On February 18, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group’s own Dr. Carla Sandy (MAPMG OB/GYN), engaged over 100 women on what to expect during perimenopause and menopause, options available to women to aide in emotional and physiological changes, and how to navigate this sometimes challenging transition.
Dr. Sandy explored the symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes, urinary problems, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating. She shared techniques to mitigate the severity of discomfort. For example, she emphasized the positive impact physical activity can have in lessening hot flashes and insomnia, as well as reducing risks of heart disease and strengthening bones. Dr. Sandy also discussed the complicated array of therapeutic options available to women, and helped them to understand the potential risks and benefits associated with hormone vs. non-hormonal therapies.
Dr. Sandy and her co-presenter from Johns Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Astrid Gonzalez, answered questions from the audience about sexual desire, irregular menstrual periods, and dietary supplements.
This 14th Annual Women’s Health Symposium was a collaboration with Suburban Hospital to promote health and wellness among women approaching menopause.