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by Margery Gass | Apr 30, 2013
Does your healthcare provider deserve an award? Tell us! We are pleased to announce the availability of 46 awards and scholarships for menopause-related research, media, excellence, and education.

Recipients of our Recognition Awards will each receive complimentary registration to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting being held October 9 to 12, 2013, at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas. They will also be honored at an Awards Reception during the meeting.

Winners of the scholarships for medical residents, fellows, or doctors of nursing practice will each receive reimbursement for travel expenses, complimentary registration to the NAMS Annual Meeting, and many other benefits and special programs during the meeting, ensuring that the next generation of clinicians is prepared to care for midlife women.

Review the available awards and eligibility criteria here, then complete the online Nomination Form. Nominations are due by May 31, 2013. Winners will be notified by July 12, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Nance, NAMS Director of Outreach, at 440/442-7845.

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  1. 2 Marlis 11 May
    I have been on PremPro since 1997-98.  When I try to reduce the dosage (every other day) I get hot flashes and night sweats after about 4 days of the reduced dosage.  I read an article in the Saturday Evening Post about HT and am glad I did not stop taking it when I was urged by both my PA and several friends and relatives.  Have I been on HT for too long?  I am now 64 years old now and am worried about having taken it so long, since in the article it stated "short term."  Is there an alternative? That will give me the same relief as the HT?
  2. 1 Margery Gass 16 May
    Many women encounter difficulties discontinuing hormone therapy (HT). It is not possible to give personal advice on this blog, but it is possible to share how others have managed discontinuing HT. It is known that approximately 40% of women stopping HT will have a recurrence of menopausal symptoms. Stopping HT can be viewed as another little menopause because hormone levels are dropping again.

    There is no perfect way to stop HT and avoid the return of symptoms. Some women prefer to stop cold turkey and allow the hot flashes to slowly fade away. The amount of time it takes for that to happen varies widely from woman to woman and there is no way to predict how long it will take for a specific woman. Others will drop down a dose, perhaps even alternating days with their higher dose for awhile, then go completely to the lower dose and eventually stop altogether.

    We do know the risk of breast cancer increases in women taking combined estrogen/progesterone, so it is important to get an annual mammogram when using HT. As women age or increase their weight, the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs increases. Oral HT can increase that risk. 

    In general, over-the-counter products have not been found to very helpful. For some women, low doses of prescription antidepressants have provided some relief for hot flashes. Lifestyle measures can help. For other tips, see our For Women page.


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