Transition to Menopause
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Expiration Date: October 31, 2017
Menopause is a life change that each woman who survives into middle age will experience. There are many ways to experience the transition to menopause, and it happens at various ages. In order to adequately care for women experiencing menopause, nurses must understand the magnitude of this passage. Transition to Menopause presents a detailed review of menopause. This nursing course focuses on the physiology of the menstrual cycle, the common signs and symptoms of menopause, and current treatment modalities for menopausal women. Additional discussion includes other health issues that confront women as they age. Complementary and alternative therapies are examined within the context of symptom management. Nursing responsibilities and interventions are highlighted throughout.
This book is intended for nurses involved in the health care of women. The audience includes, but is not limited to, nurses providing care to women in acute care facilities, private practices, public settings, home health environments, community outreach programs, and public arenas. The purpose of this course is to help you, as a nurse, take an individual approach in assisting the woman who is progressing through menopause, educating her on what to expect and how to deal with it. The recommendations in this book are based on current guidelines at the time of publication.
- Describe menopause and the way that women may enter menopause, cultural differences among menopausal women, and some of the myths associated with the menopausal transition.
- Discuss the multiple changes that women undergo at the time of menopause and the importance of the attitude with which women enter the transition to menopause.
- Discuss the normal menstrual cycle, hormonal considerations, the effects of aging on the menstrual cycle, and the passage to menopause.
- Describe the signs and symptoms of menopause and the underlying physiology associated with the menopausal transition and the major components of a nursing assessment appropriate for, and specific to, women who are going through the menopausal transition.
- Describe modifications to diet, exercise, and personal habits that complement pharmacologic treatment of menopause symptoms and the various hormone therapies available to women for menopause symptom relief, focusing on current regimens and guidelines for administration as well as the benefit of various types of alternative therapies available to women in the menopausal transition.
- Identify the results of major research studies that explore menopause treatment options available to women.
- Discuss the relationship between menopause and obesity and the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise and the importance of preventing osteoporosis and therapies for optimal bone health.
- Describe breast diseases affecting women in midlife and factors that influence them.
- Describe pathophysiological changes that occur in the cardiovascular system during the menopausal transition and the strategies available to women to prevent cardiovascular disease.
- Discuss thyroid disease and diabetes, as well as the health risks associated with these diseases and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gynecologic cancers affecting women in midlife.
- Describe the relationship between alterations in mood and menopause, and their management along with female sexuality during menopause.
- Describe primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and the various screening tests for women at midlife and beyond, as well as the potential health difficulties experienced by aging women and the role of healthcare providers in their care.
Deborah Stiffler, PhD, RN, CNM, is the executive director of the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has more than 27 years of nursing experience caring for women of all ages and sociodemographic backgrounds. Dr. Stiffler has served the Indiana University School of Nursing in various capacities since 2000, and is currently an assistant professor of nursing. She has served as coordinator for the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner major since 2004. In addition to serving as a nurse educator, Dr. Stiffler has contributed to the women’s health profession by using a multidisciplinary approach to her practice as a certified nurse-midwife, integrating social work, pharmacy, radiology, physical therapy, genetic counseling, and much more into the clinical setting. In addition to her clinical experience, Dr. Stiffler has authored many award-winning research publications on women’s health issues.
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