With so many brains in attendance we have an abundance of fantastic information to impart… but too much for one post! Here’s our first instalment, with more for you in coming months.
Sydney GP Dr Laura Wilson enjoyed the Congress as well as the skiing, scenery and nightlife of Queenstown:
“This was my first AMS Congress and it was truly inspiring to see hundreds of health professionals interested in learning more about Womens Health during, leading up to and after the Menopause.
A focus for my practice going forward will be to encourage open and honest conversations with my patients about their symptoms. I’m hoping to reduce any stigma or embarrassment when talking about vaginas!
Our aim should be to continue to improve the quality of life for women in their journey towards the menopause and beyond. I now have more options in my toolkit to enable me to do this.”
One of our GP’s who travelled extra-far to New Zealand is West Australian Dr Alice Webb. Alice payed particular attention to the presentation about sleep… perhaps hoping to pick up some jetlag tips?
Wollongong GP Dr Katie Kent was very interested to learn about dry eyes around menopause:
Canberran Dr Lynda Newman not only enjoyed the Congress, but some incredibly beautiful hiking and sight-seeing during her stay.
“We had a lecture on nonhormonal treatment of menopause symptoms by [Endocrinologist and AMS Past President] Dr Sonia Davison. I am a great supporter of hormonal therapy but it was good to review the nonhormonal options, which I always go through with patients.
Pearls of wisdom from this were that having extra weight is “like having a puffy jacket on all the time, it insulates you and you feel your hot flushes more”.
Psychological strategies can help hot flushes too, and Sonia suggested reading “Managing Hot flushes and night sweats” by Myra Hunter. I have not read this book but will order it – Sonia seemed to think it was terrific.
It was a great conference with eleven WellFemme doctors there! Probably more than any other women’s health group.”
Dr Helen Demetriou from Sydney took particular note of the cardiology presentation and the latest European cardiology guidelines. When to get a coronary calcium scan is always confusing, and she noted:
Dr Michelle Cotellessa from Perth had some great take aways about contraception at menopause:
“MHT is NOT contraceptive!
We generally stop the combined contraceptive pill at age 50, however in women who are healthy with no risk factors (and after individual risk benefit discussion) it could be considered for another 6-12 months.
Stop depo-provera well before 50 years because of its effects on reducing bone density.
Other progesterone-only contraceptive methods can be continued after 50 though:
If inserted after the age of 45 years Mirena can be used for contraception until 55 (off-label for extended use), BUT Mirena if used for endometrial protection as part of menopause hormone therapy must be replaced after 5 years.
If you are under 50 years contraception is recommended until 2 years after the final period, and for over 50’s contraception is recommended until one year after the final period.
Most women can stop contraception at age 55 years
Don’t forget non-hormonal options: vasectomy, barrier methods like condoms (super-important for STI prevention with new partners) and the copper IUD, and salpingectomy (tubes removed).” [This is often considered at the time of other gynae surgeries- KT].
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