Women in menopause often go online for help, Elizabeth Tracey reports


A recent Lancet series on menopause may result in many more women turning to the internet for help. That’s according to Wen Shen, a menopause expert at Johns Hopkins, who fears the series may have set back progress on bringing awareness to clinicians and women on how to manage symptoms.

Shen: Women who are 50,51 the average age of menopause, are gainfully employed with insurance and with disposable income and who are experiencing these horrible symptoms. If the women are not getting satisfaction from their primary care providers, who don't understand and are dismissing them, they go online. Doctor Google. There are just ridiculous number of sites that offer these women snake oil.  :31

Shen says there are at least a couple of reputable websites that offer evidence-based insights so surf with a skeptical eye while searching for a clinician with experience. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.