Hot News Flash: Menopause Medicalization on Horizon

Holy Hormones Journal: Let’s get serious. First women in prepubescence, adolescence, womanescence are sexualized – and when we hit menopause we are put out to menopause-screening-kansas-citypasture and medicalized. Get it?  As I mentioned in my comment on the article – it takes years of endocrine system break down to determine the severity of menopause, which in many cultures is still a natural process. But in the industrial world women are stigmatized because of the endocrine disrupting chemicals man has created. Stigmatized and medicalized.

Here is another comment from the article (obviously written by a male who probably never even looked at his wife/partner as a menstruating being:

This is why always hired postmenopausal women. Less like to take time off from work. Now that it is illegal to ask young female interviewees when they plan to have a family I never have to worry about that. I had one hot flasher who insisted we turn down the thermostat or she would complain under ADA. Everybody had to wear sweaters. One bad performance review and she was out the door. After that a put a locking cover over the thermostat.

Is that how you want to be perceived – a ‘hot flasher’ responsible for the thermostat being locked up. This is what happens when women have no sense of the fundamental nature of their hormone health, or how our bodies function.

Oh, did I mention that I wrote a book about this very topic to prevent the economy from losing millions over hot-flashing women? Ya better get it now – one hot flash in the wrong place  at the wrong time can make you the victim of ‘menopauszation’ – a new and trendy classification that will replace the millions we have cost the economy with profitable drug therapies.

Hot News Flash: Untreated Menopause Costs the Economy Millions?

The Wall Street Journal
August 27, 2014
Ed Silverman

Is untreated menopause costing the U.S. economy hundreds of millions of dollars?

A new study suggests that women who experience vasomotor symptoms – which are more commonly known as hot flashes – but do not treat the condition may be taking more time off for work and seeking medical care more often than those who do not have VMS. Moreover, some of the untreated women may be dropping out of the work force altogether, all of which adds up to an expensive hit on the economy, according to the study in the Menopause journal (here is the abstract).

The study authors examined health insurance claims for more than 500,000 women who worked at Fortune 500 companies between 1999 and 2011. About half were diagnosed with vasomotor symptoms but were not treated while the others were not diagnosed with VMS. The mean age for both groups was 56 years old; menopause often begins at a slightly earlier age.

So what did they find? After calculating the health care costs over a 12-month follow-up period, the authors determined that women who experienced hot flashes had 1.5 million more visits to health care providers than those without VMS – and the cost for that additional health care was nearly $340 million. They added another $27.7 million in lost work.

A few more stats: Women with hot flashes but who were untreated sought 82% more outpatient visits for medical care for any health reason than those not diagnosed with the malady. The mean direct costs per patient per year for these women amounted to $1,346. “But it’s important to realize that we’re all paying for the costs associated with not treating this,” says Patrick Lefebvre, a study co-author who works at the Analysis Group, a clinical research organization.

The failure to treat the hot flashes places a burden on not only the women, whose careers may be on upswing at this point in their lives, but also their employers, according to Philip Sarrel, a study co-author and professor emeritus in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.