Millions of baby boomers are looking for answers on how to manage menopause

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CLEVELAND LIVING & LIFESTYLES NEWS

by Angela Townsend/Plain Dealer Reporter
Tuesday August 04, 2009, 9:55 AM

The Change, the Big M, the Private Summer.Although the euphemisms aren’t spoken in hushed tones nearly as much as they once were, menopause — the permanent cessation of reproductive fertility — means different things to different women: freedom from birth control, the loss of conceiving naturally, a new chapter of life.

The median age for menopause, which officially begins 12 months after the last menstrual cycle, is 51. Which means the country’s 39.3 million female baby boomers are either fast approaching or in the throes of menopause. It’s no coincidence, then, that more research money is being targeted for treatments and studies on how menopause affects women.

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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.