Dr. Sarrel explains how a woman can find a qualified health care provider to treat her menopause symptoms.
Finding a health care provider to, who will be sensitive to your issues, receptive to what you are experiencing, and trained in evaluating and prescribing for you or making recommendations to you is not such a difficult task. One organization that has been very important in this field is called the North American Menopause Society. At the North American Menopause Society website, you can find a list of providers across the country who have passed their examination for certification.
This has been a recent phenomenon. It’s only within the last four or five years that such a certification has actually been developed, and the testing for it and qualifying for it, but for the people who have done that and now it’s starting to become in the hundreds of people across the country whereas five years ago there were none. Now we are starting at least to have a place to turn.
Now who are these people? They could be from nursing; they could be PAs; they could be MDs. Of the MDs, they could be family practitioners; they could be gynecologists; they could be internists. Basically they are men and women who are interested in a woman in midlife and aging and who want to keep up-to-date with the latest information. They should know how to collect the data to properly evaluate you and then help you make a decision what to do.
That would be my first recommendation is to go to the NAMS website. But another possibility would be the American Society for Reproductive Medicine called ASRM, and the third would be the American College of OB/GYN. But I have to emphasize that the single organization for the last almost 20 years that’s been dedicated to menopause issues and the study of midlife and aging in women is the North American Menopause Society, and that’s where you would find the list of people who have been certified.
About Dr. Sarrel, M.D.:
Philip M. Sarrel, M.D., completed his medical education at New York University School of Medicine, his internship at the Mount Sinai Hospital, and his residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. In addition to his many years on the faculty of the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Sarrel has also been a Faculty Scholar in the department of psychiatry at Oxford University, Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College Hospital Medical School at the University of London, Visiting Professor in Cardiac Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He is currently Emeritus Professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and psychiatry at Yale University.