of 2002 were based on trials with the medications Premarin (estrogen alone) and Prempro (estrogen and progestin), derived from the urine of pregnant mares.
In writing a story about vaginal atrophy and dryness in menopausal women, the writer spoke to a range of experts, including Dr. Dweck, with widely different opinions. She learned, as will you, that there is nothing simple about this conversation. For Dr. Alyssa Dweck, “It all comes down to risks and benefits.”
READ THE FULL TWO PART STORY HERE: "Hormones, Menopause and Vaginal Atrophy: A Beginner's Primer".
Buy Dr. Alyssa Dweck's Book Here On Amazon.com