Women’s health centers may not provide menopause services, Elizabeth Tracey reports


Centers that advertise themselves as focused on women’s health issues may not provide the range of services women who are experiencing menopause may need. Wen Shen, a menopause expert at Johns Hopkins, who’s developed a team-based approach to this stage of life, says when she surveyed existing services they often did not cover menopause in its entirety.

Shen: A lot of the programs for menopausal and postmenopausal women were more focused on women who had breast cancer, also on plastics. So there’s a lot of cosmetic emphasis. We’re more focused on healthy aging. Things that increase a woman’s risk for dying early, not being independent and mobile and thinking straight when she’s eighty, so that’s what we’re focusing on.  :32

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.