Upstate News

April 4, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Managing the menopausal years is topic of University Hospital’s Women’s Health Forum April 17

University Hospital’s Women’s Health Forum will present “New Ways to Manage the Menopausal Years” Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Carousel Center Skydeck. Forum fee is $15, which includes a Continental breakfast and coffee break. To register, call 315-464-8668.

The program will feature presentations on:

  • Estrogen Replacement and the New Designer Drugs, by Shawky Badawy, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the SUNY Health Science Center and University Hospital. Badawy will discuss the pros and cons of standard estrogen replacement therapy and promising new drugs for managing menopause. A new class of drugs called Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators appears to have great potential for post-menopausal women. In clinical studies, Raloxifene, one of these so-called “designer drugs,” was shown to have a positive effect on women’s bone density and cholesterol levels, and to actually reduce the risk of breast cancer, without increasing the risk of endometrial or uterine cancer.
  • New Treatments for Incontinence, by Giovanni Elia, M.D., director of the Urogynecology Section in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the SUNY Health Science Center and University Hospital. Once considered an inevitable part of aging, most cases of incontinence can now be successfully treated, and the number of treatment options continues to grow. Current therapies include biofeedback and behavior modification; pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises, collagen injections, plugs, and surgical interventions.
  • Herbal Therapies in Menopause, by Maria Czerwinski, M.D., medical director of Women’s Health Services at University Health Care Center of University Hospital. More and more women are turning to herbal preparations, such as Chinese garlic, echinacea, kava and St. John’s Wort, to relieve some of the common discomforts associated with menopause. But there are many questions about our growing fascination with herbal and other forms of alternative medicine. How are consumers to know which remedies are effective? Does “natural” necessarily mean “safe”?
  • Sex in the Mature Years, by Barbara B. Levine, M.A., clinical director of the Human Sexuality Program at the SUNY Health Science Center and Syracuse University. While sexuality is more than the biological urge to procreate, menopause can cause physical changes in a woman’s body that need to be addressed. The sex lives of men, too, are often affected by physiological and psychological changes that occur as they grow older. A certified sex therapist, Levine will discuss some common issues and concerns that affect both men and women in their mature years.

The Women’s Health Forum is sponsored by University Hospital and the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. Partial funding provided by the Auxiliary to the Health Science Center.

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