What Nurses Know About Menopause

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    "In the middle of the winter I’d be wearing my sleeveless shirt under a button down sweater so I could take the sweater off. I’d be sleeveless in the middle of winter with the windows wide open!" —Susan Tips for staying cool when the temperature is hot: Dress in layers Dress in lightweight cotton fabrics or self-wicking materials Carry a collapsible fan everywhere Get a mini fan for travel Keep a bottle of body spray in the fridge Keep pillow cases in a plastic bag in the freezer Partially...Read More
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    It is true that as the menopausal transition progresses sexual desire and satisfaction decrease for many women. It’s important to keep things in perspective, however. For instance; take a look at the results of a recent study that looked at the changes in sexual functioning of over 17,000 women across the United States as they transitioned through menopause. Even though they found that overall sexual desire decreased over the menopausal transition and into postmenopause, 84% of women in late perimenopause...Read More
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    "Intercourse just wasn’t going to happen. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to have sex, it was just too painful! I didn’t talk to my gyn for about six months. I didn’t really see it as a problem at first because we were still enjoying sex—you just do other things! My husband was very good about it. In fact, one night he said, “Why don’t you go to the doctor?” But it was because he was worried something was wrong. Ironically, I had just made an appointment that day." —Susan Almost...Read More

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Karen Roush

Karen Roush, RN, MSN, FNP, BC, has been a nurse specializing in women's issues for over 25 years. She is a former Editorial Director of the American Journal of Nursing and is currently a Mary Clark Rockefeller Scholar and PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at New York University.

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